“Volkswagen INDIA Pvt. Ltd. NOT Volkswagen in Wolfsburg (Glassdoor won't let me select the correct one) ”
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I worked at Volkswagen as an intern for less than a yearPros
Its a great environment to be in if you love cars (all of them) as much as I do. If I wanted to take a break from work, I'd follow one of them along part of the assembly line and watch it come to life.
The factory is HUGE and if your boss is as good as mine was, he/she can arrange for you to tour the various departments and study all aspects of the assembly line. Only the machine shop, where the body panels are built, is run by an outside company which did not allow VW employees in to have a look.
My colleagues were great and all of them spoke English so I was able to communicate with them effectively (I speak a little Hindi but English is my stronger language). People wear casual work attire so the work environment is less formal, but you still have to address people formally (using "sir or "madam").
The canteen was actually pretty good and switched up the menu everyday so I got to eat some of my favorite dishes which were made using healthy ingredients.
My head-of-department (Mr. Gosavi) was absolutely fantastic and took interest in my work even though I was just a short-term employee. He greeted me everyday and came around to ask me how my work was going and even took tea breaks with me on occasion. My direct boss (Mr. Kulkarni) was equally great and took time from his very busy schedule to answer my questions and help me with my work.Cons
As a short term intern (worked for just 6 weeks), I did not get much work to do, and the work I did get was "donkey work" that the full-time employees don't want to do. I spent my first 2 weeks manually entering data into their system and begging my boss for some real work. The interns who work for 6 months get real work to do so I had to cozy up to them and ask them if I could help them with their work.
The employees (both full-time and part-time) get REALLY suspicious when you ask if you can help them with their work, I don't know what it was, but the people felt to me like individual contributors rather than team players.
The commute to and from work is excruciating! The factory is in a remote location (since it occupies 400 acres) and was a good hour away from when I lived. To get to work by 8 am, I had to be at the bus stop by 6:30 am to catch the bus. I usually got home by 7:30 or 8 pm. Volkswagen runs a fleet of 90 buses to pick-up/drop-off most of their employees but the buses themselves are in terrible condition. I fell asleep in the back seat one morning and the bus driver (who thought he was Sebastian Vettel) did not lift off for any potholes, so I was actually lifted off my seat and my head hit a window pretty hard. Did not dare fall asleep on the bus again...Advice to ManagementAdvice
Indian employees are not allowed to hold posts above a certain level, which I thought was a little unfair, but Volkswagen obviously knows what they are doing.
I was an unpaid intern but some of my colleagues who were paid interns earned 8000 rupees per month, which is $133 to put it in perspective. Relative to everyday expenses and the cost of living, this value isn't low compared to interns in other companies, but it is still quite a small sum of money, and not enough to cover expenses.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Volkswagen in April 2012.Interview Details
Applied online on the official company site...Three Interviews were taken...General,Technical and HR.. all were very good..particularly the HR.Interview Questions
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