Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

HRC Corporate Equality IndexFor the four consecutive years in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Volkswagen Group of America received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, measuring the inclusiveness of workplace policies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees.

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The Volkswagen Academy is an innovative training center preparing employees for work at the new Chattanooga plant. High-tech classrooms also feature all the aspects of the manufacturing facility on a smaller scale to allow for hands-on training, including a machining area, welding area, electricity lab, autotronics center, automotive diagnostics area, and more. The Academy provides advanced vocational programs and promotes personal growth for workers and for those seeking employment. This dual educational track is designed to help workers prepare mentally and physically, so that when they enter the plant they are experts in their field. Partners in the project include: the State of Tennessee, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The 163,000-square-foot center also offers meeting facilities open to the community.

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In applying human factors research to new technologies in the vehicle, “we look at things from the user perspective, the human perspective,” said Brian Lathrop, Head of HMI, Cognitive Psychologist, Electronics Research Lab. “In designing any type of product for the vehicle, whether it’s applications on your instrument cluster, whether it’s touch-screen applications or a multi-media interface, that’s what we focus on…Our job is to understand how people use technology. We want to make sure we use it the best way, the safest way.” Thinking of how his mom or dad would drive today’s vehicles: “It’s important to understand how aging plays into using these technologies…You want them to drive the car in a safe manner. That’s important for me to figure that out.”

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As part of its commitment to education and leadership in the performing arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia offers “one of the best internships” for college students, according to Bloomberg Business Week. Volkswagen Group of America helps fund the program for students like Elizabeth Necka from Bloomingdale, Illinois, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she majors in psychology and business administration, and minors in theatre. After interning with the planning and initiatives department, Elizabeth said. “The main strength of the program is that this is very specifically an internship. It’s not underpaid work like at some places…Wolf Trap provides an atmosphere in which to grow.” We look forward to watching Elizabeth continue to grow as she now decides between a master’s degree in arts and theatre management or a PhD in psychology.

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Matt Little, Compensation and Payroll Manager, Human Resources at Volkswagen Group of America’s Herndon office, speaks of the importance of volunteering.

“Whenever I think of volunteering I remember a quote I saw every day walking into the business school building when I was in college: ‘Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours.’ I think it is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees to get out and volunteer — to solve problems and fill needs in their communities. It’s good for the company, but more importantly volunteering makes you feel good. It makes this world a better place for all of us.”

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In 2010, Volkswagen Group of America sponsored the National Urban League’s Community Service Day, celebrating its 100 years of service. The National Urban League (NUL) is a civil rights organization dedicated to elevating the standard of living of historically underserved urban communities through economic empowerment. Over 1,000 volunteers engaged in more than a dozen different community service projects. Volkswagen Group of America employees participated as both team leaders and volunteers. Projects included landscaping, painting and construction of benches and sports courts. One team served breakfast to long-term care and hospice residents. Another painted 200 yards of fencing along the National Mall within the shadow of the Capitol Building. Others had the chance to just play with kids in need of a friend. Read more »

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