Hi everyone,

I am Uday Bhat and I am working in the Intelligent Mechanics group as Manager-Requirements Engineering and Offers at Continental in Germany. In one’s life a decade is truly a milestone and that stands true to his or her tenure in an organization. This day, 10 years ago is still fresh in my mind when I received an invitation for a job interview at Continental.As I approached the interview room, I could feel my heart beat, but soon the interviewer’s panel made me comfortable and my wish to work for continental inched forward. On this day, I met 2 men who remain my mentors to this day. Soon after, 20thJuly 2009 was my first day at Continental in Bangalore-India. Right! This month I have completed 10 fantastic years in Continental!

My journey with Continental turned interesting and challenging. Exciting years just kept passing-in a blink of the eye. Keep in mind, long tenure doesn’t truly mean long time in the same role. Over this decade, professionally, I had 10 different bosses, 2 major locations in different continents, 7 different desks, 5 different job positions, multiple group shuffles, experienced recession, delegation and not to forget, interaction with hundreds and thousands of culturally diverse colleagues across various locations of Continental world. On the personal front my progress was significantly sweet as well. I married my wife and our daughter was born in Regensburg, Germany.

Uday’s project won the Gold and Basic Award in 2011.

So, what have I learnt in these 10 years at Continental. No, it’s not just how to work and how to fulfil targets. It is about caring for your people, about your attitude, ability to adapt, seek out challenges, work-life balance, problem solving, agility in dynamic environment, being accountable, team work and ability to work in a cultural and gender diverse environment.

 

Like any other person, life challenged me as well. A new born and a working wife whose profession was equally challenging as mine, challenges kept creeping in and I was confronted with little battles every day. Continental Bangalore again strongly supported me providing a fulltime day care facility within the office premises where I could leave my daughter during office hours. Continental soon became her first school in her early years without having to interrupt mine or my wife’s work life. Initial days were a bit strange to my colleagues that a father was getting his daughter to office as, until then it was only a mother’s territory. However, HR supported fully in this matter and soon it became a routine. While I had only read and seen importance of gender diversity in office space, for the first time, I was experiencing gender pressure. However, thanks to my HR, it all went smooth. Undoubtedly, this is what is called a gender diverse work environment and Continental has demonstrated this in a great way.

When a great opportunity at work knocks your door and work demands a change in location then sometimes it gets harder. At times I questioned myself, will I be able to succeed in a role outside of my comfort zone and doubted my capabilities. Nevertheless, flexible working conditions, challenging role, supportive colleagues and inspiring friends and family have kept me going in this tough time.

Never did I feel that I am stuck in Continental, for the only reason that this company never failed throwing opportunities at me and challenging my abilities, allowing me to tone my career. I don’t say that other jobs never tempted me, or competitor’s convincing bigger package never attracted me. Could have easily done that. Eventually, it was a blend of emotions, feeling of being in a place that never failed to encourage me, challenge me, took care of my family and me, a place driven by culture and innovation that never let you crash into flames, made me stick to Continental.

Today’s market with electrification trends, even OEMs could not confidently say ‘’this is the direction we would go’’. It has been quite dynamic but trust me; with shared values and strong tradition from Continental’s DNA, we will together succeed.

To conclude, I strongly believe that the pride you have in an organization you are with for a longer time is much greater than if you have worked with several organizations for the same period. Short term wins are important but long-term career goal in an organization that is willing to support will offer a sweeter reward. In short, I would like to thank Continental which has helped me shape my career together with family and friends who supported me in coming this far.

34 thoughts on “Ten Fantastic Years with Continental

  1. Hey Uday its great to know you and I actually remember the first ever communication between us,(I don’t know whether you remember). I had sent a group mail regarding anti harassment policy and you had replied that time from Germany ! 🙂

    And of course when you came back we connected more during cultural celebrations and any event coming up I knew for front block I can contact you ! and of course our small day outing when in Regensburg where you took us around 🙂

    All the very best for everything and wishing more successful years to come …

  2. Great achievement!! Kudos to you.. Liked the way you expressed how Continental played a role with your family as well and we are Conti family 🙂

  3. Absolutely true!
    Organization plays a key role for the long term association.
    We both started the journey outside TE family and we stand in 2 different organisations with such long standing experience and opportunities.
    Very well articulated and congratulations for your successful completion of a decade.
    All the best!!

  4. Congratulations Uday…!! How fast the days/ years .pass by…. 10 years..!! I still remenber the days we worked together in 2010 and your achivements in development projects. Your participation in cultural actiities and get-togethers truly reflects your social skills. Your growth in the organisation and delegation to Germany, this is all because of your sincere efforts and hard work. Great team work , flexibility and taking the ownership , drive to achieve the results, these are the key strenghts of yours. Keep up the spirit…
    you have great passion for work and good fit in interculteral roles. Working with teams with one common goal , building trust within the teams and to achive the goals with customer focus…Great…I am sure you are doing an excellent contribution in your present areas of responsibilities and wish all the best and great success for future. Good Luck

  5. Well narrated Uday!!!
    I remember instances which shows how well knit were your colleagues in Continental.
    No less than a family!!!
    This shows the reason for your decade run (& still going).
    Thanks for including friends in your journey.
    All the best for your future.

  6. Very well written!
    Congratulations Uday on your service anniversary !
    Cheers…

  7. That was the trend in my days you stay and grow in the same Institition…then 30
    Yrs ..the successful were the ones who hopped from one to another..glad to see the reversal of trends…yes lots of benefits staying in the same place…and you are lucky to have had good people around you as you exuded friendliness and fun yourself…God bless wishing the next 10yrs even more fulfillment

  8. Really Great achievement and success story to be told to next generations.. who look forward to work in Continental.
    Great going uday !!

  9. Congratulations Uday on completing 10 Outstanding, Interesting and Challenging years at Continental !! 10 years is not a short period and the way you narrated your journey is truly amazing. I can imagine all those stuff right in front of my eyes. Just loved it!

    All the very best.. Stay blessed and spread happiness as you always did..!! ?

  10. Uday ,
    Nice and the way you expressed was superb and all the best.

    By reading your journey even I could recollect some days where really we overcame the challenges and how we are shaping our futures with our Continental values. Thanks to our core Values which really motivates us all the time. Cheers…

  11. My husband was an intern in his team and he got to learn lot of things from uday!! He still keeps saying the way uday works and his problem solving skills..

    “LEADERS DON‘T DO DIFFERENT THINGS BUT THEY DO THE THINGS DIFFERENTLY “

    i can’t explain the technical terms more ?
    Uday is an Inspiration for all of us 🙂

    Enjoy your success

  12. Uday, you are truly an inspiration!!! A great milestone to a great man!!! 10 years is not a short period at all,,,

    Your success is truly a motivation to all the young and aged!!! This will be carried to the next generations!!!!

    You proved that,” Success is not a destination, Its a Journey!!!!

    Thank you so much for all the motivation, inspiration especially for the younger aspirants like me ?????

  13. Hearty Congratulations Uday ! Nicely articulated and your experience share is indeed overwhelming – thanks to your natural tone & the expressive touch through the his-story pages so well expressed. Wish you all the very best all through your journey ahead !…

  14. It’s been wonderful knowing you since more than 14 years…A decade of that in Continental (1 more week for me)! It’s been a fun filled journey of learning and camaraderie. Wishing all of us a good journey into the future.

    And, yes..thanks for featuring me in your article 🙂

  15. Obwohl ich dich seit sehr wenigen Tagen kenne, konnte ich in dir ein großes Potenzial erkennen und ich hätte nie erwartet, dass du einen so großen technischen Hintergrund und eine so große Geschichte bei Continental hast.

    Dies beweist, dass du bescheiden und bodenständig bist

    Prosshttt!!

  16. Congratulations Uday… And a good recap of last decade of your life. I wish you good luck for the upcoming decades. Employees make the company and this is one example for that

  17. Congratulations Uday.. Very well articulated.. Absolutely true that long term career goals in a place willing to support will offer sweeter reward than short term wins.

  18. Congratulations Uday!!!

    I am also in the same boat and just completed 10 years…Good Journey and Wish you all successes in future!!!

  19. Congratulations Uday..!! very well narrated and inspiring journey!! Wishing you good luck and happiness….

  20. Wau, wau, wau! Very big congratulation my friend!
    Such an inspiring story 🙂 Glad to be in the same family (Conti) as you are.
    Keep going this way, good luck!

  21. Great achievement Uday. You have beautifully penned down your experience in Continental with this article. In spite of working in different departments , we were always together during cultural events. All the best for your future.

  22. Hi Uday… Congrats brother!!!
    Many more years to go… Keep the accelerator on…

    I have known Uday for the past 15 years ,I have worked very closely with him during his initial career as an young engineer in 2005 and later at Conti in different BUs. One could say we started our professional career together.

    I still remember, he called me from Germany to welcome me to Continental when I joined in 2013 and he was there when i left.. and has always stayed true to his friendship.

    He never expects anything from you but he never stops surprising you with birthday wishes or something you never expected.

    I can proudly say I know him well and would like to see him achieve greater heights in his next decade sprint with Conti..

    Goodluck . Cheers. Guru

  23. Hearty Congratulations Uday on completing successful 10 years in Continental.
    It’s so nice knowing you for more than 14 years & remember all fun-filled times when you were in Bangalore.
    I wish you All the Best for your future endeavor..Looking forward to see you achieve greater heights…

  24. Congratulations Uday on reaching this important milestone. Its wonderful to see your candid comments and also the confidence in the prevailing market situation that working as a team with common values we will succeed against all odds. Wish you and your family all success in the decades to come….

  25. Congratulations Uday. You are an inspiration to others. Your dedication to your work is exemplary. Happy work anniversary!

  26. Uday ist speaking from my heart. I am a mother myself and appreciate the fact that Conti is very family-friendly due to flexitime and the possibility to use home office.

    I´m looking forward for new changes and challenges and i´m sure we are a good team and are well positioned for the future.

    Ready for the next ten years.

  27. Congratulations Uday … I absolutely agree … with your spirit I do not fear about next … let us create the future together.

  28. Very happy to read Uday, great description of your story @ Continental. Its clearly narrated out of the bottom of your heart!! I really appreciate.

    As the global automotive industry, you as well as all of us, in particular Powertrain, are actually fighting in the next area out of our comfort zone. I’m convinced that we’ll also manage this challenge.

    Keep up the WINNER mindset!

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