Working at Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s history in Chattanooga

07/15/2008 Announcement of Chattanooga Factory
02/03/2009 Start of Construction
06/04/2010 Opening of Volkswagen Academy
08/23/2010 1,000th employee hired
09/30/2010 Opening of Supplier Park
04/07/2011 ISO 9001 status confirmed by external auditor
04/18/2011 First customer Passat rolled off assembly line
05/24/2011 Grand Opening of Volkswagen Chattanooga plant
07/29/2011 2,000th employee hired
12/01/2011 LEED Platinum certification of Plant and Academy
05/31/2012 100,000th Passat produced
07/28/2012 ISO 14001 and ISO 50001
01/23/2013 Power-up of Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park
05/23/2013 250,000th Passat produced
08/13/2013 Volkswagen Academy Inaugural Graduation Ceremony
07/14/2014 Midsize SUV Announcement
01/01/2015 Midsize SUV Expansion Commences
07/22/2015 500,000th Passat Built
12/14/2016 Atlas Start of Production
05/18/2017 First Customer Atlas Delivered
03/19/2018 Five-Passenger SUV announcement
05/07/2018 700,000th Passat assembled
07/15/2018 10th Anniversary of factory announcement
10/05/2018 100,000th Atlas assembled
01/14/2019 MEB production and expansion announcement

Plant History Awards

2011 LEED Platinum Certification
2011 Finalist – Edison Green Award
2012 Gold Winner – Edison Green Award
2013 Winner – EPA Green Power Leadership Award
2013 Governor’s Stewardship – Sustainability Award
2013 1st place – Best Places to Work in Chattanooga
2013 Silver Dolphin – Cannes Corporate Media Award
2014 US EPA Rain Catcher Award
2014 1st place – Best Places to Work in Chattanooga
2014 1st place – Best Green Business
2015 United Way of Greater Chattanooga Community Spirit
2016 Ronald McDonald House Big Red Shoe Award
2017 TN Chamber EE Solid Waste Management Award
2018 TN Chamber Environmental Excellence Award
2019 Top Employer Award

Volkswagen in the Community

More than $3.1 billion in Chattanooga!


  • University of Tennessee (UTC)
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Automotive Mechatronics/Robotronics Program


  • Tennessee Aquarium
  • Chattanooga Food Bank
  • River City Clean and Green
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Down Syndrome Society
  • Chattanooga Symphony and Opera


  • Happinest Wildlife Rescue / Rehab
  • Greenspaces


  • La Paz
  • Urban League
  • Girls Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Boy Scouts

Other VW-Sponsored Program

  • Wolfsburg Vfl Soccer Camp 2018 and 2019
  • 16,000 Kids in Volkswagen eLabs at 16 Hamilton County Schools
  • Hamilton County Department of Education Mechatronics Akademie (High School Juniors and Seniors)

VW Employee Actions & Events and Voice

2017-2019 Actions & Events


  • Fixed Shifts
  • No Lay Off of Employees
  • Hourly & Salary Round Tables
  • Inclusion of Temporary Workforce in All Team Meetings
  • 530 Conversions from Aerotek to Volkswagen
  • Programmed Down Time for StiBam & Leadership Communication
  • Self-nomination for Team Leader Selection Process
  • Supervisory Forums
  • No Pay No Penalty for January and July Shutdowns
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Night Shift Starting Time Changes


  • Outstanding benefits package, including Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Launch Bonuses for Passat and Atlas for all Team Members
  • Top Out Bonus for 8 Years of Service
  • Salary Increases
  • Increased Benefits for Temporary Workforce
  • Extensive Perks Program


  • All Employee Appreciation Lunch
  • Family Day
  • Women Who Rock Award
  • Ideas Management payouts

Did you know?


From the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce:

Chattanooga Average Production Wage: $16.97/hour
Volkswagen Average Production Wage: $21.66/hour

The average production worker at Volkswagen earns 25% more than the average Chattanooga production worker.


NOTE: These numbers vary by work area, and some areas work more than others (including preferred areas like finish). But these are the overall average hours per-head, per-month during Q1:

2017: 33
2018: 19.5
2019: 13.5

We continue to work directly with team members to improve our work-life balance.

Recent examples include:

  • Shift Schedule– You voted…we listened. We are returning to 4/10 shifts for most areas now that suppliers can keep up based on your direct feedback.
  • Shift Hours– You voted…we listened. We adjusted start times for night shift staff to 8 p.m. during our temporary 5/8 schedule based on your direct feedback.
  • Shift Rotation – You voted…we listened. We ended shift rotation and granted shift preferences (AM/PM) for the vast majority of employees based on your direct feedback.  Allowing employees to vote their preferences on shifts and rotations is nothing new – we’ve been doing this for years, to make sure your voice is heard.
  • Benefits– We added paid maternity, paternity, and adoption leave based on your direct feedback to the Company.
  • No Pay/No Penalty– You expressed concerns…we listened. We changed our decision and allowed a No Pay/No Penalty option for our January and July shutdowns based on your direct feedback.
  • Peer Review – We have also created a Peer Review Panel that provides terminated employees with an opportunity to request a review of the termination by a random selection of trained and qualified peers. Any eligible, non-management/non-supervisory employee terminated for any violation of Company policy except for violations of workplace violence, substance abuse, and/or harassment-free workplace has the right to appeal the termination to a Peer Review Panel.

Community Organization Engagement– Volkswagen’s COE Policy was created to allow eligible organizations the opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with Volkswagen Chattanooga and its employees to make improvements that benefit both the Company and its employees. Volkswagen is perhaps the only major employer in the United States to implement such an inclusive and open policy for its employees.

All of this was done working directly together to make this Plant the best it can be.