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General Cable Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
49 Reviews
2.9
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company acquires other companies without having a full understanding of the marketplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay basic market value. The coporate culture educates all employeesto follow proper ethics on and off work.

    Cons

    They acquire other companies and do not adjust their pricing or inventory structure to meet market needs. Thus what was once established market share with those products quickly diminishes. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow ouside sales feedback more closely to better understand what products to keep in inventory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work while you passively search for something better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people I have seen come and go have become really good friends, excellent resources. The company does attract highly talented individuals but tends to have high turnover.
    The autonomy is nice, you organize your own priorities. Some bosses are great, depends on where you land.
    Gym & cafeteria.

    Cons

    Perks? None. Compensation? Below average to average. Promotions? Only the few in the fold.

    The company wastes money. If the shareholders only knew. Equipment that doesn't work, man hours spent on projects that go nowhere, excess trips (ex. multiple associates to one plant, multiple associates to baseball games) during a time we fire so many people and are doing feasibility studies to decide which NA plant to close? Yet you worry about my work lunch?
    There is a skills/profile in our files of which no one pays attention. There have been job openings (of course), for many positions which I am highly qualified. This skills/profile is a development program we do every year, that no one really utilizes when filling positions. Such a waste to spend time on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Feels like you are working for a third-world banana republic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are or Latin American original, you will be very comfortable in this environment (Doral, FL). Benefits are OK, but definitely not industry leading.

    Cons

    Lack of a centralized IT department and an overall IT leader causes complete dysfunction in IT operations. Companies that were acquired through acquisition or merger still operate like independent businesses, not a single company. Company has 15-20 disparate ERP systems in use, rather than a single global ERP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate IT into global structure. When new companies are acquired, make sure that they operate as a corporate entity, not a separate company. Run the company like a Fortune 500 company should be, not like a little mom-and-pop shop. Move to a single ERP instead of the 15-20 that exist worldwide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Political and boys club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Current Employee - Finance in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Focused on wellness and employee health. Nice decor and on site amenities (ie. gym, cafeteria,copy center). Recent acquisitions and smart global growth provide opportunities and stability in organization. Upper management attempts to be accessible through HR coordinated lunch and learn sessions.

    Cons

    Business platform is still on a AS400 green screen platform. Women have no upper mobility, a complete boys club and virtually no women in senior leadership. Leaders influence others by flexing their muscles and bullying. The HR department has constant turnover and never seems to follow through on commitments to the organization. There is no flexibility, my manager has an issue if I attend onsite events in their opinion too long, I have no autonomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at systems and take a look at whether a green screen business platform is adequate for a Fortune 500 company. There is not financial reporting capability for accountability of departments. If you want to retain the talent in your workforce invest in employee training and enforce the review and development process to identify opportunities for all employees. Also with the younger generation coming in, get creative with work/life balance. Salary increases are not consistent in all departments and who knows when I will get an increase as the timing changes and sometimes I don't get an increase for nearly 18 months, 16 months, etc. just to get a meager 2-3%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not part of the "IN" crowd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    -Intelligent, hardworking coworkers who are always willing to assist others
    -Opportunities for training, both internally and externally
    -Cafeteria onsite with fairly inexpensive, good quality food

    Cons

    -Excessive politics
    -Lack of opportunity for advancement in many career paths
    -Employees' best interests are always secondary to that of shareholders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers need improved training on how to adequately manage people. Advanced degrees do not equate with having good communication skills.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Those that prosper either become the darlings of Sr Management or hide and just put in their time

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Du Quoin, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Du Quoin, IL

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    My facility had some great people who were willing to work to improve conditions and solve problems. Company is VERY Safety conscious and is willing to invest money to get results.

    Cons

    You had better be producing results every week or else you are disengaged (unless you have a Sr level protector to keep you off the radar)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Letting a Plant Manager run his kingdom is the root of many problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A difficult place to work, company is not employee-oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality in Willimantic, CT
    Former Employee - Quality in Willimantic, CT

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    - Pay is above industry average
    - Internal training offered for Lean/5S/Six Sigma

    Cons

    - Expectation to perform two or three job functions in one role and a lack of understanding when this proves to be impossible at times
    - Management inability to see the issues that keep plant under-performing (such as managers/supervisors hiding the issues instead of bringing them to light and correcting them once and for all).
    - Promotion tracks based on company politics. If you upset the 'apple cart', you are doomed to your position no matter how well you perform nor how qualified you are.
    - Company is more likely to hire from outside than to consider internal promotion for hard-working, well qualified employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the expectations that are given to your employees and stop overworking them. The lack of internal promotions for people who have struggled for YEARS in GCC is what drives the better employees away (I was one). Give back to your employees and they will return it ten-fold!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Operations Management doesn't have a clue.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I have been working at General Cable

    Pros

    Very good coworkers that are understanding to your role within the company. Also, the cafeteria has been remodeled and is nice.

    Cons

    The Operations VP's are not respected within the organization which creates a tense working environment. Also, you must be a member of their club if you want to feel as if you are contributing to the organization. Generally, there is an overall negative vibe in the office and the culture is very rigid. The Jeans days have been taken away and the company does very little for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to engage and colloborate with your coworkers.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're just a number

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    Benefits pretty good, salary fair. Many worldwide locations across the globe. Convenient cafeteria in the building. Not too bad of a place.

    Cons

    Company has too many regulations and reporting to Wall Street. You have to provide a report for Everything you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have compasion for people, don't treat them like a number. Listen to employees ideas and suggestions and really consider them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Effective communication is key to success . . . and knowledge is power.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Opportunity for professional development, even if advancement is unlikely.

    Cons

    Must be part of the "in crowd" to succeed. Watch your back!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Effective communication is key to success . . . and knowledge is power - SHARE IT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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