General Cable Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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  1. Solid company but needs to find a way to elevate itself in such a mature market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very hands on training programs.

    Cons

    The work culture is a bit stiff here.

    Advice to Management

    If you say you want to live in a paperless world, you should act on it.

  2. Good company with challenging management

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I worked at General Cable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aggressive style and management challenges your performance. Fair benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Matrix organization can set departments against each other

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on developing internal talent

  3. Good company to work for but internal politics can be an issue.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willimantic, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willimantic, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, chances to cross train in other departments, management treats you very well.

    Cons

    No accountability so if if your coworkers don't do their jobs it gets passed off on you, it's a union job so they defend lazy slackers just as much as hard workers. Everything comes down to money in the last couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their work and remind them that they work for you not the other way around.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    This parachute is a knapsack!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hypocrisy is in-your-face obvious. The company is not "Lean" and is not "Wired as One", but both phrases look real nice on paper. The incompetent leadership failed us and we had to let 1,000 associates find new jobs. The thinking is as follows: Leadership makes mistakes and grows the company too fast, the greed backfires, stock drops, shareholders get surly, then we fire 1,000 associates that had nothing to do with the decisions to put us in the bad position to begin with. Mind you, these 1,000 associates DID put us in a position that we could make such acquisitions. The "Wired as One" lie would mean that we ALL take the hit and suffer together rather than fire 1,000 people who don't sit in offices deciding everyone else's fate. As a matter of fact, if a regular, non-management associate made decisions that had such a negative impact, they would be terminated. But our current management lumps their short-comings in with the increasing price of copper and of course, their hands are perfectly clean. You are management - you are suppose to have provisions in place for copper - after all WE ARE A COPPER DEPENDENT company.

    Pros: Good quality construction for almost any application imaginable in the wire and cable industry.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. I am sure the language would be NSFW.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. You are affecting more than just your own personal interests. Top five US people, go, peace be with you. But please, go.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good Company to work for, good benefits and well treated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain good experience, relatively stable company

    Cons

    Too much favoritism. Only a small portion of the employees get a promotion and are placed on fast tracked for promotion.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Great potential - all depends on your boss

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of global opportunities, opportunities to be promoted if you have a good boss.

    Cons

    Poor boss can hinder possibiltities - all depends on which region you are in.
    North america, well run. Latam - poorly run. Europe - very political (like NA)

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to compensate well and keep high potential employees advancing. Too many good people leave because they arent promoted as they deserve.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Inner circle focused

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    Current Employee - Manager in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Manager in Highland Heights, KY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees to work with

    Cons

    -Upper management promotions are decided from above and not on fairness basis
    -Low pay compared with competitors and other companies, unless you are in upper management
    -Career advancements are limited in middle management positions
    -Not transparent when it come to salary levels.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the floor to all candidates to compete for a specific job.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Typical Corporate America

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Highland Heights, KY
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Highland Heights, KY

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great training for Sales Professionals
    - Nice Gym
    - Nice cafeteria and dietary selection
    - Good career growth potential for business professionals and engineers mainly (other professionals are less respected and lacking growth potential)

    Cons

    - Lack of growth potential for non-business or engineering professionals
    - Growth opportunities are consistent with typical corporate politics
    - Many employee's endorse symptoms of burnout due high work volume

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employee's to reduce the stress of high work volume; Provide more opportunity for educational advancements outside of the "business only" typecast that will ultimately bring diverse utility and functional growth to the organization - other corporations with a "world wide footprint" do this and thrive for a reason.

  10. Helpful (1)

    a great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, TN

    I have been working at General Cable

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    communication is lacking in this place

  11. Alcan Cable struggling through recession.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at General Cable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Long history of business success. Company has a history of good pay and benefits. Supportive coworkers and flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    With company up for sale over the past two years in the worst economy ever experienced, Alcan Cable is trying to cost-cut their way to profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management Team needs to develop a new strategic plan for retaining and growing the business to capitalize on the pending recovery and look beyond short-term cost-cutting solutions.

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