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Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
40 Reviews
3.1
40 Reviews
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    This parachute is a knapsack!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great potential - all depends on your boss

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

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Inner circle focused

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Manager in Highland Heights, KY

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Corporate America

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    a great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, TN

    I have been working at General Cable

    Pros

    good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    communication is lacking in this place

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    my experience at GCC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Scottsville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsville, TX

    I have been working at General Cable

    Pros

    good benefits and nice peoples to work with

    Cons

    upper management had a tendency to be biased with certain individuals they had personal relationships with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair when evaluating individuals on merit and accomplishments. Not on whether you like them personally or not

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting environment with lean focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    I like the dynamic continuous improvement environment

    Cons

    too much power given to the wrong people
    management authority given to people with no management skill or experience
    too much bias and favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    examine reporting structure and competency of those with "power" over others

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, but you generally need to come into management already trained in your field and as a manager.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable

    Pros

    Few layers of management
    Reasonably quick decisions (except for hiring)
    Generally has small company feel even though it has become large
    Can move across funtions

    Cons

    Management are not well trained as managers
    People are not treated like an asset
    Minimal training for employees
    Expectations are very high, especially for management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like they are a valued asset. Get some people in Human Resouces that are actually friendly to Humans.
    Provide more management training.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

    Pros

    For some people, the work is satisfying and challenging. The company has grown over time. It is a market leader in many areas. Tolerant of different cultures.

    Cons

    Cutbacks are severe when times are bad. Politics dictate who succeeds and who does not. If you are not on the fast track right away, and desire to move up, then it is time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Approves of CEO

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