General Cable Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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Pros
  • Great benefits and job opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • The company is not "Lean" and is not "Wired as One", but both phrases look real nice on paper (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Unless you are a favorite of upper management, be ready to stay at your current employment level forever (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of a centralized IT department causes complete dysfunction in IT operations (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Finance Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Highland Heights, KY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work culture. Very collaborative and professional.

    Cons

    Outdated technology along with outdated office suites.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Current employee at General Cable for more than 9 years but less than 20.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I stated the above years of service in that way to insure I remain anonymous. As a whole it has been a very rewarding experience working at General Cable. My fellow employees are a great group of people to work with. I have a highly technical position and believe the company does its very best to stay a "State of the Art World Class" organization. Very good vacation plan compared to other companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Like any other employer I have worked for there are some issues with some managers having their pet employees. I believe those managers fail to look at the skill set, talent level and proven performance in decision making. Concerning both promotions and pay increases. However I want to point out that I said some managers. Just like every large company has some bad employees they will also have some bad managers.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better HR training to managers. Some are placing the company at risk of legal litigation. Mostly because of their lack of education in HR. There are never any winners when an employee sues a company. The costs of defending those types of claims is one reason the company spends so much money retaining lawyers.


  3. Good environment to intern, poor planning of projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Franklin, MA
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Franklin, MA

    I worked at General Cable as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, everyone willing to help teach the fundamentals of the job
    Allowed freedom to create projects as an intern

    Cons

    Not always support on projects, for various reasons:
    -Not enough manpower to spare people for support
    -Tight production schedule, unable to stop to make adjustments
    -New methods met with resistance as workers had grown accustom to current methods

    Advice to Management

    Better plan for co-ops, actually create project teams instead of talking about it


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Best place for creative and happy minds

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Open culture, lot of opportunities for creativity and innovation. In real world many times brilliant and ambitious people don’t get chances to prove their ability, even in many top companies. If you are talented, hungry to innovate, have ideas for cost management, want to see your dream as commercial product, come here and have fun. I have come across few passionate tech's at early 20's, enjoying the technology learnings here. Work - life balance: Working hours 8 to 4.30, rest all your time, honestly human cannot work 8hrs
    continuously, so have coffee, lunch, chat and work...

    Cons

    Very competitive business, much depend on market dynamics and environments, as like all other typical manufacturing industries.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Had a great experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Financial Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Intern - Financial Intern in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at General Cable as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly and helpful employees, good company values, nice facility

    Cons

    different departments don't seem to work together


  7. High energy, fast pace environment, well suited for make or break individuals.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

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

    Pros

    Each day can yield a different challenge, there is no getting bored here. Business outlook and performance is steadily on the up. Opportunities exist for those that have the stamina and work ethic.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, there are several layers spread throughout. Communication/alignment is not always ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Communication and support between business units could be better. We spend a lot of time working on projects that others internally can offer support.


  8. It has been pretty rewarding...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Doral, FL
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Doral, FL

    I have been working at General Cable as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The job offers great benefits and the senior staff are incredibly nice and polite.

    Cons

    The hours are a little longer than I would like at some points, but otherwise, it is pretty nice.


  9. Competitive pay, evolving culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive, and they are trying to change the culture to improve employee satisfaction. They are becoming more global, giving associates access to those kinds of experiences.

    Cons

    It is a relatively select few who get meaningful promotions. Personality and relationships are the primary factors determining upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    To take the company to the next level of employee satisfaction, there needs to be access to the inner circle of the organization. A start would be more short term assignments, rotations, and promotion at middle and lower levels. It is time to take an honest look at who is performing and promotable.


  10. Helpful (2)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    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

    Somewhat of a flexible schedule, mostly friendly people, constant contact and updates from upper management on the business, acceptable benefits, good on-site training, adequate pay. Upper management has been hitting a lot of home runs with acquisitions, and has a good eye on both the present and future in regards to the overall health of the company.

    Cons

    Only two weeks vacation for first five years of career with company, lots of turnover in the HR department, HR is not an advocate for perks like tuition reimbursement (the main negative is some managers mislead applicants to think this is not the case), the raise and bonus situation is far too arbitrary, depending on the department one works in.

    Advice to Management

    General Cable Corp. brings in billions of dollars a year, yet has hidden their collective wallet when it comes to adult continuing education opportunities. Your big failing as a company is not developing the talent you have on hand. Please stop disguising a cost of living increase as a "raise."


  11. Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Accountant in Highland Heights, KY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Schedules are flexible. Focused on Health

    Cons

    Workloads are not evenly dispersed. Pay isn't compatible to work loads.



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