Volvo Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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Volvo President & CEO Olof Persson
Olof Persson
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Pros
  • Seen excellent work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Good opportunities for training (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • A very big international company: a lot of processes and slow decision making (in 5 reviews)

  • No full time hiring taking place at the time of my co-op (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    very bad.

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

    I worked at Volvo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there are no benefits to working here.

    Cons

    the company will go under.

    Advice to Management

    find replacements for everyone including yourself.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst Work Experience I've Ever Had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Greensboro, NC
    Former Contractor - IT Support in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It was nice working 1st shift Monday through Friday, I guess.

    Cons

    the office culture in Volvo User Request Services is very political. The manager (team lead) entrusts a few "key" office personnel to stealthily take pictures and text him regarding the work and going-ons of other employees so he can "work" from home every day. There is no open communication on the URS team; a few of us addressed the issue. However, all communication is routed through his unofficial lieutenants, one of which he's had a personal relationship with for a few years now. I don't believe the team lead could care less what a new employee thinks or how they are treated by his "key" personnel. The leadership is absentee. The lower minions would rather yell at someone for making mistakes than train a new employee how they want something done the first time which is actually a rather effective strategy when your goal is only to instill fear and obedience (ooh-rah, marine corps, etc, the chain of command.) When asking questions about daily processes, I was often treated as if I had spoken out of turn. i.e. "we'll tell you if you need to know something." However, that communication seldom comes. Team meetings provide no clarification and are often conducted without all employees present. The only team meetings I was invited to were spent reviewing statistics comparing the Greensboro Volvo location "numbers" to that of other Volvo locations. No assistance was given with how to utilize the online team-meeting application either. After months of working through lunches and staying late (without pay) to help when the workload was heavy, I was let go when the work lightened up. My terminable offense? A single occurrence of tardiness. I was terminated wrathfully and then humiliated. The manager cursed at me as he yelled for me to get my things and get out. He smiled down at me asking how old I was as I cried and fell down to my knees begging him to reconsider. They'll probably delete this review too like the last one. That's okay, I'll keep writing them.

    Advice to Management

    some members on your teams have only become loyal to each other. Assigning a rotation of duties might be of great benefit to Volvo.


  3. Working for this company is a complete nightmare

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

    I worked at Volvo 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

    Free fruit and coffee are nice. Occasional gifts for holidays are much appreciated. Nice colleagues for the most part.

    Cons

    A lot of empty talk about values at the company. In reality, this company will try to stab you in the back at every opportunity. Trying to claim business expenses from the finance department is like squeezing blood from a rock. There is an implicit demand that you must work weekends and at weird out-of-office hours or else...! Raising a family on the meager pay they provide is almost impossible. There is a pathological focus on cost cutting which has really destroyed morale. Working for the head office in Sweden is probably much better than this.

    Advice to Management

    The HR and finance departments are a mess.


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  5. Good company but going through some never ending organisation changes.

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

    I worked at Volvo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very structured, global reach and processes established.

    Cons

    Low engagement from all departments due to recent reorganisation changes, they never end!


  6. Helpful (3)

    Horrible organization to wok with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    easy life and no work pressure
    good looking offices and meeting rooms

    Cons

    horrible politics and all the cleaners and mechanics and pan wala's who were joined at first have become IT managers, feel free to imagine!!!
    no growth path nor process, all depends on one person called manager.
    the words from sweedish people are treated like the one from Bhagvadgita/Quran/bible
    lifeless managers and mean, you have to please them to get any benifits
    stone age technology and if you work there for long you can go no where as ur outdated.

    Advice to Management

    fire all the managers


  7. Helpful (2)

    Nice from the outside

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

    I worked at Volvo

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

    Pros

    Volvo is a stylish company that you can feel proud of saying that you work for...People dress well, offices and people are well-appointed and groomed. Even break areas have a high-end sense of style which is very pleasant to be around, and carries into an overall pride in sense of style as an automotive design and production company. The quality of product and service is something to be proud to represent as well.

    Cons

    I believe this is one of those companies where people are very competent but so worried about getting fired or replaced that their need to seem perfect keeps them from making wise choices.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just swing by to show off your fancy clothes and expensive snacks - really slow down your visits to observe what your middle management is doing - your presence could really help weed out some unnecessary fear among them, and a few very bad eggs who are not out for the good of the company as much as getting themselves promoted personally. Employees will work better if they are a little more relaxed, and middle management is passing a lot of unfocused stress down the chain.



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