Volvo Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Volvo President & CEO 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 (1)

    Antiquated workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big global corporation, brand name, relavtively stable job

    Cons

    Cube farm culture, Middle level mangers are directionless, Most of the challenging engineering work is handled in Sweden

    Advice to Management

    Introduce open office culture and more flexible timings/vacation schedule for work/life balance. Enhance engineering capability in North America to serve the local market better


  2. Helpful (2)

    volvo way - questionable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no pressure at work and decent amount of allowed time off. you can keep your job without doing much work.

    Cons

    No room to advance and grow and strict one-way communication from the management. 'Global' way is Swedish way and no real clear goal or vision other than big talks from the management.

    Advice to Management

    please value regional (non-EU) employees, and senior regional management should focus more on regional growth and should listen to the voices from regional folks.


  3. Helpful (4)

    The processes are in charge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global, profitable and environment concious A good reputation as a responsible company

    Cons

    Everything is controlled by processes The individuals hide or are hidden behind those processes. HR are centralized and live a life of their own without proper feedback from the contributing parts of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize HR and put the working parts of the organisation in charge of HR issues. Dont hide the indviduals behind processes. Make sure to get the right information, not just the middle management version.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good employer to gain experience, but not a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company has very strong growth. Has a global presence. Strong engineering capability. A strong vision of where the company's wanted position is in the future. Strong opportunities for growth if you are Swedish or French. Opportunities to work in a multi-cultural environment.

    Cons

    For North Americans there is a significant glass ceiling; although, making up over 20% of the Powertrain workforce less than 5% of Americans in a senior role. At N-2 level of 24 positions only 1 or 2 Americans, at N-1 of 11 positions there are none. Personal Business Plans are how individuals are held accountable for their performance; however, there is no followed standard and evaluations can be arbitrary. One individual may have 4 objectives; whereas, another may have 10 and the one completing 9 of the 10 will get a lower rating than the 1 completing 4. There is also a visible distinction between how employees at various levels are treated with respect to travel conditions, busines class vs. economy class.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managment could be more proactive in ensuring that the "Volvo Way" is followed across all sites.


  6. Master's Thesis

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Master's Thesis in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Former Intern - Master's Thesis in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, all minimum requirements to perform work is provided, ability to book conference rooms, close to the city.

    Cons

    poor office space, easy to get disturbed, hard to find available conference rooms, managers not that comitted to your work i.e you are on your own.


  7. Not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volvo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand value, industry, automobile, European establishment, well know Internationally.

    Cons

    Cold decision making or very slow in decision making

    Advice to Management

    nil


  8. Helpful (1)

    Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much but Nice colleagues though

    Cons

    Hectic, bull work, poor management of human resources

    Advice to Management

    manage hr properly


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ok-dokey place but cant stay for long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good amount of short term travel.

    Cons

    1. There is no scientific or number based appraisal process. The appraisal totally depends on perception of one individual called customer (again, a Volvo employee) who would rate you based on his/her interactions with you. 2. You make good progress if you a malayalee chrisitan, or a malayalee. The work done by these people would always get recognition and all initiatives/committee are usually filled with them. If you don't belong to that race, then you would be made to quit on your own. 3. The company HR policies are completely based on your manager. Right from getting a pen till onsite assignments , you would need requesting him/her. So, one wrong move with him/her and it would cost your relationship badly. Lot of managers are misfit for the job and totally partial.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting and hiring people just to fill the headcount. Start talking to employees instead of reading out multi colored ppt's in townhall meetings. Support departments like HR, Admin and Communication teams are mediocre and needs a revamp. They should be trained to be professional since they are outright rude, non-cooperative and think that they own the place. Stop shouting 'culture' and start 'walk the talk' . Implement 360 degree reviews for management and get to know how bad/good, the lower/middle management are.


  10. Helpful (2)

    not a IT company, a typical manufacturing setup

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Consultant
    Current Employee - Solution Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Domain exposure direct interaction with end user

    Cons

    no IT company like policies Colleagues are more egoistic than result focused.

    Advice to Management

    start treating every dept as unique and cater to its needs. Try to better leverage possibilities by making teams work like ONE Volvo than in silo's , BA/BU concepts.. establish avenues for communications from anyone at anytime , in short a open door policy Last but not the least , find ways to flatten the organization.. its growing in size in the middle but with no good results.


  11. Directeur de programme

    Current Employee - directeur de projets/programme in Lyon (France)
    Current Employee - directeur de projets/programme in Lyon (France)

    I have been working at Volvo full-time

    Pros

    Une multinationale humaine et enrichissante, où changer de métier est possible

    Cons

    De plus en plus drivée par l'objectif financier court-terme



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