Volvo Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
83 Reviews
3.4
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Pros
  • Fair work life balance for a person who plans his/her work schedule (in 15 reviews)

  • A professional organization, would good opportunities and space to explore them as well (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Cold decision making or very slow in (in 5 reviews)

  • Once you "master" your job you become a valuable asset to the team when it comes to reaching it's goals and vision (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Co-op

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Shippensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Shippensburg, PA

    I worked at Volvo as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a very stable office culture, with most employees having families. Going to see someone from a different department is easy, and everyone is willing to put down what they are working on to help you. It is a good place to settle down.

    Cons

    Depending on location, the location of employment could be in a small town because of pre-existing factory locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are treated well, but maybe more team activities outside of work could help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Hagerstown, MD

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers
    Freedom
    Flexible work time
    Good Pay

    Cons

    Not challenging
    Less hiring for Full-time jobs
    No sponsorship for international people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Working at Volvo as an intern was an outstanding experience in which I learned several different facets of the industry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer Co-op in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer Co-op in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Volvo as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was treated like a regular employee, not as I assumed an intern would be treated. I was invited to many meetings with high level management and again, I was listened to as a regular employee. I learned about several different aspects of the industry. I believe my department had great management, project leaders and director. My internship was renewed. Therefore, I was given an additional 6 months of employment. I was given a good referral when applying to additional positions with in the company.

    Cons

    It took several weeks before I recieved my company laptop, and during this time I had nothing to do. When I asked what I could do (anything I could read or follow and watch and learn from another employee) I was told "Don't worry about it. You are alright. Just wiat for your computer." Therefore, I basically did not learn anything about my position or the company for those couple of weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your interns to thier full capabilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company to work for

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

    I worked at Volvo full-time

    Pros

    Seen excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Cannot think of any right now

  6.  

    People diversity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large Multinational with lots of opportunities

    Cons

    low salaries compared to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the talk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to study operations management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    interesting place to work for, people there are very kind and professional, knows their business and is leading the industry

    Cons

    lack some key variables such as communication between different departments, technology applied to manufacturing is high but low on supporting teams like logistics and transportations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could be more accessible in terms of communication and providing more cross departments supports, overall a very nice place to work for

    Recommends
  8.  

    Excellent company to work for

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

    I have been working at Volvo

    Pros

    Great medical and dental benefits and one of the last companies to offer cash pension plan.
    Takes care of employees, does not lay off employees at the slightest whim and fancy.
    Management supports your ideas and information flows freely between management and employees.
    Personal business plan for employees - excellent way of stating actionable goals to achieve in a year and monitoring them.

    Cons

    Slowest decision making process and after spending countless weeks discussing it in "workshops".
    Senior management lacks a backbone to take tough decisions.
    Decisions made in Sweden sometime absolutely make no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management in Sweden: There are awesome guys working in NA. Listen to them so that they feel that thier opinion is being heard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay at the expense of career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    Volvo's pay rate appears to more than competitive compared to other organizations. The management is quite competent and very personable, which is more than I can say for many companies. The work environment is relaxed and generally fun; certainly nothing you will dread going to every day.

    Cons

    At least in my area, there was no clear path to advancement. In many cases you would need to transfer to a different department or take a significantly different job to move to a higher level. If you are unwilling or unable to do this, you will potentially be waiting years for a position to open up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for employees to advance within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Volvo is a great place to work with teriffic benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    Pros

    Great benefits and a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is so large that it often takes a long time to get things moving in the right direction and often there are multiple groups working on the same things without communication between those groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break projects and objectives down into smaller pieces. Most projects I have seen here are started with many things that need to be done instead of do these 5 things and then move on in order to get to the end goal. What ends up happening is there is a lot of wasted time and effort and the results often end up being poorly implemented.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful learning Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good employee connect, keen to solve problems, nice work life balance and transparancy

    Cons

    More exposure to local business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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