CMA CGM America

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CMA CGM America Reviews

Updated May 17, 2014
Updated May 17, 2014
25 Reviews

2.8
25 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot about the shipping industry.

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

    Pros

    Great morale among the employees and executives. It's a great place if you have kids and want to stay healthy. There are many activities that cater to this.

    Cons

    The opportunity for growth should be available sooner. The time frame to move to other departments was a bit extensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees advised of any issues. Feedback from management often helped me to advance in my position. The lines of communication should stay open.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great workplace environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Team dynamic is great, benefits and time off are unmatchable.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as high due to other benefits and its hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better communication with employee and assist with growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Steamship line review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Promotes from within, exceptional training and team work

    Cons

    Never closes for door for bad weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit the supervisors frequently and push so the employees know there is an open door policy. People tend to not speak up when management is not approachable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great PTO, benefits; okay pay, management doesn't always understand the employees needs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Coordinator  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Coordinator in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    very generous Paid Time Off, great insurance and 401K benefits, gym and nice sized cafeteria in building, overall nice atmosphere

    Cons

    pay isn't great, management decides to make changes but doesn't effectively communicate with or understand the employees who are doing the work, some people have to work 10-7 or 11-8

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make changes to make the job more efficient and less stressful for the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to get you started

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inbound Vessel Coordinator  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Inbound Vessel Coordinator in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Training, cross-training, and making staff more valuable are the biggest strengths of this company. They are clearly set up to add lots of entry level talent because from day 1 you get classes on everything from their systems to basic shipping industry knowledge. Most new hires get a few days of specific training in their job function as well. CCA really is a great company for recent graduates to get a ton of experience and put a great name on your resume. The benefits package is incredible - by far the least expensive plan I've seen. Least expensive as in 1/4 the cost of everyone else cheap. VERY GOOD. Human Resources is also very helpful if you have any sort of dispute with management or whatever.

    Cons

    The other side of the coin: the salary is low. CCA hires a lot of recent graduates. Not a lot of these new hires come with shipping experience - and that's OK - but this also allows CCA to pay a lower starting salary. The typical department at CCA has a team leader (maybe), a supervisor, a manager, then a director. That's a lot of levels to climb to get to a position where I figured my pay would be satisfactory, so I decided to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Low salaries are an issue if you want to keep the staff you're training. I got great industry experience and was able to quickly find a position elsewhere for much more money. I would have loved to stay at CCA, though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Very good benefits and management. Always trying to improve processes and procedures.

    Cons

    Since HQ is in France, a good majority of decisions are made there. The french have a stuffiness to there attitude that makes dealing with them unpleasent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth that is not to be believed.

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - better than at other shipping companies with a very small contribution from the employees. Contribution to benefits varies with salary level. Very nice office space - management goes out of its way to make sure that the work atmosphere is pleasant for all employees at all levels.

    Cons

    Having to deal with difficult personalities coming from the head office in France. The policies from France can be commercially unreasonable and it makes it very difficult to explain to customers. Also, the relationship between the head office and the US company is not good and the people in France do not respect the employees in the US or their opinions or ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The US Senior management is what has propelled CMA CGM into the top 10 shipping companies in the US. Keep it up and keep improving the quality of the associates in the US.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company on Paper

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Great Benefits (Really great)
    Good opportunities to move around and up in the company
    Friendly coworkers
    Cross-training opportunities

    Cons

    Different supervisors/peers = different procedures for common activities. Leads to mistakes
    Because they are easy to move up in, this results in some managers/supervisors not being the best fit
    Very low payscale
    Personal Experience: Was hired for a position, then 5 months later, my position was outsourced. Was very disappointed that they would hire (several people) knowing they would be removing my position anyways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent procedure training for managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Started pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - export bookings - premiere/stars  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - export bookings - premiere/stars in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Great training and benefits. The management is pretty good; some better than others.

    Cons

    They pick their favorites so I can't advance and they always have a lame excuse as to why they won't hire me for a different position that I am well-qualified for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the time to help your team members excel and advance.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some Good Some Not So Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Management in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Moving in right direction in some things - Salary / Bene's

    Cons

    HR Policies are brutal. HR does not take stand and spineless when it comes to advising FRENCH head office of US policies and practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capable people need to be in HR positions - not ones that inherent the role

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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