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General Cable Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
42 Reviews
3.2
42 Reviews
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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  1.  

    Had a great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Intern  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Intern in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at General Cable as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly and helpful employees, good company values, nice facility

    Cons

    different departments don't seem to work together

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to work while you passively search for something better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at General Cable full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the people I have seen come and go have become really good friends, excellent resources. The company does attract highly talented individuals but tends to have high turnover.
    The autonomy is nice, you organize your own priorities. Some bosses are great, depends on where you land.
    Gym & cafeteria.

    Cons

    Perks? None. Compensation? Below average to average. Promotions? Only the few in the fold.

    The company wastes money. If the shareholders only knew. Equipment that doesn't work, man hours spent on projects that go nowhere, excess trips (ex. multiple associates to one plant, multiple associates to baseball games) during a time we fire so many people and are doing feasibility studies to decide which NA plant to close? Yet you worry about my work lunch?
    There is a skills/profile in our files of which no one pays attention. There have been job openings (of course), for many positions which I am highly qualified. This skills/profile is a development program we do every year, that no one really utilizes when filling positions. Such a waste to spend time on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This company acquires other companies without having a full understanding of the marketplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They pay basic market value. The coporate culture educates all employeesto follow proper ethics on and off work.

    Cons

    They acquire other companies and do not adjust their pricing or inventory structure to meet market needs. Thus what was once established market share with those products quickly diminishes. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow ouside sales feedback more closely to better understand what products to keep in inventory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting work but there is a culture of playing favorites and heavy politics.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at General Cable part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pros? A steady paycheck.
    The industry is interesting.
    I've made a few friends in my short time there, and we stay in touch.

    Cons

    Pay is not industry leading, unless you are one of the favorites. Your direct supervisor has way too much influence over your career so you cannot really decide your own future (unless you're a pet). HR has no experience and it shows. The benefits are shrinking.

    From my own personal experience, they give job interviews as a formality. They know who they are hiring or promoting prior to posting a position. They make it obvious too. Waste of people's time.

    The director had three associates over to his house last summer. Not as guests, but to do yard work. He has not asked them to come over since. Guess why? Because he doesn't need the manual labor. These are facts.

    I witnessed an ETP (essentially a new engineer in training), babysitting for HR at the movies, etc. On more than one occasion. This is a conflict of interest and bad judgement on HR's part. We do not know if the ETP was coerced, or felt in fear of losing his job if he didn't babysit, or if he simply chose to do it. No one will truly ever know. There were two ETPs at the time so it's easy to determine which one was held in higher favor. HR's lack of respect for privacy is out of control. I shouldn't have known other associate's personal business unless those associates chose to share. I wasn't in payroll so I shouldn't know their salaries either, but I did. This was all openly discussed in front of me.

    The favoritism is bad. The company is not "Lean" at all. The company presents an illusion to the customers that it runs like a well-oiled machine but in reality it's all smoke and mirrors. The "Leadership Group" - what they like to call themselves, never hold themselves accountable. This is not how you lead.

    Managers let their egos get the best of them, poor decisions abound. For example: It would not be "Lean" to pay an outside contractor 40k to do something I have done in my sleep. This happened while I was there. Yet, they claim to be "Lean". Such a waste of money, I can have no part of it. I hear GC isn't doing well, letting 1,000 people go. I wonder why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new HR staff, definitely rotate managers. This will reduce favoritism. Implement "Lean" culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This parachute is a knapsack!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The hypocrisy is in-your-face obvious. The company is not "Lean" and is not "Wired as One", but both phrases look real nice on paper. The incompetent leadership failed us and we had to let 1,000 associates find new jobs. The thinking is as follows: Leadership makes mistakes and grows the company too fast, the greed backfires, stock drops, shareholders get surly, then we fire 1,000 associates that had nothing to do with the decisions to put us in the bad position to begin with. Mind you, these 1,000 associates DID put us in a position that we could make such acquisitions. The "Wired as One" lie would mean that we ALL take the hit and suffer together rather than fire 1,000 people who don't sit in offices deciding everyone else's fate. As a matter of fact, if a regular, non-management associate made decisions that had such a negative impact, they would be terminated. But our current management lumps their short-comings in with the increasing price of copper and of course, their hands are perfectly clean. You are management - you are suppose to have provisions in place for copper - after all WE ARE A COPPER DEPENDENT company.

    Pros: Good quality construction for almost any application imaginable in the wire and cable industry.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. I am sure the language would be NSFW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. You are affecting more than just your own personal interests. Top five US people, go, peace be with you. But please, go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company to work for, good benefits and well treated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

    Pros

    Gain good experience, relatively stable company

    Cons

    Too much favoritism. Only a small portion of the employees get a promotion and are placed on fast tracked for promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great potential - all depends on your boss

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

    Pros

    lots of global opportunities, opportunities to be promoted if you have a good boss.

    Cons

    Poor boss can hinder possibiltities - all depends on which region you are in.
    North america, well run. Latam - poorly run. Europe - very political (like NA)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to compensate well and keep high potential employees advancing. Too many good people leave because they arent promoted as they deserve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Such a great experience working with this Fortune 500 Company - would not think of leaving!

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

    I have been working at General Cable full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    General Cable has always been kind to me and given me many opportunities to learn and grow within the company. The company has invested thousands of dollars in my development with industry training. They just instituted an awesome vacation purchasing program where we can buy up to an additional week of vacation and the medical, dental and life insurance benefits are fantastic!

    Cons

    In every company there are politics the higher up the ranks you go. One of the biggest challenges is the company's matrix organization where you may report directly to a manager but have several dotted line managers. Everyone has their own agenda and none of the managers talk to each other, so you can be pulled in a lot of direction. To be successful, you really have to be flexible and patient. But the work is engaging and keeps you challenged every single day. Every day is a learning experience!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to all levels of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Just like working for a 3rd world banana republic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Doral, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Doral, FL

    I worked at General Cable full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are Latin American, you will be very comfortable in this environment. Benefits are OK, but definitely not industry leading.

    Cons

    Lack of a centralized IT department causes complete dysfunction in IT operations. Companies that were acquired through acquisition or merger still operate like independent businesses, not a single company. Company has 15-20 disparate ERP systems in use, rather than a single global ERP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate IT into global structure. When new companies are acquired, make sure that they operate as a corporate entity, not a separate company. Run the company like a Fortune 500 company should be, not like a little mom-and-pop shop. Move to a single ERP instead of the 15-20 that exist worldwide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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