General Cable Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
Gregory B. Kenny
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Pros
  • Great benefits and job opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • The company is not "Lean" and is not "Wired as One", but both phrases look real nice on paper (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Unless you are a favorite of upper management, be ready to stay at your current employment level forever (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of a centralized IT department causes complete dysfunction in IT operations (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Salary Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

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

    Pros

    This is a great salary for someone coming out of college who has little to no work experience. It is a nice opportunity to expand and grow in the business if you know the right people and willing to network.

    Cons

    Management is shaky and could be better (executive leadership). Hopefully with the additional of the new CEO, the company can work on getting back on the good foot and offer their employees more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees...their making continuous improvements which was very needed so I can't really say anymore than that.


  2. Inside Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are generally wonderful people.

    Cons

    Where to start.....salary is meager compared to the amount of work that is given/expected. People walk around displaying brain drain from the work overload. Leadership will lie to your face as they tell you they appreciate you- they don't. They would rather hire 20 year old experts to tell them how they are failing as a company instead of listening to their sales force that has been there for 10-15 years or more. Inside sales is repeatedly looked down upon and expressed that they are the bottom of the hierarchy per upper management - although they carry out all of the grunt work to keep the company afloat. Unless you are a favorite by upper management, be prepared to stay in your current position forever.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your employees and get more people. Stand up to people that are archaic and have outworn their welcome on so many levels. Get rid of them - you'll be doing everyone a favor.


  3. General Cable, Latin America

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at General Cable (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    People are nice and try hard to keep up with the demands

    Cons

    Executive management needs to update management style. Most people are gone or in the process of leaving.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The good old boy system is alive here

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 Label, Cafeteria, Gym, global footprint, interesting broad product line, nice coworkers

    Cons

    Lack of diversity especially at the top, terrible pay and benefits, no out of the box thinking, HR doesn't practice what it preaches and your success and career is dependent upon the relationships you have with leadership. The culture is not welcoming of new people. There are issues with communication in several areas of the company.


  6. Terrible company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshall, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay if you don't have a college degree, decent real world job training, and easy to get hired on because of the extremely high turnover rate.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment, lack of care about safety, management is greedy and cares only about themselves, extremely high turnover rate because management can't treat employees properly, and you have to be a management favorite to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate the talent you have and work to get your people raises. You have people busting their tails day in and day out, giving all their time to your company due to the high demand for overtime, and you treat them like trash, don't like to give them benefits, and fight to avoid giving them a raise.


  7. Good place to get additional training but not a great place to work long-term.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

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

    Pros

    The company provides training courses across the board to help further develop skills and encourages employees to take advantage of these benefits whenever possible.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is high turnover and employees are taking advantage of training then leaving the.company to work somewhere more desirable.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do better at demonstrating they care about the talent they are investing in and find ways to retain them long-term. Not sure this is as simple as it seems because there is more going on internally that needs to be "fixed" and management is skilled at turning the other way overlooking issues altogether.


  8. Disorganized/Alarming Turn Over Rate/Moral is Ugly

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mediator/Undercover Lab in Lincoln, RI
    Current Employee - Mediator/Undercover Lab in Lincoln, RI

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

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

    Pros

    Salary but at some point you have to make a better decision.

    Cons

    Unethical work practices. Union and staff relationship is caustic whic creates havoc.

    Advice to Management

    At some point ... Let's get real. This company is unable to retain talent (ask how many people have resigned the last 12-months) because team work concepts do not exist.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Can somebody please explain to me why the CEO got an 8% increase while others get scraps?

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    Current Employee - Finance in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Current Employee - Finance in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I have been working at General Cable full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Annual merit increase Dedicated coworkers Nice facility

    Cons

    According to a recent Fortune article on “The 5 most overrated CEOs” Greg Kenny’s compensation rose from $5 million in 2013 to $5.4 million in 2014. Because of the company’s new annual merit schedule, some employees received a meager 1-2% increase in Fall 2014 and got next to nothing in 2015. It was pretty creative financing by HR to scam the employees out of what was promised as an annual merit and then change up the schedule so that anyone that got an increase late in 2014 got screwed in 2015. Originally everyone was on an unknown schedule but then moved to annual merit schedule during the year, and then that was changed to a company wide merit schedule in March. There is no disclosure of where you are in range and compensation is very hush hush However it's no secret that the CEO got substantially paid. Lack of fair compensation, a long with the company’s poor business performance, has people leaving in droves. Those who remain are overworked and tired of being the last priority.

    Advice to Management

    People need to be valued as a core asset to the business.


  10. Maintenance Mechanic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Manchester, NH

    I worked at General Cable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Slow paste. Easy work specially off shift. No pressure to employees. Equipment not to complicated. Good place to start

    Cons

    Poor safety measures and practices. Don,t get hurt it isn't wort. Takes long to get some or any help. Machinery old no investments.


  11. Finance Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Highland Heights, KY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work culture. Very collaborative and professional.

    Cons

    Outdated technology along with outdated office suites.



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