General Cable Reviews

Updated June 23, 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. General Cable, Latin America

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Terrible company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Maintenance Mechanic

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. Finance Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  9. Good intensions but lack of direction

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

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

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

    Pros

    There are so many good people working at the company that it should be a pleasant experience. Most people really care about what they do and who they work with.

    Cons

    There is no expectation of balance of work life and too much internal politics. The work continues to pile on without regard to resources or setting of priorities. Everyone at the plants and corp have their own personal objective with little regard for your own needs.

    Advice to Management

    Wired As One is a good concept but needs to be made a reality.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lacking in all aspects....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None. It's a paycheck, but not a very good one!

    Cons

    Poor pay. I came in with over 10 years experience and still only get 2 weeks vacation. Treatment of employees is terrible (especially women). You can expect to work excessive hours with not even as much as a "thank you". Reviews are a joke. No hard work is rewarded. MTPs (Management Training Program) are regarded as the best of the best, but they are just out of college and have no clue how to manage their way out of a paper bag, much less run part of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Treat your employees better and they might want to stick around.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Current employee at General Cable for more than 9 years but less than 20.

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

    I have been working at General Cable full-time

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

    Pros

    I stated the above years of service in that way to insure I remain anonymous. As a whole it has been a very rewarding experience working at General Cable. My fellow employees are a great group of people to work with. I have a highly technical position and believe the company does its very best to stay a "State of the Art World Class" organization. Very good vacation plan compared to other companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Like any other employer I have worked for there are some issues with some managers having their pet employees. I believe those managers fail to look at the skill set, talent level and proven performance in decision making. Concerning both promotions and pay increases. However I want to point out that I said some managers. Just like every large company has some bad employees they will also have some bad managers.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better HR training to managers. Some are placing the company at risk of legal litigation. Mostly because of their lack of education in HR. There are never any winners when an employee sues a company. The costs of defending those types of claims is one reason the company spends so much money retaining lawyers.



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