General Cable Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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General Cable President, CEO, and Director Gregory B. Kenny
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Pros
  • good benefits and nice peoples to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • The job offers great benefits and the senior staff are incredibly nice and polite (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. Finance Associate

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    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    Outdated technology along with outdated office suites.

  2. Maintenance Mechanic

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    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.

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

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    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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  5. Solid company but needs to find a way to elevate itself in such a mature market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very hands on training programs.

    Cons

    The work culture is a bit stiff here.

    Advice to Management

    If you say you want to live in a paperless world, you should act on it.

  6. Good company with challenging management

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I worked at General Cable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aggressive style and management challenges your performance. Fair benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Matrix organization can set departments against each other

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on developing internal talent

  7. Good company to work for but internal politics can be an issue.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willimantic, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willimantic, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, chances to cross train in other departments, management treats you very well.

    Cons

    No accountability so if if your coworkers don't do their jobs it gets passed off on you, it's a union job so they defend lazy slackers just as much as hard workers. Everything comes down to money in the last couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their work and remind them that they work for you not the other way around.

  8. Good environment to intern, poor planning of projects

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    Former Intern - Co-Op in Franklin, MA
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Franklin, MA

    I worked at General Cable as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, everyone willing to help teach the fundamentals of the job
    Allowed freedom to create projects as an intern

    Cons

    Not always support on projects, for various reasons:
    -Not enough manpower to spare people for support
    -Tight production schedule, unable to stop to make adjustments
    -New methods met with resistance as workers had grown accustom to current methods

    Advice to Management

    Better plan for co-ops, actually create project teams instead of talking about it

  9. Disorganized company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Cable

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any other than they do employe people and give them a pay check.

    Cons

    Poor communication within company.
    Great at buying companies very poor at growing employees or fostering a healthy work environment.
    Czarist mentality.
    Very poor customer service.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Best place for creative and happy minds

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Open culture, lot of opportunities for creativity and innovation. In real world many times brilliant and ambitious people don’t get chances to prove their ability, even in many top companies. If you are talented, hungry to innovate, have ideas for cost management, want to see your dream as commercial product, come here and have fun. I have come across few passionate tech's at early 20's, enjoying the technology learnings here. Work - life balance: Working hours 8 to 4.30, rest all your time, honestly human cannot work 8hrs
    continuously, so have coffee, lunch, chat and work...

    Cons

    Very competitive business, much depend on market dynamics and environments, as like all other typical manufacturing industries.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Terrible pay - Join for the Six Sigma experience and leave

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Cable

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

    Pros

    I sure can't think of any. The only thing you'll get out of working here is a Six Sigma Blackbelt or Greenbelt before you leave.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, what they will offer you is well below the regional median salary. The company is run by management that doesn't have a clue, and everything is metric driven to the point that people are frequently at each other's throats.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company. You don't know how to run it.

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