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Volvo Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
87 Reviews
3.4
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Volvo President & CEO Olof Persson
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Pros
  • Fair work life balance for a person who plans his/her work schedule (in 16 reviews)

  • A professional organization, would good opportunities and space to explore them as well (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Cold decision making or very slow in (in 5 reviews)

  • No full time hiring taking place at the time of my co-op (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you can't cope with change don't work for Volvo.

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    Current Employee - Process and IT in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Process and IT in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is nice working in a global environment. The vast majority of people actually care about what is going on and what they can do to progress the company. Your ideas are always looked into and if they are an improvement they will be implemented. Great place to balance work and family. The benefits are wonderful!

    Cons

    Advancement I think can be difficult at times. Once you "master" your job you become a valuable asset to the team when it comes to reaching it's goals and vision. I believe this leads you to being left in place at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share your vision with your employees better. We know what is needed and expected but sometimes the delivery of the message is foggy. Ask people if they want to move on to other things which will make better employees in the long run. Nobody wants to be "stuck" in a job. We want to move our careers forward just like Volvo wants to move it's business forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very good place to work at that company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    secure
    nice
    excellent atmosphere
    i like the food

    Cons

    lots of work
    hard to climb up

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good way for me to get my foot in the door

    Former Employee - Driveline Engineering Co-op in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Driveline Engineering Co-op in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Volvo as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good treatment of co-ops/interns. Got to do a fair amount of hands-on and actual engineering work as compared to what I have heard about similar internships at other companies

    Cons

    No full time hiring taking place at the time of my co-op

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Executive in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Executive in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, challenging, varied, global and fun.

    Cons

    Complicated, matrixed, cyclical and large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job in general. Remeber employees are always the real assets of any company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great pay and benefits, great people, great company!

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Operator in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Operator in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Volvo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, some of which are quite unique to the company.

    Cons

    Not much time to learn/adjust some roles. Not every person instructing such roles (at each of the stations) is a fit instructor.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Volvo

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    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, flexible work schedule depending on your manager, opportunity to travel internationally, good vacation

    Cons

    average pay at best, little opportuniity for advancement, too many chiefs not enough indians

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many chiefs - not enough indians; get out of your office and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to study operations management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    interesting place to work for, people there are very kind and professional, knows their business and is leading the industry

    Cons

    lack some key variables such as communication between different departments, technology applied to manufacturing is high but low on supporting teams like logistics and transportations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could be more accessible in terms of communication and providing more cross departments supports, overall a very nice place to work for

    Recommends
  9.  

    Very political.

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer/Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer/Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    You can certainly advance within the Volvo Group e.g. Volvo Parts, Volvo IT, etc. Non Automotive Purchasing is only one organization within Volvo Group.

    Cons

    USA employees have to follow globabl directives. No advancement opportunities within the local organization. Very high focus on cost savings. No bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees judgement. Global does not always know what local people know.

  10.  

    Good place to work if you enjoy working hard for limited advancement.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    Pros

    Strategically the company is run very well financially.. Volvo is methodical in decision making to best balance profit, customer service, growth and employee satisfaction..

    Cons

    Career development is talked about or limited to specific category of people to meet quota requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great hidden talent within the ranks of workers who are held back by lack of developmental policies that would promote growth and career development. All talk but little action.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multiple Headquarters

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    I really like the way Volvo executed projects. There was always an avenue to approach upper management. I liked the way they handled difficult situations.

    Cons

    Volvo bought out Mack Trucks Inc. Therefore I had two headquarters to report and recieve requests. There seemed to be an internal competition as to who knew the best way. I was caught in the middle of the conflict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mainframe systems at my location were being phased out. I did not see any opportunity for the future. I really liked Volvo alot, but there should have been an avenue for me to pursue with them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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