Volvo Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Antiquated workplace

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

    I have been working at Volvo

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

    Pros

    Big global corporation, brand name, relavtively stable job

    Cons

    Cube farm culture, Middle level mangers are directionless, Most of the challenging engineering work is handled in Sweden

    Advice to Management

    Introduce open office culture and more flexible timings/vacation schedule for work/life balance. Enhance engineering capability in North America to serve the local market better


  2. Helpful (2)

    volvo way - questionable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Volvo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no pressure at work and decent amount of allowed time off. you can keep your job without doing much work.

    Cons

    No room to advance and grow and strict one-way communication from the management. 'Global' way is Swedish way and no real clear goal or vision other than big talks from the management.

    Advice to Management

    please value regional (non-EU) employees, and senior regional management should focus more on regional growth and should listen to the voices from regional folks.


  3. Excellent company to work for

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

    I have been working at Volvo

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical and dental benefits and one of the last companies to offer cash pension plan. Takes care of employees, does not lay off employees at the slightest whim and fancy. Management supports your ideas and information flows freely between management and employees. Personal business plan for employees - excellent way of stating actionable goals to achieve in a year and monitoring them.

    Cons

    Slowest decision making process and after spending countless weeks discussing it in "workshops". Senior management lacks a backbone to take tough decisions. Decisions made in Sweden sometime absolutely make no sense.

    Advice to Management

    management in Sweden: There are awesome guys working in NA. Listen to them so that they feel that thier opinion is being heard.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good pay at the expense of career advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Volvo's pay rate appears to more than competitive compared to other organizations. The management is quite competent and very personable, which is more than I can say for many companies. The work environment is relaxed and generally fun; certainly nothing you will dread going to every day.

    Cons

    At least in my area, there was no clear path to advancement. In many cases you would need to transfer to a different department or take a significantly different job to move to a higher level. If you are unwilling or unable to do this, you will potentially be waiting years for a position to open up.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for employees to advance within the company


  6. Helpful (4)

    The processes are in charge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global, profitable and environment concious A good reputation as a responsible company

    Cons

    Everything is controlled by processes The individuals hide or are hidden behind those processes. HR are centralized and live a life of their own without proper feedback from the contributing parts of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize HR and put the working parts of the organisation in charge of HR issues. Dont hide the indviduals behind processes. Make sure to get the right information, not just the middle management version.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good employer to gain experience, but not a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Volvo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company has very strong growth. Has a global presence. Strong engineering capability. A strong vision of where the company's wanted position is in the future. Strong opportunities for growth if you are Swedish or French. Opportunities to work in a multi-cultural environment.

    Cons

    For North Americans there is a significant glass ceiling; although, making up over 20% of the Powertrain workforce less than 5% of Americans in a senior role. At N-2 level of 24 positions only 1 or 2 Americans, at N-1 of 11 positions there are none. Personal Business Plans are how individuals are held accountable for their performance; however, there is no followed standard and evaluations can be arbitrary. One individual may have 4 objectives; whereas, another may have 10 and the one completing 9 of the 10 will get a lower rating than the 1 completing 4. There is also a visible distinction between how employees at various levels are treated with respect to travel conditions, busines class vs. economy class.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managment could be more proactive in ensuring that the "Volvo Way" is followed across all sites.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Volvo is a great place to work with teriffic benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and a great work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is so large that it often takes a long time to get things moving in the right direction and often there are multiple groups working on the same things without communication between those groups.

    Advice to Management

    Break projects and objectives down into smaller pieces. Most projects I have seen here are started with many things that need to be done instead of do these 5 things and then move on in order to get to the end goal. What ends up happening is there is a lot of wasted time and effort and the results often end up being poorly implemented.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Neutral. Needs more improvement in having a competitive pay and benefits package.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Volvo

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedules and a variety of business domain and technology areas one can get exposed to.

    Cons

    Slow in evolving, keeping up with changes. Rewards, pay raises are below industry practices.

    Advice to Management

    Make the organization more competitive and reward employees suitably


  10. Life at Volvo

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Curitiba (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Curitiba (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and good work environment. Possibility to have opportunity abroad.

    Cons

    Feel possibilities to grow up your carrier faster. It area under review.


  11. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Curitiba (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Curitiba (Brazil)

    I have been working at Volvo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Place to work - passion, energy and respect for people

    Cons

    Is difficult to find another place to work after passing through Volvo because the way to treat people in volvo is rare.



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