Volvo Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. Good work life balance. Full job satisfaction if you are an core employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Volvo

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

    Pros

    Good salary, Work life balance

    Cons

    No fast decision. person dependant review.


  9. Excellent employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volvo

    Pros

    A good company that let's their employees grow and prosper. Working with the most exciting products will full support from managers to take your own decisions. A lovely company and I am so proud to have been a part if it for 15 years. Had I not moved abroad with my husband I would have happily stayed until retirement. Such a great company!!

    Cons

    The salary levels aren't bad but they could be better.


  10. Good money

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fitter in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Fitter in Gothenburg (Sweden)

    I worked at Volvo

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

    Pros

    Good money and easy to learn, doesnt require much skill

    Cons

    Hard Work and fast paced environment that requires constant focus


  11. good for who want to settle in a peacefull place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Volvo

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    teams,work life balance, leaves,lot of time to learn

    Cons

    food,variable pay,cafeteria,nativity feeling,difficult to switch between projects, bad managers



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