Volvo Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Multiple Headquarters

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Antiquated workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    volvo way - questionable

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Good pay at the expense of career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - IT Support in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for employees to advance within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    The processes are in charge

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Good employer to gain experience, but not a career.

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Volvo is a great place to work with teriffic benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Volvo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Make the organization more competitive and reward employees suitably

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