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Volvo Trucks Reviews in Greensboro, NC

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
73 Reviews

3.5
73 Reviews
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Dennis R. Slagle
19 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance infact insisted by the higher management (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits, okay pay, cafeteria onsite, work gym, good people (generally) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Volvo is a very large company, thus being very slow in decision making (in 5 reviews)

  • Core developement is done at sweden and only dust cleaning jobs are given to India (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    Great working environment, great benefits. Lots of perks to working for a large global company as well. Recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get things done because it is such a global company. Sometimes you spend more time trying to get through all the red tape than you should.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, love working here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    European company, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes that make it hard to get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good employer with great benefits

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and vacation, Good work life balance

    Cons

    Slow moving process oriented environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding

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

    Pros

    Good location, great people, good vacation plan, good pay.

    Cons

    Overloaded with projects, raises hard to get sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better chance of moving up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good, short, product focused project

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    Great management & coworkers. Open culture regarding company goals and product features.
    Camaraderie is great, and works well in between layers of hierarchy.

    Cons

    Strict career ladder structure, dated and crowded office landscapes.
    Located a bit off the beaten path for HQ-standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on premium product and long term strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great company to work for but hard to get hired full time.

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

    Pros

    It's a large company with well set policies and procedures so there's never any confusion.

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost in the shuffle in a company this size and even harder to get hired from temp to perm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the experience and hard work of your contractors and reward them with a full time job. There are a lot of folks who have been temps for several years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manipulation and Intimidation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    if you absolutely have to gain some experience in the IT field or just need a paycheck, Volvo User Request Services is a job. Regardless of degree or IT certifications, most of your job will be inventorying outdated computers, stacking them on pallets for disposal and running the daily mail around. i.e. "everyone starts at the bottom"

    Cons

    You are intentionally set up for failure from the beginning. Your mistakes will be used as opportunities to exercise authority and instill dominance upon you. The real managers never come in. You will be at the mercy of their unqualified secret assistants on a daily basis. The office culture is simple pack mentality. If you're a young pretty girl, you will probably have opportunity. However, if you've been there less than 3 years, you don't really matter. Their carefully practiced songs and dance will make you question everything about yourself. There is a point to that. To succeed? Figure out how to do their job better and more efficiently and then let them take the credit for it. Be submissive in their presence and take responsibility for their failures. Volvo User Request Services motto: "do everything for me while I watch youtube all day. Don't complain about it either because I have a personal relationship with the boss that his wife doesn't want to know about and I'm looking for dirt on you in case you find out about it. If you do find out or I just don't like you, you WILL be fired. I'm four for four, so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come to work and do your own job instead of installing office spies to take pictures and digitally monitor the moves of others. This isn't the Marine Corps; employees aren't new recruits. After twenty years, though, I guess old habits are hard to break. If you're going to demand that employees never make mistakes maybe you should come to the office every once in awhile. You aren't "working" from home and you aren't faithful to your wife either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good workplace. Very multicultural

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    Multicultural, open, fair, good benefits

    Cons

    Big company, hard to make changes, difficulty to advance (unless you are swedish)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote some non Swedish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful

    Former Employee - Sales  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Sales in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    Expanding company that is truly growing

    Cons

    No bad things to report here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a job, no advancement unless you're connected to a Swede or "good old boy"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Greensboro, NC

    Pros

    good benefits, okay pay, cafeteria onsite, work gym, good people (generally)

    Cons

    Low starting salary when young& new so you get pigion holed (+2.5-3.5% annually) long term. Either jump between departments or leave then come back for advancement. Non-empowered (decisions made by Swedes) & silo (not my within my job scope= don't care) work mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hard-workers get more work load, rotated around, and "trash" dumped on them with very little raises or bonuses. "tenured" people barely performs because they are "pigion hold" in their current job and extremely protective of the knowledge & contacts or "just don't care anymore" therefore creates a very non-motivated & silo work environment overall. Consulting positions that are non value added or outsourcing to India & Brazil because people are "riding" it out not realizing they are setting the future up for failure.

    There would be less moving around between business groups if people were properly compensated. One either has to transfer to a new job in a new department or leave the company then come back. Work life balance depends if you to become "the dumping ground" or not.

    Management can't make decisions (decision bodies, steering committees, etc.) to save their lives, no direction just execution! "Good old boys" in top management "strategy" creates personal vendetta among the excess politics. Promotions are based on who you can pound a "beer" with or kissing their "behind". Downside to that is if they leave they may be replaced by a Swede or a French that just simply can't understand the NA's market.

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    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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