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Volvo Group Reviews

Updated January 5, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Inefficient and wasteful in cultivating their workforce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    +Money
    +Benefits
    +Kaizen Shop
    +Union
    +Benefits
    +Retirement Plan
    + Did I mention the benefits?

    The culture is typical factory. Turn your mind off when you go in and turn it back on when you leave to preserve brain cells and maintain intellegence through repetitive menial tasks. If you can do that and still be a functioning human being after throwing away 40+ hours a week of your life as an organic machine, it's a decent living I guess.

    Cons

    -Supervisors
    -Union
    -Union negotiations
    -Rubber band hirings and layoffs
    -You are a completely expendable and replaceable human machine
    -Unfair wage disparity between old and new employees due to unionized politics

    The supervisors that I met were mostly chest-thumping aggressors due to their oppositional non-union status. If you are not part of the union as an assembly worker, God help you. Don't mess up once or seem inadequate at your assigned position within your first 90 days before being allowed into the UAW protective umbrella.

    I spent 2 months in the hiring process and scored just under the top 4 in my round of hiring to get a cushy company job off the line. They gave me 1 week with help on a position that the facilitator training me told me that multiple people had failed to be able to adequately perform prior to me. They gave me 3 days on my own and canned me while others from my training group were allowed to shift between jobs until they found the right fit.

    They waste so much money on a person without paying attention to what their actual strengths are. I shudder to think of how much money they have wasted and how many quality employees they have kicked to the curb because they don't know how to properly vet them.

    Oh, and they pay the old timers nearly twice what they pay the new guy next to him doing the same job because of union negotiation bullcrap and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what you have. Once the legacy tier guys retire, you will struggle to keep good help if you don't pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of your employees that you choose to hire. They are humans. Treat them as such.


  2. "Volvo Review"

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    Current Employee - Facilitator in Dublin, VA
    Current Employee - Facilitator in Dublin, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits are really good

    Cons

    It is under poor management

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to employees treat employees as you would want to be treated

  3. "hourly employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for with a good hourly pay. Alot of overtime if wanted. Also they offer great benefits.

    Cons

    Management isn't always on the right page.


  4. "Management needs to get a clue"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Volvo Group full-time

    Pros

    Interesting products and industry to work in.

    Cons

    Management makes decisions about projects up front, then employees have to live with their decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people working for you - they know what they are doing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Antiquated workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "volvo way - questionable"

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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The processes are in charge"

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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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
    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.


  9. "They promise one thing and deliver another"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer and Designer in Wrocław (Poland)
    Current Employee - Software Developer and Designer in Wrocław (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are polish and they don’t understand this is a global company, so they tend to speak project related things only in polish
    Managers seem more lost than the subordinates
    Place of work is very remote
    The relocation package they give is completely insufficient
    Canteen is expensive with terrible food, they give you no vouchers for that at all
    Internal websites and things like payment receipt are not in english

    Cons

    Good work equipment
    Account on Pluralsight
    Not so crazy for deadlines
    Flexible work hours
    Possibility of home office with prior booking

    Advice to Management

    Should realise this is a global company and act like that


  10. "Operation manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Group full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and wages
    Opportunities for worldwide career

    Cons

    No strategic orientation
    No more local decision


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