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Volvo Group Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Slow decision making and tend to lose plot/strategy sometimes (in 17 reviews)

  • slow decision making, leadership jitters recently (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Executive in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, challenging, varied, global and fun.

    Cons

    Complicated, matrixed, cyclical and large.

    Advice to Management

    Great job in general. Remeber employees are always the real assets of any company.


  2. "Volvo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - SAP Consultant in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, flexible work schedule depending on your manager, opportunity to travel internationally, good vacation

    Cons

    average pay at best, little opportuniity for advancement, too many chiefs not enough indians

    Advice to Management

    too many chiefs - not enough indians; get out of your office and work

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to study operations management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    interesting place to work for, people there are very kind and professional, knows their business and is leading the industry

    Cons

    lack some key variables such as communication between different departments, technology applied to manufacturing is high but low on supporting teams like logistics and transportations

    Advice to Management

    could be more accessible in terms of communication and providing more cross departments supports, overall a very nice place to work for


  4. "Very political."

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

    Pros

    You can certainly advance within the Volvo Group e.g. Volvo Parts, Volvo IT, etc. Non Automotive Purchasing is only one organization within Volvo Group.

    Cons

    USA employees have to follow globabl directives. No advancement opportunities within the local organization. Very high focus on cost savings. No bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees judgement. Global does not always know what local people know.


  5. "Good place to work if you enjoy working hard for limited advancement."

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Multiple Headquarters"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay at the expense of career advancement"

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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "The processes are in charge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good employer to gain experience, but not a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Volvo is a great place to work with teriffic benefits"

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


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