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Volvo Trucks Engineer Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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Volvo Trucks President & CEO of Volvo Trucks North America Dennis R. Slagle
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  • Decision making is slow, too many initiatives (in 15 reviews)

  • Slow decision making and centralized responsibility (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company, great pto, great benefits, possibility of travel

    Cons

    efficiency problems, no R & D in US


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to hide."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Starbucks coffee. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Processes have killed creativity in this place. There was processes for processes. Everything was the engineers fault. People like to hide here. Literally come in for 8 hours and do nothing except collect that check every month. They rather hire new graduates than the current consultants. Which in my case, pushed me to leave. When offered a full time position, the salary was an insult. They claimed that the benefits was worth 14k. OK...I get it...but how come another establishment will offer me 40% more with parallel benefits? People get too comfortable here. This place is cheap and it shows. Sit in a chair for 8 hours a day, "engineering" emails, product structure, and CAD models.... Not real Engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire engineers for product structure?

  3. "Intern, Manufacturing Engineering"

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    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Greensboro, NC
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Trucks as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Egalitarian. Very good about building skills and training employees. Laid back Swedish culture. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Somewhat resistant to change because of the trucking industry. Workplace might be too laid back at times. Failed to give honest criticism about my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give honest criticism about workers.


  4. "Volvo India review"

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    Current Employee - Special Vehicle Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Special Vehicle Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Trucks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible work

    Cons

    Slow work & learning progress


  5. "Working as Engineer at Volvo Trucks"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Volvo Trucks full-time

    Pros

    -friendly environment
    -lots of opportunities
    -great benefits
    -High pace (mostly)

    Cons

    Being based in Greensboro is my only complain.


  6. "Macro Developer Co-Op"

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    Current Intern - Computer Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Intern - Computer Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Trucks as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is great, it really is a stress free, positive environment. Management does a great job of giving you visibility for full-time employment, encouraging you to explore all groups within the company, skill development, and assisting when necessary.

    Cons

    The designs are 10 years behind car development, so there aren't as many opportunities to work on innovate technology.


  7. "Best Place that I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Lead Special Vehicle Development Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Special Vehicle Development Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of Vacation, They respect your personal time, They encourage personal health and fitness, As a global company there are global opportunities, many departments and divisions for job opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    The negative side of most of the pros: lots of vacation means that it can be a challenge to get your work done when key people are out on vacation or personal time, As with any large company - you are a small cog in the machine and you can not affect real change alone and the company and the processes take their own time

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the separate Silos could find a way to work together better and to streamline the work flow.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to engineering trucks - controls, applications, performance, and manufacturing. If you express interest, you are likely able to move to get to doing it. Pay is higher than national average.

    Cons

    Diversity is nonexistent and, therefore, inclusion is nonexistent. Racist, sexist and ignorant comments are said aloud without hesitation. Little to no professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there are huge benefits in diversifying your work force. Stop only hiring people who "live and breathe engines" because you don't feel like training people. All of the work can be learned. Perspective and respect should be present in a work environment during all hours.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Mediocre Multi-National Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at the company for most part are nice (there are few exceptions). Working for Volvo is like working for Uncle Sam, i.e you have a job for life. No one gets fired here (you have to be beyond redeemable to get fired). Work pressure is almost non-existent and dead-lines are just as they sound ...."dead". If things don't get done by time, there will be a new deadline with no repercussions. Salary is about average, but company provided health insurance is good. Employer contribution in 401k is $0.75 for every $1 upto 6% (i.e 4.5% Volvo contribution for 6% employee share). Volvo has a cash balance plan where company pays a fixed amount (formula based on age of employee, years of service etc) to a fund that you can cash out when you retire or leave the company (This is around 4-6% in 35-45 year old). Volvo gives exceptional vacation. For white collar employees it is called Earned Time-Off and a bucket for holidays, sick days & vacation (use as you like). New employee starts out at 31 days and gets 36 days at 5 years. From 6th year employee gets 1 additional day every year maxing out at 41days at 10th year. At 20th Anniversary, 5 additional days are added for 46 day ETO. There is some profit sharing occasionally and the max. I saw was $1500 paid into 401k account.

    Being a huge company, there are lot of job opportunities and within USA one can choose to move to Hagerstown,MD/Dublin, VA/Macungie, PA/Greensboro, NC. If you are into finance, logistics etc there are other places like PA, MS you can move to.

    Cons

    Hard Work gets name sake recognition. Lot of employees are lethargic and there are some hardworkers (~15%-20%) who carry the load of others. Some Engineers and Buyers spend 6-7 hours per day moving around chatting with various people and browsing internet or on the phone attending personal business. Sometimes employees disappear for hours and can be seen coming back through gates later. Since there is no clock-in and clock-out for white collar employees no one is held accountable.

    Hard work does not pay here. One cannot expect to be promoted and even when promoted you will max. out after certain level. All the upper level Management positions are reserved for Swedes and French and some leftover positions are reserved for White Males. It is a matter of "who you know" than "what you know". Office politics are galore and promotions are based on advancing someone's ideology. People with Master's and Ph.D's working as Engineers for-ever and some with Associates degrees promoted to Project Managers and Group Managers.

    Volvo boasts big-time about diversity but most of it comes from hiring few Swedes, French and some Brazilian Chinese and Indians (~5% of work force). In Hagerstown-MD,on the Product Development Engineering side out of 270 Engineers, Designers, Managers, Mechanics & Technicians there are almost no Black employees in the rank and file.

    There is very little real Engineering done here. Most of the Engine & Transmission development is done in Sweden and Hagerstown is Application Engineering site for US emission compliance. You might have some luck doing some real Engineering with Chassis Engineering in Greensboro, NC but the politics and career progression is very identical over there.

    Manufacturing is not a place to be and most of the Mfg. Engineers have no clue about Manufacturing as we have mostly become an assembly plant. There are lot of Supplier Quality "Engineers" with high school diplomas or Associate Degrees and have hard time reading or interpreting a drawing.

    Advice to Management

    The best advice would be to stop tolerating mediocrity and adapt American mentality for developing and retaining skilled work force (Swedish processes work when you have motivated work-force). Come up with a better "Performance review system"/Personal Business plan. Incentivize hard-work.

    You should have realized how bad we are performing when Navistar screwed up with Mega -EGR and there market share dropped from 39% to 12% in 2011-2016 timeframe. You were claiming we are going to eat their lunch and combined market share on Mack/Volvo went form 13% in 2010-2011 to 19% in 2015 while Paccar went from 12% to 25% during the same period. We were no. 3 position as % of market share in 2011 and we are till no. 3 inspite of Navistar dropping from no. 1 to no.4. Now that VW bough 16% of Navistar they are getting ready to take their market share back. With our mediocrity we will be no.4 pretty soon. You better get your ducks in a row.


  10. "Excellent Employer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Trucks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Volvo is a great company to work for

    Cons

    Not to many growth opportunities