I worked at Volvo Trucks full-time (More than 3 years)
good benefits, okay pay, cafeteria onsite, work gym, good people (generally)
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 Management
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.
I worked at Volvo Trucks (More than 5 years)
Freedom to work
Good cross cultural work environment
too good projects to work
Very low pay
Internal recruitment biased
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