Overall Reviews at Volvo
Forklift Operator | Elkridge, MD | Jun 1, 2019
Lots of double talk and no follow through. Toxic management flows downhill.
A typical day involves meetings telling us how bad we are and slave masters using whips to get us to work harder, or at least that's what it seems like. You are given a list of tasks and are expected to complete them all without it using any -productive- time. The people that work there are forced to work harder and slackers are left alone. When you need help no one is around because they are all in meetings getting nothing done.
Volvo is constantly rearranging middle and upper management so that no one ever understands the jobs they are over seeing and they aren't around long enough to make a difference. Management likes to promise the moon but deliver nothing. Nothing you do is ever good enough. Management doesn't even get along with each other. They ALL talk about each other to floor employees. None of them buy into the "Volvo way". Management likes to pit the shifts against each other.
Work place culture on the floor depends who you are but is better than management. The place has groups of people that don't mix. And then there's a few people that people are just mean to for no reason. Sad environment.
The benefits and pay are barely livable anymore. Our benefits have been covering less and less and costing us more and more. The pay used to be worth it, but no significant raises in 10 years makes this place not worth the trouble. If you're not there yet, run. If you're already there, find a way out. Your health depends on it.
What I learned is, to keep your head down,...more
ProsGetting paid to sit in useless meetings
Receptionist | Mission Viejo, CA | May 12, 2019
Love it here!
This is my first job, which is really lucky for me. As a receptionist, it's a really great gig. Easy job, answering phones, taking down notes. On slow days it can be a little boring, but that's not a problem for me. The people are nice, the place is nice, it's always clean and organized. Pretty, comfortable, fair place to work. It's all very relaxed and people really do their best to work as a team.
A few cons are that it's a male dominated workplace which can sometimes be uncomfortable as a woman (but no harassment issues), can be boring on occasion, workplace drama, and sometimes customers get angry and yell at employees.
Pros: comfortable, relaxed environment. Fair management and coworkers are all team players, even if there's some drama. Everyone seems to want the best for everyone else, and everyone works their hardest. Very professional. Easy to get vacation time, very understanding of work/life balance. Overall just a really nice place to work, and I'm glad I'm there!
Pros1 hour lunch, comfortable environment, kind coworkers, good work/life balance
Consangry employees, occasionally boring
Director Centro de Distribucion | United States | Jul 27, 2018
Teníamos que ser creativos en el día a día
En Volvo, todos los días eran diferentes no existía un solo día que originara trabajo monótono. En control de inventarios y las demandas de nuevas piezas nos mantenían totalmente atentos a tomar acciones. El control de despachos era otro tema resaltante, las empresas de transporte no suelen darle la importancia del caso. En temas de Almacén, la implementacion de Lean Warehousing origino un desarrollo de KPIs al igual que trabajo en equipo para lograr la mejoría continua.
Lo mas difícil diría que fue la distancia, mientras que las oficinas principales estaban en Lurin, el CD estaba en el Callao, teníamos todas las facilidades como transporte, comunicación fija y móvil, laptops,almuerzos, aun así los empleados no sentían ese cercanía y compañerismo entre sedes.
Lo mas gustoso diría era el reto de mantener un alto nivel de satisfacción a un bajo costo y en el tiempo correcto .... creo que desarrolle un verdadero equipo enfocado en resultados ... One Team, one Direction
Sales Intern | Chesapeake, VA | Sep 20, 2019
Amazing Summer Internship!
I worked for Volvo Penta as an Intern for the summer of 2019. I helped in the Industrial Sales Department as a support intern, and have to say that all my experiences with the company were really impressive. I feel that Volvo Penta is a great opportunity for anyone looking for an internship, as well as full time employment. The company attitude shows that they really care about their people and the overall atmosphere and attitude of the company is very positive. I learned alot about the company as well as international business and the companies interaction with other companies and manufacturers. I enjoyed my time with them and as I am finishing up school this December, I will be looking to see if there are opportunities available with them at that time. It really is a great place to work.
ProsTeam atmosphere, positive attitudes, very competitive pay and benefits.
ConsCan't think of any.
Sales Representative | Memphis, TN | Jan 25, 2019
I had a bad experience at Volvo
I had a rough go at Volvo. I injured my back while working at Volvo and instead of any help or time off I was told I hope this does not effect your sales. I herniated 2 discs in my back of coarse it was going to effect my sales. They did not care what so ever. As far as they were concerned, due to my injury they did not care to have me around. Before my injury totally different story. Unfortunately these things happen but I did not leave without learning about the car business. It was just bad timing with my injury and I was quite disappointed with the way they handled it. I was treated like a number and not a person. If you weren't producing you didn't work there and I understand, its business but they were cut throat and had no sympathy. This was right before they moved to there new location and I have heard things are better there but that is just what I have heard.
ProsI loved working with cars. I loved meating new people
Ibs/building bricks | Dublin, VA | Dec 2, 2018
Poor management,didn’t wanna help if you was having trouble,the breaks were horrible,never had time to catch your break,
Felt like a concentration camp,never had time to do nothing jobs never completed,Never had time to go to the bathroom cause you had no one to let you go so you had to hold it or spend your 10 minute breaks going to the bathroom,you are assigned more than one job that is impossible to finish & between working on the trucks & doing other jobs they give you only five minutes to get all your jobs done but asked for perfection,& sometimes they give you jobs to do that’s not even your job but if you don’t do it it’s on you,& don’t bother asking the union for help cause they will listen but won’t come through cause they don’t wanna deal with you,the money is good but it’s not worth it.
ConsShort breaks, don’t work as a team, poor management
| Middletown, PA | Dec 7, 2018
Middletown PA has bad leadership & Swedish Corp uninformed
Specific to Middletown PA location, badly in need of change at the top.
The Site Dir. is not engaged & doesn't know what's happening, so can't drive effective change. Just not equipped as a leader.
Throws employees under bus to protect his role, so dissenting opinions are not given/heard.
Second tier leadership is equally inept. But they are not supported, nor given a plan or managed to a plan. So many competing initiatives clash and cause dissent.
Unionized shop labor abuses the contract and will eventually drive this location out of busiiiness
If the poor leadership combined with lack of shop labor don't kill what was a flourishing business, the smothering "support" from Sweden will.
Don't hitch your wagon to this short term opportunity.
Prosbenefits & pay
ConsLeadership (lack thereof)
Jefatura | Las Torres, PR | Jul 19, 2018
Ambiente de trabajo
Un día típico de trabajo, comenzaba con charla de seguridad, asignación y verificación de trabajo,cerciorando que estén todos los repuestos para realizar terminar a tiempo con nuestro cliente y realizar facturación, supervisar que todo el equipo cuente con los implementos de seguridad.
Aprendí el desarrollo de liderazgo reforzado en el área mecánica
La dirección es Av.,Pdte Eduardo Frei Montalva 8691
Cultura Laboral obtener conocimientos en el área de transporte
La parte mas difícil es el entender y comprender los distintos tipos de caracteres, sin perder el liderazgo del equipo de trabajo
Lo que más me gusto, fue lograr un equipo consolidado, a través de el sacar adelante los trabajos, y desafíos
ProsBonos por producción, gratificaciones, vecas
ConsSeguros médicos y seguros complementarios
VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA | Byhalia, MS | Aug 20, 2019
It can be a fun place to work when your interacting with the right people.
A typical day at work consist of trying to get their daily work done in a timely manner,so we can potentially get 100% of our work done each day.Our department has to complete 100% of our work load for each day in order to be current for each day which can be very stressful. You learn to manage your work in a timely manner so that everything is finished on time. The work place culture is a place where we are held accountable for the things we do and i treat people with respect and love at all times. The most enjoyable part of the day is when our work is completed and we are set to go home.
ProsIs that we are a part of a Union
ConsWe have to scan in and out way to many times through out the day
Human Resources Generalist | Asheville, NC | Oct 7, 2018
Inclusive and highly engaging factory
Volvo Construction Equipment in Asheville is one of the best places I have ever worked. The plant truly demonstrated and supported an inclusive and engaging work place. There was none of the divisions or silos that are so often found in Manufacturing. There was mutual respect across the entire plant. Pay was very competitive which meant we were able to recruit a very capable and engaged work force. The only downside is that the plant closed since there was no room to expand production when the company bought a new division. As a result, all production was moved to a plant in PA that had available land for the expansion.
ProsHigh level of engagement and respect for all team members.