Volvo Car USA Reviews

Updated 6 Feb 2020

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Volvo Car USA Senior Vice President Americas, President and CEO Volvo Car USA Anders Gustafsson
Anders Gustafsson
30 Ratings
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  • " long hours (in 3 reviews)

  • "in senior positions are done so because there are no other jobs for them in Sweden, leaving the U(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible culture, incompetent managers, all the talent is leaving"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Ridgeville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VELP program is awesome. Reasonably priced and the whole family is eligible. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Startup is over- policies are still an afterthought. Production, Quality, Human Resources are all grasping at whatever is shiny at the moment. Lean initiative left salaried associates with more duties and less support as they cover multiple roles. Made a Headcount Per Vehicle number at the expense of 400 temps who were here only because of management incompetence. The hourly associates that remain can’t even make 40 hours, but more cuts are needed. The Swedish culture has been eradicated and replaced by American stubbornness and leadership by fear.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Drive away from here"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Car USA full-time

    Pros

    good corporate discount for self, friends and family

    Cons

    do not work here, it is a dog-eat-dog environment, and your coworkers will stab you behind the back without thinking twice. management doesn't care and HR has no idea what they are doing - they won't protect you and won't stand up for what's right. people are in management positions but have no clue what they're doing. stay away.

  3. "Good place"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cool, work life balance, benefits

    Cons

    changes, frequent changes, coping up with that

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Keep Looking"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Car USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, great insurance and great vacation/paid holidays

    Cons

    Well, they pulled me in with the pay and benefits and they are really good. You then have to ask what’s more important ~ making money or having a life? • No work life balance - unclear objectives • Poor leadership & vision • marketing strategy is all wrong (compete with middle class and dominate the market, don’t compete with BMW/MB/Audi ~ know where you stand) • very unhappy in the work environment, outside of production there’s no consideration for “support roles”. It’s a give 200% of your life and Smile about it. Happy to have left, good experience ~ don’t make my same mistake, keep looking. You only live once

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great potential executed poorly"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Team Member in Ridgeville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay and progression is more than what I’ve seen for other companies. I like my supervisor. Corporate values. Non-Union in Charleston. Opportunity for growth. Paid leave for child birth. People are great when they aren’t exhausted. Medical on site. Site is secure. Smoking Areas. Free coffee. Team leads and some supervisors are supportive and will work with you.

    Cons

    Long hours make it difficult to pick my children up without being late. Numbers seem to matter more than employees. HR does little to mitigate conflict. Very militant environment (anything can get you in trouble, like having your cell phone in your pocket, or using your cell phone without being stationary, and it seems outside management won’t stay in their lane). Long hours are very common, working 50-58 hours per week for months. Seniority does not seem to matter to HR, as temps can act completely rude and your work and progression is recognized very little. The points system is very unbalanced with the hours we work. No separate sick leave from PTO, and you are charged PTO if you have it and you call in sick or need to leave early unscheduled.

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  6. "Great environment"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer 

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment enforced by management

    Cons

    Very layed back. More than I like

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not what i expected, life changed and i got promises that the Americans could not provide"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Long hours equal more money, that is a con too. Nice people, but they are getting angry daily Potential union, which i do not believe in but this location needs it. Clean locker rooms to shower in Smoking is not allowed everywhere Free coffee

    Cons

    Everything, no communication, little direction and we make vehicles for no one. I mean, i was fooled by the Swedish people when they said this will be a culture to stay. If you think about working here for anything other than the money, do not do it. Before you sign on, go look at the parking lot, 8,000 vehicles made, 6,000 in the parking lot that cannot be sold. Joke HR is not existent, no policies for a year since i was hired. How many days can i miss, not sure i guess it is up to my supervisor. When i left there was still no policy book and we all just printed random information off the online site. Not sure if it is even real. What a joke.

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  8. "Great Organization"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work environment, pay, benefits cost

    Cons

    Long hours, work life balance

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sold a dream"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Ridgeville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee car leasing program for employees

    Cons

    Poor Management, too much overtime, favoritism, can’t have an opinion of your own

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Be careful what you look for"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Car USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are not any pros to working for this Company

    Cons

    High insurance and long hours. Need to be on call for superiors

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