Volvo Cars Employee Reviews about "swedish"

Updated 9 Jul 2020

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Volvo Cars President and Chief Executive Officer Håkan Samuelsson
Håkan Samuelsson
79 Ratings
Pros
  • "friendly and work life balance; promotion opportunities(in 15 reviews)

  • "Interesting technology, good working environment, great colleagues and often really great results(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Swedish attitude rether slower response than some german competitors(in 6 reviews)

  • "City is a bit sperated from rest of sweden(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Swedish leadership"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Cars

    Pros

    Good people trying to do the best thing locally

    Cons

    Completely hopeless senior Swedish leadership team. Still reaping the benefits of Stefan Jacoby's past decisions and vision. No new ones of any substance since he unfortunately went.

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  2. "Middle of a transformation"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stockholm, Stockholm
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Cars full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good office location in downtown Stockholm; free fruits, coffee and soda; playing room. - Decent work equipment (Macbook Pro and iPhone, but not the newest models like at other companies ). - Nice, talented coworkers, international environment. - Meaningful product, interesting project (mine at least is). - Really good salary (Volvo Cars is able and willing to pay the price of the best talent, they seduce people from top Swedish tech companies like Spotify, Klarna, King, iZettle). - Perks (pension contribution, annual bonus, discount on cars, etc.)

    Cons

    - Big organization with some slow processes and in the middle of a reorg at the moment. - The company is "Gothenburg-heavy", most of the decisions are made there, and the Stockholm office lacks some perks they have in Gothenburg (on-site restaurants, gym facilities, etc.) - Stockholm office is too sterile (plain white walls, grey floor carpet, no decoration, no colors). - I miss some perks I had at my previous employers (tech education budget for courses and conferences, massage in the office, language course, gym membership, top-notch computer and phone, fika, Friday beer, hack days, meetups, swag, etc.)

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  3. "Good work/life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Volvo Cars full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance . Kids friendly company

    Cons

    Slow development , Swedish are necessary for development

  4. "Not for everyone"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonably attractive Scandinavian design offices and furniture.

    Cons

    Ironically, no career advancement possibilities if you're not Swedish.

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  5. "Director's assistant"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chengdu, Sichuan
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volvo Cars

    Pros

    Really nice working environment, relatively flat structure, good food and facility, international setting, fun to work in and impressed by engineers' expertise & commitment to volvo's quality and safety.

    Cons

    It seems more than half of the local staff don't understand and adopt certain good aspects of a Swedish multinational. Sometimes the most effective solutions couldn't be implemented within the support functions due to lack of entrepreneurial drive & reasonable pursuit of improvements (especially like HR, Finance & IT) despite the culture and style of being open, innovative and agile in Swedish HQ.

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  6. "Customer Service Director"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Porto, Lisbon
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Volvo Cars full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Extremely dynamic industry. Position of the company very Person Oriented. Extreme care with Customer Satisfaction. Swedish attitude. (Relaxed, flexible and target oriented).

    Cons

    Multinational typical bureaucratic procedures. Swedish attitude rether slower response than some german competitors

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  7. "Good working environment, but slow in career progression"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Satisfaction Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, never overload, very Swedish. The culture is very much to "avoid conflicts" and is not very performance driven - very easy to survive in such environment.

    Cons

    Since the culture is not very aggressive, the development is slow too except the market in China. Global strategy is very centralized in Sweden HQ, and there is less communication between different country markets.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It is a very flat organization, with a great oriented towards people culture."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Graduate Programmer in Gothenburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The designed around you culture means there is a lot of focus on people development and the leadership practices are oriented towards positive and constructive feedback, encouraging employees to have initiative and be proactive. The industry as such is very dynamic and rapidly changing, and working for Volvo which is a quite small player compared to BMW or Mercedes, means more exposure to the industry, different departments and projects.

    Cons

    It is not clear what career path you can have when you join the company. Currently there is a lot of encouragement towards horizontal moves of people, cross-functionally. The Swedish mindset and culture brings positives, such as a flat organization and democracy, and a great work-life balance, but it also generates a laid back working culture, with very few ambitious people willing to walk the extra mile.

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