Volvo Penta recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’

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The Volvo Penta team

The Volvo Penta team

With many companies in the marine industry struggling to find new employees, Volvo Penta of the Americas is focusing on retaining workers. Volvo Penta was recognized as a Great Place to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute, which recognizes companies that achieve high scores in employee satisfaction, based on a worker survey.

“Obviously, for every company, it’s a competitive advantage to have the very best employees you can,” Volvo Penta president Ron Huibers told Trade Only Today. “The key to that is to have engaged employees. Volvo’s had a long history of being an approachable, open company — trustworthy. These are things we believe to be part of our brand. And we’ve got to be a fun place to work.”

The survey showed that 91 percent of employees at Volvo Penta of the Americas said the company is a great place to work, stressing the work culture, benefits, people and opportunities the company offers.

“We have a broad mix of ages, diversity, and when it comes to diversity, everyone can feel at home at Volvo,” said human resources president Valerie Harriell, who earned a STEP Ahead Award last spring. “One of our CEOs once said most companies tend to hire people in their own self image. I believe if the way we hire is a reflection of the way we do business around the world, we’ll have a competitive advantage. That means room for everybody, for good people.”

The survey showed that 97 percent of employees are proud to say they work at Volvo Penta, and 95 percent said management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

Ninety-three percent said they are treated as team members, regardless of position, and 92 percent believe they make a difference at the company and that they are proud of their accomplishments.

“As employees, we all have a part to create and make our daily activities innovative and rewarding,” Huibers said in a statement. “This is the key to making our company a great place to work. It also carries forward to our customers and business partners throughout our value chain outside the company.”

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