Headcounts are reduced annually, hiring contracts, lack of job security.
Pros: nice people; swedish people are great to work with.
Cons: old unmodern facilities; micro-management; complex business systems; low job security.
The Volvo people are fine to work with, and the work culture is fine, no complaints there.
The headquarters in Sweden is definitely in control, and often pushes their agenda of product changes on the US center. And the business software systems are a host of clumsy, non-integrated separate systems, which do not always contain matching data. This leads to a complex array of cross-functional processes to try to get all stars to align.
Engineering often gets the short stick... Purchasing and Manufacturing are more powerful and take credit for many initiatives driven by engineering... but such is life in the corporation.
The one major issue: I would not advise people to go there, unless long term job security is not important at all. Volvo does not move and promote much... they do more hire-new (contracts) and cut-back (full timers) to change people and roles.