Case 02 Volvo versus Ford

Case 02 Volvo versus Ford - Case 02 Will Volvos perks give...

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Case 02: Will Volvo’s perks give Ford sticker shock? Ford Motor Company’s purchase of Volvo in 1999 is likely to change the life of Volvo employees. And the employees aren’t too excited about giving up the status quo. Volvo’s employees at the Company’s flagship plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, enjoy a wealth of benefits. For instance, they get to use the company gym , Olympic size swimming pool , badminton and tennis courts , and outdoor track and tanning beds . There is also a hot- water pool , where workers go for physical therapy sessions after a hard day on the assembly line. This is all made available to employees for $1.50 a day. Similar facilities exist at other Volvo plants. In contrast, although employees at US Ford Plants usually have a free- of-charge fitness center, the facilities are nothing like the health club at Volvo. Volvo employees are worried. Will they lose their health club? Will Ford’s goal to turn Volvo into a “Volume car” change the way they work ? That could mean a three- shift, round-the-clock production schedule
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  • Winter '16
  • Ford Motor Company, Volvo, Volvo employees

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