ABB Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is good for me (in 18 reviews)

  • nice work environment, great colleagues, lots of experience, good opportunity for graduates as well as for experience workers (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Really big company, sometimes it's hard to get acceptance for new methods and alternate ways of solving problems (in 5 reviews)

  • There is a lot of bureaucracy and non essentials are escalated to the senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Power and Automation Leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power and Automation Leader in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Power and Automation Leader in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your rotational positions are extremely flexible. You are able to try different aspects of engineering , where in other rotational programs this is not allowed. For example, your able to rotate into a sales engineering role, business development role, project management, or design engineering. The program manager works one on one with you to shape your career. Once the rotation is over the program manager does their best to set you up with a position you are comfortable with and they are behind you 100% of the way. In addition because you are rotating the ability to travel is a great experience and the relocation package for the PAL program is very generous.

    Cons

    Due to it being a large company it can be frustrating to get things done. This goes across all large companies but you will find that many times you have to wait on another persons response in order to get your project complete.

    Advice to Management

    This is more general advice as I have gone through several managers with various styles of management throughout my rotations, one thing I have noticed is the impact of a diligent manager. If they are crystal clear and specific at what they want it saves a large amount of time.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Msg to Leaders -- get out of the way and allow employees to perform

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Cool projects. Interesting products.

    Cons

    Siloed approach between divisions. If you're talented, difficult to move from one division to another. Suffers from blame culture. Stating ones' professional opinion if it contradicts with leadership opinion could be career limiting.

    Advice to Management

    not all the smartest and talented people are in Zurich. Allow talented employees to contribute. Trust.


  3. Helpful (2)

    ABB Corporate Research - Incompetent Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good location in terms of weather, nice people to work with in general.

    Cons

    Senior people are not motivated to work. They complain about lack of opportunity but they don't want to relocate. They just hang around and wait for retirement. Some incompetent line managers sit in their office everyday and do nothing. All they care about is getting paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Look seriously into the productivity of all researchers, especially the senior researchers. Replace managers who don't perform and who are abusive at times.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not so great for Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Intern Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    World leader in the field. Good to build up resume.

    Cons

    They do not respect the interns. No plan for the interns. They just needed an extra hand. Too much picky about company secrets. Salary is also poor (for interns)

    Advice to Management

    Please respect the interns.


  6. Great Place to work as an Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great recent engineer graduate program (Power and Automation Leaders). Let's you explore the company, different positions and products and is a nice transition from college. Most people are friendly and helpful. ABB takes care of its employees.

    Cons

    Training can be hard to receive when needed. Many factories in rural locations.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your colleagues and direct reports. Stay open with communication across businesses and divisions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB as an intern

    Pros

    No one will watch closely on what you are doing, feel free. Nice working environment and people are nice.

    Cons

    Not much task, which means sometimes you feel boring and do not know what to do. And sometimes the "task" is some random literature review and writing reports.

    Advice to Management

    Consider clearly what you'll need the interns do before hiring them.


  8. Document controller/ super user

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Controller/Super User in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Document Controller/Super User in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    International travel opportunities, train end users

    Cons

    Heavy workload requires lots of overtime,


  9. Engineer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Feel free as an intern.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's not enough task.


  10. Colleagues are great. Work is fulfilling. Great benefits.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big corporation. Complicated structure. The business is electrical design and manufacturing. The benefits are very good. Annual bonus, retirement contribution, and 401 k matching.

    Cons

    Depending on the type of work, the perception differs. Just like any company of this size there are management issues. The turnover of people in the front office is quite high. Middle management tends to stay for 2 to 3 years and move on.

    Advice to Management

    High performance organization calls for experienced professionals who can mentor their team to be promoted to management. centralization of low paying jobs like payments only results in irate suppliers and bad reputation with no cost savings.


  11. Good Company / Good People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Controller in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good leadership. Ability to work with people around the world. Stable financial position.

    Cons

    Very slow decision making. A matrix environment is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    We've got to cut through some of our own red tape to truly compete in today's fast-paced world.



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