ABB Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer
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. Exective Assistant to 3 Global Vice Presidents

    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New Berlin, WI
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New Berlin, WI

    I worked at ABB (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There was something challenging every day. I loved the different cultures that I was exposed to. And there was never a dull moment.

    Cons

    When my bosses had to return to their countries.


  2. Power and Automation Leader

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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Industry leader/good products; fair salary; strong push for ethics and code of conduct.

    Cons

    Management definitely not in touch with employees or customers. Very slow response times, very mundane existence. The internet and intranet websites have NEVER been useful or well laid out. Very intense work environment.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to hire people to work for you, and there was a good reason to hire these people, TRUST THEM! Also, get in touch with the world.


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  5. Mechanical designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ABB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Got to work with great people

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic at times.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in South Boston, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in South Boston, VA

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

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

    Pros

    ABB has very friendly people, good pay, nice facilities, and gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about the manufacturing of transformers.

    Cons

    Sometimes bored with the repetitious work content. Lots of delegating work and no one really wants to take responsibility for orders.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate shop employees and give them more incentive to do work correctly. Customers should be satisfied with products, but lots of errors make it through production unnoticed.


  7. Senior Data Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at ABB

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

    Pros

    Good nothing to say bad about it

    Cons

    NA. depends upon what is your role. They allow you to grow

    Advice to Management

    GREAT


  8. Helpful (2)

    Business Development

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ABB full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, raises, bonuses, PTO, training

    Cons

    health benefits, leadership is more technology oriented, do not understand human relations and motivation

    Advice to Management

    Implement some of the training that is provided on motivating and managing persons and dealing with other departments. It is not only about the money....


  9. Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at ABB

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    ABB is a great company, growing constantly in the last years. It's present in more than 100 countries so plenty of opportunities. It's always investing in development of new products and trying to enter in new business/markets. Atmosphere at work it great and friendly

    Cons

    Targets are always challenging, sometimes clearly not reachable. A lot of initiatives like cost reduction, reduction of travels that cause a decrease of your freedom and capability of doing your job well. The employee development program is not well organize, training is extremely poor and career development is not really present.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Bureaucracy and lack of strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at ABB full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, some great colleagues to share the pain with.

    Cons

    Unless you are in Zurich (global HQ), you are considered a second-class employee. Everyone in Zurich thinks they are the best at their job, which simply isn't true. This carries up to the organization, where global hq can tell the regions what to do, and what not to do. As a result, US employees, for example, are mostly order-takers from people who know less about a strategy than they do. Except for the US CEO, upper management is unwilling to challenge anybody that the US has a better vision and strategy of where to take the company. The global CEO has no vision yet micromanages his leadership team to ensure no one else gets to challenge him. He is not customer-focused, just buzzword-focused.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge those in Zurich that you hire people who are good at what they do, and let them do their jobs. Don't be order takers. Understand how to interact with customers and do business in 2015, not 1995.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ABB full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. A great job if you are an engineer, lots of challenges.

    Cons

    Too many managers are not leaders, just order-takers from Global HQ in Zurich. Some managers do not understand what their employees do, are a bit clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior management from outside the company who are not afraid of their counterparts in Zurich.



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