ABB (Singapore)

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ABB (Singapore) Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great learning opportunity with lots of support from colleagues

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at ABB (Singapore) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company's finance department has an excellent work culture where every employee is made to fee valued. Colleagues are always willing to help. Young staff also frequently organized birthday celebrations. Enjoyable working atmosphere!

    Cons

    Due to large size of company, there could be many invoices to process in the Accounts Payable department. However with the new invoice scanning system the amount of workload for staff could be reduced significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There could be improved communication between the warehouse and accounts payable department so that suppliers' concerns about payments could be more adequately addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Highly potilical led by poor top management

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    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good products and technology, employees are nice, global organisation. Good opportunity for learning and getting exposure. If work for the right team leaders, it is ok.

    Cons

    Clear divide among employees, people care for themselves as no recognition for teamwork. Following the change in top management from local to foreigners in 2012, the new foreign team promotes politics in the organisation so the culture of "don't care" develops. Each foreign employee comes with own agenda. There is a clear divide of foreign vs local since the retrenchment that went wrong with a list of all locals were made redundant in 2012. The HR dept is highly political these days and the dept is over staffed. The HRBPs delivered poor services to the employees yet are treated star performers because they can sing the same tune with the new foreign team. They took employees to task if any employee give poor feedback about HR support. Staff turnover is therefore higher, at some points it is felt like a recruitment center as many people come and go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be genuine, play less politics
    All local high potentials are leaving, learn how to keep them.
    Your HR dept is the worse representation of the orgnanisation, they are not helping to fix employees' problems instead generating more problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Vast Learning opportunities but depending on immediate superior approval and recommendations.

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at ABB (Singapore) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture is typical of European's. Personal growth is potentially good as there are alot of courses and activities catered for employees.

    Cons

    - Changes occurs too frequently, standards have been shifting with change of management.
    - HR only do selective exit interviews with resigners, even done, some are only through telephone interviews.
    - Growth in company is limited to immediate superior's approval, even for relevant ones.
    - Depending on divisions/department, can be a political workplace.
    - Personal Development Assessment (PDA) is not 360deg, it is generally "top-down".
    - When needed, management can "come to consensus" and give employee PDA ratings without needing to go through employee's discussion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Set realistic targets.
    - Management needs to set example by being able to adhere to rules and regulations themselves.
    - Work-Life balance are highly emphasised but no one is monitoring them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at ABB (Singapore) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, particularly engendered by the inclusive working culture.

    Cons

    Workload can be a little too broad with less focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Hard working

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Lots of room for growth. Travel opportunities and global reach of organization. Interview the company when they interview you. Find out what your expected scope of work is and typical daily activities.

    Cons

    Internal politics is interesting. No Overtime compensation in Singapore. Cultures are vast, important to know what is happening. HR are not the most pro-active. Salary increases are mediocre. You must leave and return to get a substantial raise. Lower level employees ideas and actions not typically rewarded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Future of ABB ahead.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at ABB (Singapore) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of venture opportunities in the S.E.A region including the greater asia geography.

    Cons

    Severely entrench with naturalised flavour in the top management. Need to possess a mixture of asian as well as caucasian culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to juggle manpower and equivalent workload of each employee. Provide adequate training for new struggling employees in the field of engineering or project team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Application Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at ABB (Singapore) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very nice co-workers to learn from and work with.
    office location close to town.
    a handful of opportunities of overseas exposure (business trip).
    flexible working hours, with min micro-management.
    vast online, and in house training.

    Cons

    have to learn and pick up really quickly, not much hand-holding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify the reporting structure.
    enhance product and employer branding to a wider audience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good growth potential

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Company provides lot of opporunity and freedom to grow in a given field.

    Cons

    Organization structures cause hinderances sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Drafter in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Drafter in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at ABB (Singapore) as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Structured hierarchical organization, with accompanying business segments and supporting business units. Expansion till 2015 in the marine business segment vast opportunities if looking into a career in the marine industry

    Cons

    Too much tiered structured within the organization's hierarchy, lack of knowledge and skills transfer from superior to subordinate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Impart necessary orientation on individual business segment to department staff and brief on mission statement and objectives.

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Flexibility of working, challenging work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at ABB (Singapore) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility of working, challenging work

    Cons

    Not good project standardization and work

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