ABB (United States) Reviews in Raleigh, NC

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
133 Reviews
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ABB (United States) Region Manager North America ABB Inc. Greg Scheu
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26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits good salary decent job satisfaction (in 8 reviews)

  • good work-life balance, good co-workers, good facilities (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Management team does not understand the connection between performance and compensation (in 4 reviews)

  • Large, slow change,complex organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB (United States) part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, excellent positioning in the market

    Cons

    Not a lot of frills, like health club memberships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I had a wonderful experience with ABB and would gladly work there again

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    Former Employee - Project Management Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Management Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB (United States) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the diversity of the people you get to work with

    Cons

    I have nothing to add here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have nothing to add here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deceptively good reputation

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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, depending on the department

    Cons

    ABB is monstrously monstrous, you are treated like a number. Based in Europe, working at ABB feels like you are a tiny remote colony, under the direction of the mother land. It is extremely hierarchal environment where executives will complain if someone below them talks to them directly vs going through their admin or other management. If you work as a contractor you're treated at a sub-employee level. Time, time flexibility, work at home options that regular employee have do not apply to contractors. Movement of jobs from within seems to have completely stopped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create ABB-US where the environment can be distinctly US based, less hierarchal and more open door - to all. Make a policy to treat contractors better, giving them the same time flexibility their direct employed associates have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work but is struggling in US

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    Current Employee - Protection Control Intern  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Protection Control Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Best in its field, long line of products

    Cons

    struggling in US comparison to SEL

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very nice company. Colleagues are smart and nice.

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    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the biggest vendors in power system, globally.
    Research team are very strong.
    Lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    No obvious cons. I didn't stay long enough, so it's hard to tell.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is what you might expect form a large, international company

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the perks that comes with working for such a expansive company is that there are lots of different opportunities with regards to location and type of position.

    Cons

    One of the negatives that comes with being such a large company is that there are, in some cases, numerous overlapping positions. This is most noticeable in the sales force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the management structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor execution of a business plan

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB (United States) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, very strong brand. ABB brand opens doors.

    Cons

    Once you're in the door, support is inconsistent. They hire people from outside the company, when they are in the process of displacing a whole group. You have to look out for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have HR serve the employees, so they don't have to spend so much time networking for their next job. I've been employed by ABB for a total of seven years and I still say that if employees spent as much time doing their job as they do playing politics, they company would be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Women are limited.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is very diverse culutrally.

    Cons

    Women are not treated as equals. Women are limited in their ability to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity and Inclusion are important. Do not think you have done enough by following EEO guidelines. An active affirmative action program should be in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ABB is an exhilarating place to work or intern.

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    Current Employee - Drafter Level I  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Drafter Level I in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ABB (United States) as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The work environment is very admirable. Working with a team is one of the best experiences to have when dealing with any discipline of engineering.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my experience. No complaints here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. The management staff at ABB are always on their toes and get the job done well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at ABB (United States) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Offer great benefits for older employees, including 401k match, pension and bonuses. Also offer education assistance towards a degree program. Good for college graduates to accumulate experiences during the first 2-3 years for his first job.

    Cons

    The HR is the worst in the world. The entire HR system in the company is so flawed. In most other companies, HR is a service department. Here in ABB, HR is an authority. Even line managers have to listen to HR in a lot of things (they basically have veto power), such as the decision to hire someone, the decision to promote someone, or give someone a raise. The efficiency of HR is just unbelievably slow. One guy walked into the HR office and before he could even say a word, the HR lady yelled at him: I am doing this for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is even worse, HR would make up things to managers and employees to let them fight against each other. Totally unethical.

    Salary raise is ridiculous. The env does not encourage best performers at all. I made half of what some of the senior technical guys make but did twice the work. That's why it's only good for your first job right out of school. After 2-3 years, you have to move on to somewhere else to pursue other opportunities or you will have to wait forever (10+) for your turn. The benefits and salary mechanism encourages old employees to stay forever. There are so many senior people. Young guys just don't get appreciated, even though their contributions might be much more than old guys. It's a place for retirement and early learning, not when you are at your best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward performance, not seniority

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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