ABS Group Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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  1. Good people

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, management is open to ideas. Benefits were recently improved and the people are incredibly nice.

    Cons

    Implementing new ideas is a little bureaucratic. The on-boarding process was confusing and the internal IT systems (computers, images) pretty much suck.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource your IT to a top tier provider. Make it easier - and recommended - for employees to publish externally. Reconcile references and sales material to gain more value from it.


  2. Systems Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ABS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work. good work life balance.

    Cons

    Silo'd departments, middle and upper management that are self preservational - no risk taking and weak vision. Don't seem to understand their customers nor seem to be able to communicate value proposition to them. Outside of IT - poor field support. Training and development was difficult to secure or plan. Corporate was more concerned about satisfying internal programs ( i.e office safety - how to avoid injury opening/closing file cabinet etc ) as opposed to generating new sales or dealing with field operations.

    Advice to Management

    weed out non value add middle program managers, cross train vigorously, get field operations more involved in business development for VOC and value proposition


  3. Great People!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABS Group full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Enjoyed coming to work because of my coworkers.

    Cons

    Pay was not up to par with all duties being performed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Only career regret was joining these guys.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will make significant efforts to recruit good people only to not follow through on any commitments or promises about your role or position as stated the during interview process. Simply put, these guys are not even on the same playing field as a DNV, BV or LR. It is a completely smoke and mirrors operations - and that is putting it nicely. Please see the reviewing from the former Marketing person below who is spot-on about their assessment regarding how the management team operates.

    Cons

    Very few people have heard of this company. When telling people that you work for ABS Group, 9 out of 10 times you will get a 'deer in the headlight' look. I am not one to exaggerate and I can tell you this is absolutely the worst company I have ever worked for. Management operates on a good old boy network that few people even recognize in the industry. .

    Advice to Management

    Hire a true 3rd party Oil & Gas management consultant and do exactly what he or she tells you.


  6. OPM

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule is the only thing I can say that's good about this company.

    Cons

    No company structure, vacation days, insurance. none what so ever is provided.


  7. Large Company - but not as large as they think they are

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ABS Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unless you still a delivery truck you can't get fired.

    Cons

    No one knows what anyone else does, trying to get an issue resolved is next to impossible. When something can't be resolved the go to answer is "well this is how Bureau wants it done". Their idea for fixing an antiquated system is to but add-on instead of an updated. IMS either has to much control or just takes the blunt of the blame.

    Advice to Management

    I think David Weinstein is a smart man, but his efforts are stunted by the parent company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    No Career Growth or Communication

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are man and great with building professional relationships based on golfing, drinking and inappropriate sexual relationships, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Extremely old-school company who's VPs have quickly hired inexperienced, cheaper managers who have been fired from previous companies to restructure their own. Management favors men and ridicules women unless the women stroke their ego. Management also keeps non-professional relationships with HR and the women on the team. You will have to work several extra hours but try not to because you won't get any recognition for it. If you are in a technology-based occupation, good luck trying to get your department to offer the right tools for you to do your job successfully (i.e. laptop or email access from home). There is no plan for career growth, training or promotions. Management doesn't even offer reviews.

    Advice to Management

    You are outsourcing more work which is more expensive than the current in-house team who are waiting for supportive management and communication to make a difference within the company. Management is lazy and therefore finding loopholes in the budget to outsource jobs that they are paid (handsomely) to do themselves. This company is wasting money and has so much potential but the executives are too old and unskilled to save it.


  9. Great company to work for. Good managers. Old company with new management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lot's of new manager and new ideas. Good senior management that looks out for employees. Very laid back and good pay

    Cons

    very small company. Culture is very old. Behind on technology and processes. Marketing concepts very outdated. Need more influx of new talent


  10. Helpful (3)

    Decent place to work, horrible location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABS Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable workload with realistic deadlines, good medical benefits (but very very costly) and decent time off. Some very good people to work with in almost every department.

    Cons

    Located in a horrible, crime-ridden area of Houston (Greenspoint). Medical benefits are extremely expensive, office environment is quiet, grey and depressing. Not a lot of mobility and no defined organizational structure with a clear path for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Consider moving your offices, it's part of the reason I left.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Minimal Risk, Minimal Reward

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABS Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will meet and network with many talented coworkers as they pass through the organization. Great entry level opportunities.

    Cons

    Below industry pay, below industry raises, no visible career paths or training. You will be stuck in whatever job you were hired for with almost no chance of advancement. Get in your 1-3 years of experience then move on to higher paying corporations that actually promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Actual career paths are needed. This includes real mentoring programs, job shadowing, PAID training, not just test reimbursement.



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