ABS Group Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for. Good managers. Old company with new management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Marketing concepts very outdated.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

  2. OPM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ABS Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    No Career Growth or Communication

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX

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

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

    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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Decent place to work, horrible location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

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

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

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Minimal Risk, Minimal Reward

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    An old proverb states that "a fish rots from the head". The same can be said of organizations.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    You will almost certainly never get fired. The standards are so low that you needn't worry about your behavior. anything goes. If you want a job for life, thisis your dream company.

    Cons

    Do you like getting yelled at? Do you enjoy tedium? Do you aspire to be mediocre? I didn't think so. If you're a go getter and have high aspirations, run, don't walk away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Is it possible to fire yourself and bring in competent 21st century leadership team?

  9. Work There For 49 Days or Less and Get A Bad Credit rating and Rental History

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Principal Structural Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Structural Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Work is very low stress but nonexistent. They will allow you to attend classes to expand your knowledge. That's all I can say.

    Cons

    You will get to experience being Milton from the movie Office Space in real life.

    Nothing is set up for you on the first day such as the company computer or expense accounts. They never reinmburse you for relocation expenses like they claim. The boss will yell at you for bringing in your own laptop to do work. The boss yells at you for not having any work to do even though he never assigns you any. Expect to have a ruined rental history and bad credit rating thanks to ABS. Company makes you pay for all your medical insurance.

    The interviews take place outside the office because they do not want to sppok the person they are replacing. They post ads for positions that don't exist. They will lie to your face about having work. They are great at wasting people's time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises and compensate people for the expenses you claim to. Hire managers that know how to hire people. Make sure your comapny is actually organized.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Boring But Pays Well

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    Current Employee - Risk Analyst
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst

    I have been working at ABS Group

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

    Pros

    ABS Group pays very well...the work atmosphere is very laid-back and professional. Everyone is extremely nice and very polite. The work we do regarding risk assessment in public sector is very important for national security.

    Cons

    The work we do is rather boring (at least to me) and doesn't require a lot of intelligence. A lot of people have advanced degrees in fields like engineering, but spend their time making PowerPoint slides. I get the sense that we are paid well because senior management is very astute politically, not because we are capable of worthwhile technical work. I suppose that we deal with bureaucracies, and our goal is not to be smart, but to please the client...so in that sense, the company's approach to its operations makes perfect sense.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more technical people who do software engineering...we would win more contracts that way.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Be prepared for dissapointment.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Client Services in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Client Services in Houston, TX

    I worked at ABS Group

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

    Pros

    They have decent pay and good benefits. They are a respected company in the industry. There was always something interesting going on for each holiday and the HR staff seemed to be good at organizing that kind of thing. Most upper management was knowlegeable, if not "caring".

    Cons

    Management is unsupportive, incommunicative, and combative at times. Work/home balance is almost impossible because of these issues. Possibly was the department head, but these concerns were never addressed by anyone in HR or senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of the "little guy".

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