Abengoa Bioenergy

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Abengoa Bioenergy Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy

    Pros

    Good pay in managerial positions and great benefits.

    Cons

    Training material not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a good training program.

  2.  

    good people, smart & physical work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ethanol Plant Operator
    Current Employee - Ethanol Plant Operator

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Honesty - receiving what I was promised
    Many Opportunities to Learn - operators handle at least 4 distinct processes
    Opportunity for Overtime

    Cons

    Communication - some improvement could be made in how different departments communicate with the others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Everything I've experienced and everyone I've met have been professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    After years in the industry I stumbled blindly into this opportunity. I believe the management style is what it should be at every company. You are valued and trusted due to your expertise in a subject. The management themselves treat direct reports down to the hourly plant employees with the respect all employees deserve. The HR department must have a secret in choosing quality human beings. I've not run into any bullys, jerks or people who don't pull their own weight.

    In my wildest dreams I never thought I'd land a position with such responsibility and compensation to match. They took a chance on me and I'm not going to forget it.

    Cons

    Sometimes the top down management structure makes things happen slowly. They have good reasons, however. Rash business decisions or purchases do not happen. The paperwork for purchasing is long and detailed. Being a European company adds to it as well as their commitment to the environment, which are good things, but unusual in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. This is the best environment I've experienced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Run Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is always good to work in the renewable industry

    Cons

    Very dangerous, Abengoa doesn't focus much on engineering, and since the professionals are quitting, you end up with a very dangerous place on-site. Even if you only visit site. Abengoa for example had a large explosion, a disaster in Abu-Dabi, they don't even know how to handle Solar Power plants, let alone hazardous materials that comes with Bio Energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of ability to change positions/grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Turn over helps position changes/promotions.

    Cons

    Tightly controlled via approval process, which could slow down how quickly some tasks will take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop stronger presence and communication with employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent job for right out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Colwich, KS
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Colwich, KS

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was made a supervisor just by having a chemical engineering degree, compensation for supervisors was quite a bit higher than hourly operators.

    Cons

    They did not treat their longtime employees very well. Did not give raises in the 2 years i was there. Plant was run from the corporate office in st Louis. No real advancement into an engineering role so My degree was being wasted. Even if I tried to make engineering improvements, corporate wouldn't have spent the money to implement. Ethanol is an extremely volatile market, I might still be there if the plant had not closed down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat the operators like they are idiots, they know how to run the plant better than the people in the offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Abengoa Bioenergy Working experience review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. On job training is good. Peer are usually friendly. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime. Stressful working enviornment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly Dissapointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Controller in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Controller in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wide variety of duties allows you to work on different areas. Given a lot of responsibilities in a short period of time. Always busy, never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Poor balance work/life. Expect employees to meet unreasonable last minute deadlines at any cost of personal time. Lack of care for personal goals/career and life. Lack of direction from top management as what is expected except for meeting deadlines. Work is disorganized from top-down. Suggestions for work improvement are not welcome as management feel jeopardized for their lack of knowledge on subject matter. Cultural differences between Spain/US employees create friction between expatriates and domestic workers. Understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time to work with employees at reasonable times. Value your employees and treat them with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people. Great work. Never Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Abengoa has great flexible hours. You can take off almost whenever, given enough notice. The atmosphere is very friendly--input is strongly encouraged. Overall great place to work.

    Cons

    Corporate red tape
    Some long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More plant freedom

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor management coupled with poor safety, poor pay, benefits and a terrible human culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ethanol Plant Operator in Madison, IL
    Current Employee - Ethanol Plant Operator in Madison, IL

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other then getting paid, there are zero pros!

    Cons

    Lots of lick service with no substance. Management by fear and coercion. Need I say more!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the people not the managers. They only tell you what you want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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