Abengoa Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Payroll

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abengoa full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place for professional employees to work.

    Cons

    A lot of bosses to answer to.

    Advice to Management

    No advise at this time.


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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Boardman, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boardman, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities in project management.

    Cons

    Great growing pains and chaos everywhere you look.

    Advice to Management

    Give basic management training courses to senior management people.


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    HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Abengoa full-time

    Pros

    there are no pros with this company

    Cons

    worst company I have ever worked for. Racist management. Criminals


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    Why I Left Abeinsa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who want to make a difference. Decent pay. Many opportunities as an engineer to work on large construction projects, if you are willing to relocate to job sites. Exciting industry to work in.

    Cons

    Spanish management that is completely afraid push back on Abeinsa Spain when the requirements don't support doing business in US. All are total "yes-men." The ones that make the decisions are all men. The Spanish, no-push-back is a cultural thing. Americans don't understand, nor do they like that. Spanish management requirements are implemented despite the total uselessness of the plan and the cost involved. Anything coming from Abeinsa Spain is equal to coming from God; it is not to be questioned. The additional resources that are required to implement and maintain the corporate policies/programs are outrageous. An employee's input to a process is of no consequence if you are not Spanish. I have seen where it is even less if you are female. As an American, you are the worker bee, and you will do the work of two - your own and your Spanish counterpart's. They see you as an extension for doing their job. An American Engineer (PE) is expected to be the middle-man to approve designs from Spain. The info will come at the last minute with incomplete and incorrect information. In addition, there is inadequate time for a proper review, so deadlines are often effected.

    Advice to Management

    If the current workflow (Spain > US) is going to be continued, you need to start with better management planning, STARTING IN SPAIN. Information has to be complete and correct before it is sent to US with adequate time for review. Your PEs are your life-blood in the US; quit loosing them. More collaborative efforts with Spain and US Management team, NOT just lip service. The current ONE WAY flow of information isn't working. REPLACE the Spanish Management team in the US with American personnel. Your Spanish leaders are programmed to be yes-men. You NEED leaders who are not afraid to tell you the truth, even if it is not what you want to hear. This is ESPECIALLY CRITICAL on Projects. Your Abeinsa EPC and Abeinsa BD units need to be ONE UNIT, not two independent companies. The split is costing Abengoa millions of dollars a year in lost vendors and duplicated efforts as a result of lack of communication and collaborative efforts. I don't believe that it works in Spain either, but even if it does, it will put you out of business in the US. Employee morale and satisfaction is VERY LOW in both US and Spain, despite what your surveys say. I made friends and enjoyed working with people both in the US and Spain. What is said on a personal level if very different from the feedback provided to the company on satisfaction surveys, for fear of reprisal (in Spain, anyway.) FIX THAT.


  6. Helpful (4)

    More trouble than it's worth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot - about yourself. Management is completely clueless and unwilling to listen, making for a terrible work environment but allowing for you to find your own working style. The "sink-or-swim" training plan helps young workers to grow up fast. Just be careful not to get too caught up and forget what work is like in the real world.

    Cons

    Complete lack of experience plus unwillingness to adapt to North American standards. All real decisions come from Spain, resulting in an office full of paper-pushers. Success in this company comes only from turning into a loyal "yes-man" and stroking the huge egos that run the place. Unethical and immoral practices are commonplace. If you're okay with this, expect to be rewarded with a big title/small salary in no time.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at your turn over rate and client satisfaction and wake up. It's not going to work in the US if you don't change.


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    ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abengoa full-time

    Pros

    good project management experience.

    Cons

    no training at all. HR management is very poor. One day you are field mechanical engineer other day working for electrical installations!

    Advice to Management

    lots of improvement required!


  8. Helpful (3)

    Look for work elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The technology and industry is interesting

    Cons

    The management is incompetent and fails to provide leadership. American employees are being replaced by Spaniards. Employee expense reimbursements take up to 3 months. Plants are unsafe to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and be accountable. Realize that your employees are your best asset and treat them accordingly.


  9. Helpful (3)

    High attrition rate and lack of leadership. A combination of the worst aspects of a start-up and massive corporation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity abounds and compensation, when well negotiated can be on the high end. Participating in alternative energy solutions on a large scale is something this company does well.

    Cons

    Work hour expectations are rarely less than 60+ hours per week, working on vacation is mandatory. There is little to no training provided. Compensation for education is also more of a talking point than an actual action item as most education reimbursement applications are not approved prior to class start.

    Advice to Management

    Providing leadership and access to resources would do wonders.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Inept Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abengoa full-time

    Pros

    Can not think of any.

    Cons

    Management is completely inept. They manage by fear and intimidation. They need to stop hiring managers from Spain and start hiring US managers. The Spanish managers are terrible. They do not plan or communicate anything well. They do not listen to anyone. They do not know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Take some basic people management courses.


  11. Helpful (4)

    It has been challenging due to the lack of communication between team members and with management

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly well compensated, summer hours, location

    Cons

    Management is very poor. Being a Spanish company, they literally have a strangle hold on everything we do and a lot of our money comes from the DOE. Not very team oriented. People are not treated equally. No career path.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Treat people fairly - stop picking favorites. Create a career path for the engineers



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