Abengoa

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Updated Jul 25, 2014

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2.8 24 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

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Manuel Sánchez Ortega

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunities in the renewable sector

    ConsSpanish management and sometimes difficult to be promoted

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsWork 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 Senior ManagementProviding leadership and access to resources would do wonders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Inept Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCan not think of any.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementTake some basic people management courses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Lakewood, CO

    ProsFairly well compensated, summer hours, location

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate. Treat people fairly - stop picking favorites. Create a career path for the engineers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proslots of vacation and good benefits

    ConsIt's a man's company women are treated horrible

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    Very Poorly Managed Company

    E&C (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsLots of work and work challenges

    ConsLots of nepotism and incompetent managers. Managers manage by intimidation and threats. They use incompetent engineers out of Spain to design & force American Engineers to sign for their work. They provide very poor E&C services.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are working in north America, you must employ American Managers to do the work. Spanish managers are for the most part incompetent, and can't manage professionals and their work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dishonest Financially

    Senior In Engineering & Procurement (Current Employee) Hinkley, CA

    ProsGovernment backs (insures) loans for Abengoa's projects (That covers Abeinsa EPC, AGE, or any Abengoa group). The Government is responsible if the project fails, in practice, the Government is the ultimate financier for the project, in Pros, this adds security to the projects.

    Cons1. The government has a clause, that all purchasing happens from US companies, so Abengoa creates those Sub-US-Temporary-Companies, and they basically purchase from their own selves (from those Sub Temporary Companies) to create a cash flow. The problem with that is, their fake sub-companies do nothing but make a profit on top of local real companies that were intended to win the bid after negotiations, Abengoa basically is cheating into creating a cash flow in their system by using a loan guarantee that is supposed to be used for the project only. It is illegal, but the company is desperate for cash and is avoiding from going bankrupt. Abengoa in reality is a financial holding company, not a real EPC, which creates a nightmare for the US engineer.

    2. Abengoa ships their design from Spain, their US engineers are hired to red-mark, review and sign, but the problem is, the Spanish engineers ship just about any document, they don't check anything, they even send calculations made on other projects with older project headlines, they are very unprofessional and very arrogant (Extreme Nationalists, non Spanish means very minimal to them). The company only cares about meeting deadlines tied to financial holds with the loan guarantee.

    3. The culture of the company is this: We are from Spain, you are not, this is a Spanish company, so you are no body, it doesn't matter if you were a US engineer with hundreds of courses and training and tens of years in experience, you will be pushed away, they shuffle the non Spanish, they specially mock the US educated. They fear the US engineer or procurement personnel would have a key role in the company, which is fairly easy for the local experienced, so at the peak of performance, you are out.

    4. If you are a US purchaser, you are supposed to do everything while you are in, the Spanish purchasers do very little because of inexperience and too strong attitude, so the US engineer or purchaser ends up doing the work, or the US purchasers and engineers quit.

    5. The spirit in this company is low, there is no pride in the work, if you work harder than the Spanish engineer (which you easily will), then they will label you as the little worker, you will not be respected for hard work, to them, hard workers are the little ones, and every non-Spanish engineer or purchaser must be a hard worker or out they go.

    Let me put it in Summary, when the team started, there were over 35 US engineers and purchasers, 30 are out within a year !!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to start a better company, there are many financial companies in the US and they play by the rules, if you know how to become one of them then great, if not, start as a construction and engineering company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely unique.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRapid growth in US, every day is different, great people.

    ConsCultural differences between Spanish/LatAm business practices. Abengoa employees from these regions are still very much acclimating to US business climate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need American managers in the US.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So close, but so far

    R&D Solar Engineer (Former Employee) Lakewood, CO

    ProsUS Solar team was made up of great people who had a passion for what they were doing and were great engineers. We worked on great technologies that we really thought would change the world.

    ConsUpper management is clueless. Solar R&D has no target, biz dev pitches projects that make no long term sense, construction is mismanaged. All the good people are hurrying out the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate policies are insane when trying to do business outside of Spain. Nepotism in middle management has led to important decision paralysis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Pay Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay, great people, the employees are from all over the world. Have many floating holidays & vacation days. Great benefits. The company provides Spanish classes.

    ConsThe management people believe men are better/smarter than women at work. The pay can reflect on this

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