Abengoa

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Abengoa Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
27 Reviews

2.5
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  1.  

    Good team

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in the renewable sector

    Cons

    Spanish management and sometimes difficult to be promoted

  2.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    lots of improvement required!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Providing leadership and access to resources would do wonders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inept Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take some basic people management courses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Could be better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of vacation and good benefits

    Cons

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

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Poorly Managed Company

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    Former Employee - E&C  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - E&C in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Lots of work and work challenges

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dishonest Financially

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    Current Employee - Senior In Engineering & Procurement  in  Hinkley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior In Engineering & Procurement in Hinkley, CA

    Pros

    Government 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely unique.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need American managers in the US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    So close, but so far

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    Former Employee - R&D Solar Engineer  in  Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - R&D Solar Engineer in Lakewood, CO

    Pros

    US 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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