Ansaldo STS USA

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Ansaldo STS USA Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
90 Reviews
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Ansaldo STS USA President & CEO Marco Fumagalli
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Pros
  • There is free parking in a covered garage with on-site security (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people to work with who take pride in the work they do (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Departures of strong engineers has hurt; productivity and delivery to customers has been compromised and morale is low (in 7 reviews)

  • Way too much upper management and overhead for a company that size (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Too much churn.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    big company, deep pockets, highly technical individuals employed

    Cons

    tight with money, too many people coming and going (headcount stable),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit moving people around the building

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging but rewarded for achievement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Ansaldo STS USA (aka The Switch) still offers challenging work in an interesting domain. The railroad industry is alot more complex than most people realize until they work here. US&S systems are quite intricate and fun to develop. The software engineering staff is talented. Compensation has remained competivitive in order to retain quality staff.

    Cons

    Company cutbacks in 2010 damaged projects, corporate culture and customer relationships. Senior management and direction is now non-existent. Most experienced technical staff has left in recent years. Salary is competive but the rest of the benefits package is not up to industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide direction and visiblity into the company. Get back to stable staffing levels so that projects don't have to raid each other. Recognize and reward accomplishments. Increase all aspects of benefits package to maintain market competiveness. Do everything possible to retain experienced staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have witnessed the deterioration over the years

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    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    For quite some time, I have been impressed with the quality of the Engineers. Have learned a lot over the years from some very talented people. Unfortunately most of them have left the company in that time as well. I also like the challenging nature of working in the Rail Industry.

    Cons

    High amount of stress. Mostly due to the company being understaffed and poorly organized. Also has to do with the developers/sw engineers having to double as the front line customer service. It's a huge burden to place on developers to expect them to be creative/productive in accomplishing the design/development while also expecting them to carry a pager and be at the constant beckon call of the customers. In most organizations, a customer service team acts as the front line of defense in answering customer issues. Upper management won't even acknowledge the morale of the employees as a problem and instead mocks them and revokes holidays. There seems to be no motivation in upper management to compete for the best and brightest talent. The attitude is: "we'll simply pay five contractors off shore to replace each person that quits here." Replacing decades worth of expertise that has walked out the door is nearly impossible at this point. Particularly in a 100+ year old industry where maintaining continuity is essential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has been in steady decline for 15+ years now. Nothing done to date has changed that course. There's not much hope of changing that course unless you bribe most of the talented people to come back and most of them probably can't even be bribed at this point. Your only hope is to embrace an extremely long term approach to the problem (10+ years) and start building and retaining a team that you plan to keep together that long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A solid work experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Good location, nice facility, free parking, nice gym, lots of talent in the building, cafe in the building, bike trail near the facility.

    Cons

    Some positions don't allow room for advancement. Certain departments that everyone depends on are horribly understaffed and underfunded, such as the IT department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to those employees that are experienced with the product. Failure to do so will result in yet more talented and experienced people leaving the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    didn't think things through before I decided to work here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    co-worker are quite friendly knowledgeable

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancemet or promotions
    Raises are very rare.
    No training provided.
     Work is very hard with very little reward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Coworkers, facility, location, descent benefits.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancemet/promotions/raises. No training provided. Be prepared to work really hard with no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate the employees better. Give better opportunity for promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great software engineers incompotent senior management

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Software engineers and mid level managers are strong. Some if the leadership from Italy are really trying to help resolve issues. Many senior/executive managers are being forced out, which is reason for hope!

    Cons

    Departures of strong engineers has hurt; productivity and delivery to customers has been compromised and morale is low. Company reputation on the street is very negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Address resource issues. 2. Provide consistent vision. 3. Slow down globalization from Italy. 4. Replace the CEO. 5. Lower cafeteria prices.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Transistion blues

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    Current Employee - Technical Non-engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Non-engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Employees are friendly for the most part even though they are overworked.

    Cons

    People are over worked due to resource problems. Ansaldo needs to hire more people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Union Switch & Signal was a Great Place to Work; Ansaldo STS was Awful

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Great and talented people in the lower ranks and a few higher up. Great on-site cafeteria. Interesting work for the most part.

    Cons

    Everything changed when USS became AnsaldoSTS and the new CEO came in. Where to start. Layoffs came and went with no warning and no reason that could be seen .. despite the fact that EVERY project was hurting for resources. They took away 4 of the 13 paid holidays. They took away sick time and gave us a common pool for sick/vacation, so people came to work very ill (so as to not waste a vacation day), so everyone was always sick. Six months mandatory OT just to make the numbers look better. No raises and no bonuses for 2 years, but the CEO remodeled the lobby and cafeteria so he could have a better view. Executive parties were rumored to be ridiculously elaborate. The CEO surrounded himself with Yes Men and tried to run the company like the military .. do what you are told and don't ever question authority. The CEO cracked jokes about employee morale. He showed little respect for religions different from his own. LIttle respect shown for his own employees. Way too much upper management and overhead for a company that size. No attempt to retain experienced employees - decades worth of knowledge walked out in disgust every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivation by fear only works as long as people actually value their jobs. Fix things before the recession ends or you will lose your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    management are ignorant to environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Ansaldo sts usa has a decent benefit package, but recently more and more of them are being discontinued. They have an onsite cafe with decent food, but it's often overpriced.

    Cons

    Management are too frequently ignorant to needs and concerns of the employees. They like to talk a good talk on things and never follow through, and are reluctant to promote even people that truly deserve it, despite shoveling more responsibilities on them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring people to work on all the orders you keep making. Bring back benefits you took away. Fire managers that don't listen to what their employees are telling them, which is just about all of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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