Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    It was really bad, but I heard it's getting better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer A in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer A in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy commute, free parking, nice cafeteria, gym onsite, great (if under-appreciated) co workers. I heard that they recently fired CEO Alan Caligari. Since his firing, my few friends that are still there say they no longer dread coming to work every day.

    Cons

    When I was there Caligari ran the place with an awkward combination of humor and heavy-handed tactics. The humor was generally off-color and offensive. He had no respect for the customers or the people who worked there. So many great strategic and functional engineers left while I was there and Caligari's yes-men VP's and directors didn't seem to care at al. They just replaced them with under qualified (cheap) contractors. Caligari failed miserably, he ran a 140 year old company into the ground in just a few years. ASTS provides railway control systems. Those types of customers don't switch vendors on a whim. Yet under his direction we were losing customers every day.

    Advice to Management

    There is an old saying about those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.


  2. nice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people are just so family like.

    Cons

    weak managment needs to get better

    Advice to Management

    reward for experience and hard work


  3. Helpful (1)

    Once a great company that is in significant decline

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Long Time Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Long Time Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented engineers. Comradery amongst engineering staff is great.

    Cons

    Management from Director level up does not understand the industry in which we work. They are trying to change the company, but there is no vision of where they want us to go.

    Advice to Management

    Before rocking the boat, create a vision of where you want the company to go ... Communicate the vision and get buy-in from within and from our customers, create a plan to execute to the vision and then execute the plan. (not rocket science, really)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lack of direction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wayside Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Wayside Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable workplace, Co-Workers are friendly

    Cons

    Stale workplace, lacks direction and goals, project feedback from management is zero. Defiantly seen a decline in leadership and company feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some direction or goals where the the company is headed is unknown to everyone that works here.


  6. Too much churn.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company, deep pockets, highly technical individuals employed

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    quit moving people around the building


  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging but rewarded for achievement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Have witnessed the deterioration over the years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A solid work experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Terrible company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Compensate the employees better. Give better opportunity for promotions.



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