Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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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. Experienced engineering team which is held back from greatness for all the wrong reasons.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    The management of IT is ridiculous here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix IT, provide Type 1 funding for new and innovative products, don't count on everything being on a project budget. Oh, and figure out what the customers actually want to have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Poor senior management, the worst being senior HR management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    There are some terrific people at Ansaldo STS, free parking, great benefits

    Cons

    New HR and Senior Management are too stuck on building their own resumes. Their egos prevent them from seeing that they are the biggest contributors to the problems in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you are the problem and make some changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Not a bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    The people are the best and there is a synergy and a bit of competition among us. The is generally interesting plus you get a good feeling knowing that you are providing a safeety overlay for freight and commuter rail applications (i.e., you are saving lives).

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic management, Management does not understand the American market nor do some of the managers understand the rail Industry. There is a feeling that the USA people are paid too much compared to the Europeans and some steps have already been taken to correct this (Strongly disagree with this attitude). etc, etc, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the innovations that come out of the US because they are generally much cheaper than the European counterpart. This is not to say the European equipment is no good because it is fine but over engineered and too costly. Stop trying to ram European stuff down our throats

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Fast paced for those willing to participate.

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable colleagues who are always willing to help. Very challenging work. NEVER a dull moment.

    Cons

    Too many people sit around talking all day and then complain about not making enough money. Weak management needs to walk in and clean house in Pittsburgh and at the manufacturing facility in Batesburg SC. Get rid of the dead weight in both locations!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons. Re-organize manufacturing. Get rid of the current structure and bring back what worked just a few years ago. Bring the American family back together again. Through CMC out and keep the knowledge base here in the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Loose, Loose

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

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still some good professionals left but the management is terrible. If you would like to learn Italian, this is a good place to practice since US personnel are being replaced.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity, professionalism, benefits, and management. Senior people are holding on just to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If George Westinghouse had known you when he started the company 150 years ago, he would ask them to board a train WITHOUT his air brake...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Lacks Big Picture view but is a descent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are great for the most part
    Salaries are good
    Management is OK

    Cons

    If it is not invented in Italy then it is no good
    Looks as if there is a concerted effort to reduce head count and salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn and understand the different cultures and business strategies of the various global entities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Ansaldo STS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity for change in the right direction.

    Cons

    There is no change in the right direction. Most every decision seems aimless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people on the floor. This starts with floor supervisors actually conferring with production workers. Listen to what they say and not just "hear" what they say. Supervisors, report as closely as you can to management what the production workers are saying. It should be nearly verbatim. Management, refer to the prior about listening and not "hearing".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. A good company gone global - not always a good thing.

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with who take pride in the work they do. A leader in the rail signaling business creates significant opportunities for sustainable work and growth. Good facilities and proximity to downtown provide good working environment.

    Cons

    Attempts to globalize a regional business have been less than successful and created significant challenges to remain competitive and effective. Restructurings over last 4 years have created silos and confusion as well as eliminated a true "company" feeling in the US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Pros

    Nice projects and kind people

    Cons

    No. May or may not it located in Pittsburgh.

  11. Mostly positive

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and challenging. The people are fantastic. The location is nice and not too far from shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. There is free parking in a covered garage with on-site security.

    Cons

    Company is being folded into the Italian mode of operation with so much emphasis on becoming global that it makes communications within projects difficult.
    The Personal Development Process (performance and salary reviews) is way too complex and takes way too long and is still very subjective.
    Middle and upper management seems to change frequently and never really seem to know much about the business but always seem to think that they know the one true way to solve all of the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To senior management in Italy: sell this company to an American firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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