Ansaldo STS USA

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Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
89 Reviews
2.6
89 Reviews
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Ansaldo STS USA President & CEO Marco Fumagalli
Marco Fumagalli
4 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Ansaldo STS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for 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
  3.  

    A good company gone global - not always a good thing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Model of failure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Common employees are older and well seasoned technically and at surviving yearly purges due to biased evaluations designed to mitigate failure and dismissal.

    Cons

    Management provided by Italy to establish their method of business. Low pay defined as typical for Italian counterparts who 'work' 10 months a year and have a myriad of holidays. Old (1980) technology is used in design of critical safety systems using obsolete parts that seldom arrive to customer on-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your style of management has taken a 150 year old company from industry lead to one begging for a sale or 'failure notice' in less than 10 years since your purchase. Do note the timeline purchase to failure?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Mostly positive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for 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
  8.  

    Great people and culture, poor management

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

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very laid back atmosphere
    some departments offer travel opportunities
    good pay/benefits
    parking garage / gym / happy hours and corporate golfing
    training

    Cons

    no proactive management whatsoever. If you want to know the right way of doing things or wonder what is expected - you better off asking another employee than your manager. Company also had many lay offs recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce company's culture more actively. It's a great company, I just wish they would have a better structure and clearly state the expectations of management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great People and Ideals, Poor Retention Efforts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salaries and benefits. The lower management is on point and knows their business. There is a decent ability to advance if you are in a position to interact with others often.

    Cons

    The "new" international management that keeps replacing the upper management does not know the business or make attempts to understand business is run differently in the US. There is also little attempt to retain good employees or offer pay increases or bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to improve the business not conform it to how it is done elsewhere. Don't break it if it isn't broken.
    Also, improve salaries for existing employees instead of giving raises to people who quit and come back a few years later.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work but frustrating at times

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

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with
    Flexible work times

    Cons

    Not enough resources to complete projects on time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Parallel design/build test practices increase risk and lead to high project overruns of budget and schedule.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunity and experience, poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working for this company has been a great experience. I have learned allot about the rail/transit industry. The team members were great and worked together for a common goal.

    Cons

    Management needs to know more on what is going on within the departments. Communication between the departments needs a lot of work. Upper management are down sizing the worker bees and expecting the ones that are left to pick up the slack with little recognition, so morale was low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More recognition for the workers. A little praise and recognition goes along way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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