Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated September 1, 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
  • Condescending attitude by upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Middle management has no experience in the technical field; thus their decisions do not fit in place (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, experienced staff. Dynamic environment. Interesting global projects. Competitive salary. Free parking. On site gym. On site cafeteria

    Cons

    Lack of senior leadership, most of whom are in Europe and are out of touch. Senior leaders afraid to make decisions, so they push decisions down to mid level managers... pits mid level managers against each other

    Advice to Management

    Make the tough decisions! Set global priorities and stick to them!


  2. Like anywhere, a good manager makes the difference

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Had a good manager who insulated the team from a lot of distractions. Benefits were competitive. Good location with free parking. In-house cafeteria with breakfast and lunch. No-surcharge ATM regardless of your bank.

    Cons

    Performance management system is poor. Too many processes that do not add value. Little opportunity for innovation or to customize a project execution strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Processes do not make projects successful. People do. Let them have the flexibility to innovate within their project to maximize the contributions of each person.


  3. Ok for now

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good work environment and opportunity.

    Cons

    Too many cutbacks and firings.

    Advice to Management

    Hope the company stabilizes soon.


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  5. Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Batesburg, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Batesburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engaging work for the most part. Decent benefits. Reasonable skill recognition. Good place to fade in to the sunset. Great place for beginner engineers, especially software people - only if they want to learn.

    Cons

    Not much in terms of career advancement, actually side moves are considered disciplinary and upwards ones are non-existent. The incentives for performance are poor.

    Advice to Management

    This is useless, but here it is. Management always knows better. The Italianization of the company feels like institutional bureaucracy, giving too much weight to the management for the sake of management. Streamline the engineering side first then shake off the dead wood from the infrastructure!


  6. In dire need of innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    There are some really great and intelligent people that work here that care about doing a good job. The work itself is interesting (who doesn't love trains). Free garage parking. Onsite cafeteria.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of consistency throughout management. You don't get the sense that we are all rowing in the same direction. There does not seem to be a focus on innovation and adding value, the focus is always cutting costs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in true R&D, instead of doing project work under the guise of R&D. How do you expect to be competitive without innovating new products and features.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Ansaldo STS USA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great location, colleagues, and company history (US&S)

    Cons

    too "Italianized", process heavy/processes for the sake of processes... often inhibit progress/results, and subtract value instead of add

    Advice to Management

    Be less risk averse, less process heavy, more flexible... encourage and support people and their growth; bring back the US&S "branding"; don't force Italian/global policies/processes on Pittsburgh site/operations when they're not applicable considering distinctly different cultures


  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Controller

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Controller in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Controller in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, great colleagues and history

    Cons

    Too Italianized, Management has no idea of business line, product, etc etc

    Advice to Management

    Become International


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great People to Work With

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. Fast paced environment that never allows for a dull moment.

    Cons

    Management is so scared to loose their own jobs that they neglect to make the right decision. Blinded at times of the big picture and how their careless decisions impact the rest of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Its frowned upon when you promote someone and give them more responsibilities but no additional pay. What incentive are you giving?


  10. Helpful (3)

    Poor senior management, the worst being senior HR management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Realize that you are the problem and make some changes.


  11. Helpful (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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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