Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated April 13, 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. Ansaldo STS USA

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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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  2. Senior Controller

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Controller in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Controller in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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

  3. Great People to Work With

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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?

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  5. Poor senior management, the worst being senior HR management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  6. 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)

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

    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.

  7. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  8. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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...

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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".

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