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Helpful (2)

Bait and switch

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Contractor - Utility Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Contractor - Utility Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at ABM Industries as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

*Lots of assignments/contract jobs
*At the right site, you can learn a lot from journeyman
*Pay rate is above average for similar positions

Cons

*Contracted jobs can be short-term and subject to change (both location and duration of assignment)
*False promises of being offered to convert to permanent position
*Account managers do not screen their supervisors in-depth

Advice to Management

Please better screen personnel who are put in supervisory positions. I've worked at several sites, under contract, only to learn that many of my supervisors knew very little regarding; maintaining inventory, identifying the materials needed, and providing no training or guidance. Many times I've had to manage the area and other utility engineers on my own. Lastly, if there are 2 spots available, which lead to a permanent union position, please be honest about this from the start. Many of my co-workers were all mislead, falsely believing that we all would obtain a permanent position, after our 90 day probation. The reality was, only 2 positions were available, and many "more qualified" people were denied the positions. We were only told this on our 85th day or later, which left us no time to line-up another job. This has happened on several assignments I was employed at, so clearly there is improvement needed on this topic. In fact it would be beneficial to inform all those hired, upfront, which would create a competition, and motivate people to work harder while on the clock.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Avoid Cleveland and LA regional offices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at ABM Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Part of large organization with deep, vertical integration and sophistication.

    Cons

    Parking division is immaterial and gets slighted in support resources, disproportionate to its high risk.
    Financial reporting systems are ineffective user-hostile byzantine labyrinths not designed for central control and monitoring of site operations.

    Advice to Management

    Set the tone at the top for ethical behavior. Put clients' interests before your own. Think beyond the current quarter results. At least pretend to care about the rank and file employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A company that cares about its employees, clients, and bottom line.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at ABM Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ABM provides its employees with good benefits at affordable prices, multiple opportunities to advance within the company, wonderful people to work with, and great clients. With the recent re-branding, ABM is helping even the front line employees to feel empowered, and to feel part of a unified team. The new Metropolis feature on the ABM website lets anyone see how all the parts of ABM fit together to provide a good place to work as an employee, and to to show clients what ABM can do for them.

    Cons

    lDue to the nature of facilities management, the starting wages for entry-level (hourly) employees are fairly low, and the cost of benefits can seem high in comparison. Also, many perks are location specific, so when an hourly employee transfers, they may lose some extra benefits (such as sick pay) if they are not provided at the new location.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits should be more uniform across the board.


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