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Helpful (2)

Excellent company to work for

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
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Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX
Former Contractor - Designer in Houston, TX

I worked at American Bureau of Shipping as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

Pros

The mission of ABS is to make the oceans safe, so it was a great feeling being part of a company with that focus. I worked with engineers who were focused, intelligent and communicated clearly. I enjoyed being part of their team.

Cons

My position was contract based, and a full time position opened up in my field just when my contract was ending, but the Manager who interviewed me was not open at all to considering me for the full time position, even though I was highly recommended by my supervisor.

Advice to Management

Management should be open to hiring Contract workers when a full time position opens up.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    From an Intern in 2013

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    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at American Bureau of Shipping as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life balance, Compensation/ Benefits

    Cons

    You may not find very exciting opportunities in the future.

  2. Helpful (4)

    I couldn't leave fast enough - unprofessional management and engineers!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX

    I worked at American Bureau of Shipping full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you last a few years you can be promoted to rule over your own fiefdom.
    A stint at ABS looks great on your resume - all the shipping & offshore companies like to have that extra insight.
    At least you don't have to pay to park in the garage.

    Cons

    The pay is well below average for the area- particularly when compared to the positions one would be qualified to fill at an oil company.
    The location is pretty scary, especially after dark. Vehicle break-ins and confrontations while walking to your are are relatively common.
    Engineers are required to track every hour they are "on -the-clock" and are expected to bill all 40 hours a week to a client - even when they are in department meetings and training.
    There is a reason that the turn-over rate is so high at this company. Management allows far too much workplace bullying, harassment and generally bad behavior to go unchecked.
    Managers do not offer support or guidance to engineers and ignore valid workplace concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the unprofessional engineers and start treating everyone as a "real person" and turn-over would drop dramatically - even with the sub-par pay.

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