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ABB Optical Group Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Enthusiastic and good work environment, recognition of work, possibility of growth, learning new tasks" (in 7 reviews)

  • "easy, simple, no stress and working with great people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "When you go into the lab no one even speaks or responds to you" (in 4 reviews)

  • "High standards, low pay, threat of job security looms, large periods where there is nothing to do" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Enthusiastic and good work environment!"

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Specialist in Coral Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Specialist in Coral Springs, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ABB Optical Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enthusiastic and good work environment, recognition of work, possibility of growth, learning new tasks.

    Cons

    the breaks are too short


  2. "warehouse picker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time

    Pros

    flexible with school, good training, friendly people.

    Cons

    fast pasted, daily minimums, you'll be spoken to if your numbers a lower than normal for 1 day.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Inconsistent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people working there are very nice. People smile and greet each other. Free Coffee. Compensation was competitive.

    Cons

    You couldn't necessarily trust the friendly people you worked with. Anything you say can and will be held against you. Simply respectfully disagreeing with the wrong person in a private conversation may not be allowed. Someone may think they overhear you say something to someone else and go straight to an executive with a complaint. The executives wouldn't validate anything, just assume the worst. Or, an executive may lie to you then blame you for acting accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    You need to add integrity to your list of values and hold yourselves accountable to following it. Some of you are wonderful people and a joy to work with. Just a few make people question the integrity of all of you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be amazing, they are falling fast and it’s a shame."

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved working here when I did! Immediate management was/is amazing and they truly care about their staff. I learned more here than anywhere else and not just in technical abilities.

    Cons

    The company is losing steam and continues to layoff much of its staff. No one safe there right now, from upper management to junior level staff. Be aware.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with the real goals of the company, the culture was built on honesty and integrity from management, and that is why the people who worked there loved waking up everyday and going into work, I know I did. That honesty has been missing and the people who are left are just waiting for the next opportunity. Advertising on LinkedIn that ABB acquired a new company, yet laying off 100’s of employees because of so called “financial reasons” doesn’t look good and should not touted publicly whilst everyone is seeking new employment...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pathetic"

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

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get to via Sawgrass
    Free contact lenses

    Cons

    Managers do work for peanuts and treat their employees like they are replaceable. People get promoted based on how well they can drink with their boss, not performance. Decision making is broken and every event is cheaply done. Processes are terrible and no one wants to actually confront the fact that the culture there is toxic. The executives fired a ton of people to save their own bonuses meanwhile salary employees are not getting theirs at all. What a way to lead the team.

    Everyone knows the company is swirling the drain. Don't even bother trying to work here its a waste of your time. Other organizations are investing in their employees and their products. That's why they are successful.

    Work life balance is non-existent and they will still underpay you easily by 30%. It is a terrible place to work and an even worse culture.

    Employee beware. As a potential candidate for the organization - you don't want this on your resume. No one wants to lead a team that's failing.

    Advice to Management

    People pay attention to how you treat them and trust me South Florida Business Leaders have taken notice. Everyone that leaves the company can't be wrong. Be sure to save up for a rainy day when the company is sold for table scraps.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible upper management decision."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall great business model and employees are smart and dedicated. Business is well established with a good reputation and support for the customer.

    Cons

    Top heavy leadership team with no concern for long-term goals. They are more concerned with meeting the demands of the private equity group that owns them than they are with the welfare of their employees. Focus needs to be on the established existing relationships between their sales team and customers rather than saving a few pennies. Just a few examples, they laid off over 20 key employees and changed the health insurance with less than a month’s notice.

    Advice to Management

    The excessive turnover in your sales team should give you caution. Think about the long term cost rather then the short term savings.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "distributor"

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    Former Employee - Inventory in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly co workers and good pot lucks

    Cons

    no enough pay for the amount of work too much overtime still not enough pay

    Advice to Management

    raise the pay their are hardworkers and you only start off with 13 an hour

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Data entry"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Hawthorne, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Hawthorne, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot about the way they make

    Cons

    The worst job I have ever had , the managers play favorites if you don’t speak Spanish or if your not white they really don’t deal with you , the data entry manager is the worst he plays favoritism to the girls in the room , he gives people more work than others jobs are never distributed evenly , he makes peopleteamleads and supervisors by how much brown nosing you do . It’s a shame that job treats employees that way because they prefer a certain set ( Hispanic)

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat your employees the same and you’ll stop seeing the revolving door with people just quitting because of the way they’re treated ,learn how to be more empathetic towards your employees who have health issues someone’s job shouldn’t always be on the line because they’re sick maybe if you guys have sick days that would help instead of taking vacation days from someone smh a lot of work to do within your management team


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    executive team, great pay, treated very well, great company culture

    Cons

    now looking back, work/life balance wasn't so bad

    Advice to Management

    I had one of the best managers there that i have EVER worked for


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Not who they say they are"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABB Optical Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the team i worked to build. I loved the people i worked with. A more than capable technology team that built process where there was none, filled roles that didnt exist. Stabilized poorly developed and maintained mission critical systems. Provided an increase in availability for these systems that went from several times per week significant outages to rarely occurring.

    Cons

    The executive leadership had grand ideas but none really gained traction
    They ignored their two biggest issues; aging unsustainable technology stack
    And
    Reliance on legacy business personnel who had no other experience and had not the team buy in to go with newer ideas
    Chasm between IT and the legacy personnel was never closed despite all attempts by IT

    Senior business leadership talked One Team while making no attempt to know personnel, technical team dynamics, or technology in general

    Executive leadership is making the company sale-able at the request of private equity ownership. These leaders will make millions. This is primary reason for everything. Risking the future for a payout. They talk team, morale, and excellence while having no connection to what it takes to accomplish those.

    Advice to Management

    No advice- they could not hear anything that did not come out of their own mouths. I have confidence that the PE firm owners will have to hold this leadership team.
    The response to this will be this was disgruntled former employee, and citing of some fantasy success in building a culture... the line workers may buy some of that but most see and feel the truth.

    The reputation in the SoFlo IT market had already been established...and it is all true! The ripping apart of the IT team is a travesty ... and the exodus has begun.


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