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Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance is not so good (in 26 reviews)

  • Low salary in comparison with other international companies (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Proposal Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Proposal Engineer Co-op in Wickliffe, OH
    Former Intern - Proposal Engineer Co-op in Wickliffe, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ABB as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The hours ended up being pretty flexible.

    Cons

    They didn't tell me about the flexible hours, and told me I couldn't take a class while I was working there, even though I ended up leaving before that class would have started pretty much every day. I didn't do much while I was there. I'm not sure why they hired me. Instead of batch hiring ten thousand interns every semester, they should make sure they have tasks, and then hire for the tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should interact with their co-ops instead of the Co-op Coordinator. Co-Op Coordinator clearly didn't understand the hours that would be reacquired of me.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solar Field Service Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation package, nice work truck.

    Cons

    Misguided managment, overwhelming workload, inferior products.

    Advice to Management

    Open your ears


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Product Manager - Port Systems and Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were okay, some of the people were great. Travel opportunities. Part of some cutting edge products.

    Cons

    There was alot of turnover. Constant change of management and focus. Management was very poor with little guidance, support and focus. Company structure is bad particularly with organization and leaders that are in place. This organization does not do a good job of recognizing and keeping talent. They feel everyone is replaceable. You will be just a number here.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and work to retain your key talent. Dont treat them as a number. Listen to your people, not just management. Too much management and not enough workers. Place good leaders who listen and work well the team and most importantly, have some knowledge of the business unit and products. Re-think the organizational arrangement and the amount of management in place.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Think twice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Hiawatha, IA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Hiawatha, IA

    Pros

    Great industry and co workers

    Cons

    Too many micro managers trying to run things from 3000 miles away.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ABB (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Values for Shareholders and customers; Health and Safety values

    Cons

    The company is based of political aspects instead of skills of the employees. Benefits and salaries are lower than the competitors, investment in trainings


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    Pros

    Good benefits and health insurance from first day of employment.

    Cons

    Tremendous overtime, even working on public holidays. Hiring process took forever.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Talent Acquisition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, Darke, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, Darke, OH
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ABB (More than a year)

    Pros

    ABB is a good company that I really enjoyed working for. My co-workers were very good and I still keep in contact with many of them on a regular basis. The BU that I worked for supported and backed me up when needed.
    At times you get to work on some excellent projects that make a difference.

    Cons

    The management of the TA team leaves much to be desired. The lack of Honesty, Integrity, and just being approachable were lacking in abundance. The fear of retaliation was real and if you spoke up there was a real chance that you would be the focus of lies and being undermined by your manager.
    When someone loses the majority of their tenured and very effective staff in a 4 month period one would think that their manager would ask questions.
    When the reply given was that those who left were not good employees you as her manager might want to question the reason given.
    Weak front line managers.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest that the HR leadership VP level and higher might want to ask questions and go see for yourself and not reply of the old soft-shoe given by the Director/Manager level.
    A lot of good people were driven out due to dishonesty and poor leadership.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of overall direction..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Hang in there and you can learn a lot. Such as how to (and unfortunately frequently how to not) run a business.

    Cons

    Some solid leaders, some very questionable leaders. Some management will help you grow your career. Some are only in it for themselves and it's clear as night and day.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Not starting at the bottom. Might want to take a look at your turnover rates of the good people too. I'd guess they're 2-3x the industry average. If not higher.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Field Service engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level III Field Service Engineer in Apache Junction, AZ
    Current Employee - Level III Field Service Engineer in Apache Junction, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, always busy and have a break room.

    Cons

    No advancement, raises or challenging work.

    Advice to Management

    There should not be more management than workers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Product Application Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Applications Specialist in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Product Applications Specialist in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ABB (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality product offering and Global recognition.

    Cons

    Too much restructuring and reorganizing. Constant hiring followed by lay offs.



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