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ABB Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer
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  1. "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at ABB as an intern

    Pros

    Good work enviornment. People help you

    Cons

    THere are not cons to this company


  2. "Solid company, opaque corporate group"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Scientist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get responsibility without age. Better work life balance than other Washington DC consultants

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow travel expense reimbursement

    Advice to Management

    View your people as valuable assets like technologies

  3. "Field Service"

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Richland, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting working environment
    Exposure to new technology
    Great benefits
    Gain experience quickly
    Apply skills
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Significant time away from home
    Little interactions with other ABB employees

    Advice to Management

    The job is great but very lonely. If possible place ABB employees in a city with an ABB office for a stronger connection to the company


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ABB full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and the benefits are similar to other employers.

    Cons

    On boarding was a nightmare and working with information systems and hr is a big headache.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the numbers and make sure your people are getting what they need to make home life better.


  5. "senior program manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at ABB (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global setting allowed international exposure during system integration

    Cons

    R&D operations were moved overseas


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Consulting Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consulting Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ABB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global scope. Benefits. Some of the technology depending on where you work.

    Cons

    Very much a silo organization. Bloated. Too many VP's. No opportunities to move to other divisions. Does not understand the US Market. Focus is on EBIT, not employees or customers. ABB is an accounting company that happens to produce some technology.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Too big, too fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABB full-time

    Pros

    Extremely focused on safety, both in the office space and factory.

    Cons

    Consistently get it wrong when attempting to understand why their business is performing poorly. They are hyper focused on the short term numbers, and have no long term strategy. Constantly eliminating potions to meet the numbers - damaging those that remain.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Alamo, TN
    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Alamo, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Staff is friendly, pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Favoritism, office politics, wrong skill sets in key positions. Very top heavy with bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Lean out the office positions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "working at ABB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABB full-time

    Pros

    day one health care, however hard to activate

    Cons

    be prepared to work overtime with little notice


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Still an old European engineering company"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cary, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are fantastic. Global reputation.

    Cons

    With all the acquisitions and restructuring, there is a constant state of change and turmoil, including never knowing if you're next for elimination. Lack of diversity at the top (leadership is predominantly white European male). Uber-matrix means you have at least three bosses, one of whom sits in Zurich.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. ABB cultivates a reputation of innovation and employee empowerment, but there is very little evidence of this at the local business level. Cost savings initiatives don't go over well when leadership is forcing last minute travel arrangements in order to save $50.


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