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ABM Industries San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 21, 2017
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San Francisco, CA

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Pros
  • Good pay, especially if you're in college (in 14 reviews)

  • Overall good company good benefits package company vehicle decent insurance stock option with discount (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management can cause problems if you don;t stay on top of them (in 20 reviews)

  • Low pay basically starting at minimum wage no room for advancement benefits are not that good unless you been there forever (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very flexible internship, learned a lot

    Cons

    no real structure to internship


  2. "Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very Large Established Company with a very good Track record in the service industry.

    Cons

    They are growing their Energy Services part of the business and are not bringing on the additional support personnel tot support the Sales Team. As a result the sales team are overloaded and multitasking on things other than the sales. This slows down the Sales process and resulting sales making it hard to excel for the sales folks.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of the methodology for Bundled Energy Solutions sales that if you sell it we will build, you need to support the sales folks more with a project development team so we can actually Sell and not manage projects as the metric is to sell and not manage.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very heavy, old and boring corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ABM Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    People were generally very nice even though not happy
    Decent opportunity - usually have to add quite a bit of responsibility with no pay increase but after 2-3 years may see some pay increase/better title

    Cons

    Hours were very difficult, switched from day to swing to overnight shift
    Very old back office, old corporate culture that really used some employees

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and think outside the box just a little bit. Gets very monotonous. Also, their is no loyalty - saw an employee that's been working the same job as supervisor - there was no training for him and he just kind of fizzled out after so long


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  5. "Great Benefits!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good 401k match and vacation/sick leave

    Cons

    Large corporation so more bureacracy


  6. "Unfulfilled"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People can be kind.
    They are nationwide so there are many areas to work in.

    Cons

    Lacks professionalism
    Lacks communication
    Lacks enthusiasm/positivity

    People get frustrated too easily.
    People are not consistent with their character.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some professional management and care about your employee's consistency of their job as well as invest in their growth.


  7. "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ABM Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Managers given a long leash to succeed or fail on their own
    Very stable employer will try to find a place for you as soon as you are established
    Lots of room to advance especially if you can relocate

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor (they tried to get me to come back from my honeymoon early to deal with a menial billing issue that my office staff was able to easily handle)
    Expect calls on nights weekends and all hours etc.
    Nothing is standardized. You have to reinvent the wheel constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Finish what you start, and make sure programs you sell your clients actually exist.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ground Transportation Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One gets to work outside with all kinds of passengers.

    Cons

    Management is unfair and at times has no knowledge of what they are doing.


  9. "Good company, good people. Union led employees, good managers."

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    Former Employee - Parking Attendant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Parking Attendant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for a college student, easy to talk to people from different backgrounds as your interacting with them during transactions. Management is in control, always looks to make as much revenue as possible to help company grow.

    Cons

    Company kind of stuck in the dark ages, not much room for promotion due to union contract, aging work force, technologically lacking compared to other companies.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bait and switch"

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    Former Contractor - Utility Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Utility Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Totally depressing at this point because they have no respect for the union contract, including health & dental."

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. They have at least one interesting contract. I'm looking for another job. Management are thugs and criminals.

    Cons

    Apparently the payroll employees don't read the union contract. On the job training is zero. Communication is dysfunction-junction. I need to leave the company, for my health.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get a whole new management team who is law abiding. The company is corrupt from top to bottom.


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