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Abengoa Bioenergy Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sustainable energy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Mount Vernon, IN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Environmentally friendly. Alternative to save oil deposits.

    Cons

    majority of north american company are filing bankruptcy except Illinois and Indiana

    Advice to Management

    Abengoa Bioenergy of Indiana


  2. "Stay away from this company"

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    Former Employee - Ethanol Producer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Ethanol Producer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are zero pros except for the employees.

    Cons

    Spain controls and makes all decisions. Decision makers are all expats and extremely arrogant. Ridiculous payment terms expected of suppliers.


  3. "Accounts Payable. Financial catastrophe."

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Chesterfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A fun place to work before the bottom fell out. Great co-workers, who worked hard. I hope that we can have lunch one day and discuss this meltdown.

    Cons

    This was bound to happen. The way they handled the finances, it doesn't surprise me that they are barreling head first into bankruptcy. You have to wonder who will face criminal charges when this finally settles out.

    Advice to Management

    It wouldn't matter what advice anyone gives them, they don't listen. They are always sure no one else knows as much as them. We see how that turned out.


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  5. "good people, bad company outlook"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    had a great culture and work environment while it lasted

    Cons

    company has filed for bankruptcy protection and laid off most of the staff


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Mount Vernon, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, working environment at plant level

    Cons

    Companies way of doing business makes it difficult to perform your duties efficiently


  7. "Pretty Lame"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Chesterfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free hot coco in the break room.

    Cons

    Bad uncooperative company culture, you try to ask someone a question on information you need for an assignment and they'll bounce you off one another.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being such arrogant tools drop the 180 day payment system, it's god awful and annoying and turns most American companies off of doing business with you.


  8. "LMAO!!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many pros, people or co workers are great but about it

    Cons

    It's a joke the way the management is! If your a buddy you will do fine, if not you will be stuck.
    Safety is a joke! Many are waiting for someone to get hurt or killed. No training at all! Made a mistake in taking the job. Do yourself a favor if you need money bad it is a ok place but unless you want to work and cover for others all the time go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and listen to the people! They will all tell you the problems!!! Keep it all open and honest with them.


  9. "Good resume builder, not a long term option"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abengoa Bioenergy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Abengoa is always actively trying to build large capital projects, which is not something that many companies are doing these days. It is also a company composed primarily of very young employees. This means that you can get in and get the opportunity to do a lot more earlier in your career than at more established places. I would say its a good place to get exposed to a lot of the business in a relatively short amount of time.

    Cons

    More than anything Abengoa is less than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of very talented, hard working people there who are frustrated that their efforts amounts to so little. The engineering products produced are poor quality, the projects consistently miss budget and schedule by huge margins. Most of this stems from extremely poor management at the highest levels. The top Abengoa brass has far too much influence on the day to day operations of the company. Many top officials have their jobs due to familial connections not any demonstrated ability to perform their job functions. Decisions are consistently made based on what the most optimistic outcome could be rather than likely outcomes, and then plans are put into place without the resources needed to have a chance at those bingo moments. Meetings are consistently started 30-45 minutes after the scheduled time, and it is not unusual to have an important meeting sprung on you with less than 10 minutes notice.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people as if they are an asset, not simply interchangeable (and disposable) parts. Proof read official communications in all the languages they will be sent out in (by a native speaker). Take the advice of the people who's expertise you are paying for. Actively grow and enforce a positive company culture. Culture develops whether you control it our not, and its never a good one that grows out of a lack of control.


  10. "Abengoa Bioenergy of Illinois is a Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Madison, IL
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Madison, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours, Employees, Faclities and Managers are all good here. You don't hate coming to work. Work is always interesting. Managers listen to employee ideas and suggestions.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but it is in line with other companies in the area

    Advice to Management

    Good Management, Good Place to Work, Trust your Employees to Make Good Decisions


  11. "Lots of ability to change positions/grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Turn over helps position changes/promotions.

    Cons

    Tightly controlled via approval process, which could slow down how quickly some tasks will take.

    Advice to Management

    Develop stronger presence and communication with employees.


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