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Ansaldo STS USA Pittsburgh Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Free parking, one site caffeteria, gym (in 25 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and always have plenty of work to do and challenges (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Condescending attitude by upper management (in 12 reviews)

  • The only remaining competent executive staff was let go late 2009/early 2010 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "All around mediocre"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere that makes you feel welcomed and at home. In house cafeteria with decent food and all around good working conditions.

    Cons

    Upper level management tends to not understand how to manage their employees and there seems to be a fair amount of micromanagement. Monetary compensation is on the low side for most positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be more personable and attempt to learn and understand what your employees are doing rather than just barking orders that are passed down from upper levels.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked and Under-budgetted"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, free coffee, free parking, facility includes cafeteria (although cafeteria is expensive), people are nice. I made many friendships at Ansaldo.

    Another good thing is that Ansaldo recently was awarded many large projects, so job security is very high for most people because they can't afford to lose their key people to work on these large projects. They also seem to be hiring people left and right, so business is booming. They will have a ton of work to do for the foreseeable future, provided that the projects actually work out as planned...

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower side, especially for younger employees. This is why not many young people stay there very long. Ansaldo will be in trouble once most of their seasoned employees start retiring...

    You can advance in the company although I'm sure in most cases, your manager will try as hard as he can to keep you, probably because most departments are overworked and each manager wants to hang on to his/her employees. This is another reason why I'm sure many young people just get another job at another company as opposed to moving up within Ansaldo.

    Excluding compensation and career advancement within Ansaldo, there are two major problems I see with the company:

    1. Since they were bought by the Italians, Ansaldo has helplessly tried to integrate their American products and their Italian products. This causes a constant state of needing to reinvent the wheel every time they start a new project that attempts to combine these technologies. The two product lines were never designed to work together so I have no idea why Ansaldo desperately tries to make it work. This is a major problem and I hope that when Hitachi comes in, this is fixed.

    2. The words "continuous improvement" are not in Ansaldo's library. On every project, budgets are slashed to below the point of what it properly takes to do the job. This results in everyone only doing the bare minimum to just barely get the system to work. No one has the time/money to do anything "the right way." This is both on a project level and R&D level.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no chance that senior management will actually read this, but here it goes...

    Give R&D some breathing room to actually make good enhancements to your products.

    Stop trying to integrate American technology with Italian technology. They were never designed to work together, and when they do, it only results in problems and going over-budget on the project.

    Something has to be changed to keep your younger people employed longer. Once the group of elite senior people who have worked there for 30+ years start retiring, you may be in trouble.

    Realize that overhead is a necessary evil. You need overhead to continuously improve your products and documentation because the projects can't fund it. Most products and documents have not been given attention in decades because no one has the time or money to improve them.

    Take time to properly and formally train your new hires. Everyone is so busy that no attention is given to training your own employees. It always baffled me how Ansaldo considers working on a project a higher priority than training their own employees about their own products.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unfair company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free parking, cafeteria, great co-workers

    Cons

    Management and Human Resource department

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees that have been loyal to the company for years with respect and appreciation.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "HR Dept and Compensation Need Attention"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    parking is free, location is in a technology park, building is newer, engineering colleagues are pleasant

    Cons

    New employees start making higher salaries than seasoned employees (disparity in compensation); HR is an underachieving team of non-experts. It was a vibrant bright team, but with the direction of the VP it has turned into a group of do enough to get by and lead to her own devised standards not those set forth by Ansaldo/Hitachi

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation, HR management and standards


  5. "good place to start or finish a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Organization provides good opportunities for someone starting career. Excellent tools marginal processes- but generally a good staff to work with and an environment you can learn a lot in a short time

    Cons

    No place for anyone with experience or plans for a solid future. Profit extracted from employees with no growth potential within the organization. Engineering skills, but lacking true leadership in this area in the USA organization. CEO is worst ever. No values or vision .

    Advice to Management

    At this point in time, no advise will matter. With venture capitalist Paul Singer buying shares, probable Hitachi take over will fall through.


  6. "I still really want to believe in Ansaldo"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Projects in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Projects in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The most talented, intelligent people in the industry.
    Technolgy is good, but could be better.
    Flex time.

    Cons

    Does not promote from within.
    R&D is not funded as well as it should be.
    Management is completely separated from day to day work. They are only interested in profit and looking good for Hitachi.
    No understanding on management's behalf on what employees actually do all day.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in USA R&D. Our products are old and undesirable. Spread CBTC around and bring some of it into USA engineering. Apply DTG applications to CBTC to create more robust systems. It's a proven and award winning technology for Ansaldo. Remember: for every 1 USA employee, it takes 3-4 employees oversees to do the same thing. HR's line on promotions? There is no money in the "promotion bucket." And there is no merit overall in not rewarding employees for hard work. Respect your employees and they will respect you. When the CEO of the company is jail bound, remember it's truly the employees who have worked hard to ensure passenger safety on metros around the world.


  7. "No Room For Advancement"

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    Current Employee - PA - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PA - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a flexible work schedule and you are not micro managed. The benefits are standard for a company this size and the health care cost has not been increased for employees in 3 years.

    Cons

    Management does not recognize the hard work and dedication of I the employees. It is extremely rare for internal employees to be promoted. If you are looking for advancement in a company, it will not likely happen at Ansaldo.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to promote internal candidates instead of always using external candidates. Management needs to invest in the employees and offer them professional growth and training. Management has poor communication skills.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Looking for a position that will drain your self respect...work here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Parking, Really intelligent and friendly teams, cafeteria has decent food, decent pay and benefits. I used to love the company until I learned it's true colors!

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT is absolutely the worst. They could care less about the employees, unprofessional, inexperienced and are not willing to evaluate their employees for the skills that they offer. Instead they have management who is not even in this country to make assessments and arbitrary deductions against your performance. In the meantime they do not have a clue to how you truly perform. They only promote men and you have to be part of the good ole boys club. Many of my team members bust their humps to get ahead, but this company doesn't offer any reward for hard work and dedication. They only choose to load you up until you break and they ask you why you didn't work harder! Stay Away if you like your health and have any self respect.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded, stop playing favorites, give credit where credit is due and promote those that deserve it. Stop promoting your buddies who are young & inexperienced with little management skills.


  9. "Bad Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good learning opportunities, good people, opportunity for domestic and international travel, onsite parking garage, close to city and Oakland and South side, decent benefits package

    Cons

    Technology too old, company always in financial trouble, no technical training budget, no fair method of posting internal job openings, really had to question how managers got their jobs, company works in business silos controlled by Itsly and no cohesive direction

    Advice to Management

    Many times managers have engineering backgrounds but no business or IT experience, company doesn't seem to follow standard HR policies that are common in other companies and industries


  10. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work good and there are great people that work here. The building and parking are truly a positive part of our work environment and it takes a lot of product sales to just keep the lights on.

    Cons

    Top level management seems to have lost any focus on the company since Hitachi is about to take over. There haven't been any all hands meetings for about a year so, the minions here just flounder along trying to wait out the sale and the dust that may or may not help the company. Not knowing the strategic direction of your work place makes it VERY hard to feel like you can be part of the future success.

    Current manages don't know what railroading is about and they don't care to learn. All they want is profit, profit, profit.... They have no idea what a railroad customer NEEDS or wants....

    Advice to Management

    Get busy with Succession planning, pay attention to the talent that built the reputation of the company!

    Protect the market share in ground material so that the copy cats don't take it away from us before it is too late!!!!!

    For goodness sakes, invest in the R&D. The culture here is TERRIBLE for getting anyone excited for making new products. No one believes there is a value for inventions and will not take the time to even try!!!! Not how the company was built when our forefathers ran the business.


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