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Ansaldo STS USA Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Ansaldo STS USA President & CEO Marco Fumagalli
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Pros
  • Free parking, one site caffeteria, gym (in 26 reviews)

  • Benefits are good, free coffee, free parking, facility includes cafeteria (although cafeteria is expensive), people are nice (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Good managers and engineers are being forced out or leave for better work at a different place (in 3 reviews)

  • People who are loyal to the company are let go for no substantial reason (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Warehouse assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Easy fun interesting easy consistent

    Cons

    I liked the job there was no downside except the commute p

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management


  2. "Not a great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free parking and good location. The benefits package is okay. The medical benefits are pretty good. Other than that there aren't any real pros

    Cons

    401k plan is not good. Management seems like it has no idea what's going on. The office configuration is strange.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach

  3. Helpful (7)

    "You will be sorry if you accept a job at Ansaldo"

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    Former Employee - Projects in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Projects 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

    People who are loyal to the company are let go for no substantial reason. Project budgets are cut to the point projects can not be managed for success. Management blames everything on Project managers and engineers for things that are out of our control. Unrealistic promises are made to the customers in terms of schedules and deliveries just to win the job then the team has to work to meet these impossible demands. When they can't be met the team is blamed not the people who made unrealistic promises to the customer. No consideration to hard working loyal employees. You are disposable if you are not part of the inner circle. Management and HR do not care about the welfare of employees

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and treat employees with respect and help them achieve their goals instead of being so condescending. The company is in trouble and you have lost, are losing and will lose good employees, Personally, I hope the company folds. Then upper management would know what its like to lose a job, a home and everything that was worked so hard for.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Ability to grow in role

    Cons

    Yearly benefits are not offered


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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


  7. "All around mediocre"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "USA Perspective"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ansaldo STS USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Starting pay. Take a salary you are comfortable living off of for several years. Excellent review raises or raises with a promotion were only 3-5%. With additional years of experience employees experience and worth quickly outgrew their salaries.

    Don't stir the pot and you will have job security.

    Cons

    Most of the top management are Italians. This may change with Hitachi taking over but consider decades of ingrained culture. This plays a role in opportunities, promotions, reviews, advancement programs, etc... Proportionally Italian employees had first pick.

    Expect to do things, because that is the way they always have done it. Ansaldo STS has a few projects that are their cornerstone templates for delivery. It is difficult to facilitate changes, improvements or innovations.

    Get a sufficient starting salary, some experience, and move on.

    Advice to Management

    イタリアの管理を削除します 早く


  10. "Picking Up Other People's Slack"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ansaldo STS USA full-time

    Pros

    Nice people
    Very important industry to be involved in (especially in the Eastern US)
    Many opportunities to learn new things you wouldn't normally see elsewhere

    Cons

    Your job title might say one thing but you might end up picking up someone else's slack
    Feels like management plays favorites
    Company prefers hiring others instead of promoting from within
    There is a lot of pointing fingers when things go wrong
    Projects seem unorganized with processes
    No formal training for new hires

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and analyze the REAL schedule and not the PLANNED schedule when dealing with items being submitted late. If the process is broken, then help fix it.


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