Shear operator assembler crane operator (Former Employee) – Guelph, ON – 17 September 2017
KkLearned a lot from core steel cutting crane operating course Philip M assembly assembler it was a very good place until they closed the doors in Guelph I was a place I wish I could have worked for her for the rest of my life
ABB is a good company to work for - not a great one!
Director - Electrification and Automation Services (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 September 2017
ABB is a large engineering and technical services company with world headquarters based in Zurich, Switzerland. ABB operates in most countries on Earth and employees about 150,000 employees. Even though ABB has significant operations in North America, there is a heavy European flavour to their corporate culture, so please be aware of this. When I worked in Canada, there was a marked downside to the Canadian leadership and it was because of this, I resigned. Most of that leadership ladder has since been fired or has resigned (mostly fired), so things have improved so I am told.
ABB had a matrix management structure which is typical of European companies, which means, in simple terms, that you can have two or more bosses, who can have conflicting agendas putting you in the middle to try to figure out who you want to please the most (you can never win with this deal, believe me). In my case, I had 14 Division Managers to report to across the top of the grid and a national executive on the vertical. Writing a strategic plan and trying to get buy-in from all stakeholders will try your patience to the max because most of these Divisional people will be a complete stranger to you when you start and will be an almost-complete stranger to you when you leave because you probably will never meet them in person (other than through electronic media). It can be a very lonely professional existence.
Because of poor decisions in the 1980's and 90's, ABB almost became insolvent. As such, ABB's appetite for risk is low, if not almost zero. So, if you have a big project costing any money,more... say even a million to put a low number out there, you have to apply for the money as if you were applying for a bank loan for that amount. In previous lives, I could make a million dollar decision based on the facts presented by PowerPoint in a single meeting. Having to deal with this concentration of power in Zurich was frustrating and ridiculous.
All said, I would rate ABB as a 3.5/5 based on the company I knew at the end of the last decade. Do more research on today's ABB to make an informed decision.less
Shop/Field Service Technician (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 6 September 2017
Close encounter in all aspect of transformer, from maintenance to a brand new installation, repair and reconditioning of the transformer will give you a lot of important and useful information that makes you a highly qualified and experience individual.
Certain jobs in the company is very demanding , the work is not distributed evenly. 247 work environment culture in the division I was working for. Great environment and facility. Good experience is begin earned for the Senior Management
Marketing positions are not valued in this company. Was a victim of sexism many times. Often left by myself with no objectives to look forward to. Bad management was leaving employees by themselves not knowing what was going on in the company.
Electrical Designer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 25 May 2017
I interact with a lot of senior desigers, engineers, and project managers on a daily basis. It is a team environment. I learn mostly in MCC electrical building design involving 3D modelling for my 4 years of work. Also did piperack design and grounding. The work was quite interesting to me. Work palce culture was great as it was diversified. I really enjoyed working there especially with the people I see on a daily basis. They are friendly and willing to teach me and to grow.
I really like the paid stats holidays and company paid holidays
Engineering Coordinator (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 16 May 2017
typical day starts early, with communications to various offices around the world, following up on team activities both completed and to be completed. Office time includes many meetings and problem solving, both technical and schedule related. Late day includes more communications with team personnel located in other offices around the world.
Good, supportive and friendly superiors and fellow workers.
Wiring Technician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 May 2017
Working with ABB is challenging. Building panels is not an easy job but with my skills and efficiency, the outcome of my job always resulted with the good quality and completed on time. Soft sound of music in the workplace also help us work relaxed but efficient. It was also fan having our stampede meals during the stampede season, Ice cream on summertime. Hardest part of the job is doing bunch of projects at the same time and under time pressure...but still can accomplish with good quality and on time.
Business Developer-Sales (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 2 May 2017
Good company to work with high paying salaries for a large territorial sales coverage. Once hired no actual classroom technical training provided...you will end up doing product self study while starting doing sales calls with major customers. Training are provided at a later date.
Good team collaboration and integrative stype working environment.
Too much pressures from national sales manager. Micro-management style.