ABB is a very big company without a rigid structure for every job. This means that you can pretty much mold the job to your expectations.
The financial controls are very strict which is great since you can't wander off for long before someone steps in.
I actually really like working at ABB, overall I think it's the best company I worked at. The only issue I see at this time is the advancement. It's really complicated to move up or in my case to move to a different location in the company.
Management driven by global group with single minded focus on profitability. True 'large' company mentality. Reinvents its business model every three years and returns to where it started every six to nine years. Endless cycles of hiring / firing. Focus on your job but don't be surprised when they are done with you.
little value given to its largest asset... people.
Working at ABB helps me to obtain a very thorough understanding of finance control and planning, accounting reporting and SOX control. Working with the management team and other co-team members has been a wonderful learning experience for me in such fields as managing process improvement projects, developing KPIs, risk managements as well as developing a strong communication skills.
Electrical Designer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 3 April 2016
Typically my day starts at 7:30am. Daily meeting with my Lead Designer about ongoing projects progress. Drawing updates, special reviews, design meetings etc. Take special assignment if any or continue with ongoing project drawings. Drawings were related to Electrical Engg. for Oil & Gas SAGD projects. I was totally new to this kind of concept compared to my previous experience. But the team or co-workers were awesome in all aspects. I was able access any support regarding design, drafting and engineering. Most of the co-workers were very senior but very down to earth kind of nature and with helping mentality. Initially it was very hard for me to co-ordinate the system working. I only knew about the project was Control system drawings, as I had some previous hands-on experience in that field. But managed to understand the project and co-ordinate it within two months. Most enjoyable part of job was at the lunch time where we used to get together at kitchen and take our lunch and followed by an afternoon walk for 15 minutes outside the office. Management was awesome, easy to approach, mentoring and helpful.
Electrician Apprentice (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 March 2016
show up do your job go home. management tens to take advantage of its workers here. foremen and lead hands are the life blood of this organization, they are responsible for large amount of the project with heavy pressure from upper management
Robotics Spare Parts Specialist (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 2 March 2016
-9-5 business environment. Professional yet Friendly -Customers are key to all businesses success. What ever it takes, try your best to keep the customer satisfied. Follow-up Follow-up. -Management is A1. Thank you -All co-workers were very kind and helpful. -The hardest part of the job was definitely time management and attention to detail. However the Team Environment helped with these issues. It definitely was a fast paced environment at times. -The most enjoyable part of the job was being part of the Robotics Team which included many other departments world wide.
Innovative work place and life long lerning experience. Company organized parties are fun filled.
Power Systems Senior Engineer (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 10 December 2015
I have worked hydro, thermal and solar power plant projects with substations. The power projects of complex nature demands innovative solution. Engineering of the systems, design, layout, procurement, time schedule require team work with regular interface, coordination and attending many types of issues on daily basis. It is important and a must to assimilate the specifications, contractual scope, owner and consultant expectations in the design, procurement and execution. Not to forget the contract changes for additional cost and time for additional work. Job stress and multi tasking cooperation results in a project which becomes a mile stone and brings smile to all parties working for the project. Job in ABB is challenging as well as interesting and helpful for personal growth of technical knowledge.
In-house and external training, and regular reviews of projects, and lessons learn meetings on project completion are eye opener for team members.
Higher expectations, loss of focus on project management
QC Inspector / Maintenance Electrician (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 November 2015
No room for advancement unless you're friends with someone high up. The pay was terrible, they treated their apprentices like garbage, and the working culture was very clique. you never felt secure here, as people who weren't in the "cool" crowd were constantly picked on and belittled. they promoted people with no industrial experience just because they were friends with the construction manager, that made for a lovely time, having someone boss you around and micromanage, that knew absolutely nothing about industrial electrical work.
ABB was a very good company to work for. Skills were reckognized and advancement was awarded.
Liaison for the Western Region/Bid Coordinator (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 12 November 2015
I helped run a Mega Transformer repair facility. I took all incoming calls and directed them accordingly. Responsible for all inside sales. ABB has an extensive network, I met some very good people globally. ABB gets 5 stars in my book.
Traffic Coordinator (Former Employee) – Burlington, ON – 6 October 2015
I enjoyed my 19 years service with ABB. Very generous company. I missed my co-workers. Fair management. I enjoyed interacting with the clients. I learned so much about i.e. automation, robotics, water treatment facility etc.