Abengoa Employee Reviews

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Severely underpaid
Control Room Operator (Current Employee), Hinkley, CaliforniaJuly 6, 2015
Pros: 4 on, 4 off schedule
Cons: Bad management, doesn't take care of employees
Underpaid and underappreciated. Spanish company operating in the States with a Spanish mentality. Good people work there since alot of other plants are closing in the area.
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good place to work for students
Purchasing Agent (Current Employee), Lakewood, COMay 14, 2015
good to work as a student, easy going on schedule and understand that school comes first. could pay a little better and offer more benefits
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Global Sustainable Company
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (Former Employee), Chesterfield, MOApril 16, 2015
Pros: Management
Cons: Internal Systems
I enjoyed working tor Abengoa.
Global Sustainable company, very diverse.
Challenging internal systems.
Challenging payment terms.
Spanish based.
Fast paced.
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Great Teamwork
Electricial Technician (Current Employee), Gila Bend, AZFebruary 2, 2015
Making the day go faster with great co-workers who are good people to work with! Great learning experience in the solar aspect of the job.
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core values
Power Block Maintenance/ Reliability Coordinator (Former Employee), Gila Bend, AZJanuary 6, 2015
the core values of this company are not good.. There are alot of really good people but the company is not good.. there is no incentive to work there it is in the middle of no where. no carpool no anything!!! IYou should not dread going to work every day..
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Stable work environment
doesn't matter (Former Employee), doesn't matterDecember 29, 2014
Pros: benefits and compensations
Cons: lack of experience pay increases and advancments
Abengoa is a stable workplace with no lay-off worries. Nice health benefits and compensations. Pay is under the average for this industry and advancements are little to none. Atmosphere is relaxed and – more... co-workers are friendly. Managers come at every level from easy to get along with and relaxed to "if you have time to lean you have time to clean". Logistics jobs come with 75% - 100% outside elements work, Operations and Maintenance is about 50% of both, QC Lab is 10% outside and Administration is little to no outside work. – less
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Good onsite management team.
Control Room Operator (Current Employee), Hinkley, CADecember 12, 2014
Pros: 4 on 4 off schedule
Cons: not much money to be made, compensation and recognition for your value to the company is overlooked.
Decent place to work. Great 4 on 4 off 12hr day schedule for Operators. Money is fair, no bonus's. Sr. management is in Spain (Spain based company)...intentions and direction of future is a unclear.
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Quality Assurance and steady work day
Lab Technician, (Current Employee), Mount Vernon, INNovember 16, 2014
Abengoa-Key Responsibilities

Performing all tasks quickly and efficiently. Following ASTM standards for all testing. Certification of final products of Ethanol and Corn Oil. Prepping sample for testing – more... and running on various machines. Learning and performing maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment. Analyzing data and reporting it to the proper departments for the necessary changes. Communicating data and statuses of the lab to various departments in order for the plant to achieve maximum efficiency. Being safe as well as doing what I can to ensure others are being safe as well.
Notifying manager of any changes as well as keeping them up to date with things of significance that happened while the weren't there.

Achievements
Been placed in charge of Universal and Hazardous Waste program to be reported to the Environmental and Hazardous Waste Manager as well as the Quality Safety and Environmental Manager. Reorganized and filed lab documents dating back 5 years and set up a system for them to be maintained as a hard copy as well as electronically. Reorganized, de-cluttered, labeled laboratory via necessary equipment moving overflow and used/unneeded equipment to a storage area. Storage area reorganized and labeled for easy access. All of these things were to help stabilize the lab with consistency of different employees using the equipment as well as for new employees learning the equipment. These also resulted in outstanding audit reviews from the corporate manager in charge of our department.
On Safety Committee
Successfully trained a new lab tech and continued to train on that started at the same time as myself.
Assigned to keep track of Inventory – less
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Smells of stench due to dirty waste water in Colwich
Team (Former Employee), Colwich, KSNovember 12, 2014
Pros: hard working employees
Cons: dirty atmosphere, maintenance issues, odor from dead and decaying chemical ponds, plant manager micro-leader, noise levels, chemical coating on cars from plant residue in the air, safety problems.
Dirty, stinky and noisy environment. Plant just reopened without careful consideration of obsolete components. This place is a ticking time bomb with all the tired equipment that was not corked after closing – more... a few years ago.
I'm a contractor for this company and noticed the employees are completely stressed out due to a difficult and high pressure upper manager. How do they sleep?
Workers and leaders seem to have good attitudes under stress. They will require medication after a a few years. I would hesitate working here unless I really had a nice insurance policy. – less
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Young office environment
Engineering Intern (Former Employee), Chesterfield, MOOctober 27, 2014
Pros: free massages, culture
Cons: slow period
The culture at Abengoa was amazing. Everyone was young and energetic.
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Good experience in how not to run a company
Water Treatment Operator (Current Employee), Gila Bend, AZSeptember 29, 2014
Abengoa treats employees poorly. They will tell you what you want to hear and never follow through. The harder you work the less chance for advancement is offered. They do not pay according to you job responsibilities if you ask for more they make up excuses why they can't pay more. The overall workforce is great but once you go towards management things start going south.
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Flexible hours, interesting projects
Research Test Engineer (Current Employee), Lakewood, COSeptember 28, 2014
I am ready to move on and work with a different company after over 7 years of dedication to Abengoa.
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Nice atmosphere
Water treatment plant operator. (Current Employee), Gila bend AzAugust 12, 2014
Pros: friendly atmosphere
Cons: no way to advance.
I like working for Abengoa, but not much room for advancement.
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Rigid management control
Controller (ABO) Assistant Controller (ABC) (Former Employee), Chesterfield, MOJuly 16, 2014
International management decides for American company, very little input from local employees.
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Flexible hours and good benefits, but it stops there
Engineer (Current Employee), Chesterfield MOJuly 11, 2014
Pros: flex hours and benefits
Cons: current management
As a current employee, I can honestly say that myself and a few other co-workers are terribly unhappy with this company. It is a very sterile unfriendly work environment.

All I can say is, the benefits – more... and flexible work schedule is the best part of the company.

Abeinsa Business Development is ran less efficient than a government agency.

There is no hope for a future for this company. During hiring negotiations and when you are hired, you are promised a song and dance, once you start working everything changes quickly. It's very much like a bait and switch. There is something to be said when only 7 out of 100 employees have been there longer than 15 years and everyone else has been there 5 years or less; it is a very rapid turn over establishment.

Current management runs the place through fear and they do not care about their employees; they care about the not so good bottom line. There is no interaction between management and lower employees, and if you dare to try to extend the olive branch, you will be shunned. Plus, they expect you to work 12 hours every day; I am shocked no one has turned them over to the Labor Standards Board for review.

There is no work culture, its the Spaniard way or the highway.

If you are an American and you are okay with being stuck at entry level or middle management for the rest of your life, then this is the company for you. Smart driven people will not succeed in this company due to smug Spaniards who think they are smarter and better than you. God forbid if you ever have to point out a Spaniards mistake, they will either never acknowledge their mistake was made or will try to find a mistake you made just to rub it in your face. And, if you do make a mistake, they will bring it up and hold it over your head forever. If you are an American and work your tail off, the best raise you will get is between 5-12%, while Spaniards will receive 15-20% at the same job no matter how they have performed during the year. Also, if you have any type of higher education past your Bachelors degree, the company will not compensate you for that, so don't waste your time there.

I have never dreaded going into work, until I worked for this company. I am quickly looking for a new job, hopefully with ABD on my resume, I won't be held back from other engineering companies in the St Louis area due to our terrible reputation throughout the community. – less
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Challenging
Program Manager, Solana Generating Station (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZJune 10, 2014
Internal approval process very cumbersome.
Co-workers pleasure to work with.
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It is a challenging work envirorment.
Controls Specialist (Current Employee), Phoenix, AZApril 6, 2014
It is a challenging work envirorment. Every day is a completely different obstacle to manage.
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Learning experience
Process Operator D Crew (Former Employee), Madison, ILApril 6, 2014
Follow records to ensure process of product, P & ID readings, distillation, fermentation, loading of materials, unloading of materials, boilers, dryers, reactors, fork trucks, skids, quality testing, PPE, housekeeping, continuous processing, computer monitoring of systems, and anything else needed to ensure product quality, safety, and compliance
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Productive and fun place to work.
Senior Business Project Manager (Current Employee), St. Louis, MOFebruary 21, 2014
A productive and fun place to work. A great team atmosphere working on cutting edge bioenergy challenges.
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Awesome place to work
Logistics Manager (Former Employee), Portales, NMJanuary 15, 2014
This was a great company to work for. They believed in promotion from within. If this company would have stayed open, it would be awesome place to be.