The job that I had was very constructive and our Client Juwi for this Solar project was a satisfied client.
I was contracted to do all the quality management & control on this project, we were working to the prescribed project master schedule as specified in the contract. I had to ensure that all the quality, business processes and best practices were adhere to, with all its supporting documentation. ABB had to set up a document control system, implement a production facility to be able to manufacture these Solar Inverter Stations, Transformers & Main Ring Units locally.
New processes and procedures were implement, industrialized and production on the run. The team and I had to manage all the grey areas, we had to take and make quick and effective management decision that did not put these products, systems and the organisation at risk.
I'm glad to say that this project that we (ABB) have implement was the biggest Solar plant in the Southern hemisphere and was done very successfully. It's location was in Prieska plant in the Northern Cape.
Should you want more information google it. This was also in the April /May 2016 Engineering News articles.
It was completed it within a year as prescribed in the contract and against all odds.
Most enjoyable part was that I was part of a successful team and a job well done.
ProsYou can be creative and can used your innovation ideas to enhance the organisation.
ConsSAP system is not integrated effectively and to much red tape.in this regards.
My key responsibilities are from Pre-contract; Contract and Post contract stage. In brief during the Pre-contract satge: Procurement and this include deciding on procurement strategies; Solicit tender offers; Evaluate tender offers and last award the contract. Contract stage: Administer contratcs in accordance with its terms & conditions within the agreed time frame; Manage formal governance of the contract which include change control, cost monitoring, payment procedures & approvals and management reporting. Post contract: Ensuring that what has been agreed upon is delivered to appropriate quality standards; Making sure that any defects has been rectified and a proper close out report is submitted to the Client and all the Guarantees or insurances returned to the Contractor or Consultant.
Contracts Management/Administration, as opposed to the Project Management is solely focused around the protection of each party's rights under the Contract, and the maintenance of a fair and balanced position at all times through the progress of the project. Therefore, the importance of Contracts Administration to the success of the Contract, and to the relationship between the Contractor or Consultant and the Employer should not be underestimated. I liaise with Area Project Managers; Senior Project Engineers; Procurement Manager/ Superintendent; Contractors or Consultants.
To build a successful career working towards senior management level for a progressive organization
. Responsible for all Company, Eskom and GCD Inductions on site.
2. Responsible for all medicals of Principal and Subcontractors on site.
3. Compile of Safety Files for sites.
4. Compile of WSWP for sites.
5. Compile Baseline Risk Assessments for sites.
6. Audit of all Subcontractors (9) SHE Files for sites and approval of SHE Files.
7. Investigate all incidents and accidents on site with management.
8. Responsible of all Safety Stats (Man hours, LTI Hours, Workforce totals, Incidents
& Accident) to ESKOM and ABB Management.
9. Checking of all Hot Work Permits on sites.
10. Conducting all evacuation emergencies on sites.
11. Issued of NCR’S (Safety Related) to Subcontractors on site.
12. Checking and approval of all lifting equipment (Cranes, Slings, Shackles &
13. Conducting SOT’S and BBS on sites.
14. Conducting soap tests on all Oxygen and Acetylene cylinders on site.
15. Conducting Tool Box Talks on sites.
16. Conducting Safety inspections on all equipment on sites.
17. Monitoring the work of all Subcontractors to ensure safe working.
18. Responsible of all Permits (Laptop, Vehicle and Access Permits) on sites.
19. Implemented the necessary tools and procedures to manage on and off site waste.
20. Waste recycle procedures were implemented as per Environmental requirements
A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK
The days are very busy, starting with a meeting most times and carry on with day to day operations. A lot of liaison with Engineers and Project Managers. Lots of internal communication via email, phone or in person.
WHAT I LEARNED
I started my finance career at ABB and for the 8 years I was there, I learnt so much starting from a debit and credit to working with all the accounting tools. I learnt how a business system work as I worked in business. I learnt leadership skills and I partook in a lot of inhouse courses like advanced excel, SAP superuser, Project Management.
The management at ABB was bottom-up management. Employees contributed a lot to Management decision in a lot of ways and it was great to be part of most decisions.
Relaxed work environment. Honest and integrity being the core.
THE HARDEST PART OF MY JOB
Working very long hours to get the work done and reports on time. I worked on a very high volume Business unit
BEST PART OF MY JOB
I enjoyed every bit of my job, taking decisions and making all necessary recommendations. Just taking charge of my area of work and being trusted enough to handle it all by myself and worked with a great team that made my job so easy and enjoyable
Overall I enjoy my job and function and enjoy the challenges that forms part of the position.
Plan daily work and schedule workshop activities, arrange team meeting, assit where administrators get stuck or liaise negotiate with customers for PO. coach, add technical input into dificult scenario. and overall empower the people to start taking owner ship and responsibility.
Ensure each one understands his part in the activities for the day.
The are also briefed on business processes and where they fit into the bigger business unit and what their impact is.
What I've learned if you do not empower people you will always be the one doing the work, make sure everyone is important in the group, their is no one that isnot part of the team process, instead of drilling management targets down to floor level, rather give them achievebale targets in the business which will allow you achieve the business targets required. Give them something they can acheive and grow on.
I had a good relationship with my co-workers at ABB
I Have learned a lot during my time at this company, I have learnt to work with other employees as team which made grow as employee and as individual. I learnt loading plan skill, leadership skill as well as communication skill. I have learnt the importance of time (Time Management) Always on time to whatever you do at work. and the Integrity is very important while dealing with customers. And concentration is vital to avoid careless mistakes.
What i enjoyed the most in there is a team work as well as cooperation from my co-workers. we always help each other to do our job in a very good way. whenever you stuck, other employees were always there to give a helping hand, even a manager can leave his office to help those who left behind with work
my most challenging aspects of the job is when i must offload truck in a rainy condition because the way in out warehouse was a steep hill so forklift doesn't function well in a slippery condition nevertheless i enjoyed myself at City Bee
Completes repairs and field service work (including
maintenance and commissioning) on ABB Instrumentation
(such as flow, level, positioners, pressure, temperature) at
all Process Control Industries customers throughout Sub-
Saharan Africa, under the supervision of a Senior Service
· Builds expertise on ABB Instrumentation and process
applications to efficiently find and resolve problems.
· Conduct site field work at various customer sites under the
supervision of a Senior Service Engineer.
· Manage various repair jobs and site service work with good
communication with both the customer and the Service
· Complete repair and site service reports and assist the
Service Manager with accurate quotation information.
· Take ownership and responsibility from the moment a job is
allocated until it is fully completed and invoiced. This
includes follow-up for a customer order and delivery of the
product or site job.
ABB is a good company, good environment to work in. Since the company is bid, I had a lot of internal customers I had to serve. I learned a lot of things like how to relate to different people, of different levels of seniority. How to help people, communicate and receive and take feedback form them. It helped me understand what the meaning of the saying 'customer comes first', because all I use to do was to make sure that all my customers are happy with the quality of the service I provided to them.
The hardest part of the job was when the network or the server is down. I understood the urgency and criticality of the situation in a way that all the work was getting delayed, and the levels of frustrations increased amongst the people. Some would take out their anger on me. So I had to be patience and try to serve them as best as possible without changing face.
ProsTeam Building outings
ConsAmount of work because of the size of the company
Working on target or a deadline, i have been enjoying to work at ABB ,meeting my deadlines
First time working at it was a big challenge because I was coming from food supply chain to engineering stores,I learned the difference between foods and engineering stores systems and u micro manage yourself due to your work pressure or deadlines,management were good managers to work with them, they were not only big bosses the leaders on my daily operation and I did enjoy to work with them, workplace culture (everyone was a team player with understanding of the operation itself),I never had a hardest time in my workplace under the management who I was working under them,i been enjoying when the company has reach its own target profits throughout the effort of the team players
ProsMotivation party or lunches when the department did well
Project Management has no day limits. Problems in Engineering Projects are 24/7 and require immediate attention and reaction.
Learning never ends, but the most important is the positive attitude at all times and the appropriate corrective actions to problems (which never end, but can be predicted and avoided).The only Manager to a real Project Manger should be the Contract, signed by the Client. The co-workers actualy are the Recourses, which always need planning and guidance.The Project team is as strong as it's weekest Member.
The hardest part of the job is to convince the Customer what he needs - not what he wants.
The most enjoyable part is the signed Hand Over Certificate, accompanied by an Order for a next Project.
ProsTop Products and professional enviroment
ConsIncompetent interfierence from higher Management
Installing and configuring VIO Servers, building LPAR clients and sharing IO devices to LPARs.
Installation & configuring of PowerHA 6.1
Migrated Power HA from 5.x to 6.1 using different methods to reduce the downtime to the application
Performing fail-over , fall back between the HA cluster nodes
Troubleshooting the POWER HA and increasing the filesystem in HACMP/POWER HA cluster
Hardware replacement of cluster nodes without any downtime
Planning the major patch releases by coordinating with the application team for the proper implementation of security patches within the environments
Involved in hardware migration of servers from p5 to p6 & p7
Developed and implemented the shell scripting for taking mksysb and push to the centralized NIM server.
Migration of OS through NIM master
Involved in migration of Physical to virtual servers (P2V) and virtual to virtual (V2V)
VIO Server operations, creating virtual adapters and configuring Ethernet or LUNs to LPARs and performing other troubleshooting techniques. Creating ether channel with link aggregation etc.
Installing and Configuring MPIO in dual VIO environment for providing continuous availability of storage to the LPAR's.
Configuring SEA failover in dual VIO environment for providing continuous availability communication to the LPAR's.
Applying security patches to VIO servers without impacting to VIO client
Planning of downtime for the hardware upgrades for the man
very good working place with stimulating enviornment
It was amazing experience being a part of ABB student intern program ! I completely enjoyed the learning at India Corporate Research Center. Here I experienced, how scientists are putting their extra ordinary efforts to establish next generation technology which is not only most effective but also most advanced in terms of reduction in environmental impact.
I must admit that at ABB, the work culture is too good & people are very much helpful to solve any problem which an intern might face. Even during the project, conversation with other corporate research center (Switzerland,Germany) and valuable guidance of scientist working there has motivated me a lot for Research & Development. Within ABB GISL also, i interacted with different department people and got very good and helpful response. I attended 2 ABB talk at INCRC in which researchers used to give overall idea of their research and there will be a discussion on some topic. I would say it was one of the best experience at ABB. I liked library resources as well, i used to go with what are current trends in technology and how ABB is contributing in various areas. Along with ABB reviews, library is full worthy for subject books and technology magazines.
As an research intern, one can get all the resources needed to experiment, explore, enhance the cutting edge technology. The research team really creates best learning environment to contribute for state of the art technology, as well as motivates students in the res
As a very large diversified corporation, ABB affords numerous opportunities for career development, both cross functionally as well as vertically in o
The duties of my most recent role as Strategic Business Development Manager varied in nature and focus throughout the course of each month. While researching and developing ways to ever increase sales of our electrical utility products for the renewable energy generation market was a prime responsibility, I also devoted considerable production to analyzing and presenting numerous marketing and engineering performance indicators to all functional departments within the Division. I also routinely made presentations, supplied reports, trained and evaluated personnel, and attended trade conferences.
Inasmuch as my in-house, as well as external, customers varied extensively in terms of personnel, requirements, and preferences, I'd learned to become very flexible in my work manner and perspectives to optimally accommodate individuals’ needs.
While it was the responsibility of my managers to call directions and thereby 'lead the way' toward particular goals, I quickly discovered that their effectiveness significantly improved as I became more adept at proactively interpreting their unspoken requests and consequently deliver more strategic results.
Many of my co-workers were new to their assignments, a situation often repeating throughout each year. Having served a number of varied roles in the past, I was generally able to supplement their training and develop tools and procedures to help them more quickly assimilate their responsibilities.
Much my work output depende
ProsDeveloping a tool, report, or presentation, that succeeded in helping a customer, generate business, or helping an associate better perform their job. Fair benefits and compensation administration.
ConsWhile it's certainly beneficial to accurately anticipate major corporate actions, particularly those in which local individuals may be significantly affected, managerial decisions have sometimes occurred, leaving insufficient time for prudent individual reaction.
Empresa com expressiva posição na área em que atua, com áreas atrasadas em termos de processo e estilos de liderança.
Empresa de grande porte, com expressiva posição no mercado em que atua, segmento eletroeletrônico.
Muitos erros na implementação por exemplo do Sistema SAP, devido à falha em planejamento da empresa impactaram significativamente nossa área,a partir de Julho de 2012 devido a migrações erroneas de projetos do sistema ERP anterior, impactando numeros e dados estatisticos em projetos, demandando, um esforço adicional, principalmente com projetos mais antigos.Demandou esforço também para ajustar o sistema para emissao de NFs e demais lançamentos de dados dos contratos/projetos. Treinamento ineficiente, somado a processos mal desenhados nessa implantação.
A planta em Sorocaba/SP contava então com várias unidades de negócio e onde eu atuava não contava com uma estrutura solida em termos de processos, estava em reestruturação e adaptação. Durante o periodo em que estive la, a experiencia no primeiro ano de trabalho, inicialmente alocados em Osasco/SP considero muito boa em termos de ambiente, porém, devido à rotatividade de algumas pessoas que foram substituídas, algumas dificuldades foram encontradas com relação à históricos anteriores de projetos/processos.Mudança no time de vendas, gerenciamento de projetos, passei a ter dificuldade ao receber os processos corretamente, com erros em dados financeiros de contratos, por exemplo, ou falta de documentos, impactaram em retrabalhos e demanda de tempo maior no registro e correções, aliado a dificuldade operacional do SAP. Passei por di
ConsMultinacional com algumas áreas retrogradas em processos e gestão.
My work as technical support in ABB is balanced between office work and site work. I have learnt theory and practical of electrical power system in ABB. I appreciate the accessibility to the substation and panel builder factory to experience the real system of electrical power. The knowledge is enhanced with the theory of it which is vast in ABB intranet plus online training, webinar and online support which is available and updated from time to time. Being technical support, I also get the opportunity to have direct contact with protection relay specialist in ABB headquarters in Finland. This broadens my horizons and view on the work scope as a whole. ABB dedicates a specific role to a person so I focus only on protection relay at ABB. This gives me ample space to dig and deepen my knowledge in this area. ABB also comprise the whole scope of electrical power e.g automation, switchgear, LV product where I can always get in contact with peers who works in that team in ABB so I can know the inter-relation of my field to theirs. The hardest part of the job is to get approval of relay with utility like TNB and SEB which require a lots of things to do including documentations in such a long period of time. This will incur a lot of cost before we can actually start selling our product to the utility to earn profit. The most enjoyable part of the job is going outstation where I get opportunity to go to other places and my job task is varying depending on demand or job task so I don'
ProsFlexible time, can take half day leave, allocation of travelling day for outsation, site allowance, hardship allowance
Conssite allowance not updated, low annual increment, less benefit, less secure job (chance to get VSS)
ABB is a good company to work for - not a great one!
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
The firsts thing you’ll notice when you start working here is the conditions of the inside.
Floors are a wreck, if you operate an order picker or reach truck you might as well go run a jackhammer. Sections of floor are busted down to the sand.
Rollers on modules were never repaired, racks are busted daily, every single rack leg is damaged, conveyor belts or ripped, dock doors left wide open.
Maintenance does absolutely nothing for 90% of the day. If you want to work maintenance this IS for you, you can sleep, play on your phone, eat snacks and get away with doing only the most trivial work for a day, maintenance has been moved to a back corner far away from everyone else now so it’s even better for them to catch sleep.
Management is a joke. Their only concern is orders going out, no matter how difficult it becomes to push them out. Their backwards ideas consistently delay other areas which later causes another delay in orders going out. They cannot keep employees at the shipping dock, if you go in as a order filler you are likely to end up on the shipping dock because everyone walked out. Shipping is back breaking because you HAVE to go fast and bend from line to floor, there is no way to ergonomically move product at that speed. They have NO pallet stands to relieve any strain. They exhaust you with no weekends off ever.
Supervisors and leads sit and stare at a monitor and their phones all day and their highest degree of work is getting on the radio to let you know it’s
Buena empresa que cuidava a sus trabajadores, en donde aprendí mucho más a trabajar en cadena de producción y en los almacenes de la fabrica.
ABB MOTORS era una multinacional de ámbito mundial, que en comparación con otras empresas, cuidaba aun más a sus trabajadores.
En ABB MOTORS, es donde completé bastante mi formación como operario de producción y sobretodo como operador logístico. Donde aprendí a manejar todos los tipos de carretillas, el puente grúa, el sistema de gestión erp sap, y la planificación de trabajo de los almacenes de ABB motors. ABB a mí me ha aportado mucho. El día a día en el trabajo era empezar a las 6h, ya a primera hora te venían los peones de las diferentes secciones de fabricación para pedir material, así durante toda la jornada. A las 8h de la mañana, ya empezaban a llegar los transportistas trayendo material para descargar. Se descargaba el material y se dejaba apilado en espera para verificar la calidad y posteriormente ubicarlo y plasmar la ubicación informáticamente.
Con la dirección y gerencia no había mucho contacto, cosa normal en una gran multinacional. De vez en cuando nos hacían charlas de como marchaba económicamente ABB motors.
Hice muchos amigos en esta empresa pero sobretodo estaba centrado en el trabajo.
La parte más difícil del trabajo era cuando había exceso de faena, ya que al estar en el turno de la mañana, se descargaba muchos camiones y había que alternarlo con las faenas de realización de pickings, material extra que pedían los peones de las secciones de producción, plasmar datos en SAP, ectra, aunque me adapte bastante bien a este ritmo de trabajo.
Lo que más
ProsHabía buena coordinación entre las diferentes secciones.
ConsLas instalaciones eran antiguas y estava pendiente de modernizarlas. El menú comedor era barato.
Detail Design Engineering and FEED studies for Industry
Competency in following areas which includes:
Key and detailed Single line diagrams (SLD)
Design calculations: Equipment sizing, cables, Grounding, Illumination, Lightning
Technical Specifications, data sheets,Layouts
Cable Engineering: Sizing, lists, schedules, routing.
Study of existing equipment and systems and propose retrofits with switchgear extensions, drives and Power Management system integration etc.
Power system studies for retrofit projects including verification of protection settings.
Pre Bid engineering/ FEED (Front End Engineering Design) Studies
Project Life cycle support with detailed engineering studies.
Basic Engineering including Equipment sizing, Design basis, Data sheets and Technical specifications
Load flow, short circuit, Protection coordination, Dynamic motor starting, harmonic analysis and arc flash studies,System & Switchgear sizing, System engineering including Schematics, Layouts, Schedules
Detailed Engineering including Review of Vendor drawings and customer approvals for MV/LV Switchgear, Drives and Transformer and auxiliary equipment.
Preparation of Bill of Quantities /Material takes off (BOQ/MTO)
Engineering and documentation
Review of Technical & Commercial bid and Engineering Estimation for DCS, Electrification, Instrumentation, VFD Systems
Our team is working closely with various LBUs across the Globe in Marines, Mining and Industry solutions that inc
Loved the benefits, management caused a high turn over rate
Thomas & Betts is a plastic injection molding factory, I worked in an area refereed to as L cell, where we primarily made plastic electrical boxes. I would come into work, the team lead would tell me my assigned press and you get straight to work. With how they strive for a consistent quality of plastic, they only shut the press down when they absolutely need to, and you must thoroughly check the quality of every part. That didn't necessarily make the job difficult, just made it have a higher learning curve than most, being that we would rotate to a different press everyday, and they all have unique operations. Some presses were parts going straight out of the press, adding a upc, and boxing. Most involved the parts going into a screw setter, where different components are added to the parts. The screw setter added a lot of more complications to how quality can be sub par. I started the job with it having a high turn over rate, and it was that way throughout my experience there. Meaning, new people were constantly coming in and learning these presses, while being switched to a new one everyday they came in, to them eventually quitting out of frustration of constantly being criticized by management for not keeping up with regular employees. With me gaining knowledge of the various presses, and the high turn over rate, I became a permanent trainer. I enjoyed every aspect of training, specifically motivating new employees to not give up and always believe in themselves. Noticing
ProsHealth Benefits, steady hours
ConsManagement that had trouble adapting
Questions And Answers about ABB
How did you feel about telling people you worked at ABB?
Asked 13 Oct 2017
Their in-house training is outstanding, salaries are above average
Answered 21 Sept 2020
Hardwork looking future at their company
Answered 15 Jun 2020
What is the interview process like at ABB?
Asked 14 May 2017
Application made via n employment Agency and then interview process is followed
Answered 28 Sept 2018
It's a world class interview process with well managed HR department
Answered 06 Oct 2017
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at ABB? What are the steps along the way?
Asked 07 May 2018
You need to get registered at their website, build a profile and once there is a job vacancy they will contact the candidates for an interview.
Answered 05 Dec 2018
Applying on their careers website works.
Answered 23 Jun 2018
What is the company culture at ABB?
Asked 06 Oct 2017
The company culture is open and fun
Answered 03 Jun 2019
Great active culture
Answered 13 Oct 2017
Does ABB require background check? What kind of background check does ABB do and how long does ABB take to complete a background check?