Associated British Ports
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Associate British Ports is a very mature yet progressive company, it is absolutely dedicated to personal safety, promotes a good work/life balance and endeavours being open, honest and fair to all it's employees. A great company to work for
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With poor leadership come despondent workers which is clearly very visible on the Humber. Gang style / pack mentality at senior level. Mangers with "take care of Number 1" regardless of the consequences to hardworking, honest lower level enployees and being ruled by unethical leaders on the surface, being acceptable across all departments. A very toxic office environment. Recommend anyone with morals and a desire to work without having to keep one eye on dishonest managers and protecting yourself to avoid this company.
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Good pay and benefits
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Poor leadership, pack mentality
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When management say they want to support you, what they really mean is you are on a slippery road to being managed out of the business if you don't improve.
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Wages, time off
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Poor management
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No work life balance, have to wait for a text every day to tell what shift you're on the following day, can sometimes end up doing a full week of nights, new terminal layout is tighter and unsafe, if you get something wrong the older dockers will be moaning about you all shift (not allowed to make a mistake and learn from it Anymore) ABP stands for All Bull**** Promises or All 'Bout Production or All 'Bout Profit noawdays, they don't care about their employees
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Decent salary when you get trained up on kit. Can sometimes work with a decent gang
Cons
long hours, no work life balance
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Poor salary for area. Split shifts including working most weekends. Could do with more investment in the port. Such as old 80s terminal building for paying passengers to sit in. A old gangway to board passengers its abit embarrassing using this kit.
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A permanent job
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Split shifts weekend working late shifts
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It’s a hostile work place the majority of staff have there backs up and try to intimidate you and when that doesn’t work they just nick pick and report you for everything. There is little training so as soon as your on a ship your expected to know it all if not they make snide remarks. Shifts are awful, you get daily emails for next shift times and you go from days to nights and nights to days all in one week!
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Some days half shift
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Colleagues, Managers (haven’t a clue) shifts (emails a day before with start time for next day), days to nights and nights to day (crashes your body clock)
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Generally a good company with opportunity for those that show significant commitment. There is a culture of constant change that can be challenging at times.
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Management unprofessional and not interested. The girl who did the HR for the north west was unprofessional and leaked private conversations from employees.
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No management.
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Long hours and the new humber contract is terrible dont expect to have anymore than 1 weekend a month home You need to complete 192 hours a month to achieve you basic salary. Management at our department where reasonable and help full but high management that live in port offices are bat s...t crazy and have mo respect for there underlings
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This place here in Ipswich is rubbish with poor pay and unsafe conditions with idiots who run and work here. Be careful working at Ipswich port as it's dangerous with the sickos that work for them. The only way to get in at suffolk is through FAL agency which is run by an alcoholic wife and a adulterous husband. That says it all! They will mess you about on the days you are in and days you are not. One min your in the next your not! Very unsafe and dangerous practises go on here with the HSE knowledge. Poor pay and no value for life.
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Overall a good company to work for. Unfortunately with cut backs the new contracts are on a lower pay than the old ones. Work life balance is quite good and there are some chances of advancement. New contracts work on the basis that you will get a phone call the day before giving you your shift for the following day.
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very relaxed , excellent group of workers. no room for development or no motivational support from office staff. excellent benefits package on offer ..
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A typical day at work would start at 9:00 and would finish around 18:00 or more. The Project management wasn´t the best. The most enjoyable part of the job was making contact with users match business requirement with SAP solution.
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20 planners and still couldn’t plan a days work. Management disconnected from workers. Job is fine, if you are happy to do the same thing week. I hoped this would be my forever job but was so disappointed.
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Pay, benefits, good team
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Management, repetitive, management, management, management
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Good people, good culture, moderate business processes. Too many localised functions and business processes, hence centralisation of business processes proved difficult and led to extensive customistaion of standard functions
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Good culture
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Too many bespoke and localised processes
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I work on a contract called the humber contract it's the worst thing ever no roter to work on no bonus scheme anymore you only get 2 guaranteed days off a month never know when your working until the day before between 14.30 and 1900 the job isnt bad but could be better and management haven't got a clue especially on the container terminal in hull
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Poor terms and conditions. Bad work life balance. New contract laughable. I felt undermined, not valued and is the reason i am leaving. I had enough of not getting anywhere.
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I worked for only a few months, but in that short time I noticed how poor the IT management was. At times I felt that no one had a clue of what they were doing, there was no organisation or direction, there was deffinately no formal training or guidence from other employees or managemnt to help you. You were thrown into the deep end and told to get on with it, the atmosphere was tense most of the time and I looked forward to getting out of the building at the end of the day. This is a word of caution regarding this company, it could be a great company however management seems to be very dated and old fashioned in their views and need to diversify. In terms of diversity there were hardly any female employees in their IT teams only one or two. Very male dominated. If you want a permanent position, job security and a company who are more with the times in terms of diversity, look elsewhere.
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The company offer flexible working hours which enables a good work life balance. There are opportunities to hone your skills or gain experiences in other areas through secondment programs. A professional and inclusive environment to work in.
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Humber contact what an absolute joke. Promote work life balance. Then when you sign. Not aloud to plan anything on days off incase they need you in. Work 7 nights one day off then put you back on shift on days for another amount of shifts. one weekend off a month. Lied about training and pay increases. Don't know where you are as you get told next week shifts every Thursday
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Decent colleges. decent breaks. Pool table
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Where do I start!! Breathing in biomass dust causes cancer
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ABP employs many good people and the job could be rewarding at times. Unfortunately in the current climate (uncertainty over Brexit etc) job security is not all it might be and the pressure to maintain results while reducing costs is constant.
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