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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Overall a good company to work for

There is sadly a disconnect between the front line operational teams and the central functions which means the company has lost direction. Overall a good company to work for.
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Based on 28 survey responses
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  • Trust in colleagues
  • Support from manager

Ok work place

Quite a lot of interesting things to see as you could imagine working in a port. Very relaxed working environment and some great people too. Would benefit if you're a bit older.
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Easy job. Long unsocial hours

I have worked for ABP for a few years, the money is poor for the hours worked and these include nights and weekends regularly. Good lads and the job itself isn't too bad
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False promises,no incentives or extras for working unsociable hours,no added pay for learning new skills which are highly responsible

False promises, no incentives or extras for working unsociable hours, no added pay for learning new skills which are highly responsible. Very clicky, won’t get anywhere unless your “in” with the right people

Pros

Knew your shifts for the whole year Very good health and safety and availability of PPE

Cons

Unsociable hours, No progression, Poor management, Having to do a certain amount of hours before a bonus
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Good place

Not a bad place to work, hours can be daunting and cam be over worked easily. Management are doing their best with the tools and resources they have but could be better.Overall not a bad place to work and they're all a friendly bunch and will happily help if needed.
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Mangement is poor

Management are all Liars and also predators was also forced to do over time without asking iff I didn’t do it I worried I would lose my job and get looked down upon poor management the workers are sound tho 👍

Pros

Friendly WORKERS

Cons

Poor management
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Don't even bother

If you value your mental health and general well being stay clear. They pretend to care about the staff. Yet unload more and more tasks upon you until it's impossible to do your job properly. Then they sack you for your mental health issues. Be warned

Pros

None

Cons

Every single thing
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Great colleagues, utterly dreadful management

I worked for the maritime side of things. I worked there for a number of years and developed some lasting friendships with my immediate colleagues. However, the wider management was dreadful and got worse as time went on. There was a culture of blame from the highest level with plenty of smoke, mirrors and backstabbing. Incredibly serious incidents were covered up at management level whilst the most minor of incidents at the operational level were trawled over to the nth degree to ensure someone could be blamed. I could go on but honestly, the worst employment experience I've had that has resulted in me changing career to get over the ordeal they subjected me to.

Pros

None.

Cons

Management!!!
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Relaxed and supportive structure

Relaxed friendly relationship across all departments with a relatively good forward thinking process. Excellent salary and benefits relative to position. Good opportunities for further development. Great employee benefits including private healthcare, cycle to work scheme and discounts on selected new cars

Pros

Salary, healthcare, employee benefits (cycle to work, discount on new cars)

Cons

Annualised hours
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Toxic

I worked there for a number of years, the job was great under the old managment.. since the new port director took over the job has taken a turn for the worst, he has brought in a stupid "humber contract" which gives them control of your life, 2 days off a month, can work a full week of nights and no incentive. The under managers have no managment skills, port manager is a bully, and the newly appointed operations manager is a proper lier out to feather his own nest. Avoid at all cost... u have been warned!

Pros

Pension

Cons

Too many unexperienced men on low wages.
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Just dull as dishwater

Boring Not sure how a room of 100 employees can share an open plan office and you hear a pin drop but that's the case here... no one talks. No one has a personality.

Pros

None

Cons

Long hours and low pay
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Pack Mentality / Toxic Management

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.

Pros

Good pay and benefits

Cons

Poor leadership, pack mentality
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Not fun

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.

Pros

Wages, time off

Cons

Poor management
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Stressful

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

Pros

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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Port review.

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.

Pros

A permanent job

Cons

Split shifts weekend working late shifts
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Wouldn’t bother

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!

Pros

Some days half shift

Cons

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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A good company, but in constant change

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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Overall a good company

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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Productive and friendly workplace

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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Worst job I’ve had

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.

Pros

Pay, benefits, good team

Cons

Management, repetitive, management, management, management
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Based on 79 reviews

Ratings by category

2.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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