ALTEN Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
48 Reviews
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48 Reviews
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ALTEN Président Directeur Général Simon Azoulay
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  1.  

    Concerned and effective management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary
    Management
    diversity / assignments
    International mobility is easy

    Cons

    common to all consulting firms (assignements depend on customers and market health)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more corporate events!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK environment to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALTEN

    Pros

    Good employee but less pay hence all quit here due to this reason

    Cons

    Bad work culture to support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The worst company I've ever been. Human meat butcher company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work/life balance depending on the client. There isn't more pros, it's a really bad company to work for.

    Cons

    No career opportunities and benefits if you work in a client.
    The company values and culture suck, there aren't any events and I only know the colleages who work in the client with me.
    Each manager has 100 employers to attend, he is very busy to dedicate 1 min to you.
    Poor salary.
    The worst company I've never work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Quand vous tenez le rôle de la vache à lait, tout va bien, mais si vous voulez changer ça et demander plus c'est l'enfer When you get the role of the cash cow everything is OK but if you want to change it and ask more it's a hell

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than 8 years

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Ca peut être bien d'avoir une première expérience pour comprendre le monde des consultants et connaître les procédés des grandes entreprises

    It's may be good to have a first experience for understanding the consultancy world and be introduced in the big companies processes

    Cons

    Presque tout le reste. Priez pour avoir dès le début une mission à long terme. Sinon, vos missions intermédiaires (intercontrats) deviendront vite un cauchemar. Tout ce que vos dirigeants veulent c'est que vous disiez : oui je veux cette mission.

    Almost all of the rest. Pray to get at the beginning a long term mission. If not your inter-missions periods (inter-contrat) will quickly turn to be a nightmare. All your managers want you to say is : yes I want this mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dites la vérité, soyez transparent

    Tell the truth, be transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It has been quite an experience with lots of ups and downs, but the colleagues have really good and supportive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time

    Pros

    Better work atmosphere, comparatively less pressure

    Cons

    Salary and appraisal is the main issue, in which they let us down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Market corrections has to be in the 1st page of todo list, if at all u gotta save your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bouchers à viande humaine. Human Meat Butchers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ingénieur logiciels expérimenté  in  Mougins (France)
    Current Employee - Ingénieur logiciels expérimenté in Mougins (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Ils m'ont aidé lors de mon déménagement en France, mais cela a principalement été de me confier aux soins d'une entreprise spécialisée dans les déménagements professionnels. Mais même là j'ai eu des problèmes : voir les mauvais côtés.

    They assisted me while moving in France, but mostly by passing me to a specialized company for professional relocations. But even in this case I had issues: see the Cons.

    Cons

    L’entreprise est une “boucherie de viande humaine” typique : ils récupèrent et abandonnent les professionnels compétents sur une base de prix, toujours négocié au plus bas prix. Ils m’ont ciblé puisque je venais d’un pays connaissant une période de crise profonde, avec beaucoup de problèmes dans le marché du travail et ont utilisé cela pour m’offrir un salaire bas (en dépit de mes nombreuses années d’expérience) et pour couvrir un poste chez un client, complètement en dehors de mes compétences. Ils ne se soucient pas de vos capacités, mais souhaitent seulement vous positionner dans un poste au plus bas prix possible : en réalité, j’ai été capable, grâce à mon professionnalisme, d’être apprécié, mais lorsque j’ai été placé du côté client, je n’ai eu aucune compétence matchant avec le poste.

    Aussi, comme pour me mettre une dernière fois à terre, j’ai été « cordialement invité » (dans le style « ou vous signez, ou vous êtes viré ») à rallonger ma période d’essai, me faisant travailler pendant 8 mois sans aucun contrat légal.

    Mon salaire était également en-dessous de la moyenne pour la zone géographique et le poste, pour finalement avoir des problèmes pour trouver un appartement convenable, et j’ai fini sur les collines à 40 minutes du lieu de travail (sans embouteillage).

    Je n’ai bien entendu jamais reçu de certifications dans aucune technologie/méthodologie et lorsque je l’ai exigé, ils ont ajourné toutes les discussions (plus de compétences professionnelles ne marchent pas pour Alten).

    This company is the typical "human meat butcher" company: they take and leave skilled professionals on a price basis, always bidding at the lowest price. They targeted me since I was coming from a country in a deep economical crisis, with many problems in job market and used this to offer me a poor salary (despite my many years of experience) and to cover a position to a client, totally out of my competences. They don't care of your skills, but only want to place you in a position at the cheapest price possible: in fact I was able, thanks to my professionality, to be appreciated, but when I was sent at the client side I had zero matching skills with the position.
    Also, as an additional hit to the coffin, I was "gently invited" (of the kind "either sign or we will fire you") an extension of the trial period, making me working for 8 months without any legitimate contract.
    My salary was also way under the average for the geographical area and the position, so that I had issues finding a proper apartment, and I ended up on the hills at 40 minutes from the job location (without traffic).
    I was never offered of any course for certifications in any technology/methodology and when I required for that they delayed any discussion (more skilled professionals don't work for Alten).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Je n'ai pas de conseils à donner, à part « reformulez votre mission d'entreprise » : du conseil pas cher pour l'IT et l'aérospatial peuvent être obtenus n'importe où en Asie et en Afrique à de meilleurs prix que chez vous. Traiter vos employés comme de la

    I have no advice, other than "restate your company mission": cheap consultancy for IT and Aerospace can be done anywhere in Asia and Africa at better prices than yours. Treating your employees like meat you trade won't create any loyalty and won't make your company's knowledge anywhere.
    After one year I decided to quit the company and come back to my troubled country because of the treatment I received: consider how much of your skill asset can be lost by this human resources management, since now I have my own company in a scandinavian country, and I could have brought my know-how to your assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Consultant for 2 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The most advantage is getting experience in multinational/structured companies.

    Cons

    You are otally selled to the customer and you get a salary equal to a 1/3 of what customers pays. When you're assigned to a project you don't exist for your company, if the project finishes you'll be again 'meat' to be selled!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more consultant with a little bit of experience

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ingénieur Logiciel en chef. Senior Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    De nombreux projets avec des sociétés de l'industrie de la défense.

    Many projects in defence companies

    Cons

    Les « ingénieurs » de l'entreprise arrivent à vous convaincre facilement.

    the business "engineers" do a very good job to sell you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non.

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Typique pour une société de services. typical for a service company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Informatique  in  Nice (France)
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Informatique in Nice (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than 3 years

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    J'ai eu la chance de participer à un projet intéressant.

    I was lucky to be in an interesting project

    Cons

    Aucun intérêt pour les employés mais, encore une fois, c'est propre à la plupart des sociétés de services.

    0 interest for employees, but again this is typical for most service companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Les employés vous rapportent de l'argent, prenez soin d'eux.

    employees bring you money, take care of them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Is going to be a blank space in my CV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can pay the bills and get to have real companies as Customer.
    You can speak with your Management without hierarchy barriers.

    Cons

    No salary increase year after year.
    No professional growth or specialization, you will be producing office reports all day long.
    You get paid 1/3 of what they get of you from the customer.
    No other worthy company will like to hire you if you have Alten in your CV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not going to increase the salary of your employees don't lie to them arguing bad company prospects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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