AREVA

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AREVA Reviews

Updated May 23, 2014
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3.6 70 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel

Luc Oursel

(14 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • s work life balance is lacking, so it is a trade-off one makes(in 7 reviews)

  • Great place to pick up early career technical engineering experience(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Nuclear industry in the US is stagnant(in 4 reviews)

  • poor management, poor compensation, lots of mandatory overtime, pay freezes, promotions based on ass kissing not ability or performance(in 4 reviews)

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    Unstable and uncertain future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has great benefits and opportunties for flexible work hours. There are some opportunities to work in other countries, although many of those opportunities have diminished. Great chance to see how a multinational company works on a smaller level.

    ConsThe company really functions like many little companies which creates additional bureaucracy and makes it more difficult to get work accomplished. The influence of the French ownership is pervasive throughout and decisions can be slow. Management is very fractured and there is really no one person in the U.S. who is running the company.

    The recent downturn in the nuclear industry has started impacting the company with layoffs primarily at the working level while multiple layers of management stay intact. The old boy network is alive and well here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe old way of working is not going to fit the market change. Management has to be make moves both at the working level and the management level to structure the company into "One AREVA". Employees are watching how senior management behaves rather than listening to the talk. Consistancy in word and action is needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great employees terrible leadership in the US Region

    Manager (Current Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsGlobal presence and if you are mobile, great opportunities to work in Europe, Asia, etc. Great people to work with.

    ConsVery demeaning environment, morale is very low, no challenging engineering projects because we don't know who we want to be. Many employees have way too much workload because of RIF's and cutbacks. Leadership does not walk the talk or lead by good example.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress employee morale issues and hold HR leadership accountable with executive leadership. Understand that you have smart people working for you and that you should be transparent vs the false propaganda.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    AREVA has been an ok company

    Engineer (Current Employee) Richland, WA

    Prosgood exposure, opportunities to travel abroad, lots of ability to learn

    Consdue to pay freezes over the past couple years they have fallen out of competition with the external market. Some management has been put into place when they do not have the education to back their positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and straight to your employees. Try to take the emotion out of decisions, this is a business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AREVA NP is the leader in digital control system for the nuclear industry.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsGreat place because of the people you work with.

    ConsManagement needs understand that the employees are the key to success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorkers are your asset.

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    Ok time at AREVA

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood work benefits, 401k, health much better than other places. Decent pay. Interesting and challenging work. Lots of responsibility given right at the beginning.

    ConsTough difficult projects to work on. Too much red tape and paperwork all the time. Very stressfull, lots of impossible deadlines to meet. Very high expectations of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on the meetings. Cut down on all processes. Things are way too difficult sometimes to get anything done.

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    Good for a hard worker

    Marketing Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are great amounts of growth in this industry. It is great to be in a field where I know going to work eveyr day I will continue to have a job. Job security is important especially in this economy where all of my friends are getting laid off in many fields in different industries. Areva is growing in every way. It is great to get your foot in the door and get ahead of the hiring rush.

    They compensate you very fair. I earn more than my peers in other fields.

    If you like travel, the job is a definite plus too.

    ConsI work very long hours for weeks on end. Many weeks are more than 60 hours. You need to be well disciplined to put in this much work and keep your personal life in order.

    Working this much and travelling so much makes a marriage and family difficult. Many people divorce because of the stress and high workload. If you are family oriented it may be best to stay away from this line of work as you will probably burn out.

    Benefits are so so in my opinion. I think they could be better. The pay is good, but benefits are very important too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the workload per person

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ASI Solar group is struggling to get project in india but frequent changes of management will suffer.

    EHS Specialist (Current Employee) Pokaran (India)

    ProsHere employee taking care company and some time good pay master and having long vision in less resourses.

    ConsMajor challanges are you develop your own in less resourses. There are lack of co ordination and frequent change of planing and want so employee disagreed to work even paying good salary. No firm decesion from management so lot to do for culture changes now i heard they are trying for the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive up power to good working team, take joint decesion, HR needs to improve, Provide resourses on time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Summer Intern

    Controls Intern (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsThe project I worked on was very interesting. But once I finished there wasn't much to do. The corporate culture seems to be very set on working 40 hours/week.

    ConsIt was hard to get people to stay a little overtime or to consider doing some work over the weekends. It was like asking them to cut off a limb. Too many meetings as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing whatever you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Global Company in trouble

    Engineer II (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational experiences. Many different opportunities and projects. Motivated and respectful employees. Cross-cultural experiences. Great work/life Balance. A leader in the Nuclear Industry

    ConsBureaucracy of a Mega Company. Dishonest Management. Difficult to find interesting / Challenging work. Pay freezes in the US.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to your employees and customers. Be honest from the start with the customer about budgets and time. Be honest with your employees about the realities of the job and future opportunities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting engineering company,

    Senior Finance Executive (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsTechnical challenges, many smart people, thinking long term, job security, strong safety culture, team spirit, good training opportunities, work life balance

    Consslow moving, government controlled, bureaucratic, not very exciting future for nuclear energy, very french,

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost promotions are based either on seniority or on diploma, please change this and start to promote people on their performance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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