AREVA

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AREVA Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
89 Reviews
3.2
89 Reviews
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AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel
Luc Oursel
21 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • The company has great benefits and opportunties for flexible work hours (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the challenges would be, the Nuclear Industry has been hit hard with natural Gas prices being so low (in 5 reviews)

  • poor management, poor compensation, lots of mandatory overtime, pay freezes, promotions based on ass kissing not ability or performance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Got to do some interesting work, interacting with people from US, France and Germany. Some internal mobility is possible.

    Cons

    Could feel like a silo, or getting boxed in the job in terms of work boundaries and info flowing down from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of personal growth opportunities, poor and grotesquely bloated management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a major nuclear fuel vendor, there are many opportunities in the various disciplines in nuclear engineering. Areva is extremely supportive of employees to gain multidisciplinary experience. Given Areva's situation as a major fuel vendor, employees had many opportunities to explore and gain a wide range of technical expertise.

    A significant (but not overwhelming) proportion of American management are very good with supporting employees, encouraging personal development, and recognizing/rewarding hard work and business-productive endeavors.

    Pay and benefits are good, and the technical environment was superlative and supportive prior to European micromanaging the U.S. divisions.

    Technical innovations was extremely slow relative to competitors, but the company was generally supportive of insights and suggestions. Despite the large size, there was a definitive "family" feel to many of the groups.

    Cons

    Management has become pathological and increasingly autocratic with respect to employee relations, and is a perfect storm of European personnel micromanaging American employees without any understanding of the culture, licensing environment, or talent. Combine that with a significant amount of European management arrogance and lack of interest in cultural/regional issues, and you have a nasty work environment.

    The technical "vision" is autocratically imposed from above, and feedback and/or suggestions are viewed punitively. In fact, the level of communication from the bottom up is negligible, and any that survives is viewed as disobedience.

    The layers of management has become grotesquely voluminous, and introduces a large amount of disassociation from the contracts, customers, and their desires - overhead on contracts has made Areva essentially non-competitive with respect to contracts not involving proprietary approaches. Promotions and layoffs seem unrelated to contribution to company business, and more related to obedience and doing what you're told.

    The "view from the street" is that their quality has declined significantly and noticeably over the last few years, due to internal changes, and shows little or no improvement with direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the excessive layers of management in the company with respect to the distance from the work that provides income. Be willing to entertain decentralization (particularly with respect to the three-region model). A certain amount of regional autonomy worked quite well for many years. Evaluate management personnel based upon feedback from reporting personnel, rather than from higher-ups.

    Most importantly, take significant measures to reduce overhead, in particular with respect to excessive numbers of personnel who add costs to contracts, while simultaneously increasing costs related to training, superfluous administrative requirements, and inefficient use of talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter (nuclear and renewable energy company). Competent and good people committed to their jobs -- despite the company being multi-national and cross-country, it was like my colleagues were in the next town over.

    Cons

    Stifling corporate culture that isn't receptive to diversity of opinions. Very much Franco-centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, being an executive assistant shouldn't be the end all to be all -- it should be a potential jumping board to being promoted to being a manager or project coordinator. No such opportunities existed for upward mobility if you were in specific roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unstable and uncertain future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great employees terrible leadership in the US Region

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Address 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    AREVA has been an ok company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    due 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    Great place because of the people you work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers are your asset.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok time at AREVA

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at AREVA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Tough 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for a hard worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Marketing Engineer

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the workload per person

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ups and downs

    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)

    I have been working at AREVA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with experienced people that are willing to share their knowledge. Also, a lot of young employees that are fun to work around.

    And free coffee!

    Cons

    hierarchy. Decision making is pretty constrained.
    Nuclear business is not so promising at this period of time due to public concern.

    and no free food!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower individuals.
    Take good care of the 'systems engineering' approach.

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