France Telecom
3.4 of 5 51 reviews
www.francetelecom.com Paris, France 5000+ Employees

France Telecom Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2014
France Telecom – Santo Domingo – “Tienda Orange”

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3.4 51 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Fun place to work

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at France Telecom full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, lots of innovation

ConsBig company, easy to get lost in the shuffle

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Analyst (Former Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I worked at France Telecom

ProsWhen I was there, there were some real opportunities identified. I undertand they are out of the product dev business in that lab - and are just M&A'ing. Putzers I call them. Too much time going to conferences, speaking, making speeches, watching what others are doing, and trying to duplicate the successes of lean startups. The conservatism of the otherwise very bright and well trained Indian management was potentially well synergized with the loud and outspoken Jewish Analysts, of which I was a contractor.

ConsThey R&D lab management would not see a real leading edge opportunity if you rubbed their faces in it. The culture of following the real valley risk takers was as toxic as arsenic on Gateway blvd.

That kind of a do-nothing management in a leading telecom is a shame, a dirty shame. I understand however that FT's boston lab is pretty good.

Advice to Senior ManagementGuys, take your analysts at least seriously enough to walk through the assumed market adjudications. You don't have to take everything on faith, but following every new startup idea that gets a 2M seed round is not becoming for a global player - FT needed at that time, a global strategy for B2B commerce.

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France Telecom - New Product Development

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at France Telecom

ProsInteresting industry
Large customer base and leverage in the market

ConsDifficult communication across geographic teams/cultures
Slow decision making process
Lack of clear corporate strategy

Advice to Senior ManagementMore decentralized decisions

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Interesting work if you can deal with the politics

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at France Telecom

ProsWork on cutting edge technology
Good work environment
Good benefits
Reasonable work life balance

ConsDeal with extreme politics
Slow moving
Lack of communication

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees
Improve internal communication
Engage employees

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big company effects on one of its small branch

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at France Telecom

Proscovers all the aspects of the telco industry, challenging in its innovation, low to medium pressure, lot of opportunity to learn

Conslot of middle management and processes, lack of driving very technical people, can be exhausting to fight the system.

Advice to Senior Managementdrive more, protect from the processes

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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huge company with numerous employees but lack of good opportunity for young generation.

Marketing Strategy Analyst (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at France Telecom full-time for more than a year

ProsFormal national company, which has good benefit package for employees. Formal employee has 5 weeks paid vacation, and up to 20 days RTT. That makes around 9 weeks paid absent days.

ConsCompany constantly uses interns and short-tern employees, in order to avoid labor costs. Bureaucracy and heavy and flat hierarchy allow few opportunity to get promotion. Very hard for native graduates to get CDI not mention for foreigners.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has to loss some weight on its senior management. Too many people have been working in the company for over 20 years. It leaves no place to young generation to bring some new dynamic force to the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at France Telecom

ProsGood company with good people. Good starting salaries. Entering through their Graduate Program is advisable

ConsVery bad pay raises.
No growth prospects => difficult to move up even if you're good
Glass ceiling for non-French people, and for those who haven't done the "right" university

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Very good treatment of employees but government agency like management style

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at France Telecom full-time for less than a year

ProsLow work pressure, reasonnable pay, humane management style

ConsAverage age of emplyees is around 50 years, management will do all it can so you don't stand out from the croud meaning you get the same salary increase/ bonus whithout distinction of your performance or commitment. Basically, salary increase is only based on your seniority within the group. 70% of the employees are public servants that cannot be laid-off meaning they have no incentive to improve their productivity

Advice to Senior ManagementPay public servants an early retirement plans and get people back to work before France Telecom loses all sense of initiative and becomes a huge retirement home.....

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

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User Interface Designer (Current Employee)

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

ProsUser interface designer in Beijng Labs , Orange

Conslow opportunies to promot even i can speak french and englsish. unfair treatment

Advice to Senior ManagementUser interface designer

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Web Dev (Former Employee)
Toulouse (France)

I worked at France Telecom full-time for less than a year

ProsToulouse, R&D has a reasonable pace, good enough employees at the time I was there, and even a few pretty skilled ones. Relaxed work environment is nice, though I hear it's not the case everywhere in the company.

ConsSlow as hell at times, something like 3-4 months full on work and 6 months waiting for what's next. Boredom had me leave.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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