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Veolia Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
39 Reviews
3.0
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Antoine Frérot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, good location - multinational company with good apportunities (in 6 reviews)

  • The company has good benefits an has flexible hours (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • French based company with some upper management that does not understand US work ethic/conduct (in 6 reviews)

  • Failure of senior management to keep talented people within the organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Environmental Field Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Veolia

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Highly safety conscious at every level of the company. Once you learn the job, you can only get better due to limits of what must be learned and/or understood. Company has more SOPs than most. Clear future career path.

    Cons

    Accidents and "exposure" will happen regardless how safe you try to be...inevitable. Hazardous work exposing you to known and unknown chemical compounds, which may affect your health in the present or future. Majority of the jobs do not go according to paperwork mainly due to third party "middlemen" vendors, who put the bare minimum or no effort in on their end of the work. Surprise work on Saturdays starting before 6:00am. Work/life balance is not good. If you want a decent check, you work for overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doubt many technicians would work if it weren't for overtime. Don't think any field technician would stay if hours or pay was decreased or stagnated. By a large margin, the biggest problem is the wasted time due to the lack of or mis-information provided from third party vendors like Workwaste. Countless times you have paid 1 or 2 employees to sit and wait for a contact for hours or drive somewhere a couple hours there and back only to reschedule the job, where it very well may happened again so long as these third party vendors are involved. For the lack of work they do, these vendors should only get the smallest possible percentage for a "lead" like an entry level sales rep. They deserve much less but than bare minimum, but whatever the smallest percentage is needed to maintain the relationship. They only make field techs days harder, because work orders are irrelevant on those pickups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good working environment in the Division that I was based in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Veolia

    Pros

    Depending on your skill set there is opportunity to progress in your career with this company. The U.S. Management team has some talented people. Salary and wages copetitive.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement. May require relocation to move up in the company. Not much communication between the various companies.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ownership base in France paired down the divisions in the U.S. They were more concerned with the stock of the company than the people. The U.S. Leadership team has many good people but they follow what France says.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Going through a lot of changes

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

    I have been working at Veolia

    Pros

    The company has flexible work hours

    Cons

    The company is going through a lot of changes and has very few policies.

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

    Good college summer job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Veolia

    Pros

    -Good hourly pay for an internship

    Cons

    -Work was very boring, not much career development opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seems like a good place. Management takes the time to teach.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Account's Payable in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Contractor - Account's Payable in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Veolia as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    People, flexible, benefits, seems to be concerned about well being.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for temporary employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE PEOPLE PERMANENTLY.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, lots of inpolitics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy Efficiency Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Energy Efficiency Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good location - multinational company with good apportunities

    Cons

    lots of politics, lots of bureaucracy, office is too quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Changing direction constantly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Veolia full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, location, and pay.

    Cons

    Senior leaders incapable of recognizing talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Steady employment, good benefits, local management needs to embrace company propaganda

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Services Representative in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Services Representative in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Veolia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Veolia is a multi-billion, multi-national company based out of Paris, France.They offer great benefits, competitive salaries, and extensive training. Speaking in general terms, this is a great company to work for. I have learned more in my first year than during the entire 16-years at my previous company. Big changes and improvements are planned and anticipated to be implemented and online within a couple of years. The company sends out surveys to solicit feedback directly from their employees in order to hear their opinions rather than management's version of their employees opinions. The company is showing strong growth with bright prospects for the future. Locally, many of the people I work with are bright and hard-working.

    Cons

    The various branches, facilities, and locations are not harmonized. It seems as though when Veolia acquires a location, that location is not fully assimilated into the Veolia way of doing business. This means that when one branch is dealing with another branch, it's like two different businesses dealing with each other. This leads to redundancies in tasks which increases work-load and decreases efficiency. Many of the IT systems seem to be plagued by the same culture. There is lots of manual data re-entry because one part of the system cannot talk to another part of the system. There is quite a bit of bureaucracy to getting a proposed upgrade of the system, no matter how minor. This issue along with the epic disconnect between the branches is being addressed at the corporate level and is expected to be resolved within the next couple of years. However, as is human nature, most people are resistant to change so they dig in their heels which further slows the process.
    Corporate has indicated they listen to employee surveys but results seem to take several years. Locally, employee turnover is fairly high, probably because there is no advancement. Do something well for a couple of years and, during the review, the manager agrees you're doing well but to give it another year before discussing advancement. Then, get the same story next year. There is no incentive for management to move good employees up because it's so difficult and expensive to fill your position. The company line includes great advancement opportunities but the local management doesn't share that view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the corporate level, rather than pouring money into facebook-style company websites, use that money to expedite the harmonization of all branches and standardization of operation procedures.
    At the local level, when your employees say they want to advance or move on to a different job, that should be a red-flag with neon lights around it. They are no longer fulfilled with their job. Each employee is an asset that Veolia has invested considerable money, time, and resources. Sincerely help the employee make that change happen or you will lose them to a different company. Look at it this way, would you refurbish a regular tanker truck into a stainless steel hi-vac guzzler only to give it to another company for free?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Veolia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can bring new ideas to the table and have the ability to initiate them.

    Cons

    Difficult to further your career, especially if you are not politically tied to upper individuals within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to motivate the employees, have career paths and discuss the next step.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A precious memory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Process Engineer
    Former Intern - Process Engineer

    I worked at Veolia as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Could learn a lot of things even in the intern.

    Cons

    Feel there is a little space for career development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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