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Gemalto CEO and Director Olivier Piou
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    Slow to adapt but solid performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Gemalto full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great first job. If it's not your first job, but you have experience, you will definitely be expected to hit the ground running. I consider these both pros because if your experience is valued, or you have energy to burn, you will be put to use. You basically have two years to prove yourself. First year is to find your right fit and for management to assess your energy level. Second year is to see if you have adjusted to your new 'stretch goal'.

    I have been fortunate to have excellent managers whom I could trust professionally and who have challenged me along the way. Many are not so fortunate, however. My direct managers are why I am still here.

    Regardless of the situation, we always get the job done.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a dot.com rocket ride or most everything that the tech journals/press laud about "high tech" companies, keep looking. Things are fast-paced because everything is understaffed. Always. Managers are selected early in their careers, groomed and promoted. That's not to say that this doesn't work well-enough in general, however, if you're 7-8 years in and not yet a manager, you won't be. HR "career advancement" is a joke. I've never seen anyone, other than management, switch verticals (e.g. from telecom to M-2-M, or any other vertical) successfully. Promotion is usually up or out.

    If your manager is in France (most are, once you reach a certain level) you will be competing against the locals over there for resources and time/energy/interest from your manager. It's only natural, but it's terrible professionally. Your manager, and his/her (most are men) respect level from their manager have a tremendous impact on your ability to make an impact for the company.

    And as for "getting the job done, regardless of the circumstances" - this quickly leads to burnout, because lessons are rarely learned by the organization. Rinse, repeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep experienced staff around: 1) listen to them and actually take some actions based on their considered opinion, 2) encourage them to interact with their international colleagues. This can be a strength of the company and encourage long-term retention, but other than for the "young bucks", there are no opportunities to mingle cross-vertical, and barely within the business unit. You say to our customers hat this is a strength of our company. You talk of investment. Do so. Seems that we have money for acquisitions (just read the news), but staff development is always the first thing to get cut.

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Gemalto Interviews

Updated Aug 11, 2014
Updated Aug 11, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

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Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

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    Technical Project Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Gemalto.

    Interview Details

    Phone call for first filter, then hr interview just to check if you fit for the company culture, technical manager for tech part, then hr manager final.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing special , normal interview questions, sometimes depends on the interviewer,no fix rule   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much to be negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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Website www.gemalto.com
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1996
Type Company - Public (GTO)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

To keep things gemütlich, Gemalto is trying to make the digital world more secure. The company offers end-to-end digital security products and services, from developing operating systems and software to designing and producing personal devices, such as contactless payment cards, electronic passports, smart cards and card readers, subscriber identification modules (SIMs), and universal integrated circuit cards (UICCs) in mobile phones. It also offers managed services to customers. Gemalto markets to both the public and private sectors worldwide, including those in the... More

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