ALSTOM
3.6 of 5 138 reviews
www.alstom.com Levallois-Perret, France 5000+ Employees

ALSTOM Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.6 138 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

ALSTOM Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron

Patrick Kron

(70 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "International experience, cutting edge technology, good work-life balance"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Great work environment, you get an office not a cube"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor management in terms of valuable employees satisfaction"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Lengthy process and long decision making"
    in 3 reviews
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Short but sweet!

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
Chattanooga, TN

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

ProsGreat pay, benefits, work environment and very interesting and clean work.
For Chattanooga this place is really hard to beat. Facility is very impressive and well maintained.

ConsProducts not competative enough to beat competition and stay in business in global marketplace.
60% of workforce eliminated due to lack of work.
Getting laid off due to closing of turbine rotor manufacturing line.
As conditions change company may rehire many of us.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire me back ASAP!

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

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great company to work for just got grouped with the wrong people in the wrong department.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ALSTOM

ProsThe company overall is great. It offers great benefits as far as insurance. The pay scale is great also. New facility with state of the art equipment to work with.

ConsThere are no real cons that I found while working with Alstom. I just got out my comfort zone of the maintenance field and was grouped with coworkers that I was uncomfortable with.

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Working at Alstom Grid was a good and not so good experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at ALSTOM full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLots of work to do for those wanting to keep busy.

ConsToo much work to do.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company, but a behemoth.

Junior Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Rochester, NY

I worked at ALSTOM as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Good salary.
- Stable job.
- People are friendly.

Cons- Legacy code. A lot of it. Not a problem, since every company has those. But they have to get modern.
- Bureaucracy can try to micro-manage work.

Advice to Senior Management- Try to move to open source, and other new tools.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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US leadership has deteriorated, stunting growth......

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at ALSTOM full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNo micromanagement. Great work/life balance. Self-directed work, self-monitored time away, small office, good communication with immediate colleagues......

ConsShort-sighted leadership in US offices, friction between French/American ways of doing business, lack of customer service attitude resulting in loss of US business/clients, inappropriate displays of anger toward support staff/ customer directors/upper management by US leadership, lack of vision in restructuring efforts. Lack of support from IT and Paris leadership in general.

Advice to Senior ManagementRe-examination of US Transportation division structure/staff, development of name recognition in US, sense of urgency re: political/sociological appetite for modern public transport and investment in the creation of manufacturing jobs. Increased understanding of development of client relationships in the US.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Finance Manager in Manufacturing

Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at ALSTOM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood 401k match and benefits

ConsManagement took too long to make decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementList to your staff for suggestions.

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

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It is a good place for career.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at ALSTOM

ProsProjects are awesome and meanful. I learned a lot from my work. Good working environment. Colleagues are friendly and nice.

ConsMaybe more access to management would be helpful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a good company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ALSTOM full-time

ProsFlexibility of work. The total benefits package is good.

ConsFrench Management to very slow to react and too many French in US without too much knowledge of US markets.
Company has a culture of internal management compliance view vs an external customer outlook

Advice to Senior ManagementBe external customer oriented vs internal process oriented

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not bad Entry Level Job

Finance Accounting (Former Employee)
Chester Springs, PA

I worked at ALSTOM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSteady pay, Pretty good Benefits

ConsOnly accountant in the office

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Engineer at a Power Systems company

Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at ALSTOM full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work environment, you get an office not a cube. The people are very nice and very smart.
You get good technologies to work while developing power systems software for latest Windows & Red hat platforms.
Most teams use agile methods:
-Planning session every 2-3 weeks
-Daily scrums

ConsPeople tend to work here for years so its somewhat hard to move up, but it's easy to move around.
Power Systems company, not a typical software company which some devs might not like.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlan better for deadlines.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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