ALSTOM Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
177 Reviews
3.5
177 Reviews
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ALSTOM Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance most of the time (in 17 reviews)

  • Work Environment is flexible and adaptable to employee (in 13 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time

    Pros

    Technology applications for the energy industry - good work in an industry that is in demand.

    Cons

    French management have taken over what used to be a leader in the industry. Managing contracts is more important than employees or customers. Hostile relationships and arrogance may be the norm in Europe and 3rd world countries, but not in the United States.

    After years of service, departing employees should not expect to be thanked for their contributions, more likely to be issued a warning about how they will persecuted for working for a better company. Alstom uses bullying and fear tactics as a way to prevent employees from going to work somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to what made the company successful before the french takeover and run it like a US company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Resume Builder

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are great. There is career opportunities - especially in Engineering and Purchasing areas.

    Cons

    Corporate changes and mandates from the European-based management can be challenging. Major differences between sectors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lock employees into "boxes" just because they are great at their job. Give them opportunities to expand into other areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, employee caring and awesome opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance. good opportunities, employee friendly company. Its been here for quite some time so pretty stable.

    Cons

    A little too big,sometimes you get lost in a big organization finding appreciation for good work and support to reach teh next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot of energy and poor results

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great products, Committed people, Customer oriented

    Cons

    Top management lost track, RH is not working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urgently come back to basics and simplify the way we work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I like it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineering  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Engineering in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly co-worker.

    Cons

    Get order from so many managers and for a moment I am confused.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Google search - Alstom bribery"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Midlothian, VA

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and discount snacks in vending machines.

    Cons

    Multiple bribery scandals ongoing - antiquated software - poor management - professed training not received - company politics - pay raises are rare - no teamwork or cooperation between groups or sectors - multiple reorganizations - management favoritism -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management better pray for another French Government bailout.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for the most part.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Work hours are generally flexible and work/life balance is respected provided you don't take advantage and do come through when it counts for the company. They have a very broad customer base, but also very specific products which lends itself to stable income and repeat business. Other employees are generally very friendly and work together well. Pay and benefits are on par or better then other tech companies. Opportunity for travel or working in another country if you like is definitely available.

    Cons

    Moving up in the company can be very difficult. They often hire management positions from outside the company and do not do a very good job of cultivating current employees. You can work here for a very long time and do essentially the same thing without opportunities for advancement. There are many employees with 10-15+ year careers standing in front of you before you start. Unfortunately even being a technology company, the internal IT department does a very poor job of keeping up with current technology and often implements policies and procedures that hinder rather then empower the business. The company could also do a better job engaging with employees for moral building events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to govern the IT department in a way that empowers the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad

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    Former Employee - Product Quality Manager  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Product Quality Manager in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Not many pros at all

    Cons

    A large number of cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain some focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALSTOM

    Pros

    Good place to work, I really love to work there.

    Cons

    I don't see anything thing bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    have to work hard as power system engineer with PhD, but low pay

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    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Seattle location, diverse culture and nice natural environment

    Cons

    low pay, heavy coding work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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