ALSTOM Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Great until Change in Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging Work, Great Work Environment & Colleagues

    Cons

    Change in U.S. Leadership in 2013 - went from a great CEO to someone who never worked as a CEO before

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone who thinks about other people vs. themselves to run this company; someone who actually cares about all of the employees instead of just the favorites

  2. Lots of politics for a confortable place

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied responsibilities in a rich social environment. Respect of people. Technically challenging.

    Cons

    Politics politics and politics. We can move as long as we have all flanks we'll covered. Seniority allows you progress thanks to your contacts and network. However, newcomers are note really fitting to the archaic structure of command.

    Advice to Management

    Renew you management.

  3. Love it!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Power Systems Engineer in Richmond, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to move up if you're willing to work for it. Paid training. Benefits package amazing.

    Cons

    A lot of our work colleagues are in Switzerland or France to name a couple places. Time differences, and trying to find the right person overseas to speak with can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run the U.S. Locations like it's done in Europe. Let the employees have a voice. (This just started with a change in management )

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  5. Alstom Grid review

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Has a lovely location in a greenbelt, most people have their own offices, but open spaces appeared as well a year ago. Excellent people to work with, there is a high concentration of very nice people.

    Cons

    There are some antique projects written in C that one should avoid, but again every company has those.

    Advice to Management

    I've heard this quite often: people learn how valuable they are to the company only at the time they resign.

  6. Good place to work, stable environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable environment with a European work mentality. Alstom will give you global exposure and you can really work anywhere and move around the company internally.

    Cons

    Very process oriented which may not fit individual business needs, outdated softwares and can be highly political

  7. Competitive compensation, people are valued, but large company processes can be cumbersome.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Competitive compensation and benefits. Emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility. Promotion from within.

    Cons

    Large company processes and politics. Movement towards centralized management takes decisions away from the "boots on the ground" and policies often disconnected from practicality.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for distributed control over local business decisions, and subsequent accountability for those decisions. Currently, an employee could fail at objectives, but easily blame the internal forces (from management) that prevent individual objective success. Performance targets are constantly moving which is difficult.

  8. Fantastic Growth Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alstom offered tremendous potential for a young communications professional to develop expertise in multiple areas of subject matter while building new skills through direct interaction with and counsel to senior executives.

    Cons

    The company, and its customers, are subject to any number of broader trends and issues that can add pressure to the day-to-day working environment but, even in light of that reality, Alstom never loses sight on taking care of its people.

  9. System D, the Alstom way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Validation Manager
    Current Employee - Project Validation Manager

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, international atmosphere in the office, sometimes good training opportunities, very easy to move up if you're talented.

    Cons

    Highly siloed, most job stress is due to unnecessary internal friction. Very inconsistent and counter productive application of process (system D).

    Advice to Management

    You people spend too much time fighting each other, this is waste! Processes that cause infighting cost the company huge $$$.

  10. Helpful (1)

    good benefit with no growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    great benefits and programs for employees

    Cons

    No growth opportunity for employees

  11. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a great place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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