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ALSTOM Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
202 Reviews
3.5
202 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance is amazing you will feel if you are switching from an IT firm (in 24 reviews)

  • Good people development, nice working environment, solid team work (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • very demanding company (work life balance) (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor management in terms of valuable employees satisfaction (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Resume Builder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (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
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot of energy and poor results

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

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time (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
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Google search - Alstom bribery"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Midlothian, VA

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for the most part.

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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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Charleroi, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Charleroi, PA

    I worked at ALSTOM as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The job itself was great. The freedom with flex time.

    Cons

    Management. You are to be seen and not heard. Non-professional environment. Expected to work unorthodox hours (60 hours+), and then management harasses the employees for over time. If you are a temporary employee the likelihood of being brought on as a full-time employee isn't even considered, you are fed broken promises to appease you for the time being a year and a half later of perfect performance and you still aren't brought on as a full-time employee. Forced into awkward non-professional social situations; such as going to the bar with your general manager. Inappropriate comments from management towards women employees. Inexperienced individuals in the lead rules in the company.

    The Charleroi location has absolutely disgusting behavior from management. Usually a hostile environment, and don't dare contact Human Resources for fear of retaliation.

    Extremely high turn over rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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