ALSTOM Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Competitive compensation, people are valued, but large company processes can be cumbersome.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Fantastic Growth Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. System D, the Alstom way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 $$$.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    good benefit with no growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a great place to work...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Great Resume Builder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lot of energy and poor results

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great products, Committed people, Customer oriented

    Cons

    Top management lost track, RH is not working

    Advice to Management

    Urgently come back to basics and simplify the way we work


  9. Great place to work, employee caring and awesome opportunities

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

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Google search - Alstom bribery"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Midlothian, VA

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Management better pray for another French Government bailout.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Not many pros at all

    Cons

    A large number of cons

    Advice to Management

    Gain some focus



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