ALSTOM Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
179 Reviews
3.5
179 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a very good work life balance with freedom on decision making to a certain degree (in 20 reviews)

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


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

  • It has chronic deficiencies in some management areas, especially in Human Resources department (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, but a behemoth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Design Engineer  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Design Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Manager in Manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Good 401k match and benefits

    Cons

    Management took too long to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    List to your staff for suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It is a good place for career.

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

    I worked at ALSTOM

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Maybe more access to management would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility of work. The total benefits package is good.

    Cons

    French 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be external customer oriented vs internal process oriented

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Not bad Entry Level Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Accounting  in  Chester Springs, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Accounting in Chester Springs, PA

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

    Pros

    Steady pay, Pretty good Benefits

    Cons

    Only accountant in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer at a Power Systems company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    People 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 ManagementAdvice

    Plan better for deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Life at Alstom

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Windsor, CT

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with.
    Many employees have been with the company for over 20 years.
    Good work life balance in most areas.

    Cons

    Slow to change as a result of many people having more than 20 years experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit more feedback from the local business units to see what is going on at the ground level of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alstom Grid

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    There are a large number of engineers, software designers, and project managers who have been here for 10 to 20 years. The upside is stability, once you're in and proven yourself.

    Cons

    The downside is how slow the organization adapts to new markets, new ideas, new people.

    The age old battle between the sales & marketing group vs. the operations group is very pronounced. It's exasperated by the fact it's a matrix organization. Projects are rarely completed on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do proper estimates. Stop selling more than you can deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good working place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner  in  Wellsville, NY
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Wellsville, NY

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

    Pros

    Global Leader in Power sector.Good future for Potentials.Opportunities to exhibit key skills under various programs.Standard policies through out the sector.

    Cons

    So far so good but always busy schedules at work.Sometimes hectic schedules make things difficult to balance other things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though difficult, but please try to protect interests of all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at ALSTOM

    Pros

    Good place to get a great knowledge of manufacturing. Overall a great place to work, but it is a start up location so it has issues.

    Cons

    I do not have to many down sides as of right now, but a lack of transfer of knowledge would be my only concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for a transfer of knowledge from each location so that Alstom can have a corporate policy that is followed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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