ALSTOM Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
196 Reviews
3.5
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved the work, but management, policies, & HR are dysfunctional and outdated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer - Mechanical in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Designer - Mechanical in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has some amazing product that really make an impact on the world.

    Cons

    Alstom's managers are disconnected from those they manage. Management consists of a high percentage of PhDs who don't understand that some of their less educated workers may know more than they do in their given area. Just leave the human out of human resources (HR), and policies fluctuate with the whims of HR & management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs advocate for their workers, learn that chauvinistic behavior is outdated and prosecutable, value the tools workers bring to the table, and grow a spine when it comes to dealing with policy. HR needs to quantify experience, not just degrees. Policies need to stand firm, or be re-written to reflect acceptable practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Short but sweet!

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at ALSTOM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, work environment and very interesting and clean work.
    For Chattanooga this place is really hard to beat. Facility is very impressive and well maintained.

    Cons

    Products not competative enough to beat competition and stay in business in global marketplace.
    60% of workforce eliminated due to lack of work.
    Getting laid off due to closing of turbine rotor manufacturing line.
    As conditions change company may rehire many of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me back ASAP!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great company to work for just got grouped with the wrong people in the wrong department.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALSTOM

    Pros

    The company overall is great. It offers great benefits as far as insurance. The pay scale is great also. New facility with state of the art equipment to work with.

    Cons

    There are no real cons that I found while working with Alstom. I just got out my comfort zone of the maintenance field and was grouped with coworkers that I was uncomfortable with.

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  5.  

    Working at Alstom Grid was a good and not so good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of work to do for those wanting to keep busy.

    Cons

    Too much work to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    US leadership has deteriorated, stunting growth......

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No micromanagement. Great work/life balance. Self-directed work, self-monitored time away, small office, good communication with immediate colleagues......

    Cons

    Short-sighted leadership in US offices, friction between French/American ways of doing business, lack of customer service attitude resulting in loss of US business/clients, inappropriate displays of anger toward support staff/ customer directors/upper management by US leadership, lack of vision in restructuring efforts. Lack of support from IT and Paris leadership in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-examination of US Transportation division structure/staff, development of name recognition in US, sense of urgency re: political/sociological appetite for modern public transport and investment in the creation of manufacturing jobs. Increased understanding of development of client relationships in the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, but a behemoth.

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    Former Employee - Junior Design Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Design Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at ALSTOM as an intern (less than an 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
  8. 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 (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
  9.  

    It is a good place for career.

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Not bad Entry Level Job

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    Former Employee - Finance Accounting in Chester Springs, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Accounting in Chester Springs, PA

    I worked at ALSTOM full-time (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

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