ALTEN
2.5 of 5 42 reviews
www.alten.com Boulogne-Billancourt, France 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 18, 2014

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ALTEN Président Directeur Général Simon Azoulay

Simon Azoulay

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lots of promise, lack of action

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig company many jobs and sites. Pointed also to IT and other areas. Work with all major automotive companies.

    ConsDont keep their promises given personally or at welcome meetings. Be careful about agreements with managment and force them to fulfil it. Average sallary comparable to others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just listen to your employee you should act also and be more carefull with promises, many time your managers forgot what they promise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    R&D engineer in digital communications (LTE-A)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlten have very interesting clients : Orange labs, Alcatel, SFR, ...

    ConsSalary not enough and does not correspond to the skills

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    Bad reputation is deserved

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Sophia Antipolis (France)

    ProsThis company's bad reputation is so widely shared among engineers and clients that you know exactly where you go ever since hired.

    ConsTurnover among management is even higher than among engineers. So that, your motivation and faith in this company will anyway decrease along time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about people some time, not only about money. Maybe you'll develop a better fame and truly build partnerships with employees and customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If it is your last option, go for it

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Paris (France)

    ProsAll the pro comments i can write, would be targeted to the customer company where i past most of my time, and work for it.
    This workplace is better than none.
    Consultant managers are available but you need to go them , otherwise they forgot you.

    ConsThe salary doesn't grow so much with the time. So try to start with a good one... which is not the case for most of consultant.
    The C.E. is good and well orginized compare to the fact that no consultant know most of each others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intrapreneurial experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

    ProsIntrapreneurial spirit, excellent sales experience as a manager

    ConsLong term orientation and wealth redistribution

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    Good as it gets when working for a consulting company

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsThe staff are quite responsive and professional. Following of the project is good. The people that I had contact with it were friendly

    ConsAs a consulting company based on outsourcing of services, the career evolution is obviously poor and the formation related to the work in the clients could be improved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the opportunities for formation and try to diversify the career paths on the technical level.
    Technical workshops could be done yearly to promote Alten as a center of excellence in engineering.

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    Allows you to learn plenty of skills through multiple missions

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros-multiple missions: in a few years, you can develop a very nice portfolio of skills
    -Alten's size makes it present in all big companies
    -being a contractor in a company offers oftently plenty of advantages
    (focus only only on the job,
    and really interesting IT projects are more and more taken care by contractors only)
    -when you start to be bored, your mission usually ends

    Cons-depending on the contract, being a contractor may make you a second-class employee
    -be careful of staying too long on the same mission, otherwise, all advantages disappear
    -often get satisfaction with your management only through force
    (e.g., nobody will listen to you unless you are at the start of a mission)
    -no training (or useless and cheap one)

    Advice to Senior Management-Show you have at least a little bit consideration for those doing the job.
    -Work on the image of the IT contracting industry

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    Ok, nothing exceptional

    Software/Wireless Communications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)

    ProsALTEN has been around for about 20 years so they have impressive exposure to most sectors. I'm in the telecoms division and there are quite a lot of opportunities, and they keep getting interesting projects.

    The projects themselves are also of great quality so it's technically rewarding to work on such projects when you are working on-site for the client. The managers also keep track of your evolution and are there when you need them on anything.

    The annual career-management is also well lead and the process is in place to ensure that things go well over a period of 5 years.

    ConsThe flip-side of being at ALTEN is that because of their size, financial compensation is quite poor. I have seen some extremely competent (and experienced) engineers paid quite poorly compared to what they should be getting.

    There is also little to no reward if you do extra hours at a client's site or if you deliver more than the client expected, which is morally damaging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy direct manager is very very good to me, but the upper management should be more rewarding of people who put in more effort and make a contribution to the client that is greater than what the client wants.

    Otherwise things are well managed for a company of the size of ALTEN, there has been a great effort to get consultants involved and make them feel that they do belong at ALTEN.

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Madrid (Spain)

    ProsBig company with a lot of resources and many benefits for employees. They let you do your work and respect you as professional.

    ConsSometimes management is too distant. Specially when doing outsourcing, you can fell alone and not as informed as you would like to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSincerity is something that many employees prefer instead of being quiet. Tell your employees the bad news always as fast as the good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Join it just if you don't have anything else

    Expert Consultant (Current Employee)
    Mougins (France)

    ProsAs a first working experience it could be a good starting point, but maybe not even in that case you would feel very happy about it.
    The health care support is good, but it's the only good thing you can receive there.

    ConsSo many cons that shouldn't be in a company you would like to work for:
    - they lied about salaries and cost of life in the area (not just to me: many colleagues fell into the same situation), making you accept a very low salary
    - they will force the renewal of trial period, making you "smell" the dismissal if you don't accept
    - no support from the management (in 1y I've been working for them I've seen my manager just twice and one was the same day I signed the contract and I've been introduced to the client)
    - they try to restrict in any way possible the days of vacation and RTT, forcing you to loose at least 5 days per year
    - no appraisal for your work: within the client, I've been appraised till gaining a better role than I entered, while Alten refused to rise the salary, nor giving benefits.

    If you join Alten, do it because you have no alternatives, and start looking for another position as soon as possible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to train your middle management to be more communicative and try to straighten the level of confidence by your employees, by giving a clear view of career path and establishing positive relationships since the beginning (lying to a newly employed person about the salary power is not the best way to start).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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