ALTEN Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
48 Reviews

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48 Reviews
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  1.  

    OK environment to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALTEN

    Pros

    Good employee but less pay hence all quit here due to this reason

    Cons

    Bad work culture to support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not so much as they were not following consultants

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have contact with some interesting companies and offer then by this way some experiences.

    Cons

    They are not following people correctly neither supporting them. Salary package also not special.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should improve their managers work, implications and knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    When you get the role of the cash cow everything is OK but if you want to change it and ask more it's a hell

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's may be good to have a first experience for understanding the consultancy world and be introduced in the big companies processes

    Cons

    Almost all of the rest. Pray to get at the beginning a long term mission. If not your inter-missions periods (inter-contrat) will quickly turn to be a nightmare. All your managers want you to say is : yes I want this mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth, be transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    The worst company I've ever been. Human meat butcher company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance depending on the client. There isn't more pros, it's a really bad company to work for.

    Cons

    No career opportunities and benefits if you work in a client.
    The company values and culture suck, there aren't any events and I only know the colleages who work in the client with me.
    Each manager has 100 employers to attend, he is very busy to dedicate 1 min to you.
    Poor salary.
    The worst company I've never work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big company but small company feel, they are just like a start-up in the US.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President of Business Development  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Business Development in San Jose, CA

    I worked at ALTEN full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Strong value proposition in product engineering, lack of strong sales structure in the US.

    Cons

    limited scale, limited vision, they are trying to cobble together capabilities from partners etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It has been quite an experience with lots of ups and downs, but the colleagues have really good and supportive.

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

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time

    Pros

    Better work atmosphere, comparatively less pressure

    Cons

    Salary and appraisal is the main issue, in which they let us down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Market corrections has to be in the 1st page of todo list, if at all u gotta save your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Meat Butchers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mougins (France)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mougins (France)

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

    Pros

    They assisted me while moving in France, but mostly by passing me to a specialized company for professional relocations. But even in this case I had issues: see the Cons.

    Cons

    This company is the typical "human meat butcher" company: they take and leave skilled professionals on a price basis, always bidding at the lowest price. They targeted me since I was coming from a country in a deep economical crisis, with many problems in job market and used this to offer me a poor salary (despite my many years of experience) and to cover a position to a client, totally out of my competences. They don't care of your skills, but only want to place you in a position at the cheapest price possible: in fact I was able, thanks to my professionality, to be appreciated, but when I was sent at the client side I had zero matching skills with the position.
    Also, as an additional hit to the coffin, I was "gently invited" (of the kind "either sign or we will fire you") an extension of the trial period, making me working for 8 months without any legitimate contract.
    My salary was also way under the average for the geographical area and the position, so that I had issues finding a proper apartment, and I ended up on the hills at 40 minutes from the job location (without traffic).
    I was never offered of any course for certifications in any technology/methodology and when I required for that they delayed any discussion (more skilled professionals don't work for Alten).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice, other than "restate your company mission": cheap consultancy for IT and Aerospace can be done anywhere in Asia and Africa at better prices than yours. Treating your employees like meat you trade won't create any loyalty and won't make your company's knowledge anywhere.
    After one year I decided to quit the company and come back to my troubled country because of the treatment I received: consider how much of your skill asset can be lost by this human resources management, since now I have my own company in a scandinavian country, and I could have brought my know-how to your assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Consultant for 2 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    The most advantage is getting experience in multinational/structured companies.

    Cons

    You are otally selled to the customer and you get a salary equal to a 1/3 of what customers pays. When you're assigned to a project you don't exist for your company, if the project finishes you'll be again 'meat' to be selled!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more consultant with a little bit of experience

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many projects in defence companies

    Cons

    the business "engineers" do a very good job to sell you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst of contracting companies in Sophia Antipolis

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)

    I worked at ALTEN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None. There is a handful of contracting companies in Sophia Antipolis. All of them are identical, except how much they pay. Alten pays the least of all.

    Cons

    They pay up to 50% less than the other contracting company -- Astek. If you have an offer from Alten, just take the name of the client/department to Astek and get 50% more money.

    By far the biggest client of Alten in Sophia Antipolis is Amadeus. It is always better to apply directly to Amadeus if there are positions open. Other clients are Intel and Orange.

    The management has no desire to build a real consulting services company -- they resort to simply "selling meat (hands)", which works out well for them: they sell you to clients at ~80KEUR/year and they pay you <40KEUR/year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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