ALTEN Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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ALTEN Président Directeur Général Simon Azoulay
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Pros
  • rience parce que vous venez de sortir de l'universit (in 3 reviews)

  • environnement de travail amical (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • t de la vie dans cette zone (pas seulement (in 6 reviews)

  • ils ont menti sur les salaires et le co (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bureau de gestion de projets PMO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMO in Toulouse (France)
    Current Employee - PMO in Toulouse (France)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Payer pour l'hébergement/la nourriture. Un début d'expérience surtout en défense et aérospatial

    To pay the accomodation / food. Strat with a first experience especialy in Aerospace & defense

    Cons

    Peu d'évolution. Mauvaises augmentations de salaire, qui sont trop rares d'ailleurs. Aucune reconnaissance.

    Few evlution. bad salary increase , too seldom by th way. No recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Travailler chez Amadeus est loin de l'avancée technologique. Working in Amadeus is far from technological advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ingénieur logiciel in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)
    Current Employee - Ingénieur logiciel in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Travail dans la Riviera française, avec le soleil, la plage et le beau temps toute l'année et la position est stable. Beaucoup de gens viennent pour s'installer définitivement.

    Working in the French riviera, with sun, beach and good weather all year and the position is stable. Many people come here to stay here for life.

    Cons

    C'est en France et même si le travail est dans une société anglophone tout le monde essaye de parler français et vous n'avez aucun cours de français.

    It's in France, and even on the job is in an English speaking company everyone tries to speak only French and you are never given a french language training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rien de plus qu’une solution provisoire Nothing more then a temporary solution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Développeur Logiciels in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)
    Current Employee - Développeur Logiciels in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Grand entreprise, pas de risque de se faire licencier quand on fait son travail et qu’on ne se préoccupe pas de la mission qu’ils vont vous attribuer.

    Big company, no big risk of being fired if you are doing your job and you don't care about the mission they are going to assign to you

    Cons

    Pas beaucoup d’opportunités de croissance, les salaires ne sont pas si élevés par rapport aux concurrents ; il justifient cet état de fait en disant qu’ils consacrent « plus d’attention aux employés », mais au fond, ce n’est guère qu’un tas d’activités inutiles qu’ils organisent pour créer « la culture d’entreprise ».

    no big chance of growing, the salary are not that high in comparison with other competitors they justify this with the "more attention to the employ" that at the end is a nothing more than a lot of useless activity organized for creating "the company spirit"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mauvaise réputation méritée Bad reputation is deserved

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Biot, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (France)

    I worked at ALTEN full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    La mauvaise réputation de cette entreprise est tellement présente chez les ingénieurs et les clients que vous savez exactement à quoi vous attendre une fois embauché.

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

    Cons

    Le taux de rotation dans le management est encore plus élevé que chez les ingénieurs. Quoi qu'il arrive, votre motivation et votre foi diminueront dans le temps.

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pensez aux gens parfois, pas seulement à l'argent. Vous développerez peut-être une meilleure réputation et pourrez bâtir de vrais partenariats avec les employés et les clients.

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Si c’est votre dernière possibilité, allez-y If it is your last option, go for it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)

    I worked at ALTEN full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Tous les commentaires favorables que je pourrais écrire concerneraient l’entreprise cliente, où j’ai passé le plus clair de mon temps, et où j’ai travaillé.
    Cet environnement de travail est mieux que rien.
    Des cadres consultants sont disponibles, mais il

    All 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.

    Cons

    Le salaire n’augmente pas tellement avec le temps. Donc, débrouillez-vous pour qu’il soit bon au départ… ce qui n’est pas le cas pour la plupart des consultants.
    Le C.E. est bon et bien organisé, si on considère que la plupart des consultants ne se connaissent pas entre eux.

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Aucun conseil.

    No advice .

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expérience entrepreneuriale Intrapreneurial experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

    I worked at ALTEN

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Esprit entrepreneurial, excellente expérience des ventes en tant que manager

    Intrapreneurial spirit, excellent sales experience as a manager

    Cons

    Orientation à long terme et redistribution des richesses

    Long term orientation and wealth redistribution

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Correct, rien d'exceptionnel Ok, nothing exceptional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Informatique in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
    Current Employee - Ingénieur Informatique in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    ALTEN existe depuis environ 20 ans, ils couvrent donc un nombre impressionnant de secteurs. Je suis dans la branche télécoms et les opportunités sont nombreuses. Ils continuent d’avoir des projets intéressants.

    Les projets sont également de grande qualit

    ALTEN 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.

    Cons

    L’inconvénient chez ALTEN, c’est qu’à cause de la taille de l’entreprise, les rémunérations sont assez faibles. J’ai vu quelques ingénieurs très compétents (et expérimentés) assez médiocrement payés par rapport à ce qu’ils mériteraient.

    En plus, il n’y a pratiquement aucune compensation si vous faites des heures supplémentaires chez un client ou si vous en faites plus que ce que le client demandait, ce qui est moralement préjudiciable.

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Mon chef direct est vraiment très correct avec moi, mais la hiérarchie devrait mieux récompenser les gens qui font le plus d’efforts et fournissent au client un service supérieur à celui qui est demandé.
    A part ça, les affaires sont bien gérées pour une c

    My 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    AVOID THIS COMPANY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mougins (France)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mougins (France)

    I worked at ALTEN

    Pros

    Not many... not to say none
    No matter what you'll hear from the manager trying to hire you, don't believe it. Promises are never followed up by facts.

    Cons

    This company has very low reputation among IT engineers, which is truely deserved. Customers don't trust this company either. Once I asked a customer: "Why do you work with this company?" His answer: "I have no choice. It happens that some others are worse."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management is necessary, because they don't care. Most managers have little or no experience (nor skills or even knowledge) at all in the IT business, so that they would not even understand advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    N'y aller qu'à défaut d'autres alternatives. Join it just if you don't have anything else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Consultant in Mougins (France)
    Current Employee - Expert Consultant in Mougins (France)

    I have been working at ALTEN

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Comme première expérience, cela pourrait être un bon début, mais même dans ce cas, il est possible que vous ne soyez pas satisfait. La couverture santé est bonne, mais c'est la seule chose positive que vous obtiendrez ici.

    As 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.

    Cons

    Il y a tellement de points négatifs, de ceux que vous ne souhaitez pas voir dans la société pour qui vous travaillez :
    - ils ont menti sur les salaires et le coût de la vie dans cette zone (pas seulement à moi : de nombreux collègues se sont retrouvés dans la même situation), ce qui vous amène à accepter un salaire très bas
    - ils vous forceront à accepter le renouvellement de la période d'essai, en vous faisant sentir que vous serez renvoyé si vous n'acceptez pas
    - pas d'assistance de la part des supérieurs (en 1 an que j'ai travaillé pour eux, j'ai vu mon responsable 2 fois, et l'une d'entre elles était le jour où j'ai signé mon contrat et qu'on m'a présenté au client)
    - ils essaient de limiter par tous les moyens les jours de vacances et de RTT, en vous forçant à perdre au moins 5 jours par an
    - aucun compliment pour votre travail : le client a montré sa satisfaction et j'ai fini par avoir une meilleure position que lorsque j'ai commencé, tandis qu'Alten a refusé d'augmenter mon salaire ou d'attribuer d'autres avantages.

    Si vous rentrez chez Alten, faites-le à défaut d'alternatives, et commencer à chercher un autre travail dès que possible.

    So 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 ManagementAdvice

    Essayer d'améliorer la communication des cadres intermédiaires et essayer d'augmenter la confiance des salariés en donnant des perspectives de carrières claires et en établissant des relations positives depuis le début (mentir à un nouveau employé sur le

    Try 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).

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

    Améliorations nécessaires Improvements needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

    I worked at ALTEN

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Prise de force et couverture santé convenables, bon management direct (réunions hebdomadaires et la sensation d'être vraiment supervisé)

    PTO and Health coverage were ok, and direct management was good (weekly meetings plus the feeling of beeing truly supervised)

    Cons

    Le management ne donne pas l'impression d'écouter ni de se soucier du moral des troupes
    Les salaires sont plus faibles que la moyenne

    C-Level management doesn't always seem to listen or even care about lower levels and their issues
    Salaries are lower than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Améliorez les salaires au niveau de la compétition
    Récompensez vos bons employés même s'ils n'ont pas de beaux diplômes

    Increase salaries to match with the ones of competition
    Reward your good employees even if they don't have nice diplomas

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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