AREVA Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel
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Pros
  • Great place to pick up early career technical engineering experience (in 6 reviews)

  • The company has great benefits and opportunties for flexible work hours (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the challenges would be, the Nuclear Industry has been hit hard with natural Gas prices being so low (in 5 reviews)

  • poor management, poor compensation, lots of mandatory overtime, pay freezes, promotions based on ass kissing not ability or performance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. GoodGood environment and Culture

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in France, ID
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in France, ID

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment and Culture, worklife balance, leardership

    Cons

    now the company situation is not good

    Advice to Management

    time-off policies, leadership and customer centric management

  2. Great people, company had financial troubles

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    French Government owned, good pay

    Cons

    Financial issues lots of travel

  3. Non engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above average salary for the area, some work hour flexibility, good work environment, health care is good given the current healthcare environment

    Cons

    Poor financial outlook and hard industry given the nuclear industry

    Advice to Management

    Remove nonessential management and reduce unnecessary spending

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  5. Tough times ahead for this industry and company.

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    Current Employee - Non-engineering Position in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Non-engineering Position in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are tops for my region of the US.

    Cons

    Lots of middle management and a huge disconnect from our French counterparts. Synergies among the BG's, both regionally and globally are limited by politics. The nuclear industry and many alternative energy groups are struggling due to low value of owned resources, low cost of natural gas energy solutions, and very poor planning on some large outstanding jobs. Negative outlook for nuclear energy except for some untrustworthy countries.

    Advice to Management

    Mandate resource sharing among BG's, at least on the regional levels. Trim middle-management. Divest business segments that are draining cash flow.

  6. overall satisfaction / dissatisfaction

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech IV in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech IV in Richland, WA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    not a whole lot of pros; they offer medical, dental, vision, and your retirement 401k employer met up to 5%

    Cons

    the work schedule to the location and dept i work isn't flexible. benefits that were once in place have slowly been taken away and/or massaged (including starting wages, raises, vacation)
    there is a AEIP or a bonus offered but only if the requirements set by the company are met and the % changes from year to year. medical package compensation has gone down and the prices have gone up (they blame obamacare)
    if for any reason you transition from short-term medical care to long-term care you are flushed like used toilet paper

    Advice to Management

    management expects the worker to be flexible as i would expect management to be flexible which they aren't. there is the a tendency for, "managements way or the highway". Human Resources isn't there for the employee as one would expect rather they are there for the employer

  7. Weeding out experienced higher salary personnel with hollow reasons.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Ogden, UT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many varied global and domestic opportunities if one can figure out the fit and power brokers of a local organization.

    Cons

    Varied agendas. Mid-level and local management does not walk the talk. Too many slogans. "Clay layers" as cited by CEO in 2014 global employee video meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of mid-level, insincere, lacking integrity managers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company with good people and technology, poor strategic leadership

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at AREVA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits if hired full-time, very intelligent workforce, good mission, international company

    Cons

    Strategic leadership is poor (strategy not communicated well), extremely poor financial performance, bureaucratic organization with overly matrixed reporting structure

    Advice to Management

    Simpify and communicate

  9. Stable nuclear vendor with excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Thermal - Hydraulic Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Thermal - Hydraulic Engineer in Richland, WA

    I have been working at AREVA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid business and customer base
    Employee benefits and pay are best
    Steady work
    Actively pursuing new contracts and business ideas

    Cons

    French micromanage and weigh down growth
    Knowledge transfer, like the rest of industry, is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for seeing the younger professional's need to learn through training and mentoring programs. Though my transition as a nuclear engineer has been rocky, Areva has opened many avenues of growth (NANTEL, NAYGN, online training, initial mentoring upon arrival). What I see now is that Areva wants to keep younger professionals engaged and turn them into experts, but many of us are too distracted and want to have a lot of different experiences. One thing that younger professionals, engineers specifically, miss out on is building something. Most of the codes, methods, and processes that our industry employs were created, subsequently regulated, and now have reached a plateau of upkeep and maintenance. I want a problem I can solve, an issue I can fix, a program to build, a process to piece together. I get none of that because I am just running the same analyses and codes using the same guidelines and methods that were built 30-40 years ago. I think I am done with it.

  10. Helpful (1)

    AREVA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great 401K
    Work life mix
    Hours
    Advancement
    I like the company a lot and they have been very good to me. Over the years there has been up and downs, but they treat every one very good.

    Cons

    Management is a little top heavy. The company used to be very adaptive a quick to respond to customers needs, but over the past 5-10 years we have lost that focus and ability. The good news is it seems we are headed back in that direction and becoming customer focused again.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits and nice office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, more vacation time than average, variety of work, ample opportunities to try new Inga and be mobile.

    Cons

    A 40 hr work week is not common, employee morale isn't great, some pressure to travel, salaries could be higher.

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