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AREVA Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
70 Reviews

3.4
70 Reviews
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AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel
Luc Oursel
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • s work life balance is lacking, so it is a trade-off one makes (in 7 reviews)

  • Great place to pick up early career technical engineering experience (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Nuclear industry in the US is stagnant (in 4 reviews)

  • poor management, poor compensation, lots of mandatory overtime, pay freezes, promotions based on ass kissing not ability or performance (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I would work for Areva Again

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

    Pros

    1. Great benefits.
    2. Family friendly work environment.
    3. Interesting and challenging engineering design tasks.
    4. Overtime paid for outage related and high priority projects.
    5. Lynchburg is a great place to live and enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Cons

    1. Very little opportunities outside of engineering management.
    2. Typical of most large companies, very little can be said or done to change policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow lower management to have more autonomy and control over matters pertaining to the group they manage.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    AREVA not what it used to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynchburg, VA

    Pros

    The biggest Pro about AREVA was the people. However, the people (workers) are getting fewer, and the management is getting larger. If I was a customer of AREVA, I would be very wary of how AREVA’s employees feel about the company, as it will be translated into their work. AREVA has better than average benefits; but it’s work life balance is lacking, so it is a trade-off one makes. The best workers are kept on the road, and worked tirelessly. When these same workers return from sites, they are treated as though they don’t belong, and fear for their jobs.

    Cons

    Management, Human Resources, Politics, and Employee relations. AREVA is an engineering company, run by engineers that know how to be engineers, not leaders. Sure, there are several engineers that are good leaders, but most of them have left the company for competitors who appreciate their knowledge and skills, and the ability to translate those skills to their employees. Currently AREVA is hurting for business, not because they are a poor company, but because they are a poorly run company. The best thing they could have done recently is make Gary M. CEO. I hope this helps my friends that still work in this most unpleasant environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to let the people do what they know. There is a reason that AREVA is well known for their excellence during extreme conditions, and that is because management has to take a step back and let the actual workers do the work. The leaders emerge from behind the scenes, and take the project over, and make the job a success. It is when there is plenty of time that AREVA messes up. It is then that they over engineer, over-think, and over manage the job. This, in turn runs up the cost, drags out the time, and causes customers to shy away from contracting with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Oh consider yourself warned

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    AREVA used to be an awesome place to work before the French took control. Management is out of touch with what is really going on there.

    Cons

    Nuclear industry in the US is stagnant. Quite likely, there will be no new construction for AREVA. They will only service of existing plants, which are closing frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an in-depth look at what is going on around you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unstable and uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and opportunties for flexible work hours. There are some opportunities to work in other countries, although many of those opportunities have diminished. Great chance to see how a multinational company works on a smaller level.

    Cons

    The company really functions like many little companies which creates additional bureaucracy and makes it more difficult to get work accomplished. The influence of the French ownership is pervasive throughout and decisions can be slow. Management is very fractured and there is really no one person in the U.S. who is running the company.

    The recent downturn in the nuclear industry has started impacting the company with layoffs primarily at the working level while multiple layers of management stay intact. The old boy network is alive and well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old way of working is not going to fit the market change. Management has to be make moves both at the working level and the management level to structure the company into "One AREVA". Employees are watching how senior management behaves rather than listening to the talk. Consistancy in word and action is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great employees terrible leadership in the US Region

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Global presence and if you are mobile, great opportunities to work in Europe, Asia, etc. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very demeaning environment, morale is very low, no challenging engineering projects because we don't know who we want to be. Many employees have way too much workload because of RIF's and cutbacks. Leadership does not walk the talk or lead by good example.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address employee morale issues and hold HR leadership accountable with executive leadership. Understand that you have smart people working for you and that you should be transparent vs the false propaganda.

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

    As has the prospects for new nuclear, AREVA's values, and culture, have taken a turn for the worst.

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    Former Employee - Engineer IV  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Pay is good and genearlly easy for good-performing employees to move around.
    Great place to pick up early career technical engineering experience.
    Very smart and experienced engineering staff.
    Internationally recognized.

    Cons

    Recent layoffs in Charlotte.
    Low workload has introduced new culture of 'mobility', 'flexibility' and 'accountability' - managerial terms for 'prepare to leave your family behind and deploy to site at a moments notice'.
    Very little transparency on status of future projects/work and 'resource' demand, which has fostered an atmosphere of frenzied rumormill and angst.
    Past decade spent on new nuclear plant design and large component replacements has stiffled companies ability and expertise in small plant modification engineering profects and support of utilities opearting plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about future work and the possibility of layoffs. Zero discussion or reassurance sends employees (both good and bad) looking elsewhere, although valuable employees are most likely to find work elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    AREVA

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    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, 9/80s, friendly people help each other, expert engineers

    Cons

    Bad Management, direction of company appears bleak at best, Layoffs and potential for more are hurting morale

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

    Excellent company, above average benefits, great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits, culture, pay, talent base

    Cons

    unaware of any real cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company in a bad industry

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    World wide mobility, good colleagues, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Nuclear industry is currently in decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions, allow local managers to make decisions without escalation. Hold people accountable for their decisions. Stop bickering about money between organizations. Put the right people in key interface positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for in terms of benefits and location.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Alpharetta, GA

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great locations to choose from. In general its a great place to work. Hopefully, the industry will recover and improve, since its really the best choice for low carbon footprint energy we have at the moment.

    Cons

    Currently: Job instability, unstable economic outlook, old technology (control systems), lack of internal advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management: Embrace new technology and innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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