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  1.  

    Areva is the best company in lynchburg

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AREVA

    Pros

    Relaxing, people worked here for 40+ years

    Cons

    Not much opportunities for career growth

  2.  

    Great supportive people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    The people are great, everyone works well together.

    Cons

    The regulatory environment can be frustrating and create additional work that may not feel value added.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at AREVA has been wonderful, I have learned a lot and grown as a person.

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    Current Employee - Planner in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Planner in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and is very lenient when it comes to family needs.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges would be, the Nuclear Industry has been hit hard with natural Gas prices being so low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice for upper management would be, stop spending money of team meeting at expensive place. If people's jobs are being cut, then why spend money of team meeting as places like Phase II, why not have them in house where the cost is free?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern for 2 years I had an excellent experience with Areva. They are very concerned with safety, upper management is very knowledgeable and supportive, and the pay is good.

    Cons

    I did not personally experience this, but many employees are required to work many more than 40 hours closer to deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reallocate workers on a project to help balance the work load.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Freedom, no micro-managing, great people

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement if not in the engineering field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for success for all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    interesting projects, good pay, good engineers

    Cons

    horrible leadership, not transparent, and promotions are near impossible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Got to do some interesting work, interacting with people from US, France and Germany. Some internal mobility is possible.

    Cons

    Could feel like a silo, or getting boxed in the job in terms of work boundaries and info flowing down from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of personal growth opportunities, poor and grotesquely bloated management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    As a major nuclear fuel vendor, there are many opportunities in the various disciplines in nuclear engineering. Areva is extremely supportive of employees to gain multidisciplinary experience. Given Areva's situation as a major fuel vendor, employees had many opportunities to explore and gain a wide range of technical expertise.

    A significant (but not overwhelming) proportion of American management are very good with supporting employees, encouraging personal development, and recognizing/rewarding hard work and business-productive endeavors.

    Pay and benefits are good, and the technical environment was superlative and supportive prior to European micromanaging the U.S. divisions.

    Technical innovations was extremely slow relative to competitors, but the company was generally supportive of insights and suggestions. Despite the large size, there was a definitive "family" feel to many of the groups.

    Cons

    Management has become pathological and increasingly autocratic with respect to employee relations, and is a perfect storm of European personnel micromanaging American employees without any understanding of the culture, licensing environment, or talent. Combine that with a significant amount of European management arrogance and lack of interest in cultural/regional issues, and you have a nasty work environment.

    The technical "vision" is autocratically imposed from above, and feedback and/or suggestions are viewed punitively. In fact, the level of communication from the bottom up is negligible, and any that survives is viewed as disobedience.

    The layers of management has become grotesquely voluminous, and introduces a large amount of disassociation from the contracts, customers, and their desires - overhead on contracts has made Areva essentially non-competitive with respect to contracts not involving proprietary approaches. Promotions and layoffs seem unrelated to contribution to company business, and more related to obedience and doing what you're told.

    The "view from the street" is that their quality has declined significantly and noticeably over the last few years, due to internal changes, and shows little or no improvement with direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the excessive layers of management in the company with respect to the distance from the work that provides income. Be willing to entertain decentralization (particularly with respect to the three-region model). A certain amount of regional autonomy worked quite well for many years. Evaluate management personnel based upon feedback from reporting personnel, rather than from higher-ups.

    Most importantly, take significant measures to reduce overhead, in particular with respect to excessive numbers of personnel who add costs to contracts, while simultaneously increasing costs related to training, superfluous administrative requirements, and inefficient use of talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very very disappointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA full-time

    Pros

    Stable as long as you just work like a dog as you are told

    Cons

    Management never listen. They always try to drive people away. They always try to make you a cheap labor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at AREVA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter (nuclear and renewable energy company). Competent and good people committed to their jobs -- despite the company being multi-national and cross-country, it was like my colleagues were in the next town over.

    Cons

    Stifling corporate culture that isn't receptive to diversity of opinions. Very much Franco-centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, being an executive assistant shouldn't be the end all to be all -- it should be a potential jumping board to being promoted to being a manager or project coordinator. No such opportunities existed for upward mobility if you were in specific roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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