AREVA

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AREVA Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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3.6 70 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel

Luc Oursel

(14 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Technology oriented multinational

    Senior CHEMIST (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsI am working for a subsidiary of Areva named Areva Solar. As a result, I have a view on both Areva and Areva Solar.
    Areva is a large multinational which takes care of its employees. Their policy is to keep their talented workforce and as such they avoid layoffs as much as possible. They also promote internal training and allow mobility inside the company, between the different branches and countries. For example, several employees from France were given the opportunity to work for the USA branches in order to bring in their skill-sets.
    Areva is also very technology oriented and encourages people from different departments to submit their ideas for patent writing.
    Areva Solar is currently hesitating between different technology solutions. It is in transition phase between the start-up (ex Ausra) phase and the full Areva integration. As a result, there are a lot of possibilities for people willing to take on new challenges.

    ConsAreva has the issues of most large corporations, namely excessive bureaucracy. They try to compound this by having a centralized help desk which is sometimes very efficient. However as certain organic decisions must sometimes be take in France, this can lead to frustrating delays. On the HR side, some decisions can seem unclear even though the firm prouds itself on its transparency.
    As mentioned previously, Areva Solar is in a transition phase. The downside of this is that certain strategic decisions are not thought through which results in the company going back and forth between various strategies. This leads to confusion of the workforce and eventually to loss of talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAreva Solar should think its strategy through before jumping in with both feet. The market evolution over the next 10 years was only properly understood in the past few months. This needs to be properly mastered before taking important decisions.
    Taking on important projects which are not viable and without a proper cost analysis should also not happen again. This leads the company to hire contractors below market price and stresses the business relationships. This stress falls on the Areva Solar employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work-life balance and plenty of growth opportunities

    ConsCompensation could be more competitive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited opportunity within the Finance Group

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsI didn't find any pros

    ConsCareer Path and big salaries only for Engineers...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Engineer (Current Employee) Lynchburg, VA

    ProsLaid Back environment
    lots of room for growth
    lots of interaction with upper management
    good salary and benefits
    opportunities for travel

    ConsI don't have any major cons with this company, love the company the job and the people I work with and for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much red tape, organization shuffling, and new "improved" processes

    Engineer III (Current Employee) Lynchburg, VA

    ProsJob stability is very good.

    ConsHigh rate of attrition due to management incompetence, pay freezes, and local rival companies offering much higher salaries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove some of the no added value time wasting and motivation killing processes. Give merit increases once a year instead of comimg up with creative accounting to reduce our salaries. This company has been a demotivating experience for a once top performer because there is no motivating factors. Slackers get promoted at the same rate as the top performers and guess what, if you are a top performer, you get the extra workload and get to work weekends. In the end you may or may not get a sweet $50 core award to buy a couple $5 screenprinted Areva T-shirts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    AREVA NP is the leader in digital control system for the nuclear industry.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    ProsGreat place because of the people you work with.

    ConsManagement needs understand that the employees are the key to success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorkers are your asset.

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    frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAREVA balance sheet and global footprint

    ConsFrench politics which translates into corporate politics

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok time at AREVA

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood work benefits, 401k, health much better than other places. Decent pay. Interesting and challenging work. Lots of responsibility given right at the beginning.

    ConsTough difficult projects to work on. Too much red tape and paperwork all the time. Very stressfull, lots of impossible deadlines to meet. Very high expectations of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on the meetings. Cut down on all processes. Things are way too difficult sometimes to get anything done.

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    Great experience

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Aiken, SC

    ProsNo 1 Nuclear Supplier in the World

    ConsNot too much access to learn.

    Advice to Senior Managementprovide practical access to share expertise and resource

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a good employer

    Engineer IV (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosbackground match, energy industry is growing fast

    Conssalary freeze, relatively low compared to IT companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementOK

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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