AREVA Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
72 Reviews
3.5
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AREVA Président du directoire Luc Oursel
Luc Oursel
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    AREVA has been an ok company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    good exposure, opportunities to travel abroad, lots of ability to learn

    Cons

    due to pay freezes over the past couple years they have fallen out of competition with the external market. Some management has been put into place when they do not have the education to back their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and straight to your employees. Try to take the emotion out of decisions, this is a business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Product Manager, Chemistry Services

    Former Employee - I Was Let Go On A Disability
    Former Employee - I Was Let Go On A Disability

    I worked at AREVA for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Limited nuclear services companies in the world.

    Cons

    French management style was damaging at times.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technology oriented multinational

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Areva 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 ManagementAdvice

    Areva 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AREVA full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and plenty of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    operator

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    Current Employee - Fab Worker  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Fab Worker in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    easy work lots of overtime pay

    Cons

    poor management, poor compensation, lots of mandatory overtime, pay freezes, promotions based on ass kissing not ability or performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Limited opportunity within the Finance Group

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at AREVA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I didn't find any pros

    Cons

    Career Path and big salaries only for Engineers...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Engineer III  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Job stability is very good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove 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.

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

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at AREVA full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    Great place because of the people you work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers are your asset.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    AREVA balance sheet and global footprint

    Cons

    French politics which translates into corporate politics

    Doesn't Recommend

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