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Alstom Power Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
126 Reviews

3.3
126 Reviews
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Alstom Power Chairman & CEO Patrick Kron
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Alstom has great opportunities in power sector from design to services and good benefits (in 12 reviews)

  • Good company with a great work life Balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough emphasis on project management, meeting deadlines, and overall strategic planning (in 3 reviews)

  • Not so flexible in processes, lack of communication between different units (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not much room to grow in some departments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Midlothian, VA

    Pros

    Benefits are great, people are great to work with. This company has a very professional atmosphere, gives free coffee. If traveling on a field assignment, the compensation is excellent (per diem and overtime). If all you do is field assignments you can make really good money. Travel, even when just an office engineer, can sometimes take you around the world! This is a multicultural company with people working together from Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, and India all in the same office.

    Cons

    Collaboration between business groups is not good. Alstom doesn't advertise in the US, so anyone who doesn't know us won't know to look for us for turbine services. We have a solid customer base, but we don't increase it. If you stay in the office most of the time, you won't see overtime. Internal mobility is encouraged, but some departments have no path upward. You would have to move to a completely different department to expand your career path. Also training is limited to internal courses which aren't helpful unless all you aspire to do is to "conduct better meetings" or "improve powerpoint skills." Not hardly any training in engineer advancement. Work/life balance is only as good as your manager. There's no global policy on work/life balance. So you could have a boss that expects you to make up 1 hour if you have some personal business to take care of, or you could have a boss that isn't worried about every little hour and trusts you to get your work done. I've had both at this company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    What a ride!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    This company takes great care of its employees. They go beyond expectations to provide you with a balanced work/family life.

    Cons

    The company is somewhat dysfunctional in the sense that it is all decisions are centralized in the headquarters in Europe and this really impacts business negatively

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    French company with french way of business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global company with several products and international opportunities.
    Interesting products
    Challenging business environment

    Cons

    To much political and that favorites French employers at career grow.
    Bad management decisions.
    Strategies not clear for long term at some business.
    Arrogante business approach typical french.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take decisions more carefully, analise better the financial figures before investments and project approvals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to get experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Control Specialist  in  Midlothian, VA
    Former Employee - Project Control Specialist in Midlothian, VA

    Pros

    Global community environment was good.

    Cons

    Long contracted assignments that had limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorten long term contracts and provide more benefits.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    There's a Reason They are Getting Bought Out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Offer Manager
    Current Employee - Offer Manager

    Pros

    Very good pay straight out of college.

    Cons

    Everything else. Little room for advancement, management refuses to listen to its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the dark ages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance in US

    Cons

    Project based approach to everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An OK company for first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work on exciting projects with its global presence. Transparency for the most part on company major decisions.

    Cons

    Slow raise in salary and little bonuses. Susceptible to market. Poor management from top. Lack of innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    High Amount of Travel if You're Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Above average benefits, flexible work schedule, close-knit environment, great transparency from local management, local management has above-average skill set for the technology used in the operation.

    Cons

    Below average pay for duties performed, 150+days of travel/year, amount paid to general labor resulted in lower quality workers which were more difficult to manage on a continuous basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the full-time model for technicians

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ALSTOM is a global company with interest in all type of markets, such boiler, turbines, trains, etc.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler in Chattanooga, TN

    Pros

    ALSTOM is centrally located in downtown area with free parking. The atmosphere at the company
    was feriendly with hard-working employees.

    Cons

    Due to economic downturn in the markplace, ALSTOM had to lay-off employees. Some of the employees was close to retirement and other employees was not close to retirement, which made it difficult for some. The rollcoaster ride is not good in these economic times for finnding employment and building a steady income for a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership has changed, in which, the company does not value good employees that have given excellent work ethics, who value the company values, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging position with great customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Freedom, good management, great product offerings.....

    Cons

    Internal politics, poor computer system sales process, speed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear down the silo's!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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