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Contract Product strategy analyst

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Former Employee - Analyst  in  South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Orange

Pros

When I was there, there were some real opportunities identified. I undertand they are out of the product dev business in that lab - and are just M&A'ing. Putzers I call them. Too much time going to conferences, speaking, making speeches, watching what others are doing, and trying to duplicate the successes of lean startups. The conservatism of the otherwise very bright and well trained Indian management was potentially well synergized with the loud and outspoken Jewish Analysts, of which I was a contractor.

Cons

They R&D lab management would not see a real leading edge opportunity if you rubbed their faces in it. The culture of following the real valley risk takers was as toxic as arsenic on Gateway blvd.

That kind of a do-nothing management in a leading telecom is a shame, a dirty shame. I understand however that FT's boston lab is pretty good.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Guys, take your analysts at least seriously enough to walk through the assumed market adjudications. You don't have to take everything on faith, but following every new startup idea that gets a 2M seed round is not becoming for a global player - FT needed at that time, a global strategy for B2B commerce.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Interesting industry
    Large customer base and leverage in the market

    Cons

    Difficult communication across geographic teams/cultures
    Slow decision making process
    Lack of clear corporate strategy

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    Interesting work if you can deal with the politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange

    Pros

    Work on cutting edge technology
    Good work environment
    Good benefits
    Reasonable work life balance

    Cons

    Deal with extreme politics
    Slow moving
    Lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Improve internal communication
    Engage employees

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