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France Telecom Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2014
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3.4 51 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

France Telecom Président-Directeur Général Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

(11 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work time to accomodate work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • The best reasons to work for France Telecom inlcude the good benefits offered by the company(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making on high level(in 3 reviews)

  • Glass ceiling for non-French people, and for those who haven't done the "right" university(in 7 reviews)

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    benefits and drawbacks

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe best reasons to work for France Telecom inlcude the good benefits offered by the company. medical and life insurance beenfits are better than typical US corporations. In addition they seem to have focused on creating an environment that fosters a positive work/life balance for all employees. An added benefit is exposure to international business and culture.

    ConsA few of the downsides of workign at France Telecom include, but are not limited to, the apparent lack of management direction. Often it is difficult to understand the direction the company has chosen to move in and frustrating that management seems to lack the ciritical organizational skills necessary to implement the plans.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake decisions faster and reward individual initiative

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    big company effects on one of its small branch

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    Proscovers all the aspects of the telco industry, challenging in its innovation, low to medium pressure, lot of opportunity to learn

    Conslot of middle management and processes, lack of driving very technical people, can be exhausting to fight the system.

    Advice to Senior Managementdrive more, protect from the processes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not to do list for running a company successfully

    Product Manager (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsIf you are self motivated, this place provides you ample opportunity to grow professionally, network in the industry provided you are ready to utilize your personal time substantially on top of the working hours!!

    Cons-You are measured by number of hours you spent at work and number of times you approach upper management to tell them we are happy at work NOT by how efficiently you can work
    -No clear cut work definition so one can not be rated for performance
    -Hostile telecommute policy
    -Everybody is a project manager and there is no growth unless you become director. Qualification for becoming a director is ability to play extreme politics and want to spend lot of your personal time in doing additional work for company
    -Salaries are not at all at par with industry but once you are with company for more than few years you have good number of personal time off
    -Human Resource dept/person does not know what human resources mean and is not approachable

    Advice to Senior Management-Have company briefing at least once a month
    -Have informal employee gathering once a quarter
    -Take anonymous feedback/performance review for upper management
    -Hold HR responsible for their mistakes
    -Have a structured organization where people are rated by performance
    -Encourage and manage telecommute
    -Pay bonuses and salary hikes on time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very poor!!

    Engineer (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    Prosif don't want too much pressure and have an inbuilt system to blank the crap that happens in the office ..from senior management ..and the terrible leadership ability of the CEO..then this is good for u.

    Conswell these are the events that have happened to give you an idea of the downside... a lot of women have ended up getting fired...or have some issues with the the department CEO....mainly French staff have been promoted...lot of people have been let go after they have tried to voice their views and the CEO did not feel comfortable with that.. senior management do not have good business judgment to make a good call on which projects should move forward and which should be dropped.... Mainly most staff just spend loads of time hating the place which gets you down even more...sorry but this is how most people feel!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some risks.. move out of management and spend time with staff.. be creative..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    huge company with numerous employees but lack of good opportunity for young generation.

    Marketing Strategy Analyst (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsFormal national company, which has good benefit package for employees. Formal employee has 5 weeks paid vacation, and up to 20 days RTT. That makes around 9 weeks paid absent days.

    ConsCompany constantly uses interns and short-tern employees, in order to avoid labor costs. Bureaucracy and heavy and flat hierarchy allow few opportunity to get promotion. Very hard for native graduates to get CDI not mention for foreigners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has to loss some weight on its senior management. Too many people have been working in the company for over 20 years. It leaves no place to young generation to bring some new dynamic force to the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company with good people. Good starting salaries. Entering through their Graduate Program is advisable

    ConsVery bad pay raises.
    No growth prospects => difficult to move up even if you're good
    Glass ceiling for non-French people, and for those who haven't done the "right" university

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    Quite good!

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    Pros* One of the leading telecommunication company in EU / the world.
    * Plenty of opportunities to evolve vertically [on different jobs].
    * brilliant top management anticipating the futur & taking good strategical decisions.

    Cons* Possible to fall in a team where inertia is so strong it is difficult to make change happen.
    * No salary evolution after 30 years old [difficult to keep motivated in this environment].
    * Managers [N+1, N+2] are generally really weak. Low level of earning from them.

    Advice to Senior Management* Build a real talent management program to build on talents and make poor profiles leave.
    [for talents: open more horizontal opportunities with salary increase perspectives, etc].

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing project manager

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    Prosfreedom to set up things, as long as it does not interfere with other projects
    flexible work time to accomodate work/life balance

    ConsVery limited possible evolution outside of privileged programmes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good treatment of employees but government agency like management style

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsLow work pressure, reasonnable pay, humane management style

    ConsAverage age of emplyees is around 50 years, management will do all it can so you don't stand out from the croud meaning you get the same salary increase/ bonus whithout distinction of your performance or commitment. Basically, salary increase is only based on your seniority within the group. 70% of the employees are public servants that cannot be laid-off meaning they have no incentive to improve their productivity

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay public servants an early retirement plans and get people back to work before France Telecom loses all sense of initiative and becomes a huge retirement home.....

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

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    Technology-driven, international organisation with opportunities to move around the business.

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Bristol, England (UK)

    ProsTechnology-driven and lots of technical experts provide solid knowledge and lots of innovation in mobile world.

    ConsBureaucratic and difficult to progress / operate optimally if not French-speaking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify processes!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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