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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)

51 Employee Reviews
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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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    Fun place to work

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people, lots of innovation

    ConsBig company, easy to get lost in the shuffle

    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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    a great place to work, but not the good one for working on the web

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    Pros- Good Work/life Balance
    - a lot of Career Opportunities if you want to completely change your job
    - level of pressure : acceptable

    Cons- huge company = everything is going very slowly
    - not very dynamic on the web / mobile
    - HR are here to handle the number of employees only

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter consideration of new media to develop the business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    7 good years as a Software Development Engineer at France Telecom

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsBig company, paying attention to the well-being and development of employees (at least in France), good compensation package, and a lot of internal opportunities thanks to the size of the company. Good training policy.

    ConsI found processes and layers of management to be overwhelming sometimes. It does some good of course in some projects but it can also mean that simple and small projects become big projects as soon as you need to put them into production

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    User interface designer

    User Interface Designer (Current Employee)

    ProsUser interface designer in Beijng Labs , Orange

    Conslow opportunies to promot even i can speak french and englsish. unfair treatment

    Advice to Senior ManagementUser interface designer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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