France Telecom

  www.francetelecom.com
  www.francetelecom.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

France Telecom Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
54 Reviews
3.7
54 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
France Telecom Président-Directeur Général Stéphane Richard
Stéphane Richard
12 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    benefits and drawbacks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC

    I worked at France Telecom

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    make decisions faster and reward individual initiative

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    big company effects on one of its small branch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at France Telecom

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    drive more, protect from the processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not to do list for running a company successfully

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at France Telecom

    Pros

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    very poor!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at France Telecom

    Pros

    if 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.

    Cons

    well 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks.. move out of management and spend time with staff.. be creative..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Special Projects Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cairo (Egypt)

    I worked at France Telecom full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good overall work environment, with lots for trainings and chances for self development

    Cons

    disappointing management, lots of politics, not easy to be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    career path and more motivation to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good impression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at France Telecom full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job environment ,all employees like a family

    Cons

    Projects dead time , targets achievement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at France Telecom

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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

  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify processes!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    User interface designer

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

    I have been working at France Telecom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    User interface designer in Beijng Labs , Orange

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    User interface designer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Technical jobs

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

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

    Pros

    creative, flexible,efficient and Work/Life Balance is very good

    Cons

    Senior Management and company architecture changes are frequent recent few years

    No opinion of CEO

Worked for France Telecom? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.