Orange

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Orange Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
114 Reviews
3.5
114 Reviews
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Orange Président-Directeur Général Stéphane Richard
Stéphane Richard
17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • benefits, work life balance, good working environment (in 7 reviews)

  • The best reasons to work for France Telecom inlcude the good benefits offered by the company (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • mergiez pas de la foule ce qui veut dire que vous obtenez la m (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of career path, many managers with no abilities to act as managers (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Orange

    Pros

    FT in North America was a great place to work because management really seemed to be appreciative of the talent that they had on board.

    Cons

    While FT in North America, New York office was a really wonderful place to work, unfortunately, the New York office has closed. Too bad!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FT in North America was a really, really great place to work. At some point in the future, it could make sense to reconsider re-opening a New York office.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Not a company I would recomend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Orange full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good for a French company

    Cons

    French Management is clueless with regards to a global culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn we are a global company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Orange full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, lots of innovation

    Cons

    Big company, easy to get lost in the shuffle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    all the potential in the world, little strategy and skill to take advantage of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Orange full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    huge network
    large presence
    fantastic services business

    Cons

    convoluted structure
    weak leadership
    byzantine structure
    run like lazy government agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move away from socialistic practices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    May not be the place that you want to work for..

    • 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 Orange

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on new technologies

    Cons

    no flexible working hours and no work from home, not a good place to work if you commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be transparent, recognize the job well done, become employee friendly

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Contract Product strategy analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    France Telecom - New Product Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Orange

    Pros

    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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More decentralized decisions

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work if you can deal with the politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not as Bad As People Think

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

    I have been working at Orange

    Pros

    Orange is a global company, very innovative we work on cutting edge technology. Very confortable atmosphere to work in. The lab has a unique history and now appears to be more insightful about the skillsets that are needed to become a world reknowned lab and they are moving to that end.

    They are a very stable company and are still on track for paying bonuses and merit increases which is very positive since many companies doing this economic down turn cannot financially afford to do this.

    Cons

    France Telecom does offer mobility and career advancement but you have to be willing to move to Europe.

    Getting approvals from the parent company in France can be timely and unfortunately we all have to suffer because of the timeliness issue which is quite normal for companies who have there parent company in another country..

    Some of the downsides are that many of the employees there have worked there for some time and have adopted very negative demotivating attitudes that unfortunately effect the morale of others..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with staff by having more frequent meetings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be interesting but also very frustrating at time

    • 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 Orange

    Pros

    Part of the positives with working for this lab is that with a little bit of luck and research, you get to choose what you work on. If you to sell it internally within the lab, then you get to build a prototype and to sell it to our headquarters. If you can sell the concept and get sponsorship, you get to drill-down on your topic, build working prototype, attend conferences, meet other companies and become a knowledge expert in the field. Another benefit is that in this economy, working for Orange feels more stable than working for a lot of the other companies in the Valley.

    Cons

    Being part of a subsidiary that is part of something as big as France Telecom means that you sometimes feel like a very small fish, there is a lot of ambiguity trying to comprehend all the politics in place.
    There are also very few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More ways to reward employees for good work as advancement is almost impossible

    Approves of CEO

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