Orange Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Company with a lot of rigid rules!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Orange full-time

    Pros

    - PTO Benefits is pretty good compare to other companies in Silicon Valley - Provide full reimbursement if you take public transportation

    Cons

    - Working hour is pretty rigid i.e., no flexible working hour and no working from home policy - Project can change on yearly basis based on headquarter effect - Most mid-level management (Director) have spent all their career life here. Due to this, their innovation and view is fairly limited only to this company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    French-style vacation time, American-style salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Orange full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Learn about an industry by not only watching it, but also interacting with those who make the news, and trying their products/services first hand - Pretty good face time with Orange group execs since they come visit us fairly often - Excellent work/life balance, location, and time off

    Cons

    - We don't have decision power here. Our primary role is to educate and recommend solutions internally. That's ok if you're patient, because Orange, like many other large companies, can be slow moving when it comes to trying new things - Not much room for advancement since the office is pretty small and director's turnover low

    Advice to Management

    More focus would help


  3. Helpful (1)

    The perfect mix between a circus and a retirement home

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Orange full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location. Lots of time off. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Ridiculous rules. Amateur work practices. Average salary. Nonprofessional. Characterless management. No consideration for employees. Conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Say "Hello" to your employees. Be ambitious and goal-driven. Manage.


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  5. Fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    move away from socialistic practices


  7. For a telco, the lack of internal communication is startling

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A pretty good number PTOs after one year of working here. Overall benefits are decent. Strict office hours makes it ok to leave early. (5.30pm) The company has money, so some can find budget to do stuff. Smart people.

    Cons

    You're not working on any real products and you don't have any real customers. The overall vision and goal for the lab is not made clear by management. A lot of internal politics, between here and the French offices, as well as between groups here too, which is scary. Projects actually survive depending on what management likes but also who is involved in the US and in France. Strict office hours. (can be a constraint) Bonus system is opaque and convoluted. (your actual performance doesn't actually influence your bonus much compared to seniority and other mysterious things that management and HR decide) It seems that a lot of people have been here a long long time and are just content with the situation, knowing how to navigate the internals of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employees like independence but some vision is necessary, especially when there are no products to work on directly and no customers to talk to.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  9. Contract Product strategy analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. France Telecom - New Product Development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    More decentralized decisions


  11. great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.



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