Orange Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Interesting work if you can deal with the politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to employees Improve internal communication Engage employees


  2. Not as Bad As People Think

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

    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 Management

    Communicate more with staff by having more frequent meetings


  3. Helpful (1)

    Can be interesting but also very frustrating at time

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    If you don't have to work here, Don't

    • Work/Life Balance
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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    well, it is a R&D institute, not the acadamic style, but more like a lab. I got to experiment with different new ideas and products, to work on things that seem interesting to me. I don't have work on the same project/product over and over again as in most industrial companies.

    Cons

    For one, management sucks. Their idea of "working" is like government agency. You have to physically sit in your seat to work! And HR and Tech support also are also incompetent. Most stuff employees take for granted in other companies, you have to personally take care of yourself. From intalling project pc, to your 401k. If you don't, you are messed up.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the intelligence part of our job and be flexible. Happy employees, happy company!


  6. benefits and drawbacks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    make decisions faster and reward individual initiative


  7. big company effects on one of its small branch

    • Work/Life Balance
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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
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    drive more, protect from the processes


  8. Helpful (3)

    Not to do list for running a company successfully

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    very poor!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. iOS Enginner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's good to work with several talent peopele

    Cons

    There are several people just yang around


  11. Good work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Open minded people, good personal development opportunities, possibility of lateral movements, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    beying a big company, some times, decisions take a long time

    Advice to Management

    None



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