Veolia North America

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Veolia North America Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
76 Reviews
2.8
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Veolia North America President and Chief Executive Officer Terry Mah
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6 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, good location - multinational company with good apportunities (in 6 reviews)

  • The company has good benefits an has flexible hours (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • French based company with some upper management that does not understand US work ethic/conduct (in 5 reviews)

  • Failure of senior management to keep talented people within the organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Seems like a good place. Management takes the time to teach.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account's Payable in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account's Payable in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Veolia North America as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, flexible, benefits, seems to be concerned about well being.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for temporary employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE PEOPLE PERMANENTLY.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, lots of inpolitics

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    Current Employee - Energy Efficiency Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Energy Efficiency Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Veolia North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good location - multinational company with good apportunities

    Cons

    lots of politics, lots of bureaucracy, office is too quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Changing direction constantly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Veolia North America full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, location, and pay.

    Cons

    Senior leaders incapable of recognizing talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked for Veolia as a contract automation controls engineer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Automation Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Automation Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Veolia North America as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My experience with Veolia as a contractor was very positive. Every project manager was very supportive of the work I did for them and kept asking me back.

    Cons

    Constant travel, virtually every week. Project scope creep was normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend the board of directors include members from companies other than France. For example, Veolia is developing strategic opportunities in India. They should have someone from India on the board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Steady employment, good benefits, local management needs to embrace company propaganda

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Services Representative in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Services Representative in Azusa, CA

    I have been working at Veolia North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Veolia is a multi-billion, multi-national company based out of Paris, France.They offer great benefits, competitive salaries, and extensive training. Speaking in general terms, this is a great company to work for. I have learned more in my first year than during the entire 16-years at my previous company. Big changes and improvements are planned and anticipated to be implemented and online within a couple of years. The company sends out surveys to solicit feedback directly from their employees in order to hear their opinions rather than management's version of their employees opinions. The company is showing strong growth with bright prospects for the future. Locally, many of the people I work with are bright and hard-working.

    Cons

    The various branches, facilities, and locations are not harmonized. It seems as though when Veolia acquires a location, that location is not fully assimilated into the Veolia way of doing business. This means that when one branch is dealing with another branch, it's like two different businesses dealing with each other. This leads to redundancies in tasks which increases work-load and decreases efficiency. Many of the IT systems seem to be plagued by the same culture. There is lots of manual data re-entry because one part of the system cannot talk to another part of the system. There is quite a bit of bureaucracy to getting a proposed upgrade of the system, no matter how minor. This issue along with the epic disconnect between the branches is being addressed at the corporate level and is expected to be resolved within the next couple of years. However, as is human nature, most people are resistant to change so they dig in their heels which further slows the process.
    Corporate has indicated they listen to employee surveys but results seem to take several years. Locally, employee turnover is fairly high, probably because there is no advancement. Do something well for a couple of years and, during the review, the manager agrees you're doing well but to give it another year before discussing advancement. Then, get the same story next year. There is no incentive for management to move good employees up because it's so difficult and expensive to fill your position. The company line includes great advancement opportunities but the local management doesn't share that view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the corporate level, rather than pouring money into facebook-style company websites, use that money to expedite the harmonization of all branches and standardization of operation procedures.
    At the local level, when your employees say they want to advance or move on to a different job, that should be a red-flag with neon lights around it. They are no longer fulfilled with their job. Each employee is an asset that Veolia has invested considerable money, time, and resources. Sincerely help the employee make that change happen or you will lose them to a different company. Look at it this way, would you refurbish a regular tanker truck into a stainless steel hi-vac guzzler only to give it to another company for free?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a Safe Place and Not a Career Enhancer if Over 40 Years of Age

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSR in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - TSR in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Veolia North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good health insurance benefits (you need them if you work here, whether it is because you were exposed to toxic materials or if you are stressed out),,,that's it.
    Paris can pour money in to hide the failures.

    Cons

    Used to have some flexible hours, but now manager wants to know every minute of the day of what you do. People are afraid to call in sick with the flu, therefore, come in to work and expose everyone to virus/bacteria. Been sick with various bacterial infections ever since working here as a result from people coming into work sick (I even got the flu shot to keep that away). Management wants to keep an eye on everyone to be sure they are working all the time. Chastised and reprimanded if one thing goes wrong, and if you go to doctor appt., or if you take a call from family member. It actually becomes a topic in meetings if this happens. No opportunities for career advancement if over 40. Exposure to chemical hazards are minimized by EH&S, and offices continue to be cleaned less even though crews come in with contamination to biological and chemical hazards on their shoes and clothes. Safety really is not always as stated on Veolia's posters, in fact, it is costly to them. The only customers there are those whom have been loyal for 20 years because it is such a hassle for them to go out to bid. Account Managers bring in only new sales of $5000 per customer per year (a lot of small quantity generators won whom will only ship occasionally). Manager takes off without telling anyone, but expects everyone to report all their comings and goings with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as assets instead of liabilities/expenses. Know that family comes first, and that phone calls do occur from family members occasionally (and this is not abused by employees there). Understand that people are human, and have to take care of themselves, plus try to not expose people to biological/chemical hazards to try and save dollars. If it smells bad, then it usually is toxic (golden rule and common sense in this industry). Turn on the AC to filter out some of the bacteria/viruses/chemicals that occur from crews coming in with contaminated clothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor Upper Management, Little HR Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Veolia North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The teamwork among coworkers is great. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    French based company with some upper management that does not understand US work ethic/conduct. Too many politics. Payroll problems. Gossip among peers/managers/HR makes some feel uncomfortable. Overworked corporate employees because they are under staffed. Upper management was unorganized when all 4 Veolia divisions were mutualized. Good employees go unrecognized. They are loosing good people for all these reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your good employees, stop the politics, communicate better and be more organized when it comes to new policies or procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lead operator 2 treating waster water

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veolia North America

    Pros

    I'm making a difference in the world by improving the local water ways.

    Cons

    I work around many hazards.

  10.  

    awful company and management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Carrollton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Carrollton, OH

    I worked at Veolia North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    there are no pros for this company

    Cons

    racist company makes women feel like slaves and do not pay for the work they pile on you. Very unsafe place to work. Always having the EPA watching them for doing illegal stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people but very poor and unorganized upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Veolia North America

    Pros

    Strong team atmosphere for employees and lower level management.

    Cons

    Operations is all that matters whether they be right or wrong. You will be over-ruled in your management decisions if it goes against operations. Too much indecision and turmoil. Foreign managers that do not understand the way business and life is in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to all and back up management even if it goes against ops.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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