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Électricité de France Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Électricité de France Président Directeur Général Jean-Bernard Lévy
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  1. "Lots of potential...needs new CEO"

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    Current Employee - Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Électricité de France full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, growing company, great team of people.

    Cons

    The CEO is a do as I say not as I do leader who only cares about money.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO, and bring in a COO as well.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "EDF Seems Attractive, but Look Elsewhere."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Électricité de France full-time

    Pros

    1) Overall compensation package is competitive. This includes vacation/holidays, prospective bonus and benefits package together with salary.
    2) Part of a growing industry... at least with all the new employees and consultants, there definitely is a growth vibe.
    3) HQ located in beautiful Southern California, not far from San Diego.
    4) A mostly friendly and (sometimes too) laid-back office environment.
    5) Supervisors are usually good about granting necessary time off, and observing the need for work/life balance.

    Cons

    1) A Core value is transparency, but good luck finding it. Management is anything but that, and at all levels.
    2) Genuinely incompetent people have made it into positions of authority, from Manager level all the way up to Executive VP. Still amazed at some of the poor contributions and general indecisiveness of individuals that have made their way into positions of authority in this company.
    3) The HR department is practically invisible to you following your Day One orientation. And not in a good way.
    4) Opportunities for advancement seem severely limited. The old adage of, "it's not what you know, but rather who you know" really seems to apply to all areas of this organization.
    5) Too geographically spread out for its own good, leading to a severe lack of accountability at all professional levels. (Yet accountability is another supposed "core value".)
    6) Barely disguised sense of malaise among many employees across numerous departments.
    7) Surprisingly hierarchic and regimented corporate culture for a company firmly planted in a 21st-century growth industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be genuine and honest with your employees, and treat them with the professional respect they deserve. More importantly, give high performers an opportunity to advance. Don't just promote the most ardent sycophants and/or the employees who most loudly express their opinions.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Loss of faith"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Électricité de France full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    gym is solid and 24/7 finally
    Cafe they have is not bad too with cheap meals

    Cons

    Management, need an overhaul
    Pay, needs to be at median
    Promoting of people not meeting minimal qualifications.
    Favorites are played in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Dont promote people that dont meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Put knowledgeable people in the training department, dont promote just to promote. Improve your accountability. The management preach transparency but hide things from employees.


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  5. "Needs better upper management"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Birds Landing, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Birds Landing, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Climbing wind turbines are a different type of job to have. Interesting day to day working environment.

    Cons

    Pay is not even close to what it should be for the demanding physical and mental work that is required. Not to mention the hazards involved. A union is needed badly.

    Advice to Management

    Bump the pay up for everyone in the field at least 30% to be at the bottom of the pay grade for this type of work


  6. "Cool, for a while..."

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    Former Employee - Wind Turbine Technician in Glenrock, WY
    Former Employee - Wind Turbine Technician in Glenrock, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Électricité de France full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, vision and dental included. Annual bonuses. Pretty good views from the top of a turbine. Co-workers were a good bunch.

    Cons

    Pay was BAD considering the quality management expected and the conditions under which I worked. Working in pretty harsh cold with sub-standard company-issued gloves while still expected to work as quickly and to the same standards as I did in warmer weather. Supervisors and management just didn't give technicians any breaks, whatsoever.

    The longer I stayed the more aware I became of how terrible the middle to lower layers of managment I was occasionally exposed to where. More concern with their own bottom-lines than whether the tools they approved for our use were going to wear out quickly or break after a couple of maintenances, or if we had the training we needed to stay safe on the job.

    Tons of lip service paid to safety on the job, but, just like with everything else, it was 100% our responsibility to be safe. Management provided little in the way of safeguards, training, or procedures to help us stay healthy. The procedures were god-awful and out of date; probably written by someone who hadn't climbed a wind turbine since 1993.

    There was little room for a technician to advance. Just about the only avenue was through snagging a supervisor spot. Not satisfying for someone who's more interested in the technical end. And only then if you've been inducted in the old boy's club.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house! get rid of your bad apples and take some responsibility toward your workers. Provide them the tools they need to do the job right the first time and every time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "So so"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solar Resource Assessment Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Solar Resource Assessment Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company in a volatile industry. Good benefits and kind coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor base salary with a potential to earn a good bonus but the bonus is at the sole discretion of your direct manager and if they don't like you, you will simply not get much. HR is poor and I am aware of a few instances that they managed poorly. They won't fire bad employees and instead they just move people around.

    Advice to Management

    You are lucky that you are one of the few renewable companies in the San Diego region. If you were located in the Bay Area, your employee turnover would have been a lot higher.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Need to establish a better structure"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Électricité de France full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People overall are nice but not very welcoming. Coming in at a higher title, required information is not freely shared.

    Cons

    Very unstructured, resistant to establishing and follow processes and procedures. There is an unbalanced favoritism, a new employee will always be under the shadow and unfavored compared to a known employee when there are concerns regarding regarding business practices.

    Advice to Management

    When polices are developed and time for implementation, follow through with the process and not continuously change it because another individual want to manipulate the process to gain favoritism with management. When processes are not followed and continuously changed mistakes will always be made. Stay consistent, it save money for the company and establish structure.


  9. "Hard to get your footing in a very transitional environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Électricité de France as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people that work (worked?) there are fun to be around. There are a lot of young people to connect and hang out with.

    Cons

    Management has a poor relationship with HR and, it seemed, with headquarters. There's a very high turnover among the higher levels of the organization. It's a very aggressive, competitive culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get yourselves together. Build a brand in the US as a company that people want to work for, and value your employees.


  10. "Terrible Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Électricité de France full-time

    Pros

    Salary is ok, pretty on point with the industry standards

    Cons

    Management is horrible, every other person is a "vice president" or "SVP"


  11. "Not a pleasant company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Électricité de France full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits and time off

    Cons

    Very demanding but low pay


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