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ALTEN Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • quent, pas de formation utile et valorisable (in 12 reviews)

  • Un peu dur sur le salaire d'embauche (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ALTEN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. However, the work-life balance is not due to Alten is related to the client to which the engineer is committed.

    Cons

    On average, an engineer is heavily underpaid, really poor benefits, no career development, absolute lack of commitment from a management point of view. The worst aspect is related to the roles, quite often the proposed positions sound interesting but are all smoke to attract engineer. The job opportunities they brag about are all fake or mocked-up on purpose. The management has no interest in the quality of the hiring process without any care on who is hired or where they are employed; the consequence is often the total mismatch between roles and skills. They do not make the interest of the client nor the interest of the employees. When people manifest unrest Alten uses either to lie faking fancy changes that end up with similar positions or, in some more problematic cases, to harass peoples.

    Advice to Management

    The quality of a business which can dream to last for long pass through the commitment of the management to a clean and honest footprint. In this moment Alten is anything but clean or honest with employees and clients.


  2. "stage"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stagiaire in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Stagiaire in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    really good environment and really good people

    Cons

    not so many cons in a good environment


  3. "Good job for juniors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very good extra activities (including team building, cookie days, parties)
    - Fruits
    - Flexible schedule

    Cons

    - after 6 months you are going to become bored - small complexity of tasks
    - almost no chances for evolution in career for an engineer
    - a lot of security issues due to the lack of IT administration procedures

    Advice to Management

    Try to discuss with the employees to understand their needs.


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  5. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time

    Pros

    Many possibilities for evolving in the company in a short period of time.

    Cons

    Low salary and projects where the daily work can be very repetitive.


  6. "fair employer"

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

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I recomend Alten because it's a fair company, They have a lot of parteners, lots of big companies where you can work, on nice projects. You don't have surprise with the salary to be delayed. They support you every time you have a problem. They have good managers and a lot of interactive stuff for employees: team buildings, going out monthly in the town, Christmas Party and so on.

    Cons

    your salary doesn't have big chances to increase


  7. "Not a bad company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Antibes (France)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Antibes (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALTEN full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    Average Salary
    Poor connection between consultants and Management


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Better stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Definition in Antibes (France)
    Current Employee - Product Definition in Antibes (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Health insurance is one of the best.
    + 7 weeks of vacation.
    + French courses provided in groups.
    + Pays on time.
    + Some people are friendly and collaborative

    Cons

    - Promises at hiring interview which are never kept.
    - Probably the worst salaries amongst other consulting companies in the area. Better check with those, so that you know what you can make.
    - Salary proposal includes meal and transportation allowance. Make sure to distinguish them and calculate your salary when you're not in a project.
    - If you come from abroad, make your own survey about French taxation system and do not trust what ALTEN tells you.
    - Gender and origin discriminations are often.
    - Even if the customer gives ALTEN a raise for you, you'll most probably receive nothing.
    - Annual reviews are a waste of time for you, as your progress at work does not concern ALTEN. This agency only cares about you being "corporate". That means: give customer insights, provide them with CVs (actually do their work).
    - Often rejects training requested by customer.
    - Some managers cannot speak English.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and reward their progress. Bad reputation and jokes about ALTEN behaviour and salaries are common in customer's top management offices.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Alten UK - company to avoid!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros, no respect from the managers, poor level of English, salary below the market rate, they only recruit graduates so they can pay them low and use them. When a client project is over they make you redundant

    Cons

    Pas d'avantage a travailler chez Alten UK. Le management ne respecte pas les employes. Les ingenieurs sont utilises comme bouche trous, pas de formation, salaires bas, managers parlant mal l'anglais, on vous licencie quand un projet se termine au lieu de trouver un autre projet

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your new recruits and treat staff with respect rather than treating them like numbers and revenue for your benefit only


  10. "Quite ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kraków (Poland)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kraków (Poland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALTEN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not bad money
    Interesting customers to work for
    Working environment depends on the client company

    Cons

    Non wage benefits
    Culture & Values
    Weak communication with contractors


  11. "Student Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing much to say. Student job was paid honourably.

    Cons

    Job was not interesting as it consisted of sorting documents and preparing for the move of the headquarters but I knew it from the start.


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