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AREVA Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • The nuclear industry has been waiting to hit it's renaissance for many decades (in 14 reviews)

  • Manque de perspective pour le moment (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good first job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started in a great time with good mentors and coworkers

    Cons

    Sometimes need to work long hours


  2. "It was great while it lasted!"

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    Former Employee - Process Improvement in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Process Improvement in Marlborough, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AREVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I had been there a long time and I'd developed some really nice relationships. I had five weeks of vacation along with one week off at Christmas time. I do miss that.

    Cons

    The nuclear industry is really not doing well right now, therefore, the company isn't doing really well in the United States.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it. The United States needs a nuclear power.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Advisory Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AREVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advisory Engineer is the senior level for staff engineers; they are subject matter experts on one or more topics within their respective engineering discipline; they are experienced with and capable of identifying and completing complex project tasks with relatively little oversight or direction.

    AREVA has global headquarters in Paris, France; its North American headquarters are in Charlotte, NC. AREVA is well-diversified across the lifecycle of nuclear power generation: it operates mines to obtain uranium ores, it operates fuel fabrication facilities, it performs design and fabrication of nuclear steam supply systems (NSSS) components, and of related power plant systems, it performs maintenance and testing of those components and systems, it performs replacement of major components (such as steam generators, pressurizers, reactor vessel closure heads), it provides safe means for spent fuel storage and transport, and it provides plant decommissioning services.

    AREVA has a strong, positive, established Culture and Values; these are well-disseminated throughout the organization, and generally well-supported by management.

    Cons

    U.S. nuclear plant owners are averse to taking on major engineering projects unless they are essential to maintain nuclear power plant operability and the cost of implementation can be recovered within one or two years of operation. As a result, most of the industry-wide engineering initiatives arise from regulatory authority (US NRC) concerns. The technical demands for some of these regulatory concerns can have the unintended effect of skewing industry demand for certain engineering disciplines. The current drive to establish effective cyber security programs at all commercial US nuclear power plants by the end of 2017 has caused an increased demand by the power plants for IT and electrical engineers.to staff these projects, leaving reduced industry demand for mechanical, civil, and structural engineers.

    AREVA suspended its project to obtain licensing approval for the US EPR plant design in the spring of 2015, when it became clear that AREVA did not have reliably defined schedules or cost estimates for the resolution of several technical challenges posed by the US NRC to the US EPR plant design. This makes it less likely that AREVA will be able to successfully compete for market share in the first wave of construction (2025-2035) to replace the existing fleet of aging nuclear power plants in the U.S.

    Due to leadership changes and global financial reverses in 2014, the French government has been restructuring the division of responsibilities between AREVA (power plant designer) and Electricite de France (power plant owner and operator). The impact of these realignments on the AREVA global headquarters in Paris France are also impacting the structure of the subsidiary AREVA - North America organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

    AREVA - North America has had several rounds of voluntary and involuntary force reductions since the 4Q 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Changes to the "mix" of engineering disciplines to meet short-to-intermediate term market trends, such as the ongoing cyber security initiative, increase the risk that AREVA - North America will lack adequate long-term bench strength in some engineering disciplines.


  4. "Poor decisions by Management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AREVA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good Employees
    There is potential for a positive outlook in the Nuclear Industry

    Cons

    Poor Leadership
    Poor Management
    Poor projects
    Need to fire underperformers

    Advice to Management

    YOU NEED SOME FORESIGHT!!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Potential but too Reactionary"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is genuinely concerned about worker safety.
    Compensation for all the time you spend working for the company.
    Lots of traveling (If you like to travel).
    Being able to frequently take your projects from cradle to grave, with Hands-on application.

    Cons

    -Total compensation has fallen below market value due to added responsibilities with less resources.
    -Foreign Management politics creates an organization that is slow to respond to organizational challenges and leans on the crutch of "adapting to changing market conditions"
    -On recent projects, Customer seems to lead the vendor; It should be the other way around; the customer has requests, but we need to be honest and ahead of their questions when providing a service of any kind; this leads to our current issues of being prepared properly for the work we take on.

    Advice to Management

    -Change mentality from "Adapting to a Changing Market" to "Beating the market."
    -Field execution problems ARE preventable (Just like the safety culture).
    -There seems to be a trend of uniformed decision making; Projects are sold/bid without an accurate assessment of the company's equipment/assets/and talent. Communication is lacking somewhere.
    -Management needs to be more Self-aware of the company they are managing.
    -Current Management lacks leadership - there is not enough fighting to change the status quo for the better; as if the obstacles are not being identified or remembered.


  6. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good benefits, good training

    Cons

    Too much focus on everything and not the work. Constant threat of deployment. Constant reorganization and no clear vision.


  7. "Nuclear Plant Maintenance Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Plant Maintenance Specialist in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Plant Maintenance Specialist in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hours when busy or outage season

    Cons

    Moments notice of not having work

    Advice to Management

    reduce management

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Wait and see"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AREVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall its ok, all depends on the people you work with (most are good). Salaries for the area are decent, although you can quickly become compressed with little that is done about it.

    Cons

    Going through a time period of uncertainty and restructuring in 2016. For the near future, there will be limited opportunities within the company for movement or advancement.


  9. "Areva Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AREVA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people and the local management is great. Good work life balance and vacation time. Fair pay.

    Cons

    Company is managed from Europe and the work in Europe is the primary focus. Industry is slower than ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of your resources.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Solutions Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AREVA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A worldwide company, and if you have the chance to work with people outside of your regional area the experience is enlightening and engaging.

    Cons

    The americas management is a good old boy network, no real progressive in adopting new technologies, although they pride themselves on being innovative and tech aware. The management style is if you don't agree we can find someone who does lately.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the management that does not perform, stop promoting for not doing your job correctly start taking responsibility and not pass the buck.


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