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AREVA Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  • The nuclear industry has been waiting to hit it's renaissance for many decades (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "Disappointed"

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    Current Contractor - Cyber Security in Charlotte, NC
    Current Contractor - Cyber Security in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AREVA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Access to a diverse group of individuals when working on a project.

    Cons

    Leadership is inconsistent and rarely engaged. Shouldn't have to wait for days or even weeks to get a response to a request for guidance.

    Advice to Management

    When you have folks in the field working and representing you, give them the support, answers, and communication they need to make your company look good. The occasional conference calls to drive expectations into our heads is fine, but you need to hold yourselves to your own standards. Give feedback when things go well, not just when you want to make adjustments to things you failed to weigh in on in the first place.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you like to travel this is the place during the spring and fall"

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    Former Employee - Reactor Service Technician in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Reactor Service Technician in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. Travel for work was during the same times every year, about the time you were tired of being in Lynchburg it was time to go on the road for 6-8 weeks.

    Cons

    Forced time off without pay because of lack of vision. Their say was a " manager does not have to know anything about your job he just manages people" caused a lot of people to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who keeps the company running


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Resource Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benicia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Benicia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and knowledgeable. You can receive additional training into other areas of work if desired. Compensation and benefits are adequate.

    Cons

    Hard to advance without moving to Lynchburg, Va. Satellite office are shrinking or disappearing completely. Work environment is currently in a negative state.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on what you do best. Remember that your employees are the life of your business and directly represent you every day they work; treat them accordingly.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer II"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -good salary
    -good benefits
    -really nice coworkers
    -laid back work environment. Job is minimally stressful or difficult. It might be too stress-less actually. If anything I get quite bored.
    -flexible work schedule and life/work balance. I never work overtime, rarely have to travel, and can generally work from home if I need to for some reason. Doctor's appointments and
    -Location: Lynchburg has a nice small town feel, and the area is very pretty with great f outdoor activities, close to breweries and vineyards, and pretty good weather year round. Affordable housing, and good public education.

    If you like outdoor activities, and just want an easy job to provide for yourself or family, and you are occupied outside of work, you could do far worse.

    Cons

    -poor morale, see below.

    -uncertain industry. We really should have more nuclear power than anything else, but we've made it so expensive. No one seems to know if the industry will gradually and steadily grow, or if cheap natural gas is going to keep marginalizing us for a couple decades.

    -poor knowledge transfer. Worked here since fall of 2012, and have seen a couple rounds of small layoffs, most recently about 2 months ago (Feb 2016), almost all very experienced, highly paid people eligible for retirement. Now I hear we are recruiting college grads. So, it's out with the old (expensive), in with the new, but there is no formal system for knowledge transfer from these experts that built this industry. It does happen, and there is some mentoring, but it's not a priority and the remaining experts are going to retire (or die) in the next 10 years.

    -the normal big-company beaurocracy. Really bland mandatory trainings, overly cautious "safety culture" and seemingly millions of dry policies, procedures, and guidelines.

    -Location: Pretty isolated from anything "metropolitan." Liberty University has a strong influence on the town. The stores and restaurants are mostly generic. Acts like a smaller town that it really is, and you may feel like an outsider if you're from anywhere else. Far from any interstate, any driving trip will be scenic, but somewhat inconvenient.

    If you get bored easily, want to feel excited or even interested in your job, or want to do something innovative, probably look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Need to clarify and communicate the direction of the company better. Need to retain or transfer knowledge much better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

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

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Good place to learn and provide innovative solutions to help customers.

    Cons

    Bad economics for the nuclear industry hurt the company. Management lost its vision. Uncertainty in the market place forced good employees to leave. Management not doing a good job at raising the morals of the employees.


  10. "fuel handler"

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    Former Employee - FUEL HANDLER in Felton, PA
    Former Employee - FUEL HANDLER in Felton, PA

    I worked at AREVA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    long term employment opportunities exist

    Cons

    rate of pays not very good

    Advice to Management

    take the time to attract and retain good employees


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