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Updated Nov 15, 2017

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AREVA CEO Philippe Knoche
Philippe Knoche
83 Ratings
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  • "ticket restaurant et salaire et conditions de travail(in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "The nuclear industry faces mortal threat from renewables (verrrrry low marginal cost)(in 21 reviews)

  • "We are French owned and always seem to play second fiddle to the main facilities in the mother land(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AREVA full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are friendly and have become a great big family. Pay is good and job security is great.

    Cons

    Within the nuclear industry there is always a belt tightening going on. We are French owned and always seem to play second fiddle to the main facilities in the mother land.

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    AREVA2017-10-24
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Advisory Engineer"

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

    I worked at AREVA full-time for 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.

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    AREVA2016-12-19
  3. "Avoid the Services Side of the Business"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AREVA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Pay. Acceptable Benefits. Fair Job Security IF NOT in the Service Business.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by the French causes much harm to North American business. Service Organization continually "beats up" field service employees. The "bottom line" rules all. Middle Management is HUGE!!!! Yet all cuts come from lowest level of work force.

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    AREVA2015-09-11
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Tough times ahead for this industry and company."

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    Current Employee - Non-engineering Position in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AREVA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are tops for my region of the US.

    Cons

    Lots of middle management and a huge disconnect from our French counterparts. Synergies among the BG's, both regionally and globally are limited by politics. The nuclear industry and many alternative energy groups are struggling due to low value of owned resources, low cost of natural gas energy solutions, and very poor planning on some large outstanding jobs. Negative outlook for nuclear energy except for some untrustworthy countries.

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    AREVA2015-04-02
  5. "Stable nuclear vendor with excellent benefits"

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    Thermal - Hydraulic Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    Solid business and customer base Employee benefits and pay are best Steady work Actively pursuing new contracts and business ideas

    Cons

    French micromanage and weigh down growth Knowledge transfer, like the rest of industry, is lacking

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    AREVA2015-01-28
  6. "Unstable and uncertain future"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and opportunties for flexible work hours. There are some opportunities to work in other countries, although many of those opportunities have diminished. Great chance to see how a multinational company works on a smaller level.

    Cons

    The company really functions like many little companies which creates additional bureaucracy and makes it more difficult to get work accomplished. The influence of the French ownership is pervasive throughout and decisions can be slow. Management is very fractured and there is really no one person in the U.S. who is running the company. The recent downturn in the nuclear industry has started impacting the company with layoffs primarily at the working level while multiple layers of management stay intact. The old boy network is alive and well here.

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    AREVA2014-05-23
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Product Manager, Chemistry Services"

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    I Was Let Go On A Disability 

    I worked at AREVA for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Limited nuclear services companies in the world.

    Cons

    French management style was damaging at times.

    AREVA2013-02-19
  8. Helpful (1)

    "frustrating"

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     in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    AREVA balance sheet and global footprint

    Cons

    French politics which translates into corporate politics

    AREVA2012-02-03
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work."

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    Operations Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at AREVA

    Pros

    Strong company, good people, good reputation.

    Cons

    French influence in day-to-day operations repressive. Excessive bureaucracy.

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    AREVA2009-03-13
  10. "Great company with great technology"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AREVA

    Pros

    Work for 7 hours per day

    Cons

    Everybody prefer french. coffee machine is bad

    AREVA2017-11-15
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