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Alstom Transportation Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is there, if there is some delivery then only you have to stay back for more time" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Good benefits once you reach a certain level and some consideration for flexibility in working arrangements" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "coop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    I like the guys there

    Cons

    I think my hourly rate should be higher


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Where employees go to retire"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software En in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Software En in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, excellent time off/sick packages. Great for 50+ employees who want to ride off into retirement, no work pressure and sometimes no work at all but they won't let you go. If you like writing documentation and process this is your heaven

    Cons

    The SCADA/Office team is lead by clueless management, the only reason they are around is that they have 4 customers who cannot pay the cost to move to other systems. I had times where I had literally nothing to do, was asked to merge code and write document upon document. The only people who are left are the ones who dont/cant go anywhere due to age and being put in a hole with outdated technology. Anyone looking for a job here should realize its 20+ years old technology maintenance with little or no new development. Usual cronies run management with knowing the right people taking you all the way to the upper floor. If you want to work and use your talents, take it elsewhere, here you are managed into average. Top heavy with 4 managers for a team of 10 along with product and program managers, with little or no scope for advancement.

    The other software groups work on products from the 80s and are engaged only when they get an actual project. Everything is about getting a charge code and doing your timesheet.

    Advice to Management

    Don't create an inverted pyramid of several line managers just because some other office does it.

  3. "Logistics Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Hornell, NY
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Hornell, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting
    Great range and variety of tasks

    Cons

    Balance work - personal life
    Stress sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Take more care of employees


  4. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Multinational view. Excited projects from all over the world

    Cons

    Not easy to adapt innovation


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Local atmosphere very cooperative, supportive, pay is good, benefits are excellent

    Cons

    Atmosphere between sites not always cooperative or supportive


  6. "Alstom Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Between 10% - 25% travel
    no Micro Management
    Good Office in Downtown
    Good exposure to Customer

    Cons

    Lots of politics
    Dealing with the US Office is hard


  7. "Passenger Train Manufacturing Sourcing and Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits, great travel opportunities, globally diverse workforce

    Cons

    Hectic manufacturing environment, overly bureaucratic, hierarchy system

    Advice to Management

    invest in lean management and apply

  8. "Environmental Health and Safety"

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

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for leadership and management. Strong supporting structure for professional development. Must be willing and able to manage up and down to succeed, as is the case with all organizations.

    Cons

    Slow moving Central teams that aren’t always aligned with the various regions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on locally developed talent. ExPat program isn’t always fully aligned to the long term needs locally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hourly people have no value and opinions not welcomed."

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

    I worked at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    Great health insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    Management takes care of themselves and is dishonest with the employees. It is not what you know but who you know. Treatment is not fair and uniform of the employees by management. Nepotism and cronyism is a huge problem at this facility.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that are actually educated in management and enforcement of the rules unilaterally not who you like and don't. HR department is worthless.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No Management of the Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and 401K match. Health insurance if very competitive. Good team of engineers.

    Cons

    No constraints on management tactics and poor behavior. HR is largely ineffective as the support of area leadership comes from Europe. The European leadership is too far from the events to understand or care. Tactics have and do cross ethical boundaries. Salaried employees do not have the necessary rights to successfully fight back and can only vote with their feet. Threats and intimidation are tools used to justify the ends.

    Advice to Management

    Conform with U.S. culture. HR needs more support from Europe to be effective. The managing director should have the ability to remove director levels from their posts.


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