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"Can be interesting but also very frustrating at time"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Part of the positives with working for this lab is that with a little bit of luck and research, you get to choose what you work on. If you to sell it internally within the lab, then you get to build a prototype and to sell it to our headquarters. If you can sell the concept and get sponsorship, you get to drill-down on your topic, build working prototype, attend conferences, meet other companies and become a knowledge expert in the field. Another benefit is that in this economy, working for Orange feels more stable than working for a lot of the other companies in the Valley.

Cons

Being part of a subsidiary that is part of something as big as France Telecom means that you sometimes feel like a very small fish, there is a lot of ambiguity trying to comprehend all the politics in place.
There are also very few opportunities for advancement.

Advice to Management

More ways to reward employees for good work as advancement is almost impossible

Other Employee Reviews for Orange

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Equant does not believe in retaining good talent."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Herndon, VA

    Pros

    Equant have a very laid back attitude. They do expect to you to work hard and achieve both yuor goal and the companies goals. Their salaries and benefits are fair.

    Cons

    The company is not interested in giving their competent staff adequate increases. They are in downsizing mode and will not even counter offer if you intend leaving. They can easily bring people from other subsisiaries and pay them less.

    Advice to Management

    In order to be competetive it is important to have a program where the staff are give a fair chance to succeed in their careers if they intend working for Equant.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you don't have to work here, Don't"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    well, it is a R&D institute, not the acadamic style, but more like a lab. I got to experiment with different new ideas and products, to work on things that seem interesting to me. I don't have work on the same project/product over and over again as in most industrial companies.

    Cons

    For one, management sucks. Their idea of "working" is like government agency. You have to physically sit in your seat to work!
    And HR and Tech support also are also incompetent. Most stuff employees take for granted in other companies, you have to personally take care of yourself. From intalling project pc, to your 401k. If you don't, you are messed up.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the intelligence part of our job and be flexible. Happy employees, happy company!


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