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Gemalto Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Gemalto CEO and Director Olivier Piou
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  • big movement of R&D teams to cheaper country (in 9 reviews)

  • No clear career path specially for technical teams with no proper rewards system that can motivate the employees in their job (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Service Delivery Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment depending on the group you are in your work hours may vary. Everyone is willing to pitch in when there is a critical situation.

    Cons

    Considering that this is a multi-cultural environment and the nature of the business is very complex it can be hard to get everyone focused on the right effort. What is a priority for one may be low for the other.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to consider what they are asking the resources to commit to and do everything in their power to provide adequate backups. This would address the challenges when people are on vacation or decide to move.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Card sales hit insurmountable competitors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomeryville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomeryville, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, HR is very nice to deal with. If your not a skilled laborer the pay is not all the high. Good shift differential, 5% 2nd shift, 7% 3rd shift.

    Cons

    Card sales are way down, many people laid off recently.

    Advice to Management

    Iv'e worked in many companies, but your site is by far the strangest place I ever worked. The management is top down only, with no one in the middle pushing back, no feedback from the front line is accepted. I suppose some of it is because of tight security, however every worker I interfaced with all said the same think "It's the strangest place I ever did work".

  3. "Struggling to Adapt"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good
    Work from home flexibility
    Promotion from within (this is a double-sided sword as they pay internal promotions less than they would external hires)
    Relocation flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of organization
    Slow to adapt
    Different departments get to play by different rules
    Lots of bureaucratic red tape and policies that hinder efficiency
    Prefer to work a lot of departments on skeleton crews which create frustrations and inefficiency but keep overhead costs lower
    Annual raises are low
    401k match was lessened
    Health insurance went up in price and quality went down
    Still trying to find financial traction due to lower revenue from saturated chip market
    Employee grievances are "heard" but never addressed
    Low morale for a lot of teams

    Advice to Management

    I've never worked for a "tech company" that has more internal technical problems. Listen to your employees instead of frustrating them so all A players leave.


  4. "Good place for all levels of employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomeryville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomeryville, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gemalto full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work for salaried employees and machine operators/printers alike. Great benefits-6% match on 401K, vested immediately, quarterly or yearly bonus for all employees, reduced price stock options, etc. Plenty of interaction between mgmt and employees through community outreach, picnics, Winter Festival, HR/Employee joint projects, etc.

    Cons

    Montgomerville has a small mgmt team so upward movement is very limited for long periods of time. Moving to other plants is an option but requires a variety of approvals so is rare and lateral moves are rare. Machine ops have options to move off production floor but positions open in offices rarely.


  5. "Manufacture/ Operation"

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    Current Employee - Worker in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Worker in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gemalto full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company and good benefits

    Cons

    Site close after 2 1/2. Company did assist with relocation and job fair.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Good work but lack facilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gemalto (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work is good, we get to learn a lot. Annual Training is encourage and paid for by the company.Team members are awesome.

    Cons

    Poor planning. Facilities are lacking, not enough parking space is available, there is no cafeteria at the location. Open Area seating with cramped cubes.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize good planning for client projects. Provide sufficient parking space for employees. Cafeteria on office premises.


  7. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment that respect the staff from different nationality. Internal promotion is >60% taken internally within existing staff rotation

    Cons

    Decrease in terms of the staff benefit quality and flexibility

  8. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Shipping Coordinator (Secure Transactions) in Montgomeryville, PA
    Current Employee - Shipping Coordinator (Secure Transactions) in Montgomeryville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gemalto full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid lunch, Unique experiences, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management

    Advice to Management

    More communication


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Political company and questionable leadership"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I did work with a few smart, collaborative and happy people. Unfortunately, not many. This company promotes the opportunity to transfer across functions and will relocate you around the world if you choose, but this company does little to train or advance people who do not want either of those opportunities. I learned a lot in my role (earlier with a company that Gemalto acquired) that allowed me to thankfully leave here and find a better company to work for.

    Cons

    The political environment at this company is causing low morale, stressed out employees, and high turnover. Executives make decisions based on political motives and not company efficiency, causing unnecessary power struggles between teams. Many people work in silos. Lower than industry average salaries and for some "leaders", ethics and professionalism are non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that claims to "value our employees", you should start practicing that. Stop making decisions based on whim and political motive.


  10. "Senior Software Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits (Employee Trainings, Internal project movements, Relocation policy, Flexibility to work from home, Values work/life balance, Great salary for top performers)

    Cons

    Very French-centric management. Expects every employee to understand French style and to adapt to their culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more global. Value different cultures and do not force employee to understand French / legacy way of working.


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