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Ubifrance Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Ubifrance Directeur Général Muriel Penicaud
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  1. "Interesting projects"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Varied client base. Opportunity for growth in experience.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. If a non-French employee, then hard advancement track.


  2. "Great company to learn how to do business internationally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ubifrance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bilingual and multicultural environment, perfect opportunity to learn what it takes to do business in a foreign country and how to successfully help French businesses to succeed internationally.

    Cons

    French management, heavy structure and processes.

  3. "Expatriation from France to the US"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot to learn, great working experience

    Cons

    Short term contract not extendable


  4. "Not very exciting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    in contact with French people

    Cons

    no flexibility on working hours

    Advice to Management

    Promote local hires more often, work on better communication


  5. "Enriching"

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    Former Employee - Senior Trade Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Trade Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very interesting day to day work

    Cons

    Below market compensation, no tax withholding

    Advice to Management

    Foster in-country growth


  6. "Amazing Enviroment to grow to a point"

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    Current Employee - Senior Trade Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Trade Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for people starting their career or pivoting in their careers. I would recommend this poition for a recent MBA or JD. It is one of the few place you can do international work within the US.

    Cons

    Little room for job advancement. For the base level positions can be unsatisfying, as seen from the other reviews. And because UBIFRANCE is at it's base a governmental agency executive level position are made by appointment from Paris.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for your employees to grow.


  7. "Better on paper"

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    Former Employee - Trade Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trade Advisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Meeting many different local players (networking, trade shows, conferences, store visits, etc.) and international clients

    Cons

    Cannot advance much (just Trade Advisor and Senior Trade Advisor), extreme fluctuation of workload (very high to very low) depending on projects. Also had the misfortune of working in a highly dysfunctional team where communication was almost non-existent so things just got worse rather than better. Also very sensitive to overall economic outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication and incentives to stay

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Glamorized telemarketing job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Five weeks vacation is the only pro.

    Cons

    One really doesn't learn any transferable skills at this job. All you do is telemarketing and cold calls--great if you want to continue in telemarketing... Upper management is often a joke. The non-management staff rotates out every few years, so there is no continuity of knowledge base. Compensation is a joke; COLA often unseen. No benefits. Have to get your own health insurance. You have to file quarterly taxes, as self-employed, yet don't get real self-employed tax benefits. Morale is incredibly low.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No advancement, no growth"

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    Former Employee - Trade Advisor
    Former Employee - Trade Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    International, French & English speaking, high quality employees

    Cons

    Low pay
    Repetitive work
    Lots of cold calling
    Your paycheck is dependent on the French economy
    HR does not seem to play by the US rules
    Your contract will say 37 hours, but your actual work schedule is closer to 50

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees with trainings and raises and they will invest in you. The structure is such that everyone leaves or is mentally checked out after 2 years, not just the VIA. The agency might retain more employees if they hired those fresh out of a 4 year college with less expectations of advancement. Anyone with experience would expect/want more.


  10. "A very good first experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The team is young and dynamic

    Cons

    There is no international career opportunities


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