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Alstom Transportation Reviews

Updated Sep 20, 2019

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Alstom Transportation CEO Patrick Kron
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  • "The French counterparts trust you to contribute equally, but the managers make it as if they are our clients(in 9 reviews)

  • "No cons as such that I have seen(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation

    Pros

    Great Projects, a lot of great engineers, try to get the best software tools.

    Cons

    To much politics in projects so that diverge from objectifs to satisfy client.

    Alstom Transportation2016-01-21
  2. "Terrible company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary. That's about it. If you are a mercenary then ok.

    Cons

    Terrible company. Unless you are an engineer stay away. It is awful. HR , heartless people. This company treats its employee like objects. Many questionable pratices are going on there. Hr sides with managers and plot against employees when they want to fire them. Extend offer letters, make people quit their job and tell you later the position has been cancelled. Imports many expats with little knowledge of local culture and values. You deserve better. stay away from this company unless you are French.

    Alstom Transportation2019-09-20
  3. "not very organized team and company"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician 

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time

    Pros

    job is stable and in unit

    Cons

    management is not very well

    Alstom Transportation2019-07-09
  4. "Challenging projects, conservative outlook..."

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    Supply Chain in Saint-Laurent, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation

    Pros

    Projects were challenging, support from corporate was pretty good.

    Cons

    Highly regulated environment makes it difficult to innovate, be creative, make any type of changes to the products

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    Alstom Transportation2015-12-03
  5. "Project focus enterprise"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent tools and skilled employes

    Cons

    Many process and decision made at HQ in France

    Alstom Transportation2015-05-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Alstom - Ville St-Laurent QC"

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     in Montreal, QC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation

    Pros

    Employee inter-relations is good, colleagues are very helpful and inter-department help is easy to get. Direct managers and team leads are a great resource, effective, well versed and very approachable. The directors are pleasant and effective.

    Cons

    The team is split working on different system sub-modules however do not interact often, fostering a silo work environment so getting a system view of the advance of the work is difficult to see. Training offered to employees is not well communicated and very scarce.

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    Alstom Transportation2015-02-23
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior software architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High visibility products like high speed trains

    Cons

    - No long term vision. frequent crisis on hte projects.

    Alstom Transportation2015-02-23
  8. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Architect in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alstom Transportation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Overall the compensation/advantages/vacancies are good Good first level management Depending of the product you work on, you can use C# and latest .Net and VS version No overtime required

    Cons

    There is very very low possibility of promotion Evaluation is useless and it is impossible to exceed your objectives Matrix management Poor senior management The St-Laurent site will be closed end or march!

    Alstom Transportation2015-01-22
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A company always talking about developing their own market but never taking ownership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montréal-Ouest, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alstom Transportation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vacation period of 4 weeks was very good. Plus additional week between Christmas & New Year where office closes down. Compensation generally quite good.

    Cons

    Pension plan and Medical support plan limited and constrained. Costly for a full benefits medical package. Costs of 20% of all claims still remain with employee. High cost overheads - many contractors - producing high resource costs Centralised decision making within France - outlying subsidiaries have very limited intervention in decision making unless is it towards their own geogrphaic region of responsibility Commercial team aloof and not willing to co-operate across teams

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    Alstom Transportation2014-03-27
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of any innovation, work is interrupted by constant re-organizations, poor management, no road plan."

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    Developer in Saint-Laurent, QC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Alstom Transportation

    Pros

    Good work to life balance. Not a lot of stress.

    Cons

    Working without much supervision. Poor organisation, management and hierarchy. Process overkill for software development. Constant re-organizations, needless shifting of resources. People are hired without a proper evaluations of their skill, therefore incompetence is prevalent. People are assigned to tasks they cannot properly perform, because of lack of tech skills. People are treated like interchangeable pawns. Very high leaving rate. Too many external consultants (greater then 50%)

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    Alstom Transportation2012-04-10
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