THE FRENCH MANAGEMENT STYLE (French Business Culture // Work in France)

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Working in France as a foreigner means understanding the French management style! To work in France and to succeed in France means adapting to it too 🙂 In this video, I share the good, the bad and the ugly of having a French boss!

So I hope this gives you fascinating insights into the French business culture, working with French colleagues and the French business mindset. There are even some French business etiquette tips in there! Working with the French and working effectively with your French colleagues is a skill like any other.

Have you had any experience with the business culture in France or working with the French? Let me know down below!!

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  1. Hey friends! Give me a ‘like’ if you enjoy this deeper kind of analysis! And for those interested: The book I read on this topic (French only sorry) was La prouesse française : Le management du CAC 40 vu d’ailleurs – https://amzn.to/33PW9u9

  2. Have lived in France for 43 years. Have never had a French boss. J’ai compris après 6 mois ici! Non merci! Have always worked for myself.

  3. You are right, French managers usually have a short term seeing.
    Also right, they push every one to be late on schedule or plan, because of this or that .. Sometimes we wonder what is up there !!
    Multiplying meetings without real purpose or for secondary points, we hate that too, except the hierarchy. We call it “la réunionite”.
    You are also right saying they are never satisfied with our work. What ever we do, without an eye to the difficulties you met or came over, french manager are never happy, always asking for more and pointing the weak point. They have a special skill to find weak point 😀
    To my eyes they are not much open to discuss about their own decisions, also not ready to question their ideas. Most of the time they dislike that you provide an idea they didn’t get them self. It is an illusion to believe that they are open.

    PS : I don’t agree with your first UGLY point ^_^

  4. Heya! I have a question for you – I am an Anglo Canadian who learned how to speak French in Quebec (French part of Canada, mon niveau is intermediate but I am not too worried about that at the moment. I was hoping to pick your brain because I have actually been living in Australia for the last two years and have tattoos and a Septum piercing and work for the State Government here. I realize that Australia is very accepting when it comes to appearances in the work place ( peircings, tattoos, crazy hair colours). I am looking into leaving Aus to try France and your videos have been really helpful as far as what to expect but sounds like they are very conservative in appearances and that getting a good job might be hard with my “accessories” – thoughts or advice?! Cheeers

  5. I’m french and I think you don’t really understand how french High School system work. I will speak for sciences because I know how it’s work.
    In fact, french best schools (the Ecoles Normales Superieurs (ENS) and Polytechniques (the X)) are SUPER hard but the way you get in (which is named “classes préparatoires aux grandes ecoles (CPGE)”) are EVEN harder. There is over ways to get in like the universities but it’s not the main way and when you enter in the Engenering schools, you can’t match with preparators (in general). That is the reason why the seems easy. In fact, after prépa, you have an super level in sciences in general so you can make parties an not work much if you “only” want to have a great job and not a super job.
    Furthermore, French best schools are not universities but reserch and management publics schools, they are not in top world school ranking because they are not universities (hard to judge like universities because you can’t compare budget of the 2 and the buget is one of criteria) BUT they form some of the best searchers in the world (in math and physique). The fact that they are public schools permit them to form students to theroical reserches and not to industrials researches that private school prefers (like in the US or UK I think).
    And finally, yes, the network really help to get in the companies but there is a reason behind that : you know what people of your school are made of. So I think it’s seems to be ugly for you and not always equal for everybody but people in the top are no joke (in general) ; – )

    (https://www.ens.fr/grandes_dates)
    Nobel price for 10 000 students:
    1- Ecole Normale Supérieure (France) – 13,5
    2- California Institue of Technology (USA) – 6,7
    3- Harvard University (USA) – 3,2
    4- Swarthmore University (USA) – 2,7
    5- Cambridge University (UK) – 2,5
    6- Ecole Polytechnique (France) – 2,5
    7- Massachusets Institute of Technology (USA) – 2,5
    8- Columbia University (USA) – 2,1
    9- Amherst College (USA) – 1,9
    10- University of Chicago (USA) – 1,7
    I’m not really sure of this source but the classement is more or less the same in general
    And there are not the over medals like the Phils medals and the CNRS medals, only Nobel’s prices

    I think I make a typical french debate =). Thx for your videos, they give us many externs pov on ourselves.

  6. As a french person, I find that in small companies, the management style is not as refined (aka mostly yelling at employees). I worked at a small french bakery and patisserie shop for about a year, and I heard that the american employees couldn’t stand the boss. I grew up in a french household however, so I wasn’t really bothered. That being said, I did feel more stressed and pressured to do well when the boss was around.

    The other thing is the social classes that you talked about. France’s history has a lot of that. So it is my belief that it has been passed down through generations. I don’t necessarily find this a bad thing though. It allows employees to know where they stand in the company. So, for instance: an employee who just started doesn’t have as much influence (for lack of a better word), as an employee whose been with the company for years.

  7. Converging – going together / Diverging – going apart – your hand signs were exactly the opposite of the sense of the words. I have a French customer and can confirm the “theoretical” (even “methodological”) bias and the ENDLESS discussions and telcos for simple stuff. The benefit though is that at least everything is explicitly considered and documented as such, so it’s clear it wasn’t forgotten but considered and discarded.

  8. So difficult to compare based on personal experiences, but I’m surprised that French managers are more flexible. I find people here generally less flexible and adaptable, as a generalization I find the French very uncomfortable with change.

    But yesssss the distance makes me so so sad, I have struggled so much with it 🙁 Everyone is saying that socialising is falsely forcing people to be friends…I find the distance a very false and unnatural barrier – in Scotland it’s normal and natural to be pals with your colleagues, so for me here it’s falsely forcing me to not chat/joke about a bit/ask about their life.

  9. I’m from New Zealand and I have a friend in France who’s half Maori and half French who came to my school for half the year. Cool getting to know what you guys are like

  10. Salut I am French and I dot agree on two topics : not socializing is NOT bad . As people say below, private life and business are different . I always hated during my career in an international company why you where obliged in Germany, USA or UK to sacialize afterwork. This is taken on your time of freedom.
    Second : elitism is not BAD neither. As an Alumni of one of the big five, I can say without any doubt and after 40 years of working,that people coming from those schools are much better prepared to business that those coming from our poor universities.

  11. In the luxury business, LVMH and its French competitors rule, they rule the luxury industry worldwide.

    That means, in the luxury business, with its qualities and flaws, the French way of doing business is far more efficient than any way around the world.

    If any Anglo-Saxon (or not) company want to succeed they have the choice either clone the French way or be taken over by one of the French companies. Most can’t clone so they limp forward for a while and eventually get absorbed.

    Any product built by LVMH has to be excellent, perfect, flawless, that is the rule, no room for even insignificant imperfection.
    The management style at LVMH is linked to that.

    LVMH founder Bernard Arnault came out (ranked first) from the most insanely selective engineering school in France ecole polytechnique, ever since childhood, absolute excellence never left this man’s mind, he is also a very very fine and humble guy.

    for those who speak French:

    There are many more than 5 grande Ecoles in France, there are many dozens in fact, beyond the second-best there is a never-ending fluctuating hierarchy, many of their alumnis do have a clannish attitude, there are many many competing old boy networks in France.

  12. I’m an American working for a global manufacturing company based in Paris. Some of this I find true like the open debate, critical thinking, drive for perfection and precision, lack of compliments, and things like that. Oh and need to know French to progress. But I’ve never experienced the elitist/classism or game-playing office politics. I experience this more in America!! Perhaps because I’m in IT and a manufacturing company rather than fashion and beauty or the like? Or the group I work with is an anomaly 😁

  13. Hello, thanks again for this wonderful video. Could you please tell me what is the background music in your video “12 Common Mistakes French Speakers Make in English”? I love it, thanks a lot.

  14. Great video, very informative, (which will help me a great deal when I move to France). BTW – LOVE the hair and glasses, and the shirt.

  15. I couldn’t even make it to the end of this pathetic video. First the infomercial and then the lack of understanding about ‘vous’ and ‘tu’. It is a question of personal feeling and not at all about hierarchy. I have said ‘tu’ to the CEO of my company while remaining at ‘vous’ with the person just above me, which was basically a way of indicating that I did not at all trust the person. I really enver encountered anybody who used ‘vous’ and ‘tu’ strategically, although I’m sure that it must exist among ruthless people. I refuse to enter the game, and I am very sorry that you feel that you should teach people to be so hypocritical.

  16. That is why US, Russia and China are the powerhouse now. France took toooooooooooooooooooo long to progress and probably will never be a powerhouse ever again, unless they suck up to US, just like how they suck up to their bosses.

  17. It’s such a shame diplomas are more valued than real skills in France… I struggled for 2 years to find a job in my field, I knew I was capable, I was willing to prove it to the company before employment, but everybody turned me down didn’t even want to meet me, just because I didn’t have the diploma they were looking for.. uhr. Eventually I changed field, and learned web developpment so I could find a job, which I did, but only because I knew someone in a tech company. That’s insane. French people only work around grandes ecoles diplomas and connection.

  18. I have been teaching for 5 years and I have had very little success with the French directors. It is the language difference but it also the lack of respect for immigrants too. When I worked independently/auto-entrepreneurial .

  19. Yes. In France, we accept the Hierarchy. Your boss is your boss. What he tells you to do, you do. That’s great. Because he is responsible. Not you :P.

    About personnal life, yeah do not expect to talk about anything personnal with your colleague until a long time. For example, I work in my company since nearly a year and a half now. We have an awesome team, with great coworkers, nices bosses, efficient work and organization. Yet, I never spoke about my personnal life or their personnal life in all that time. Because we don’t do that.

    Piece of advice : If you start speaking about personnal affairs, speak about yours first. Do not ask anything to the other person you’re talking with. It’s very rude. It’s up to her to make the first move. And even if she starts speaking about personnal subjects, stay on topic when you ask stuff. That’s not because she spoke about her little brother that she want to share about her mom. And thats’ not because she speaks about one personnal stuff, that she is now your best friend, and want to speak about a bunch of all new stuffs.

    In France being polite is NOT speaking about everything, chitchating, and sharing your life with everybody. We keep a low profile with unknown. There is places meant to meet new peoples and they are called bars and pubs ;).

    And about the good feedback on your work : you’ll get some when your work will be perfect. Because then there will be nothing to improve. But as nothing is perfect … You know where it goes.

  20. The grand écoles, the low competence and arrogant self satisfaction of the elite are central to most of France’s problems.
    25% youth unemployment for decades? My kids will get a job, where ‘s the problem?
    The company’s website is buggy and dysfunctional? It is outsourced: the managers rear end is covered.
    Major screw up? The manager got and will keep his job based on ‘le piston’ (network)

  21. French people are mainly by latin cultures influenced.. We speak a lot, to express feelings, and meetings often last for long time, with the 5 last minutes of practical decisions to be taken at.. “ok, so we’ve heard everyone, now we have 5minutes left before lunch, who does what and when is next meeting sheduled ?”..
    Nice analysis you are 100% right, even if people have to take in considerations general differences between even branches of activities and regional cultures. To simplify:
    – people from north are more Flemish
    – people from east are more German (not very open minded, not very expressive, but right on time, and means based-on management)
    – people from west are more thinking like Celtic people from Ireland or Wales (personal and professional lives are close to each others, money is more taboo, and people have strong characters, hard to convince but appriciate loyalty)
    – people from south are Latin (you can arrive more or less 15minutes after an appointment hour, people are very expressives, more distant to their jobs, they are more flighty)

    Of course those are generalities, only to give trends and keys to understand people’s behaviours. In each behaviours influences there are advantages or constrains, just things you have to know to be prepared to deal with ! It doesn’t take in consideration the character of people you will meet.

  22. Hey ! I really liked your video. As a foreigner who lived, studied and worked in the US and who’s now working in France, I agree with everything except the “distant” part. Having also worked for a big french corporation which is also listed in CAC 40, I’ve never felt that there was a distance between my manager and I. To my surprise, I was told on day one to not use the word “vous” at all. Everyone is tutoyé, from the intern all the way to the CFO (I worked in the finance department). I also used to grab lunch with my manager and her boss, who happens to be the director of investments, along with all the other managers/directors up to the CFO and we all talk about our respective lives. It was also quick for my manager to open up to me about her personal life. As she travels a lot for fun, she’s always eager to show us (her team) pictures about her trips and talk to us about the countries she’s visited. I might have worked for an atypical french company, I guess!

  23. I never liked working with French (France) people, I found most of them, will argue and defend their view out of ego, and not to get the best results, as leaders they acted like everyone was just one of their hands, not respecting valid opinions from professionals, They don’t keep people properly informed, and seems like they acted more out of insecurity to prove something, but that attitude gave really sub par results, leaving people demotivated. So much time was wasted on petty things while the important larger issues lacked priority

    That was my experience.

  24. I’m French working abroad (UK) and maybe it has nothing to do with being french and it’s just personality since I’m an introvert but I really am not into the whole socializing after work or on weekend and Christmas etc.. , at all. Every time I saw a job opportunity advertising how the company was great at social events… I ran in the other direction and the thing is I really don’t understand this need and pressure of constantly doing things with your colleagues that you might not appreciate anyway or have nothing in common with. It just seem so fake and forced. Why not let people be friends eventually on their own timeframe if they actually feel like it after spending some time together? There’s something I must be missing cause apparently a lot of people enjoy it ? Or are they faking it or just doing it cause it’s the norm culturally I wonder? Anyone feeling the same here or is it just a weird French or ‘me ‘ thing?

  25. I agree with the rest of your point regarding the Grandes Ecoles (the nepotism, how nonsensical it is to put your diploma forward when you’ve got a full career behind you, etc) but they’re definitely not just as easy as university. Merely entering them is hard as they only take a very limited amount of students in, which is why there are competitive exams. I knew someone in my prepa who consistently had the lowest marks in his class, dropped out, and went on to get the highest grades as a university student.

  26. I think that most of this analysis pertains to a single company and to corporate management rather than the French management situation as a whole. In my 25 years of management consulting, in all regions of France, in Germany, the UK, Belgium, Spain, a few other European countries, also in the US, in industry, tech companies and services, Blue Chips and PME… my missions have always been to make things happen, to increase performance and reduce scrap, to merge or split entities… etc.

    At headquarters, the management is most often disconnected from the ground level reality. And, the skill level of the grandes écoles graduates is typically quite low, especially when they come out of ESSEC, Science Po and ENA. They have no practical skill and have never held a ground level job.
    This is exactly the same for all corporate headquarters, whichever country you go, the US UK and Germany as well. Managers don’t have the beginning of an idea of how to carry out the tasks and activities they are supposed to lead. Their technical skills are limited to crunching numbers and their creativity manifests only in their Powerpoint presentations. They talk a lot to hide what they don’t know.
    On the other hand, in the world of PME, PMI and small business in general, it is the exact opposite. Managers have a sense of reality…. They also engage in all possible styles of management.
    It would be too long to dwell on all that here. but in my perception, this would be an accurate way to start the analysis of French management.

  27. Completely agree on the elitism. After when it comes to the goods and bads I feel like a lot of it depends on which management style works better for you.
    I still find it very awkward that my manager and even the ceo would have drinks or go around town in bars with the other employees. I’m french and been in New Zealand for 5 years and with that company almost since I arrived but still bugs me 🤷🏻‍♀️

  28. Your “ugly” point #1 was one of the reasons I left France – despite my apprenticeship at L’Oréal, the beauty marketing jobs in Paris were only for Grandes Écoles alumni and it was even harder during the GFC. So I packed my bags and went to London and then Sydney, where I’m enjoying a successful career as a beauty marketeer… partly thanks to the French taxpayers who subsided my 5 years of higher education *sigh*

  29. Hi, I’m French and I have been working in the US for 6 years. I lived what you describe but in the opposite direction. Your analysis of very accurate. Regrading the praise, positive feedback, it is so natural not to receive any that the first time a manager gave me positive feedback in the US, it made me uncomfortable. I felt like he was try to con me somehow. After 6 years, I can receive positive feedback :-). Regarding office politics… I’m afraid it is the same everywhere. I cam to the US hoping it would be better… it is not. Good video, thanks!

  30. Pour la question du tu ou du vous.

    Nous sommes comme cela est souvent le cas entre la France, les États-Unis et l’Angleterre.

    Je préfère le vouvoiement à l’intérieur d’un contexte d’affaires.

    À Montréal, les gens ne discutent pas de leur vie personnelle au travail ou à peu près pas.

    L’on voit cela comme étant: cela ne vous regarde pas.

    Et honnêtement, l’inverse me rendrait mal à l’aise comme la majorité des gens à Montréal.

    Je crois qu’en région, c’est légèrement différent car les gens sont appelés à se rencontrer plus fréquemment dans les endroits publics où la vie personnelle devient moins imperméable.

    ***

    Nous avons plusieurs Français à Montréal et l’on peut constater cela surtout durant les premiers mois suivant leur arrivée.

    Ce que j’appelle la masturbation intellectuelle française où l’on parle pour ne rien dire ou pour tourner en rond.

    Heureusement, cela passe rapidement pour la vaste majorité car sinon, ils n’auraient pas de succès sur le marché du travail.

    Cette habitude et le complexe de supériorité des Français par rapport au Québec n’est presque plus là.

    Ce qui fait que l’on entend plus que très rarement l’expression maudits Français sur le marché du travail.

    J’ai fréquenté deux stagiaires dans mon entreprise qui provenaient de deux grandes écoles de Paris.

    Et franchement, ils étaient insupportables tellement ils étaient prétentieux.

    Ce genre de Français est devenue l’exception plutôt que la règle. Je crois que les Français apprécient notre marché du travail qui se situe vraiment entre celui des USA et la France.

    C’est ce que vos vidéos illustrent en tous cas.

    Continuez votre beau travail.

  31. Love this video! I’m from South Africa and working in IT department. I was talking to my friend few days back saying, I don’t know if I’m a doing a good job or not ( I have been in that company for almost a year) I never received any feedback from my manager until one day I messed up, he came running to me pointing every details out. Yes, I agree, you don’t get any feedback until you mess up lol

  32. Would lingoda work for me if I’m in the united states? I have a full time job and I’m afraid that the time gap would not work!

  33. You are wonderful! I am originally French but live and work abroad, and your videos hit the nail on the head. You really capture the essence of French society and culture. Well done!

  34. Well observed. « Pas mal » has been banned from our vocabulary as it is helpless as an expression. Thanks to the Anglo-saxon, we focus more on the positive in our general life and in parenting.
    Regarding the poise of the Anglo-saxon for making presentation, I’ve learnt they are often just blowing smoke. They are good at being assertive, but this must not be interpreted as a sign of competence and experience in a given topic. Often, the shell is empty !
    The obsession for details is the worst thing you have to deal with because it is a serious brake to innovations and entrepreneurial spirit. French are risk adverse and want to be sure risk mitigation is established to its maximum.

  35. A lot of similarities with Japanese management styles, which substantiate the facts that the French people (to me at least) have special interests in the Japanese cultures and the strong links between our two countries

  36. I so appreciated these insights! Also Rosie, as a designer I wanted to tell you just how killer your website and Instagram are. Just applause all around for both; great job and my dear you are going to go far. As far as you choose basically! Cheers from Vancouver CA. 🙂

  37. I didn’t realize they were still doing sprints! I thought you had mentioned previously they were stopping… but, I am in my last term of grad school (MS-HRM) this January, so it will not be a good time for me to begin studying a new language.. but I would like to do this in the late spring/early summer… wonder if they will have a new cycle around that time.

    Anyway, xoxo really enjoy your videos even though I have no plans to ever live in France, etc. 🙂 your just very relatable and I really appreciate your perspective.

  38. I often hear or read that French bosses are tyrants, which would explain why communism had so much success in France. I even read it in conservatives publications! That said, I worked 3 months in France and my supervisors were OK. It was in a public organization not a private one though.

  39. J’ai souvent entendu dire et lu que les patrons français sont de vrais tyrans d’où le succès du communisme en France. Je le lis même à droite! Bon, ceci dit, j’ai travaillé 3 mois en France et mes supérieurs étaient corrects (on était dans un organisme public pas privé par contre).

  40. ce que tu dis fait que les francais managers ressemblent trés jollies et belles personnes (c’est une ironie)

  41. I had an interesting experience in a French startup where it was expected to tutoyer the manager and to ask questions to clarify. This extended to the team, that everyone was there to help, and asking questions was encouraged. But I often felt that they didn’t mean any of it and they would often tell me things that weren’t true and I was just supposed to understand the implicit meaning of telling one thing and promoting a certain atmosphere and doing something completely different. Very tough and I have learned a lot since then. I appreciated this video, and I think a really interesting subject to talk about is how French HR departments manage foreign employees. I definitely think they are a huge part of why employees succeed or fail within a French company.

  42. Should you move to France for work, Beware: French people dont like indecision. They dont get offended if you stand up or yourself and are able to say No. Another thing, they dont like the lethargic attitude you sometime find in England.

  43. I disagree with the fact that they never congratulate you. I have been working in different companies and I have always been told when I was doing a good job.

  44. Omg just after watching this video I had an HOUR LONG meeting with my boss and his boss about a very simple power point where they over-analyzed every use of word and capital letters Oo

  45. Because being able to critic is very much valued in France, the meetings can be seen as opportunities to stand out. I really think that’s why we have so many and that they are so long. But, I can’t stand it either and when I’m the one who organises the meeting, I really like to just move on and take decisions quickly.

  46. Indeed the French management has lots to learn from you Rosie . Well done for this keen video . However I preferred the last part ( ugly ) ,a bit disagree with the first part although, especially “the HEC part” which you clearly and objectively explained what is all about and by some ways made me laugh. Great stuff !

  47. Très intéressant. Et très juste, hélas, quant aux faiblesses du management à la français (ah ces fameuses grandes écoles dans laquelle tu rentres à peine sorti de l’adolescence et qui façonnent ta façon de voir les choses, ton réseau, ta réputation, ton image pour les 60 ans à venir… Et cette horrible épidémie de “réunionite”, qui ne sert à rien, fait faire du surplace et inhibe tout le monde… )

  48. As a French person that studied in university, business majors kinda scare me. There’s a lot of not that friendly competition between grandes écoles students and university students, maybe you’ve heard of it

  49. The roles that an HR executive takes on are expanding by the day with increasing technology. There is inconsistency in how firms use software in human resources in comparison to other departments. I believe that there is a big change that is coming in the HR department that is being led by Artificial Intelligence. Read more on this blog: https://blog.peoplehum.com/future-of-business/human-capital-management-software-and-its-impact-on-the-future-of-work/#bl

  50. Thank you!
    I find your points very accurate, esp. from my experience learning French.
    the natives in our leaning group always, always point out the wrong things in our exercises
    meanwhile, my English learning is pretty relaxed and sometimes I even get encouragements (crazy right?), the English natives often just point out the things that stick out, while the French point out everything

  51. Right, so with video I’ve learned that, if I move to France, I need to either own the business or be well-off enough to not work. Otherwise I, personally, would be miserable. I’m emotion-driven rather than analytical, and conflict-adverse.

  52. Yes i agree in France our manager tend to be asshole, but i think it comes more from our system of “grande écoles” rather than our educationnal system in general.

  53. I like Lingoda. Having said that, remember they are a German company and therefore there are 1 million rules to be followed, with no exceptions.

  54. Unclear instructions from the higher-ups and meetings that go over schedule because there’s always someone who wants to throw in yet another point have been the bane of my professional life.

    I’m a Sciences-Po alumnus, by the way, but it hasn’t helped much, because I was too socially awkward as a student to join any of the old boys’ networks.

  55. I think you really got it when it comes to french management, so congratulations! As a french person, it took me a lot of time to understand some thing about french management haha

  56. Hi Rosie, I’m American and I’m pretty sure I’ve watched all your videos. For some reason I find them super comforting and relatable. Keep doing what you’re doing. I love your content!

  57. um…. girl-to-girl… those glasses. the lenses change colors all over your eyes. not in a flattering way.

    don’t hate me. i’d want to know. just wanted you to know.

    shutting up now…

  58. It seems you have a pretty good analysis skill about your past life in France, Rosie! And it doesn’t block you from getting things done at the same time… ! Le meilleur des deux mondes 😀

  59. French and agree. Having worked in various cultural and design, and creative fields. There is this ilitism, this seek of perfectionism that can lead sometimes to endless discussions, philosophical discussions, and the inner will sometimes of people who want to change the entire world to their own likings. There is this idea in a certain France of universalism, and how things should be.
    BUT, there are other sides of france. The countryside, entrepreneurs , peasants, technical workers, vendors have a more efficient and productive way to looks at things. Crafters, musicians, actors have look at things more emotionally and would easily start working with friends or become friend while working.

  60. Interested to look at this. I am part of a team in the UK with a couple of French co-workers so curious to see the difference.

  61. Loved this video ! As a French person, I find it extremely interesting that you listed the « distance » thing as bad, especially when it comes to the fact that French managers tend not to over share bits about their personal life. In fact, I tend to view it as positive, because they expect the same from you and therefore cannot judge you based on your personal life. I view it as a form of « protection » : my manager’s impression of me is based solely on my abilities and performances as an employee and I am not expected to invest more than this in my work ! I would say that, in France, work is just work after all and it’s only one component of your life, not the main one 🙂

  62. Oh man I feel you on the bad points, the inefficiency sometimes drives me nuts. What we cover in two weeks of ‘formation’ here could easily be done in a single meeting back in Auckland.

  63. I was once in a French building office and I opened the door only to see a Male staff sucking the manger’s dick in the office. I immediately shut the door and ran.

  64. I’ve been waiting for this video! I don’t work in a totally corporate environment (thank god!) but can definitely see some flavours of my experience in a french company 😽

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