Thales Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
111 Reviews
3.4
111 Reviews
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Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues (in 10 reviews)

  • Training and support, good benefits package, fast-paced dependent on department (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • bonus seeking senior management (in 6 reviews)

  • There are some lack of communication between the business units/companies (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A place of FEAR and NO ETHICS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    4 weeks PTO because you definitely need it. The people that management so calls "at the bottom" or "lower level" are the best and hardest working people.

    Cons

    Sadly the mentality and culture at Thales Irvine is to drive fear into the employees so they will work hard and keep quiet. People are worked to death, Management is poor, and your Integrity is worth nothing. They make you take a bunch of Ethics courses but they are NOT Ethical AT ALL. They sweep all problems under the rug as long as they can avoid legalities on their side but could care LESS for the damages done to the employees. If you complain, they will make your life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WORST Ethics I had ever seen. The company can only progress when the negative mentality and culture changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incompetence all around with no autonomy to make decisions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worklife balance. Not much else.

    Cons

    French management rules. If you are not French, sorry..
    For Singapore office:
    Been around for 40 years in SGP and still unable to achieve the business volume that other MNCs manage to achieve. They operate more like an SME than an MNC with no autonomy to make any decisions beyond $2M.

    Tedious internal process just to get approval to proceed with a bid/course of action. People waste time doing paperwork that is 50pages long just to get "approval". And this must be done 3 times. If there are more than 5 French people in a meeting, they will go on in French and ignore the other non-French speaking colleagues in the meeting.

    Below market salaries and bonus compensation due to poor performance in SGP and unmotivated staff with below average skills/qualification trying to project manage large complex projects. Add on a weak management that allows its customers to bully them (eg. not paying them on time or not at all). They keep writing useless letters to customers who ignore them because they know Thales will never act on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about trying to win new business in Asia if you are unable to network and grow your relationship with your customer. Still to your avionics business.

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    Disgusted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - lots of roles and opportunities to take up, if you are up for it.
    - excellent work life balance.
    - competitive salaries, even more so if you are a French national.

    Cons

    - every employee is dispensable, unless you are a French national.
    - uneven distribution of workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - there are many other capable persons other than your own countrymen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A difficult company to work for

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    You won't get sacked for being useless.

    Cons

    IT out of touch. Management disconnected from the reality of implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop centralising everything. Empower engineers to make decisions and provide real management, i.e. Support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Thales Australia

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Thales Australia is part of the Thales group which has a lot of amazing people with great skills, sense of community and passion for innovation. Unfortunately this culture is not in Thales Australia.

    Cons

    No innovation culture
    Poor HR management with high turnover (losing the best employees)
    Unskilled and inappropriate senior management
    No business strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Thales France should fully review and recomposeThales Australia's management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Management, Lots of Work, Less Pay

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    it has a free gym, there is free coffee, its in the middle of the city, overall commute is ok

    Cons

    too much work
    management has no idea what they are doing
    pay structure is not good
    many many layoffs
    overall i do not recommend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff
    put your employees first
    understand the system
    don't be scared of development and growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    stressed out all the time

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New location was good because it was in the middle of town and commute was not bad.
    Got movie tickets at a cheaper price.

    Cons

    Hours are long, the departments are always pointing fingers.
    A lot of people are always angry.
    Project timelines are a joke.
    Very old school mentality.
    Please do not work here unless you are really desperate.
    I would ask around, most people i think that have left the company or have been laid off have the same impression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that like to work there. Dont waste time with people that just want a paycheque. Find people that are interested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Thales - UK

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thales full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great engineering company. Long term career prospects good.

    Cons

    Middle management totally incompetent. Company very slow in responding to changes in market. Very much internally focused. Not commercially savvy. Cannot manage sales intuitively - everything has a process associated with it. Very cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the internal focus is corrected and a new breed of sales people are not brought into the company - there will be tough time ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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