Thales Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Thales

    Pros

    Very Little, unless you support the right football team.

    Cons

    Will work you into the ground, very little support, backstabbing is an issue

    Advice to Management

    management need to manage, let the employee do his job, offer and give support.

  2. Thales singapore especially SPC supply chain with bad management, bad increment & bonus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Thales

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

    Pros

    Good wrking space, n first time intern experience in aetospace

    Cons

    Bad working operations, by pushing the problem to one another instead of brainstorm for solutions.Management playing politivs by giving priority to certain employee. jobs does nt tally with samary given.Jobs assigned does not always same with the jobs description in the interview. Thales SPC not suitable for long term supply chain career.

    Advice to Management

    Try to brainstorm for solutions together instead of pushing problem to other people.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Incompetence all around with no autonomy to make decisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time (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 Management

    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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  5. Disgusted

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (3)

    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    You won't get sacked for being useless.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  7. 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 (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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