Thales Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Large company, very good location, work-life balance was good, nice people (in 9 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.  

    Great Benefits, thats about it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities
    Give you generic job title to lower compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some sort of program where employees benefit when the company does well financially

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Good benefits, 4 weeks vacation, 401k. If you like travel, Thales gives you many opportunities to do so and it is great to take advantage of that.

    Cons

    Difficult to accomplish anything. Lots of travel in my position as program manager which i don't like. Thales is political and run by the french.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider the employees more and find ways to retain them. Employees will start leaving when they reach the breaking point.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Thales. Learn from past mistakes.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits. The 4 weeks of vacation actually include sick days. The benefits are good. Met and worked with many wonderful people. Product is good.

    Cons

    People are worked to death. Management does not know how to structure itself and work towards a better environment. Finger pointing. Departments do not speak to each other. Management infighting. To be promoted you had better be in the same cultural vertical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Thales would not take any comments into consideration. The atmosphere is very high school 'mentality' oriented. Management needs to place more respect on the efforts of all employees and not the few. The company is not progressing from efforts of management, but from efforts and hard work of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Takes advantage of newcomers, WASP old boys' club, too clumsy to make a smart move, too much politics, bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Looks decent, nice building, walking trail for lunchbreak, free parking, christmas lunch,etc.

    Cons

    Very old and clumsy software with lots of patches, work-life balance terrible, silos of interest groups cutting other groups' branches, beware of the gossipping old boys (literally!), bonus seeking senior management. Procurement, Quality, T&V, Safety, HR and Customer Care are good. Systems software, Hardware, projects and bids are headaches (middle mgmt is usually good, most directors and above is terrible in general).. Swinging power struggles and missed inner balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a listen to surveys, read between the lines and change terrible performing directors every two years. Measure their personalities prior to promoting / employing them.
    Do not be scared of other units around the world. Do not let finance rule over project management. Get rid of the old boys! Support younger and brighter personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    One broken promise after another

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Salary for number of hours worked
    Early finish on Friday

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Managers with no people management skills
    Poor communication
    Outdated IT systems
    Bureaucracy and politics
    Inequality across grades
    Atrocious management of Graduate Scheme
    Promise of Professional Qualifications broken at every stage
    Feeling let down
    Very easy to be forgotten if you're not loud or in the right role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the Graduate Programme!
    Provide mentors for your graduates and support them to achieve Professional Qualifications as promised from the outset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Manager in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at Thales full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Multinational company
    - Entry level competitive salaries
    - Benefits, mainly the business calendar
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Human Resources talent management
    - Few career development opportunities as of 2013

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your talent management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    great job, bad colleagues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Validation and Verification Engineer in L'Aquila (Italy)
    Former Employee - Validation and Verification Engineer in L'Aquila (Italy)

    I worked at Thales as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    at Thales you can do and see some of the best in electronics nowadays

    Cons

    colleagues are often only interested in career, giving no attention to quality and effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring friends of yours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Looking Bleak

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Slow to market, cuts being made due to state of the defence market has affected morale and put pressure on managers, low salary with freezes for years, Poorly run graduate programme, for an international firm there doesn't seem to be too much movement of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager KAM in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager KAM in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thales full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big company benefits. Interesting projects. Some good people.

    Cons

    Very inflexible. Senior management completely incompetent. Very process oriented. Promotion or career advancement minimal if you not French. Salaries for sales not market related. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urgently need new blood in the management team. Review of the way sales are incentivised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    step stone company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good average engineering salary with yearly bonus

    Cons

    too much to list. bonus mentioned in the Pros would be "forgotten" if the job was lost or new was found at the year end, tho you was working the whole year. hard to get training even if it's required to benefit the company. Employees are not assuming responsibilities, information hard to chase, some mid level mangers are not competent in what they are doing. a lot of office politics / games. company loosing bids due to outdated technologies. laid offs hide by termination - just to do not report to EI. unfriendly environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep going!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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