Thales Avionics Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Thales Avionics Chairman & CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy
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Pros
  • High Pay, great benefits, good 401k, and a few percs (in 4 reviews)

  • Fast pace makes for a challenging and rewarding work environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • You will have no work / life balance, work will be your life (in 3 reviews)

  • Top heavy management means there are not enough people to do the actual work, leading to many late nights and weekends spent at work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Challenging Company (work), Growing Pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales Avionics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The engineering team is good and has a lot of smart, hard working people. Everyone is driving towards the right goal and are, for 95% of the time ,working together and not against. There will be, like most companies, a few individuals you need to convince otherwise. The HR department keeps changing personnel, and this year's group is trying to do its best of organizing the workplace for better productivity.

    Cons

    IT department is lackadaisical. For one, they are too short staffed for the amount of IT issues that occur, and two there are a great deal of IT issues that take forever to fix. The workplace culture varies from year to year depending on which key personnel are in executive positions, but for the most part there always seems to a game of politics at play.


  2. Corporate Hairball

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are typical of corporate organization of this size. Good colleagues. Technically not very challenging environment.

    Cons

    Company is hindered by being part of larger global defense conglomerate. Planning skills of middle management is non-existent. Twentieth century company trying to stay relevant in the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    While everyone is striving to work their way up the ladder, management needs to make sure the ladder is leaning on the right wall.


  3. Good Experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Thales Avionics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good experience, people are friendly

    Cons

    Nothing to mention for this section


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  5. Good company for work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Friendly team * Lot to learn

    Cons

    * Pay is comparatively less


  6. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality & Business Improvement Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Quality & Business Improvement Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits, good vacations starting with 4 weeks no including holidays

    Cons

    Many VP. Hard to grow up. Difficult to increase

    Advice to Management

    Keep working


  7. electronic technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thales Avionics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed hours good training program

    Cons

    Poor raises and not enough room to grow to higher position


  8. Good pay, great benefits. Can't beat the vacation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales Avionics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits Start with 4 wk vacation/yr, stick around for 4 yrs it'll be 5 wks, at 9 yrs it's 6 wks. This does not include the days off for holidays so you can't beat it! Pay is good Diverse Good work life balance

    Cons

    Too many VPs and directors - very top heavy Hard to move up Work gets very repetitive and boring


  9. Thales IFE in Irvine, CA is great if you are a hamster.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good but trying to use them are slim to none.

    Cons

    Thales works it's employees into the ground and has a high turnover rate. Company wide disorganization and management egos make for a quick burnout. Be forewarned...

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work as a team, everyone is valuable, put the egos aside and quit throwing people under the bus for personal gains.


  10. Mature player in the IFE industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities based on stimulating culture

    Cons

    The other side of politics

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the vision


  11. Helpful (1)

    Difficult

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K, PTO time

    Cons

    Many, difficult environment, excessive overtime

    Advice to Management

    Learn to select the right people



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