Thales Avionics Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. 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


  2. Good company for work

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

    I have been working at Thales Avionics

    Pros

    * Friendly team
    * Lot to learn

    Cons

    * Pay is comparatively less


  3. 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

    I worked at Thales Avionics

    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


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  5. electronic technician

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

    I have been working at Thales Avionics full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed hours good training program

    Cons

    Poor raises and not enough room to grow to higher position


  6. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. 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

    I have been working at Thales Avionics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  8. 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

    I have been working at Thales Avionics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  9. 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

    I have been working at Thales Avionics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K, PTO time

    Cons

    Many, difficult environment, excessive overtime

    Advice to Management

    Learn to select the right people


  10. A company growing and fast pace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales Avionics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a large company and most people work hard and get along

    Cons

    It is very clickish, and the good old boys

    Advice to Management

    There needs more leadership


  11. Helpful (4)

    Good benefits, horrible skills and culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great health benefits
    - 4% matched and vested 401K + 2% retirement
    - 4 weeks vacation
    - If you are a new grad, this is the place to come and enter and make mistakes while you learn because Thales management is very forgiving. If you are seasoned, you might not like this.

    Cons

    - Managers going to people's desks Friday evenings to make them work weekends. Weekend work usually means sitting there in case someone who is testing the system has questions. Most of the time you just waste your weekend sitting there. The director of software engineering can rub people in the wrong way, specially when he promises to come to work weekends along side of you and never shows up. However other directors, like the director of system engineering, she is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
    - Lack of organizational skills. Managers promise clients impossible deadlines, but the projects are always late and very poorly organized. Products always have a lot of problems upon release; its really annoying.
    - Each year the tools change for you to do your job. Seems like Thales doesn't recognize that its the company culture that is the problem and not the tools. So expect to use svn one year, git the next, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue about your company. You think just hiring more people is going to make things work? You need to get organized.



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