Thales
3.2 of 5 93 reviews
www.thalesgroup.com Neuilly-sur-Seine, France 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 14, 2014

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Jean-Bernard Lévy

(16 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Good hardworking dedicated people, great benefits, advancement opportunities"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management completely incompetent"
    in 5 reviews
  • "There are some lack of communication between the business units/companies"
    in 3 reviews
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Takes advantage of newcomers, WASP old boys' club, too clumsy to make a smart move, too much politics, bureaucracy

Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Difficult career development

Manager (Former Employee)
Madrid (Spain)

I worked at Thales full-time for 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 Senior ManagementImprove your talent management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bland

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Thales

ProsStable, flexible, industry leading. Products that actually ship and have meaningful impact. Long-term vision.

ConsMismanaged at the middle level. Moral is up and down. Higher-ups do not always take advice. Compensation is below average for this region.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Toulouse (France)

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

ProsGreat social status / job security. Interesting projects and good workplace.

ConsLittle international involvement. Management not reactive enough to international opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more reactive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Inter in a Microwave and RF Research laboratory

Test and Development Engineer (Intern) (Former Employee)
Limours (France)

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

Proshighly equipped environment, great amount of knowledge and skilled people on the field, challenging projects

Consnone, it's still one of the best opportunity one can get for a internship

Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise to keep recruiting students from which aren't in the heights of the School ranking in France. Especially in a really technical environment similar to the labs I worked in, practical task are very well handled by student with good practical background.
Despite this, my direct management was really great and I had a really good experience working over there as an Intern

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, but a very bureaucratic and complex organisation to work in.

Business Director (Current Employee)

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

ProsWorld-leading technology, a genuine interest in making good products and services for customers, lots of innovation.

ConsA lot of energy-sapping, pointless meetings and a huge governance structure means that even the simplest things can take a long time to get approved.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Thales Australia - Great CEO, Great people and flexible work options

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

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

ProsExcellent business performance, inspirational CEO, really good flexible work arrangements and benefits, great people & culture.

ConsAs an international company, you are dealing with international time differences.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is key.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Thales

ProsNo work pressure/ REally nice place too work/
Good salary
nice place
nice people
good career scope
Better opportunities to grow

ConsNothing
Did not find anything wrong with the company as of now

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great job, bad colleagues

Validation and Verification Engineer (Former Employee)
L'Aquila (Italy)

I worked at Thales as a contractor for more than a year

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

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

Advice to Senior Managementstop hiring friends of yours

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Thales

ProsGood to work for long time

Consconfined to limited avionic domains only

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