Thales
3.1 of 5 101 reviews
www.thalesgroup.com Neuilly-sur-Seine, France 5000+ Employees

Thales Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2014
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3.1 101 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy

Jean-Bernard Lévy

(18 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Training and support, good benefits package, fast-paced dependent on department"
    in 6 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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    Great

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Vélizy-Villacoublay (France)

    ProsBig Company and well known around the world

    ConsBig Company, too many people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Looking Bleak

    Accountant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsWork life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues

    ConsSlow 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

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

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    Project Manager

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsHuge group with enormous potential power and expertise (if you can leverage it).
    Career opportunities, good mentorship.
    High level information technology consulting compared to market (system engineering, agile software development, etc.).
    High level recruitment, technical skills are above average.
    High

    ConsJuniors are offered salaries well over the market, but then salary evolution is more based on seniorship than on skills and performances. After few years, salaries are medium (compared to market). Extremely low bonus compared to market.
    Rating surely depends highly on the service you work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdjust salary and bonus policies to reward performances and skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales

    Key Account Manager KAM (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsBig company benefits. Interesting projects. Some good people.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementUrgently need new blood in the management team. Review of the way sales are incentivised.

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

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    Good Company

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood Work & Life Balance
    Good extra curricular activities

    ConsCompensation is bad
    All top managers are French, racially biased

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people base on merit and not if they can speak certain langauge
    Else provide those people with good compensation

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

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    Systems Engineer for Thales

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Colombes (France)

    ProsInteresting project
    Good atmosphere
    Good Life Balance
    Good company benefits
    Good amount of training possible

    ConsHuge hierarchy
    No mentoring
    Glass ceiling
    Salary
    No real international mobility

    Advice to Senior ManagementI guess it depends on the service you work force since the group is huge, anyhow I feel that I haven't received any mentorship regarding my career advancement. Nothing is really clear on how to climb the corporate ladder. Also even though HR advertises so there is no real international mobility possible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work environment

    Key Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    ProsMultinational, multi-homing presence in more than 50 countries, good span of technologies products. Excellent internal training and educational system.

    Conscomplex decision-making process, lack of re-activity to market/customer change

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

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    A difficult company to work for

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsYou won't get sacked for being useless.

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

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

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

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    Good company to work in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Madrid (Spain)

    ProsPortfolio of projects and products

    ConsTo many time wasted in internal reporting

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    step stone company

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood average engineering salary with yearly bonus

    Constoo 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 Senior Managementkeep going!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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