Thales RSS Reviews

Updated April 14, 2014
Updated April 14, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience , solid company

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Designer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Designer

    I worked at Thales RSS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid company , decent benefits

    Cons

    Lot of international travelling , not quite tailored for family type of person

    Recommends
  2.  

    Many fulfilling years developing & deploying urban rail transit solutions

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales RSS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Highly-skilled, technically motivated co-workers; multicultural environment; "green" focus in urban rail transit; strong performance management and professional development mechanisms; solid compensation package with scaled bonus for most; overall genuine attempt to communicate from Exec level especially in recent years. Very good benefits, especially drug card, DCPP matching. Generally not heavy-handed when enforcing HR policies (flexible where appropriate).

    Cons

    Location (401-404) > wicked commute for most (lost many good people when relocated; diminishes work-life balance for most of the rest); pervasive influence (sometimes interference) from France; formal performance management and professional development mechanisms are subject to being overlooked in the real world (e.g. in the context of promotion/progression); bonus program sometimes undermined by executive interference (i.e. often positive but unfortunately unpredictable bonus results year to year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the communication, and require middle managers to give fair assessments of performance, especially for "needs improvement" so employees can take action (it is no favour to tell them "keep up the good work," then lay them off). Streamline processes to lighten the burden on all employees - establish consistent metrics (universal dashboards) across projects and departments.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Poorly Managed Units, No Accountability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales RSS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Flex-time, Some work from home
    - Lots of talented and friendly people
    - Some Mid- and High-level management are excellent
    - Training opportunities is extensive

    Cons

    - Politics, red tape, and backstabbing from all fronts are normal occurrences ("watch your back always!")

    - More time is spent on trying to plug holes in processes and systems that are clearly outdated, deficient, and some even ridiculous than actually doing productive work. Clear example: PICF Process ("the new employee's here but there's nothing set up for him - no office, accounts, etc. where's that PICF again?!"

    - Ingenuity and contemporary thinking are discouraged ("don't rock the boat!")

    - The culture punishes the exemplary workers by giving them more work until they're fed up, whilst letting others slack off ("you're great at x, i bet you could also do y...z....and a bit of abc")

    - It's a matrix organization with broken ties across the board. "Silo" effect is predominant. ("That's the other department's responsibility, not ours")

    - Management of resources is completely out of whack. Savings earned from cutting staff, reducing overtime, etc. are wasted on unnecessary initiatives, continual switching of service providers, audits that never stop and never amount to any changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End Slave Labour Now! Set an example and treat each other - management and employees alike - like you want to be treated: with respect and fairness. The foundation is totally cracked and needs to be fixed - a happy employee is a productive employee. Ensure that people are truly pulling their own weight while others take 30 minute coffee breaks, every hour! I'm not saying micro-manage, but make the work environment better so that people actually want to come to work, and are motivated to do a fantastic job for a common goal! Carrots work better than sticks.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    strong technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thales RSS as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    having good technology world wide but not getting enough projects

    Cons

    managed by bad people change required dominated by particular nationality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow up the managers and correct the faults

  6.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales RSS as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Leadership; Fun projects, Flexible work hours, Nice Cafe. You are given responsibility that you are able to handle, and you learn a lot if you're just a beginner

    Cons

    Just the typical stress of any working environment. Also, you have to dress up daily, so if you're not used to that, be prepared

  7.  

    Its an OK large company to work for, If you are looking to work for big corp.

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    Current Employee - Software Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There are some interesting positions. Some travel.

    Cons

    No work from home. Very non accommodating to working from home. Very bad work from home policy!

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if they win new business

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    Current Employee - Procurement  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Procurement in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales RSS

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly environment, nice office

    Cons

    New office location, communication re org changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on winning new contract rather than on reducing the cost of being in business

    Recommends
  9.  

    Thales Review!

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    Former Employee - Group Leader  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales RSS

    Pros

    Great people work at this company. I made lots of friends and the people are very competent in their work.

    Cons

    Management could improve and listen attentively to their employees concerns so as to harm a more harmonious relationship with the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees carefully and find options to make them happy and acknowledge their effort and work they've performed.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Thales RSS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales RSS

    Pros

    -Good salaries
    -Decent work atmosphere
    -Very technical
    -Nice offices & cubicles

    Cons

    -No feedback
    -Very disorganized
    -Very confusing organization
    -Disconnect between senior management & rest of organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to the employees
    -Stop the pissing matches

  11.  

    Decent work place, not so sure about career growth

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    Current Employee - Validation and Verification Specialist  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Validation and Verification Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales RSS

    Pros

    Relaxed work place most of the time. Manager are nice enough and don't nickel and dime you on work hours. People seem to be quite nice and relaxed.

    Cons

    Feels like a lifer company and don't feel like there are clear path for advancement within my department. Other department seems a lot better in that aspect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear advancement path for V&V would be quite nice. As it is feels like this department has very few opportunities for moving up.

    Recommends

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