Thales Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
109 Reviews

3.4
109 Reviews
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Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy
Jean-Bernard Lévy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, Flexi-time, Friendly colleagues (in 10 reviews)

  • Training and support, good benefits package, fast-paced dependent on department (in 7 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not bad, but very slow to move on

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Working hours fine. it's easy to balance work and personal life

    Cons

    Too much internal bureaucracy. It is difficult to make a career. Projects are not very interesting. Below average salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate further

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Thales Rail

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Thales as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A Large multinational Global Player

    Cons

    Not connected to all developments taking place in other divisions, especially France

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Vous devez être difficile de travailler ici

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Khobar (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Thales for less than a year

    Pros

    A previous manager I have worked with was working there and he asked me to come and work there too

    Cons

    Short sighted bullish employees who lack professionalism and who revert to bullying to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the people you are supposed to be managing - worry more about customer relationships and deal with the bullying that is taking place by the project managers. Yes schedules need to be met, but not by bullying the support engineers into working double shifts. Stakeholders also need to be held accountable for their inadequate management and responses to requests for decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Bid Manager  in  Milan, MI
    Current Employee - Bid Manager in Milan, MI

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Positive enviroment, possibility to make professional growth, interesting to work in the company that is very dynamic

    Cons

    The company is changing very quickly, it is necessary to be very dynamic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good experience for a new graduate.

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer  in  Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Rome (Italy)

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

    Pros

    Working for a very big company like this can provide you a good insight of what it means life outside university.

    Cons

    Other departments should work for the good of the company not for themselfs. Also they need to improve their R&D department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Thales

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Open plan environment. Single status company

    Cons

    Centralisation not always good thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Quality Assurance

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Paid overtime. Probably the same "working" benefits as any other large size corporation.

    Cons

    False promises from management. Hard work is only appreciated behind closed doors through "words" NOT through bonuses or salary increases. A LOT of dead wood in the company! False rumours originating from management!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider protecting your investment (i.e. the many $$ spent on training and developing people) by retaining employees, rather than just replacing them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Incompetence all around with no autonomy to make decisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Worklife balance. Not much else.

    Cons

    French management rules. If you are not French, sorry..
    For Singapore office:
    Been around for 40 years in SGP and still unable to achieve the business volume that other MNCs manage to achieve. They operate more like an SME than an MNC with no autonomy to make any decisions beyond $2M.

    Tedious internal process just to get approval to proceed with a bid/course of action. People waste time doing paperwork that is 50pages long just to get "approval". And this must be done 3 times. If there are more than 5 French people in a meeting, they will go on in French and ignore the other non-French speaking colleagues in the meeting.

    Below market salaries and bonus compensation due to poor performance in SGP and unmotivated staff with below average skills/qualification trying to project manage large complex projects. Add on a weak management that allows its customers to bully them (eg. not paying them on time or not at all). They keep writing useless letters to customers who ignore them because they know Thales will never act on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about trying to win new business in Asia if you are unable to network and grow your relationship with your customer. Still to your avionics business.

  10.  

    Disgusted

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - lots of roles and opportunities to take up, if you are up for it.
    - excellent work life balance.
    - competitive salaries, even more so if you are a French national.

    Cons

    - every employee is dispensable, unless you are a French national.
    - uneven distribution of workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - there are many other capable persons other than your own countrymen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great benefits

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Intern in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Although is a huge company, it still makes you feel like a human being. They give lots of benefits for the employees, and you also get to work with state of the art technology

    Cons

    It's so massive, that the bureaucracy is huge. As an example, it takes ages before you can install some software in your computer because lots of people have to approve it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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