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
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A place of FEAR and NO ETHICS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    4 weeks PTO because you definitely need it. The people that management so calls "at the bottom" or "lower level" are the best and hardest working people.

    Cons

    Sadly the mentality and culture at Thales Irvine is to drive fear into the employees so they will work hard and keep quiet. People are worked to death, Management is poor, and your Integrity is worth nothing. They make you take a bunch of Ethics courses but they are NOT Ethical AT ALL. They sweep all problems under the rug as long as they can avoid legalities on their side but could care LESS for the damages done to the employees. If you complain, they will make your life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WORST Ethics I had ever seen. The company can only progress when the negative mentality and culture changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing more than good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Insurance, 4-5 weeks PTO, and 401K.

    Cons

    No training and No support from any level of Managers. Can't trust Human Resources cause they are not confidential and will Retaliate. Does not hold people accountable or responsible for their job or actions. Does not appreciate those with an education. Too much politics. No opportunities unless you really know how to suck up big time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate people for their hard work. Let the employees anonymously rate their managers to decide who actually Needs Improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Always challenging, sometimes frustrating, always interesting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits, never boring, bosses let you do your job with a large degree of independence.

    Cons

    Upper management sometimes out of touch, reluctant to settle conflicts, conflicts created by conflicting goals. Examples, build something quickly, but spend no time or money on it, but get it delivered. Satisfy customers, but cut costs from current level by spending less time on customer satisfaction. Handle more business, but with fewer people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell everyone what the priority is, instead of making people wrong no matter what the result

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician  in  Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Technician in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Good pay.
    Relaxed atmosphere with a lot of funny people (lots of ex-military).

    Cons

    Work can be slow with the decline of the airline industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Benefits, thats about it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities
    Give you generic job title to lower compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some sort of program where employees benefit when the company does well financially

  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Innovative group of people that strive to provide the best product to customers, with a reliable system and the best support on the field.

    Cons

    Schedules are not well thought out from the inception of the program were sales people not necessarily know what the system is capable of doing and if the technology is ready to support such requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of the resources available through out the corporation to develop a more solid system with fewer hiccups and delays

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Good benefits, 4 weeks vacation, 401k. If you like travel, Thales gives you many opportunities to do so and it is great to take advantage of that.

    Cons

    Difficult to accomplish anything. Lots of travel in my position as program manager which i don't like. Thales is political and run by the french.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider the employees more and find ways to retain them. Employees will start leaving when they reach the breaking point.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thales. Learn from past mistakes.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Thales

    Pros

    Great benefits. The 4 weeks of vacation actually include sick days. The benefits are good. Met and worked with many wonderful people. Product is good.

    Cons

    People are worked to death. Management does not know how to structure itself and work towards a better environment. Finger pointing. Departments do not speak to each other. Management infighting. To be promoted you had better be in the same cultural vertical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Thales would not take any comments into consideration. The atmosphere is very high school 'mentality' oriented. Management needs to place more respect on the efforts of all employees and not the few. The company is not progressing from efforts of management, but from efforts and hard work of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Thales Rail

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Not bad, but very slow to move on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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