Thales

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Thales Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
121 Reviews
3.5
121 Reviews
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Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy
Jean-Bernard Lévy
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance, good senior management, daily bus service from MRT to workplace (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.  

    Overall a good experience for a new graduate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at Thales as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

    Thales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality Assurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (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
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  5.  

    Wish the Leicester site hadn't closed down

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England (UK)

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    I worked for Thales at their site in Leicester, I was gutted when they relocated all of their operations to Crawley and closed the Leicester site, in the year since leaving I am yet to find a company with such a great atmosphere, great staff, family feel etc, I miss the xmas raffle, parties, Diwali celebrations. I wonder if Leicester was unique in this way ?
    Thales as a company offer good routes for progression, pay rises, appraisals and courses, 27 days holiday plus options to purchase more holiday, discounts with petrol companies and retailers, good pension etc.
    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Challenges of my position were with dealing with customers who's work had not been completed on time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetence all around with no autonomy to make decisions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time (more than an 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.

  7.  

    Disgusted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Thales full-time (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
  8.  

    Normal company to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Calm people, although it depends on the team you're in.

    Cons

    The company seems to keep repeating the same strategic mistakes. They don't seem to understand the concept of 'long-term' anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Thales full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very good experience with high profile projects,work life balance, good benefits like holidays and pensions, intelligent people around and learn a lot

    Cons

    very slow processes, politics,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Takes advantage of newcomers, WASP old boys' club, too clumsy to make a smart move, too much politics, bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One broken promise after another

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Salary for number of hours worked
    Early finish on Friday

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Managers with no people management skills
    Poor communication
    Outdated IT systems
    Bureaucracy and politics
    Inequality across grades
    Atrocious management of Graduate Scheme
    Promise of Professional Qualifications broken at every stage
    Feeling let down
    Very easy to be forgotten if you're not loud or in the right role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the Graduate Programme!
    Provide mentors for your graduates and support them to achieve Professional Qualifications as promised from the outset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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