Thales

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Thales Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.1 106 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy

Jean-Bernard Lévy

(19 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    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

    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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    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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    Employment satisfaction is waning.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsUnderstanding of family commitments. The workplace definitely has a focus on focusing on valuing time with your family.
    Stability. Many employees have been there for long time.
    Still giving out overtime payouts.
    Interesting projects. There are some interesting projects ( but look at cons).
    Senior management are good. I found them to be very intelligent and knowledgeable. They also have good focus and are definitely leaders.

    ConsBenefits. Benefits were reduced without the option to opt into a a plan that was more expensive but with the same coverage.
    Boring projects. While there are interesting projects, there are also very boring projects that makes work feel like a sweat shop.
    Project management. I've notice that the company is big on piling tons of work on people. Some people get the short end of the stick and just become bogged down. This is good and bad but I've noticed that the focus is to look busy rather than be productive. So while engineers are definitely busy, I don't know if we are producing quality products.
    Middle management. Most are not leaders and seem not to have knowledge on project management. Seems everyone passes the buck to avoid getting in trouble.
    Lack of socialization. People here do not openly socialize. Not many team building exercises, events, or even lunches. People keep their heads down.
    Definition of "Agile" is code for paperwork.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a course in project management. Every project I have been on follows every horrible mistake outlined in the "Mythical Man Month". Be open to new ideas and take risks. I have not seen any risk takers during my time with the company. With this mentality, you will never find the intrapreneur you are looking for. Middle managers require more grooming to become effective leaders.

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

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    Great company

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    ProsTraining and support, good benefits package, fast-paced dependent on department.

    ConsBecoming very top-level corporate in day to day running

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to retain local management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall reasonable for a big corporation, as it is fairly stable and moderately challenging

    Safety Manager (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros- the work is relatively interesting;
    - medium to slow pace so overly exploitative like other companies
    - good benefits and stability

    Cons- a bit too bureaucratic
    - a lot of politics but that is common to all large organizations

    Advice to Senior Managementmore flexibility in working hours and partial work from home policies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very stable workplace with respect and safety for employees.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsStable and disciplined work environment.
    Traditional managerial practices.
    Regimented culture with strong defence and security ethos.
    Engineering and R&D oriented.
    Strong compliance to defence and security protocols.

    ConsBarriers of communication between divisions or business units.
    Traditional hierarchical managerial structure does not foster innovation.
    Geographical widespread of divisions and workplaces.
    Different IT systems and business processes for each division.
    Many IT legacy systems makes integration difficult and costly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe bold and embrace transformational change.
    Reward innovation and collaboration across divisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Rungis (France)

    ProsInternal mobility and avaiablity of large number of sectors

    ConsFrench language is needed to survive

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