Thales Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
111 Reviews
3.4
111 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employment satisfaction is waning.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Understanding 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.

    Cons

    Benefits. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Becoming very top-level corporate in day to day running

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to retain local management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very stable workplace with respect and safety for employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Stable 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.

    Cons

    Barriers 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and embrace transformational change.
    Reward innovation and collaboration across divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Thales Australia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Thales Australia is part of the Thales group which has a lot of amazing people with great skills, sense of community and passion for innovation. Unfortunately this culture is not in Thales Australia.

    Cons

    No innovation culture
    Poor HR management with high turnover (losing the best employees)
    Unskilled and inappropriate senior management
    No business strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Thales France should fully review and recomposeThales Australia's management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Manager  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    more flexibility in working hours and partial work from home policies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Citizenship does matter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fixed working hours, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    The top managements are dominated by French people and they only care about their own people. It was hard to work there if there was no back up from a french manager. Racist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please appreciate non french employees as we can be as good or even better than french people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thales as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Support from all the engineering department

    Cons

    Really long commute, away from everything.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to move around, reasonable conditions and facilities. Quite an informal atmosphere. Fairly competitive pay and perks. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Inconsistant - some parts of the company still have poor management. Very difficult to get the company to spend money on training. Poor internal communication: there is a lot of it but it is not all effective. Almost impossible to get any significant pay increases without moving jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Management, Lots of Work, Less Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    it has a free gym, there is free coffee, its in the middle of the city, overall commute is ok

    Cons

    too much work
    management has no idea what they are doing
    pay structure is not good
    many many layoffs
    overall i do not recommend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your staff
    put your employees first
    understand the system
    don't be scared of development and growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    stressed out all the time

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New location was good because it was in the middle of town and commute was not bad.
    Got movie tickets at a cheaper price.

    Cons

    Hours are long, the departments are always pointing fingers.
    A lot of people are always angry.
    Project timelines are a joke.
    Very old school mentality.
    Please do not work here unless you are really desperate.
    I would ask around, most people i think that have left the company or have been laid off have the same impression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that like to work there. Dont waste time with people that just want a paycheque. Find people that are interested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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