Thales Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Normal company to work in

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  2. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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,

  3. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. One of the leading player in Transportation and Security Systems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integration Manager in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Integration Manager in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good working environments, mega projects, excellent standards

    Cons

    Transparency should be improved, Training skills should be improved

  6. Helpful (1)

    One broken promise after another

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Difficult career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Manager in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Multinational company
    - Entry level competitive salaries
    - Benefits, mainly the business calendar
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Human Resources talent management
    - Few career development opportunities as of 2013

    Advice to Management

    Improve your talent management

  8. Helpful (1)

    Bland

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

    I worked at Thales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, flexible, industry leading. Products that actually ship and have meaningful impact. Long-term vision.

    Cons

    Mismanaged at the middle level. Moral is up and down. Higher-ups do not always take advice. Compensation is below average for this region.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.

  9. Great people, but a very bureaucratic and complex organisation to work in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Director
    Current Employee - Business Director

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

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

    Pros

    World-leading technology, a genuine interest in making good products and services for customers, lots of innovation.

    Cons

    A lot of energy-sapping, pointless meetings and a huge governance structure means that even the simplest things can take a long time to get approved.

  10. Good

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

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    No work pressure/ REally nice place too work/
    Good salary
    nice place
    nice people
    good career scope
    Better opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Nothing
    Did not find anything wrong with the company as of now

  11. Thales Australia - Great CEO, Great people and flexible work options

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent business performance, inspirational CEO, really good flexible work arrangements and benefits, great people & culture.

    Cons

    As an international company, you are dealing with international time differences.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.

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