Thales Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Thales Chairman and CEO Patrice Caine
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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
  • Senior management completely incompetent (in 6 reviews)

  • no career development whatsoever unless you are a friend of a friend (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Nonexistent reviews. All sizzle, no steak.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and opportunity for working in different countries. Pay is OK but come in at a comfortable rate or it will possibly not increase per inflation.

    Cons

    Employees just want the truth and need their leaders to have their backs.
    No work life balance. They talk the talk but don't walk the walk.
    Old boys club mentality.
    No opportunity for work from home for management levels.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Network Design Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Design Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Network Design Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales

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

    Pros

    Good work environment with friendly people.

    Cons

    Not great salary increments. Negotiate ad much as you can before joining.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to reduce work pressure.


  3. Good work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Quality Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Quality Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales as an intern (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunities to learn
    - Involvement in important projects

    Cons

    - Rigid decision making structure


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Positive experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Junior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Junior Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, very good location, work-life balance was good, nice people. I was told they pay well, but I'm not sure as I was just an intern there

    Cons

    It seems they lack communication and cooperation across different departments. Efficiency is relatively low and their technology is not the most frontier one.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Quality Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Consider protecting your investment (i.e. the many $$ spent on training and developing people) by retaining employees, rather than just replacing them.


  7. 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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    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    step stone company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer 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

    good average engineering salary with yearly bonus

    Cons

    too 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 Management

    keep going!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Bad Management, Lots of Work, Less Pay

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    stressed out all the time

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (3)

    Safety engineering Specialist - Thales Canada Inc

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multicultural, flexible work time. work from home

    Cons

    Politics, information hidden to learn

    Advice to Management

    more career development for employees



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