Thales Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
111 Reviews
3.4
111 Reviews
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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.  

    Positive experience

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

    I worked at Thales as a contractor for 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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Assurance

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time for 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
  3. 2 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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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Thales full-time for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    keep going!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safety engineering Specialist - Thales Canada Inc

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

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

    Pros

    Multicultural, flexible work time. work from home

    Cons

    Politics, information hidden to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more career development for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a normal, average company to work in.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    Employees are regarded as an important human resource given good respect and treatment.
    Work is progressed through a well defined systematic structure.

    Cons

    There is limitations on resources due to tight budget. Sometimes there is a lack of equipments, platforms, or test beds which may hinder the quality and speed of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership shall see the strengths and weaknesses of each individual employee to assign and allocate tasks and positions accordingly so each one works at their optimal contributions.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you get a job offer here, treat it as "just for temporary survival"

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    Current Employee - Software Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    A leading french company in defense, security, aerospace, transportation, ticketing etc. Thales has a very good global presence.

    The local location has a rail signalling product, to my knowledge, is the best in the world.

    Cons

    Cannot make a generic statement here as I am not exposed to all the Divisions of thales group. Just based on the local division, I've seen lower management not appreciate and recognize good and hard work performed by some true dedicated employees year after year after year.

    Lots of politics & favoritism in the play; kills the morale of honest hard workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure lower management appreciates and recognizes good and hard work performed by some true dedicated employees.

    Make sure no one moves up just because they know how to sweet talk their supervisors or due to favoritism, but having no knowledge of the work they have to perform. We have seen just too too many examples.

    This will only continue to cause Brain Drain or unsatisfied-frustrated-employees who become unmotivated to keep doing a good job.

    It's happening and wake up and smell the coffee.

  11.  

    interesting and informative

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    Current Employee - Software Analyst  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Thales

    Pros

    good benefits, bonus, and compensation
    decent company process and policy

    Cons

    poor communication throughout the cross-functional team, senior management
    poor adaptability to current process and technology
    poor project planning and management style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To compete in the current market, the company must be more agile and diligent in adapting, innovating new process and technology. Since this is a project based company, the bidding process needs improved to start winning bids.

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