Thales UK Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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  1. Thales UK engineering

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    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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, cool technologies

    Cons

    Senior management appear to be disengaged from the business

    Advice to Management

    Hire motivational leaders into the senior exec management board


  2. Great for engineering. Needs to strengthen business skills

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales UK (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the only truly global defence companies - with opportunities to work almost anywhere in the world at senior level. Good products and range in their sector. Some exceptional engineering and scientific skills. I always tell people you don't get to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics (Albert Fert) without some strong skills ! Not an American strong arm business. Honest, committed people. Good benefits and generally fair treatment of people (perhaps soft). Positive culture - though it is hard to get your head around as its Franco-centric (they write the rules) Reasonable investment in training.

    Cons

    All roads lead to Paris. French approaches to business don't always export well. Control structures can be impenetrable and confusing. Generally poor commercial awareness. Pay is not the best (slightly compensated by other benefits if you stick around). UK lacks the engineering discipline of the French.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up on commercial awareness. Strengthen People management. Don't sweep business issues under the carpet by failing to address people or commercial issues. Reduce the French power base. Don't get quite so caught up in engineering process .... balance it with business decisions.


  3. career wilderness

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales UK full-time

    Pros

    Good training Good starting pay Excellent projects to work on

    Cons

    Nepotism Promotion process is fixed and easily abused by managers. Bullying is rife.

    Advice to Management

    none to give, management don't care enough


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  5. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thales UK full-time

    Pros

    Great people - most of the people in the organisation are excelent Flat organisation - you will quickly meet people at all levels Interesting and varied work - Large amount of projects and areas of interest Benefits package is great including up to 6 months paternity leave - full pay

    Cons

    Poor career progression Below average base pay Poor intra-company transfer oportunities - for a company with offices around the globe it is very difficult to move internally Staff retention is an issue

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate movement of people inside the companty, increase base salary and compensation to retain key staff. Many very experienced members leave on a regular basis taking key knowledge with them.


  6. Didn't realise the companies worth until I left

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good facilities Terrific additional extras to your salary package i.e. gym membership, cycle to work etc. Flexible working hours. Subsidised restaurant. Good work ethic.

    Cons

    Very large company in which you can just become a number although the different sections strive to combat this quite effectively. Any changes take a long time to be implemented

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to and informing staff and more importantly keep listening. There is the usual problem of management loosing track of their place and becoming very isolated to the true issues within the workforce.


  7. Lack of direction - business opportunities hindered by internal process and French influence

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    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, big pockets and protection blanket,

    Cons

    Being left behind by similar dynamic companies, stale environment, older mentaility

    Advice to Management

    The best employees are walking due to better opportunities elsewhere with freedom to grow. Remove the LR9 cap - your good people will all go and all you will be left with is the over 50s approaching pension. Graduates will be scared off


  8. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Annual pay rise 1% per year , occasional bonus payments

    Cons

    Poor IT systems, Very poor Management at local and senior level, very clicky, only progress by being a "yes" man.

    Advice to Management

    sort out your local and senior management, if offering support, back it up.


  9. Struggling to decide what kind of company it wants to be

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thales UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With lots of clever people, Thales can offer a stimulating environment to work in. The company is not afraid to take on serious technical challenges. If you are a recognised expert in one of the company's core skills, then you will be somebody in Thales. There are attractive opportunities to work with colleagues in other countries, particularly France, Netherlands and Australia. Long term international assignments are also possible. The senior corporate management in Paris is cultured and sophisticated by comparison with many UK PLCs, but no less tough.

    Cons

    Management structures are often bewildering, lines of authority unclear. Decision-making is slow and ponderous (though in part this is due to the very complex range of technologies that Thales deals in). Senior managers often have multiple roles which present conflicts of interest - they are expected to cope. Local factory & BU loyalties are pronounced, with local grandees often allowed to frustrate corporate policies. The fact that Thales is controlled indirectly by the French state means that, each time the French President changes, the Chairman & CEO of Thales tends to get replaced. This is very destabilising and hugely distracting for senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the management structure. Less interference from Paris. Empower UK managers to manage their businesses, and hold them to account. Deal more effectively with obstructive middle management behaviour. Do more to promote the careers of younger staff by giving them real responsibility early and the chance to shine (or fail). Make the company more outward looking, less internally focussed.


  10. Top-heavy firm slowly crawling towards its death.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good name on the CV

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, low salaries, terrible benefits.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the deadwood and promote younger people.


  11. Interesting work, but culture could be improved as could the balance between responsibility and compensation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting products and technology. Reasonably good opportunities for training. Many very talented individuals in a variety of roles.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to obtain information internally. Frequent internal reorganisation which can difficult to keep up with. Simple improvement opportunities often not taken. Business and support functions can be uncooperative and unresponsive.

    Advice to Management

    Very conservative, old-fashioned culture which is unappealling to younger demographic. Tone of communication from senior management often very poorly received by wide swathes of the employee population.



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