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"Thales. Learn from past mistakes."

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Great benefits. The 4 weeks of vacation actually include sick days. The benefits are good. Met and worked with many wonderful people. Product is good.

Cons

People are worked to death. Management does not know how to structure itself and work towards a better environment. Finger pointing. Departments do not speak to each other. Management infighting. To be promoted you had better be in the same cultural vertical.

Advice to Management

Leadership at Thales would not take any comments into consideration. The atmosphere is very high school 'mentality' oriented. Management needs to place more respect on the efforts of all employees and not the few. The company is not progressing from efforts of management, but from efforts and hard work of the employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Thales

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Clarksburg, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Clarksburg, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Thales does important work that assists our military and first responders. The radios are fabricated primarily on site which is very interesting to see. There are some very intelligent engineers with a lot of experience who can be a good source for some personal growth. Work is casual and relatively calm for most programs.
    Most programs have all the tools they need (software and hardware).
    No matter what your experience level, you will be doing design and testing on and for real products. You will not spend all day pushing paper here.

    Cons

    The biggest problem at Thales is accountability. The metrics for projects and the demands of senior management create a finger pointing atmosphere. There is frequently a rift between the hardware and software groups because neither wants to be the one holding up progress. There are people who spend all day shifting blame around from group to group. The engineers themselves are often not the problem, but so many have been forced into a position where their default reaction is to blame someone else.
    Management is aware of the problem but has done little to nothing to fix it.
    It's a bad sign when the projects that get priority are the ones with the loudest yellers. I had a manager basically tell me that verbatim.

    Advice to Management

    What do you think your job is? Is it to meet your bonus thresholds? Is it to make everything look ok to your boss?
    In my humble opinion, your job is to make the engineers jobs easier. Make sure they have everything they need to do their jobs.
    Encouragement is not packaged in accusatory emails and public beration.


  2. "Human Resources Support Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Support Apprentice in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Support Apprentice in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Thales is a fast paced company that aims to help those which seek out improvement of self.

    Cons

    Complexity of Organisation can be disadvantageous as contacting those from different departments can prove to be a strong issue.

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