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Thales Canada Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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  • Working on Bids will kill your work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Some senior management have no incentive to move (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Test engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Test Engineer in North York, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Test Engineer in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thales as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    good working environment and learning opportunities

    Cons

    location, permanent opportunities, parking, social activities


  2. "Technical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    City traffic can be a real pain


  3. "Great job...bad location"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in North Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in North Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Culture good. Good people. Well defined processes. Huge growth and work in pipeline. Security

    Cons

    Bad location. Promotion at or above director is reserved for exists from France.
    Often too process heavy.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring seasoned pros with over 15 years experience. Stuffing them with 3 weeks vacation isn't nice.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company until they lose a contract"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good salary, fair management.

    Cons

    Some military mysogoyn, poor organization when a contact is lost

    Advice to Management

    Try to place your people before eliminating entire departments. Very stressful, very depressing


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Bonus structure relatively speaking, average pension benefits but good health benefits. Positive work environment. Good people to work with. Relatively flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Limited possibility to grow past a middle management level unless you are willing to do a stint in head office. Highly transitory work force.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate your activities better and have a stronger and more integrated Project/Technical leadership.


  7. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, nice colleagues and costumers.
    Reasonable workload and weekends.
    Can learn many new things for intermediates.

    Cons

    Promotions are sometimes dependent on who you know.
    They sometimes people in a leadership position that don't necessarily have the rights skills and they are often left alone.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you develop the right people. If they don't fit the role, do something about it.


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    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work. Small, organic growth, great people

    Cons

    Purchase of Alcatel rail business and amalgamation of business and management led to change in culture


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in North York, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in North York, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is nice and mostly patient

    Cons

    Not enough training for younger employees

    Advice to Management

    Implement a grad program for your interns


  10. Helpful (1)

    "improvement needed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent salary
    - Good benefits
    - Nice worker colleagues
    - Interesting environment (only 15% native English speakers)
    - Good free coffee ;)

    Cons

    - "Unnecessary" high pressure environment
    - Finger pointing attitude, which makes work really slow because everyone is covering there backs instead of working together and finding solutions
    - Not detailed processes with outdated workflows
    - Every two years low performance layoffs
    - Unorganized IT I ever experienced

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your employees and there professional needs instead of dictating unrealistic and undefined goals
    - Try to support a "one team" environment instead of creating a
    "every man for himself" environment thru finger pointing
    - Fix the basic problems in the current process before transferring them into a agile process


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to end your career as a software developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    - Work is very easy
    - Free coffee
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - There is a culture of fear and suspicion towards any kind of new technology. (Upgrades to Windows 7 started to happen in 2014, Visual Studio 2010 is considered a cutting edge IDE, etc.)

    - Training of employees is non-existent. If you are planning to retire in the next few years, this is great because you don't need to learn anything new ever. If you are in the early or middle part of your career working at Thales will hurt your ability to grow.

    - While the work is extremely simplistic/easy, you will be flooded with large amounts of it.

    - The IT department is beyond incompetent. They regularly do things like disable all the build computers in the company (causing weeks of man hour losses each day), randomly uninstall libraries and essential files from test computers causing issues that you must then debug, and have been known to disable internet access to the whole company for weeks at a time for no valid reason.

    - Flexible hours are great, but if you choose to come in to the office early in the morning and leave earlier on during the day, expect your performance reviews to be poor, regardless of your actual performance.

    - Computer hardware is often barely adequate to perform the tasks you're given.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on embracing rather than running from new technologies.
    - Provide employees with the tools they need to do the job.
    - Provide more than lip service towards career development.
    - Replace the entire IT department.


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