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Thales Canada Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • Work life balance can suffer in busy periods (in 18 reviews)

  • Top-down approach from senior management lading to a stats-based analysis of performance (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New challenges everyday.
    Positive team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Get better at providing advancement opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Base salary is decent.
    Lots of windows and natural light in the office.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours.
    Not enough staff to get the job complete, so everyone is just frustrated all the time. Morale is low.
    Always severely behind schedule and way over budget.
    Employees are working long hours and much of it is unpaid overtime. Staff are told they could take the time off in the future but the work load never decreases, so there is no opportunity to use the banked hours. There is no system in place for this banked time - you just have to trust that your manager will honour it someday.
    Cubicle sizing is reducing in attempt to cram as many engineers into as little space as possible.
    Parts are getting lost in the shipping process because there are too many people involved and communication is poor.
    Even though the products are tested in house, software and hardware sometimes fail to integrate on-site, creating panics to try and resolve the problems.
    There are power struggles between the various sites, as a result, there is no clear defined plan or leadership.
    Management style is old-school - to instill fear into employees to get them to work harder.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting engineering estimates down just to win bids. You are killing your engineering team by driving them to work ridiculous hours of unpaid overtime.
    Try using positive reinforcement.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Intern IVV"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International Reputation
    Small office in Montreal

    Cons

    Too repetitive tasks.
    Tasks are note challenging

    Advice to Management

    Should be more fun engaging employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Thales Transportation Solutions: Slow erosion of the fame"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good benefit package

    Cons

    The attitude is demoralizing, attempts to improve or change is discouraged. Leaders, managers are reluctant to make decisions or take any responsibility, and are often part of the problem, not the solution.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hard skills over soft skills.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "good learning experience in a big company (Urban Rail division), good benefits, high pressure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits (100% dental), good pension
    work with lots of engineers, in a big engineering-focused company
    strong processes and tools
    good learning experience in a big company
    good office facilities with ergonomic chairs, onsite cafeteria, gym,
    some have fast, latest PCs & monitors, some have old PCs & old monitors - inconsistent.

    Cons

    The company's economic lifeline is winning new orders - if low, layoffs will come suddenly, and you wonder if you should move now to something more stable for the long term. A feast & famine cycle.
    To win bids, aggressive promises are made regarding costs and time. Then you as an engineer or project manager will get high pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines on a series of complex feats. The pressure comes from the fact that the contract is set in stone, often with penalties (for the company) for not meeting the dates.
    Work/life balance will be impacted severely, depending on the phase of your project.

    Advice to Management

    Management should talk to an affected employee to get the facts or feedback before rushing to judgement, and act with fairness and integrity to employees as a high priority.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering: Interesting work, Stagnant Growth"

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

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, decent benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to grow, No recognition for good work


  7. Helpful (5)

    "low efficiency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    leader in the industry. decent benifits. good job security, good place to stay till retire.

    Cons

    very low work efficiency. when work load is high, the only solution the management team can think of is hiring more people regardless of competence. 20% of employees doing 80% of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Moving non-productive people to non-important positions or even promoting them to high positions encourages the whole team to go low. Fire those not qualified people. Company is a profit unit, but not a charity orgnization.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with on my project
    Flex hours
    Good benefits

    Cons

    People are overworked
    Unrealistic deadlines constantly set
    Won't be honest with stakeholders
    Horrible upper management that now, thinking back, remind me of the US government. Just a bit antiquated and lots of nepotism and not a lot of actual knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house people!!!! You should have done it more than 5 years ago. It's a joke


  9. "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


  10. "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


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