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Thales London Reviews

Updated November 29, 2016
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  • work life balance is a struggle (in 11 reviews)

  • Questionable senior management (Perth management is good though( (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Working in Central London can be tough with the commute etc."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Subcontract Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Subcontract Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, when compared to rest of UK. Good for CV to work on world class rail projects. Working with customer can be tough.

    Cons

    Struggling with a lot if projects, which is good problem, but leaves resources stretched. Need to improve management structure, too silted.

    Advice to Management

    Look to focus on priority areas


  2. "Make sure you choose the right project"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very interesting projects to work on, cutting edge of technology and the opportunity to work around the world. Great offices!

    Cons

    Some very poor projects to work on and they're difficult to get off. Poor development planning makes it hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    More development opportunities are needed


  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Thales is a large organisation with a wide range of products and services. There is scope for international travel both for short term project related work, and for longer term overseas postings. The technology is usually cutting edge and there a lot of very experienced and high quality people within the business.

    Cons

    Under performance is not dealt with quickly or effectively compared to other similar business', with the result that there is a lot of dead wood within the business, causing others to overwork to take up the slack. Very conservative in their approach to risk.

    Advice to Management

    Tryst your people more.


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  5. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some really good colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Operate in very competitive industry sectors

    Advice to Management

    More focus on good performers


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was OK benefits package ok flexible working some great team mates potential to grow in some career functions

    Cons

    No connection between exec and local teams focus on cost reduction over best value lack of connection with people and engagement

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people are at the heart of what you do ... connect with them personally. Your success depends on building and retaining great people


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company somewhat constricted by processes"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, good technology. Benefitted from French investment. Excellent opportunities within the Thales companies for those prepared to relocate. Business language is English but helps to have some knowledge of French language for socialising and integrating with international colleagues.

    Cons

    Centralised management somewhat heavy handed. Bound up in processes. French ownership hinders in some export areas for UK businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the excellent people that work for the company and treat them well. Become more agile and flexible in capability and product offers. Improve delivery performance


  8. Helpful (1)

    "211/02/2016"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Simulation Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Simulation Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Remote 1st Line site :-Good alround IT ,Mechanical ,Hydraulics,training and simulation PFI site.
    If you enjoy being on the beck ,call and fast reaction to recovery of a sim then you will enjoy .
    Each fault can be quite testing at times to a newcomer .Manning levels are tight so you must know what your doing as you may be working on your own a lot of the time and be answerable to the managers who count the beans on site.so can be stressful.

    Cons

    The simulator is getting long in the tooth to keep serviceable and being a PFI site,it is a strain on the engineers on the ground to keep it serviceable.Getting engineers of suitable caliber are now near enough an extinct species.Money is very tight,Promotion is via dead persons shoes on the site.
    Secondary jobs usully involve pat testing,Coshh ,health & safety ,building maintenance which includes plant room minor repairs i.e belts ,motors and montioring chillers so Jack of all trades

    Advice to Management

    Improve Management, less paper work. this place where I am has only at best another 2-3 years operation as spares are becoming harder to obtain due to age of simulator and cost. Engineers are looking else where or retiring !


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Could Do Better? I Hope So"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRBP in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits and work life balance. Ability to manage workload and a decent amount of autonomy. Enjoyed working with the businesses I supported and formed great working relationships

    Cons

    The HR model needs work as at an operational level it does not support the business need.

    Managers do not have the level of skill, confidence in their abilities or had access to the training and development necessary to effectively manage their staff.

    Common feedback from managers is 'there is no HR' which is a difficult situation to work with when there feels like you have no support behind you from the 'Central Function'.

    Advice to Management

    Sort the HR model out
    Ensure the necessary level of operational HR support is in place
    Up skill your management community
    Put the 'H' back into HR!!


  10. "Working at the company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is ample opportunity to be involved in large scale projects

    Cons

    There is a lack of Professional development .

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Thales UK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people working in a company with a fantastic engineering pedigree. Good future opportunities with a diverse portfolio. Company has a strong focus on behaviours which will ensure a good working environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to react as a result of the legacy nature of the business and risk adverse nature. Still too complex organisational structure that is very difficult to understand and is inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    There are many things that are right about Thales and it has a strong platform for growth The two drags are the complexity of the organisation and the risk adverse nature of the decision making.



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