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Thales Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Working on Bids will kill your work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Some senior management have no incentive to move (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Vice President/General Manager"

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    Current Employee - Vice President/General Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President/General Manager in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Thales work culture is open and empowering with great benefits. The 9/80 work schedule is wonderful as every other weekend is 3 days long. Projects are cutting edge in the area of augmented reality which is booming. Thales Visionix products are flying on many US and foreign military platforms with great results. Its personally satisfying to speak with our customers as they really like the equipment and use it every day. As a result sales are growing as is the staff. The Thales Group provides ample opportunities for career growth both here in the US and internationally. By far the best place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    I have no complaints at this time.


  2. "Great place to work with top notch engineers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are always pushed/encouraged to grow as a developer. Always updating tech stack to the latest and greatest. Probably the most tech savvy engineers I have worked with. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Depending on the project the deadlines can be unrealistic

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Clique and unsupportive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    European company, great PTO.

    Cons

    Benefits stink, too high co-pay, dental is a joke. Homophobic staff, found the people to be very cliquey. Nice to your face but talked crap behind your back.

    Advice to Management

    Some things never change, unless your able to be open to a diversified conglomerate of individuals that bring something to the table, you'll never keep good people with your company. The only ones you'll attract is narrow minded people who have nothing to give but to sit back and collect a check.


  4. "Good benefits and work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    20 days PTO as a new hire.

    Cons

    Too many proceesses to get a simple task done.


  5. "Thales - Aurora, IL"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting technology and fun company to work for! Relaxed atmosphere and very flexible work schedule. Every other Friday off is a great benefit. Good teamwork and very honest management team.

    Cons

    No job is perfect but I don't have any complaints.


  6. "Good company, nice perks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good opportunities if you work hard enough. Some people are really masters in their own domain and are very inspiring.

    Cons

    Old style management. Your progression in the company will be stuck if you are not old enough or if you don't come from the right school. Leave when this happens


  7. Helpful (3)

    "HR Leadership is only out for themselves"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    There are some very talented people that work in irvine

    Cons

    The compensation is on the low side.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Stop worrying about climbing the corporate ladder and appreciate your people that are working hard for you.

  8. "Associate Install Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Great management who are very easy to work for and is understanding.

    Cons

    Upper management is quite top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    More worker bees needed and less queen bees.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "OK Place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Very nice coworkers. Most people are very dedicated to doing a good job.

    Cons

    Management is not at all honest. There is a great deal of favoritism. Quite a few lazy, incompetent people are kept around even though their projects have been a total disaster. . HR is very impersonal and unresponsive

    Advice to Management

    honesty and transparency are key to success.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good pay & benefits. Generous vacation time.

    Cons

    Massively wasteful processes. Massive inertia to change. Trench-warfare bureaucracy enforced by middle managers while Directors & VPs do nothing. Extra layers of "VP's" who don't work for the President but get paid like VP's. New 7-figure executive positions being created while they cut costs by eliminating $20/hr value-adding positions. Aging business model probably entering its extinction phase.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating new Director and "VP" positions to retain managers who didn't succeed. Let them go. Take an interest in the competitiveness-crushing processes your middle managers enforce, and why they don't improve. Your people could improve them in days if you backed them up and removed obstacles. Fire every director and above responsible for the SAP implementation which cost millions, resulted in sustained sub-80% on-time delivery, bitter customers and industry partners, and created supply chain blind spots that still haunt us--all without improving a single business metric 18 months later.


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