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Thales Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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  • "Work life balance always in peril" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Les outils de travail sont trop nombreux" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Owner of my own business"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CEO-Founder in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - CEO-Founder in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Freedom in business and personal life

    Cons

    Stressful, lower income then previous job


  2. "The Best Aerospace Company FOR ME! No choice i have to move to Northern California to live near my Family & Relatives"

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    Former Employee - Technology Inventory Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Inventory Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Benefits and Salary, Nice & safe Building with HI Tech lunch rooms plus IN-Flyt Cafe, in the building

    Cons

    Nothing that i could think of...

    Advice to Management

    Continue your Good heart to employees - Family First

  3. "Good enough for now, not a future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent for the area, not great but decent
    Hours are regular
    OT is typically available
    The AC works

    Cons

    Management doesn't know how to manage or properly communicate, they're much more practiced at blowing smoke
    Perception is the only thing that matters here
    Quality is unimportant, production is the keyword, until a customer complains
    You never know where you stand
    Raises are from higher up and they're a joke, the average is inflation rate

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time treating the office like the country club and learn to manage.
    Invest in your people.
    Emphasize quality.
    Communicate with your people.


  4. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer Tech in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer Tech in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good stable and great people to work with

    Cons

    none , none , none

    Advice to Management

    good


  5. "Global Company but Inflight Entertainment Division unable to execute."

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

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

    Pros

    Short Commute
    Very little business travel
    Vacation Time
    Working in a small group.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible at giving feedback.
    Working to unrealistic schedules
    No opportunities for growth or training.
    Toxic culture of fear with employees actively sabotaging each others work and people are fearful of admitting mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Run Away!"

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

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

    Pros

    PTO
    Bonus
    Benefits
    IFE technology
    Centrally located in Irvine

    Cons

    So many. Where do I start?
    1. Engineering is just chaos.
    2. Tried to become Agile. Failed miserably. Let go the Agile leaders and now trying to go back to something. Not sure if its waterfall or what. To be honest, the company has no clue what kind of SW development methodology to implement/follow.
    3. New processes are constantly put in place whether they add value or not. Upper management thinks this is going to solve all their problems but in the past several months of trying out these new processes, KPIs are still bad.
    4. New processes that are put in place, that impact multiple groups, aren't communicated with everyone. So, when you try to follow the new process you get push back because not everyone agrees or follows it.
    5. Upper management doesnt listen to the engineers to figure out how to improve SW quality and financials. Instead, they use buzz words like accountability and assign new responsibilities to people who dont develop the SW.
    6. They dont care one bit about their employees. Currently forcing people to sit in cramped workspaces because they cant afford to renew the lease on 1 bldg. They didn't even care to ask the employees how they would feel about the tight workspaces before making them move. And they didnt even consider safety hazards and had to move people because they were basically sitting in the hallway!
    7. There is clearly a favorites game going on. Just look at the upper management demographics and you'll understand.
    8. So many unqualified people in upper management. Directors and VPs who dont have a clue on how Engineering operates. They dont understand existing processes, dont care to learn the new ones and think who ever screams the loudest one, wins.
    9. Stop using excel for every dang KPI. This isn't 1999.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point. They dont listen. It's only a matter of time before people will realize that their work is adding no value whatsoever and will start to head for the exit.


  7. "Dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Malabar, FL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Malabar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    4 weeks of vacation to start and good benefits.

    Cons

    No processes in place so you can’t succeed at your job. Managers don’t know how to lead or manage.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable at all levels. Train management. Discover change management best practices.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plantation, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plantation, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Smart and friendly technical team members

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of recognition for contribution


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company with not so good management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IVV Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - IVV Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary at par with industry standards, good benefits, lots of coffee and nice facility

    Cons

    Lead and Middle Manager have low stress tolerance and are shy of leadership experience which means they often get involved in micromanagement. They almost promote bad culture from within at times such that the environment gets near toxic. The individual contributors sometimes find it hard to focus due to many rude emergency emails, meetings, phone calls and text messages at night and on weekends on personal cell phones.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let the high work pressure trickle down since that is your job. Do not defame the french or promote bad culture from within. Give the individual contributors reasonable time to get the job done and then leave them alone. Let them be innovative in their approach with the tasks at hand. Stop micromanaging and get some training. Do not push loyal employees to the point they no longer care.


  10. "Best company to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Lead/Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead/Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Good Pay, Brand name in Defense & Avionics, Job security

    Cons

    Leader shall focus on bringing New Bussiness

    Advice to Management

    Bring the continuous work for long term