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Thales Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    "working at Thales (Irvine, CA)"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global company that invests back in the company, they take care of employees with excellent benefits, fair pay, and will move you around within the company if you want, or if your group has a downturn, they will try to relocate you.

    Cons

    Work has slowed, need to win more business, raises/salaries could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Results suffer slightly at the cost of image, put more focus into software fixes and bid management


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Desperate to be #1"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package and nothing else.

    Cons

    Poor, Dishonest, And Cold-hearted management who will do anything to try to be #1 in the business. No accountability. Lots of nepotism. No ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Thales is losing a LOT of talent. Stop listening to the wrong people who are lazy and have no value.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Work here if you just want a paycheck"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place has great benefits like 4% fully vested matching 401K and 1 month pto. Their systems are pretty complex so you have a great opportunity to learn different technologies. Most people are very nice.

    Cons

    Really bad company culture. Unfortunately Thales is composed of people who have been working there for 7+ years and they have really let themselves go knowledge wise. They have no further drive to improve themselves or the systems. It seems a lot of these guys are just dead weight and only go work here to collect a paycheck. They aren't the best at coding, nor are they making an effort any longer to get better. You will have to deal with extremely buggy code and a lot of finger pointing as to who is at fault. If you are happy just collecting a paycheck and have no further drive to improve yourself, this is the place to be at. Or if you are a new grad, this is a good place to start, but don't stay here too long or you will think this is how the whole industry is like.

    Even with all the great benefits this place has a high turnover because a lot of people get sick of the same problems that never get resolved.

    So many meetings. I spent 4 hours a day in meetings most of the time. Most meetings are completely pointless and everyone is late to them.

    Very poor planning. 6 months out of the year you have very light work and don't know what to do with yourself. Then the other 6 months you are pushed hard to complete almost impossible deadlines and forced to work overtime. I have only experienced this at Thales.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized.


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  5. "Thales Avionics, IFEC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits you'll find anywhere

    Cons

    Relocating sites too often....to the other side of the country

    Advice to Management

    Move the IFEC back to Seattle


  6. "benefits"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Clarksburg, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Clarksburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good benefits... much better than standard

    Cons

    very good place work overall


  7. "Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed working environment

    Cons

    Management = Good 'Ol Boy Network, Zero long term strategy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the future, not on the Vice Presidents!


  8. "Good pay, culture of managers are helpful and working for their employees"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    people are friendly and professional. Jobs are more stable than competitor company. French companies are more inclined to promote healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Some people get pay more due to years of service and not competency. Company is trying to go out of their way to pay high performance employees but still takes longer to recognize incompetency.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognize workers who goes to work for a paycheck and lack self-improvement.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unqualified and disconnected leadership; executive and directors"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall the company has a very focused and targeted vision

    Cons

    The disconnect between the leadership and the disparate organizational structure has everyone stepping on and over each other. There has been a major shift in attitudes and behavior due to recent changes that could have been handled much better. Unfortunately, key senior leader have been dismisses but the employee they managed remain. The truth is that the leaders failed because the employees that remain failed to do their jobs.

    New leaders have been brought in from the mothership (France) and other promoted but little to NO managerial skills and their lack of English create a language barrier that can sometimes embarrass or make you feel less than human.

    Advice to Management

    When you make a change, make it from top to bottom so that you see real change.


  10. "Corporate environment, slow to change, hard to move vertically because design is a new field to the company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - User Experience/UI Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience/UI Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, my coworkers are awesome people, the office location is great and the company is known globally for it's civil and military contributions.

    Cons

    Slow to change, hard to grow due to graphic design being a new internal service (typically outsourced in the past). Equipment and proper tools to do your job are nearly impossible to get and the IT/Security department often hinder or block progress rather than help support it.


  11. "Would recommend for anyone, especially parents"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    4 weeks PTO to start and it increases, good pay

    Cons

    Siloed and can be hard to get budget for projects.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication between departments so we can work more quickly and not duplicate efforts.


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