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Thales Reviews

Updated December 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Thales offers the best work / life balance of any company I have ever worked for (in 48 reviews)

  • French companies are more inclined to promote healthy work environment (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Thales Job review"

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

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Great community, good resources were given

    Cons

    Salary was not too good


  2. "Hidden Gem"

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

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

    Pros

    Thales works on a great portfolio of programs. I work in IFE, interesting work, a lot of positive changes happening which will improve everything.
    Good HR process, you know what is happening when, salary increases and they have a share offering. Good 401K matching!

    Love working with the people in my team and its a good location with onsite cafe.

    Lots of opportunities if you chase it and it's important to you.

    They have a good "Inspire Group" gets you involved in volunteering and helping the community. Thales runs and supports frequent charity events.

    Cons

    Not many I can think of

  3. "Interesting work; dishonest management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    4 weeks PTO to start. 5 weeks after 5 years, 6 weeks after 10

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management. No teamwork. Adversarial attitude between business units. Production has no regard for aftermarket business. Thales will ship product with known problems and leave it to aftermarket (customer service) to deal with it and warranty to pay for it.

    Advice to Management

    Thales motto of "One team, One Thales" really needs to be driven home and made a reality. That has the potential to be a great company to be a part of.


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful managers.
    Intelligent coworkers that understand every single detail in the designing process.

    Cons

    Business is cyclical; some seasons would be extremely busy depending on the contracts signed, while other seasons might be extremely slow.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "If you want to grow up, stay away."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid-back work environment. You have no urgent matter at all in this company. They opened a new cafe, but it is not free. You may need to pay more ie, starbucks coffee is about 50c more expensive than Starbucks a block down.

    Cons

    If you are not a french, you can’t go up beyond director. VP and above are all french. They are simply pouring down french people from the top. They are adding some french managers who brought from france headquarter now. I am guessing in near future US born employees will do laundry job only in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Why don’t you move your office back to france?


  6. "Avionic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Piscataway, NJ
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexible work hours are good.

    Cons

    Needs more career advancements for their employees.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Transitioning Company"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large number of opportunities with continued growth with pursuit.

    Cons

    Large turn over with transition from small organization to global organization. Roles and responsibilities are not well defined, understood or owned.

    Advice to Management

    Establish firm definition of roles for the organization and better educate teams.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stress Stress Stress"

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    Former Employee - Materials Management in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Management in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - you will need them for therapy.

    Cons

    Overworked
    No leadership
    Deceitful
    No work/family balance even though they talk about it all of the time
    Half of the employees are on stress leave.

    Advice to Management

    When your Director tells you that he does not know anything about his job you are in trouble.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Thales (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High tech industry and lot to learn

    Cons

    French politics and upper management not sharing any status


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Thales redefines software development, and not in a good way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck.

    Good work-life balance.

    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that puts Stalin's Russia to shame. Not uncommon for tasks to be blocked for weeks or even months when cross-department cooperation is required. New hire needs access to a network resource? Plan for at least two weeks for IT to flip a switch.

    Everything extremely fragmented. Thales Irvine is like an ancient land of warring city states. Department A manager is at war with department B manager, so neither can get anything done, but they'll die before they give an inch even if that means missing their own milestones.

    Management to developer ratio is insane. It's not uncommon for a single software engineer to work on a simple project with over a dozen managers. You'll have one poor guy writing code while being torn apart by infighting between project manager, product manager, product line manager, scrum master, product owner, customer manager, media manager, UX manager, UI manager, IVV, release train, etc. I am not exaggerating.

    No accountability (which management definitely considers a Pro). Fail to deliver a single line of code in months? Have every release rejected by screaming customers? No problem. There's always an offshore contractor with an unpronounceable name to blame while you get promoted.

    Software development is managed by people with no software development experience or training. There's a lot of ceremony. Agile, daily stand-ups, scrum masters. It's all for show. Thales is hard waterfall, and very rusty at that. Developers are seen as little better than an inanimate assembly line with no capacity for rational thought. Here are your orders, here's how long you'll take to do it, now get to it.

    Many managers are toxic, and toxicity spreads. Better managers leave for greener pastures, or are squeezed out because they focus on work while their "enemies" focus on mooching up to upper management. I've seen intrigue that put medieval Spanish court to shame. And so good people are replaced by mediocre people, and mediocre people hire incompetent people, and eventually the snowball turns into an avalanche.

    Advice to Management

    When you have two developers and twelve managers working on the project, and project costs skyrocket while quality dwindles, the solution is not to add more managers.


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