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Thales Reviews

Updated January 14, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Thales Avionics Irvine - Good company with hard working employees"

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    Former Employee - Shared Service Function in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Shared Service Function in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay with great benefits and global career opportunities
    Top down effort to transform company through investment in tools and personnel development
    Driven to succeed in extremely competitive and disruptive market

    Cons

    Challenging work environment due to transformation, bi-coastal integration/coordination and high volume NPI projects
    Engineering oriented company with lean shared service functions (IT, HR, Fin) that struggle to support business growth and internal customer requirements

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on tool and personnel investment
    Create dedicated project office to support and coordinate major acquisitions and integrations


  2. "Best company to Work"

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    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with not so good management"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away unless you desperately need a job"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Manager 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

    Compensation, Benefits, Location, Weather, Facility

    Cons

    Culture of blaming, witch hunting, yelling, arguments
    Too French - does not respect American Culture, actively work to convert you to French way
    All Senior Leadership is French - does not promote or recognize American leadership, constantly puts down non-French individuals
    Expect to work many weekends and overtime

    Advice to Management

    Integrate with American culture while still retaining core Thales culture
    Promote more integrated Leadership from US versus all ExPats from France


  6. Helpful (8)

    "former Director"

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

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

    Pros

    generous PTOs, executives with 2hr lunches, lots of travelling abroad & opportunities to earn miles

    Cons

    transformation with continuous layoffs, shrinking market, evolving technology, limited cash flow, HR favoring abusive french managers, too many uncertainties, employees LOST TRUST with management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop imposing top down French headquarter business practices while disrespecting US culture. Stop hiring French nationals and laying off US citizens. Stop subcontracting operations to Asia. Remember that you are operating on American soil and doing business with great American companies like Boeing.


  7. "Good job to work at especially in Florida."

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    Current Employee - Material Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Material Specialist in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    The hours are there if you want them.

    Cons

    Some people are a hassle to deal with.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work.... depending on department"

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Integration in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall good corporate culture, usually perks for employees like gym discounts or what have you.

    Cons

    Workplace experience is vastly different depending on what department you're in. Some managers are kind and nurturing and honestly want the best for you, while others micromanage and constantly find fault. Mangers have (I think) too much power over their workers' ability to learn new things or transfer laterally to new departments.
    Pay structure seems unfair - management is under so much pressure to produce good numbers that they will go out of their way to find reasons not to give deserved raises.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware for bad personalities. Don't promote people to management because you owe them favors or they have political pull around the office.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "material specialist"

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    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Material Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the benefits and the atmosphere

    Cons

    there are little cons qas of now


  10. "Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worldwide company with many business segments

    Cons

    French driven leadership worldwide, highly profit driven.