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Thales Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  • 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. "A&P mechanic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LMT in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - LMT in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits i.e insurance and PT0 especially the 401k match at 7% fully vested immediately. Lots of Holidays paid but see cons below. The shift premium is very nice! Overall work environment is pleasant we have a great Supervisor here.

    Cons

    Currently running line maint. like an office style setting with holidays paid as office personnel based on 8 hour shifts only giving you 8 hours on each holiday rather then the amount you actually work being we are 10 hour shifts. No double time. Very Excessively redundant paperwork process needs streamlined badly. Only 1 customer currently at our location with more opportunities the company should pursue.

    Advice to Management

    Let some of your more aviation experienced management and mechanics give input to streamline the line operation into more of a maintenance friendly process.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Positive environment , easy going colleagues, challenging work

    Cons

    No long term guarantee project

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "senior software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    take a day off every other Friday. in theory, 9 hours per day is expected, but most people just ignore it and worked less than 8 hours.

    Cons

    high pressure, management is the worst ever.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    You have a lot of PTO

    Cons

    You will not be able to work on real coding


  9. 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?


  10. "Avionic Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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