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Thales Reviews

Updated October 19, 2018
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  • "Work life balance always in peril" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Les outils de travail sont trop nombreux" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Thales IFEC"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lot of autonomy, really good benefit, take care of their employee and really interested work

    Cons

    Not enough guidance and gap between upper management and engineering

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay, resistant to change, not much promoting from within."

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, independent work structure, flexible hours within reason, no micromanagement in my department. Getting your work done is more important than how you get it done. Teamwork is promoted, and sometimes it works. Good work/family balance, unless you choose to become a workaholic, which you can easily do here.

    Cons

    Management tends to plan for the short term, rather than long-term. Layoffs, restructuring of departments, and relocating of entire facilities are done with poor planning and misguided reasoning. Although Thales tends to insist otherwise, there is little promotion from within its ranks. The job you start with is likely the one you will have for a long time. Management can be vindictive if challenged. Teamwork is encouraged, but more often results in departments working for their own gain rather than the company's benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new ideas. Promote from within on a much greater scale. Use your employee's expertise and advice more, rather than resenting it. That's why you hired them. Think more than three months ahead.

  8. "Lead Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Lead Maintenance Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Maintenance Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    4 days on 3 days off.

    Cons

    Workload High
    Many things happening at once easy to get bumbarded with work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees
    Understand reason many individuals are leaving Thales for other opportunities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Uncertainty at Thales Avionics"

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

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

    Pros

    20 vacation days to start (many are forced to take vacation), lifers could give some valuable insight, CFO and now the CEO are being replaced

    Cons

    The French think they are superior over the US employees therefore, very little growth if you are non-French. The French strongly believe their are superior over all the non-French.

    Advice to Management

    Executives should stop playing politics to please the French. Respect and utilize the strength of employees from each location. Get rid of lifers who create more work for themselves to keep their job.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lying, deceitful and chaotic future"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO
    Relaxed environment even with past deadlines
    Will grow and climb the ladder quick if you're french and based on who you hang out with.

    Cons

    Senior management wants control over everything.
    Too many managers everywhere. Several incompetent in their roles.
    Favoritism across the board, HR is clueless. Their own turnover rate is ridiculous.
    Bare minimum opportunities for those that can do the work and want to make a difference. But Thales only likes to promote people who are sitting idle over years adding no value and eating away the salary cap.
    No vision or clarity on what's next for the company.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point, they haven't listened over the years why would they now? Let's try again anyways:

    Listen to your workers when they ask for help, don't ignore.
    Take care of your teams, you overwork them to make KPI look good.


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