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Thales Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Working on Bids will kill your work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Very poor senior management with hidden agendas solely focussed upon their individual advancement (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work with top notch engineers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are always pushed/encouraged to grow as a developer. Always updating tech stack to the latest and greatest. Probably the most tech savvy engineers I have worked with. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Depending on the project the deadlines can be unrealistic


  2. "Great Culture w/Innovative Engineers & Cool Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Everyone works hard... and shares lots of laughter... diversity of work and technology - get to create it, build it and ship it.

    Cons

    I don't think anyone would turn away more work resources

  3. "Overall Great Company - Super Cool Technology"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great and diverse technology. The technology is really interesting and provides interesting work. Work with really smart and talented folks.

    Cons

    HR Leadership lacks US knowledge & Expertise - this bleeds into all other areas of business - including large expat leadership make up in US.

    Advice to Management

    Hire local/in country talent in leadership positions and listen to in country expertise about most agile and effective way to run business.


  4. "Corrupt Management and Nepotism at a different level!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for that invests in its employees, excellent benefits (especially PTO & 401K - hard to find anything close to what they offer anywhere else)

    Cons

    Although company theoretically wants to invest in its employees, this is often not applied due to terrible management who is out to protect their positions and salaries and could care less about the development of their reporting employees. You have directors and VPs who hire their family members (nepotism) - their family members cost the business millions of dollars but at the end of the day, no one can say or do anything to these individuals.
    They keep laying off the little people in order to meet their end of year budget so that senior management and executives could all get their bonuses. Corrupt management to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    Stop driving the business to the ground by selfishly protecting your positions and hiring incompetent family members


  5. "Confused company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and salary package

    Cons

    Lot of confusion regarding technical ownership

    Advice to Management

    Define roles


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Looks good on the surface, once you see inside is a different story."

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    Former Employee - Contracted Media Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Contracted Media Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO mirror that of European packages.

    Cons

    Management lacks creativity and becomes threatened by new blood. Makes for an uncomfortable work enviroment. Employees follow management and found a lot of office politics, two faced employees trying to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get those bad eggs that are keeping you from becoming a source to be roconded with.


  7. "Good benefits and work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    20 days PTO as a new hire.

    Cons

    Too many proceesses to get a simple task done.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President/General Manager"

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    Current Employee - Vice President/General Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President/General Manager in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Thales work culture is open and empowering with great benefits. The 9/80 work schedule is wonderful as every other weekend is 3 days long. Projects are cutting edge in the area of augmented reality which is booming. Thales Visionix products are flying on many US and foreign military platforms with great results. Its personally satisfying to speak with our customers as they really like the equipment and use it every day. As a result sales are growing as is the staff. The Thales Group provides ample opportunities for career growth both here in the US and internationally. By far the best place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    I have no complaints at this time.


  9. "Thales - Aurora, IL"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology and fun company to work for! Relaxed atmosphere and very flexible work schedule. Every other Friday off is a great benefit. Good teamwork and very honest management team.

    Cons

    No job is perfect but I don't have any complaints.


  10. "Good company, nice perks"

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

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good opportunities if you work hard enough. Some people are really masters in their own domain and are very inspiring.

    Cons

    Old style management. Your progression in the company will be stuck if you are not old enough or if you don't come from the right school. Leave when this happens


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