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Thales Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Together we.... deceive"

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

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

    Pros

    Absolutely none that I can think of

    Cons

    All of it. Luckily there was a HR Leader who retired, this should have put a stop to deceit and lies from a number of leaders in the organization and local HR. Irvine and Arlington are only out for themselves. If you say or do anything to question, challenge or query their decisions, then you are doomed. If you're not a member of the mean girl's club, then you're on your own. Only working in this organization have I witnessed discrimination 1st hand, and leadership's reluctance to discipline those responsible or hold them accountable. What they profess for an employer brand is nothing short of a children's novel. All of the Supercharge your career inspirational training might well have been worthwhile if that money was invested into something more tangible and not for people stuck in this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the smokescreen that surrounds HR who are as transparent as Area 51. Clean house, then when you're done with that ship out the other leaders who talk a lot (meetings galore) and deliver nothing.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Desperate to be #1"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits package and nothing else.

    Cons

    Poor, Dishonest, And Cold-hearted management who will do anything to try to be #1 in the business. No accountability. Lots of nepotism. No ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Thales is losing a LOT of talent. Stop listening to the wrong people who are lazy and have no value.

  3. "strict employment conditions."

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    Former Contractor - SCM in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - SCM in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it was close to home

    Cons

    low pay, boring job, strict hours ( had to be in the office from 9 to 6 , lunch had to be between 12 and 1)

    Advice to Management

    need to add more man power to make improvements


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Urgently rectify...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, salaries and benefits

    Cons

    Hiring process has recently changed and not for good

    Advice to Management

    Thales used to be a proudly diverse company. If you look around their employees, you’ll still find a nice “melting pot”. However, we have lately seen a change in their hiring process and some discrimination taking place not only based on race, ethnicity or national origin, but also based on non-native English-speaking candidate with a foreign accent.
    We have lately witnessed many judgments made based on accents of candidates. You are completely wrong by judging a Hispanic accent as a probably ‘less educated,' or an Asian accent as a plus
    You should go back to hire your candidates based on their qualifications alone, provided (of course) their verbal abilities are at least appropriate for the job. A person with an accent or certain grammar mistakes can still perform a great tech job better than many with a flawless English.
    I’ve worked for you for a long time now and I know that you value diversity. So I think it’s time you make the people with hiring responsibilities at THALES to be aware of the possibility of their unconscious bias against non-native English speakers. Please don’t let this great company perpetuate an awfully wrong practice.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bad job, bad company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    You get a little bit of money for working and hopefully will not starve.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Back biting culture. Managers always watching your every move and talking behind your back. Expects you to commit to them and work all of their overtime but will drop you in a heartbeat and move their facility if they can save a few bucks. PTO requires 16 days advance notice.One person I know had life issues that got in the way of that and they made him suffer. Work of employees is heavily scrutinized and kept track of. If any mistakes are made, feedback is highly negative, unprofessional, heavy handed, and threatening. Whenever anything goes wrong, this company threatens to fire people. Word has it that people that opted to stay and help the facility transition to a new location were all called into a meeting and threatened to be fired. Nice last impression. Has a medical plan option of %100 coverage but very difficult to find any provider in network so you wind up paying anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the managers responsible for this culture. Any job that threatens others this way is doomed to suffer. Instead of making people anxious about errors, be positive with them and focus on ways to improve not how to punish.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Au Revoir"

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

    Pros

    -Diversity
    -Company is backed by French so it probably won't go out of business
    -Titles usually don't match skill level
    -You can stay hired for a very long time if you want to
    -If you are French or speak it, you definitely have an advantage
    -If doing nothing all day, like meetings, checking email, politics, etc., Thales could be a good fit.

    Cons

    -Communication (especially engineering) is atrocious.
    -People in spots they shouldn't be
    -Sales sells features to customers before a product was even investigated/developed, leads to bad/ever-changing products
    -Talented people are not rewarded like they should be
    -New hire onboarding is nearly non-existent
    -Company is plagued by too much diversity combined with poor accountability which also causes poor communication
    -Most employees could care less about the product and vision because the future vision is not clear, just buzz words organized placed into a powerpoint
    -Scrum masters are manager puppets and mostly everyone dislikes them
    -Hygiene is a serious issue sometimes

    Advice to Management

    -Hire managers who know how to manage people as well as software. Don't just put them in place.
    -Stop hiring contractors; they do mostly more harm than good.
    -Stop bending to customer's will
    -Treat your engineers like you do your business people.
    -Stop contracting out your IT department and make developer systems more free to the internet.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "boss sucks"

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

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

    Pros

    none is just like any othet place

    Cons

    management has favoritism no room to grow. human resorces dept. and management too much of a friend and doesnt listen to regular employees

    Advice to Management

    fire everyone and get profedsionals

  8. "So Much Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Engaging work, I enjoy coworkers and software development

    Cons

    Horrible waterfall-agile software development process


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Ummm.. Not so much"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, a few fun people on the team, casual Fridays, etc.

    Cons

    Poor management, horrible HR staff, a co-worker was being sexually harassed and the solution was to lay the victim off. The manager harassing him was kept and is still there to this day.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out. Appreciate your employees.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Croutons have more flavor and career opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office if you're senior enough, if you're special enough you'll get a window. PTO and benefits are good, probably the best I've seen. If you're in the click, your bonus is good too but doesn't make up for the hours, pressure and back stabbing. Be prepared for constant flip flopping on key decisions, and for VP's to throw you under the bus when they get it wrong with zero accountability.

    Cons

    Senior managers that like to look after each other. Don't challenge the status quo, it will shorten your tenure. Make sure you manage and communicate up at all times, failure to do so ensures career suicide. Be prepared to answer an email from anyone within 10 minutes otherwise they will escalate to the moon and back. Also be prepared for unpublished internal policies, especially HR ones that no-one has ever seen, but you are held accountable by. Also be prepared for chameleons masquerading as HR people who frequently slaughter your productivity with mindless meetings, phonecalls and emails. Also, be prepared for countless reams of senior managers from a certain country in Europe (where HQ also is) who are parachuted in on incredibly expensive assignments so that they can keep an eye on what is happening and report back to Area 51, aka HQ. Despite how effective, productive and efficient you may be, save it, Thales won't like it or use it, instead keeping to a culture, practice and style that was last seen during prohibition. There are many other high tech innovative companies out there, best advice is to look at one of them instead. Salaries can be better, if you're a technologist, you will not be paid anywhere near market rate.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, smell the coffee, understand that you have too many under achievers masquerading as competent in your ranks.


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