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Thales Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "DSM Group (Vormetric) - decent, but under-resourced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are generally pretty nice. Decent benefits. Nice current office in North San Jose.

    Cons

    Wide variation in the level of technical ability of the engineers. Some are quite good. Others, not so much
    Not enough young people
    Lots of standard engineering practices (e.g., unit tests) have not been implemented, or very inconsistently.
    Not enough engineering resource! Engineers are pulled from one project onto others for months, leading to a lot of stalled development.
    Too many cases where one person is the only one that knows something. If they're not available, development stalls.
    Not enough QA resource to test everything that needs to be tested, leading to stalled development
    Too many simultaneous releases
    Project management interaction with engineering is completely broken.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Dev and QA engineers! Projects are stalled, everybody is over-stressed because of the lack of resources. People are spread too thin across too many projects.


  2. "Thales USA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, willingness of company to help you grow in your desired field, strong leadership, great benefits and pay.

    There are many different business units and endless opportunities for growth and mobility throughout the world. The company puts an emphasis on continued education and employee ideas for how to do business and make the company greater.

    Cons

    The company is very large and like with most companies this size and structure the smaller units can be easily missed. This leaves the smaller units struggling more as the compete with some of the other internal companies to help as they go after contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Need a greater structure in place to keep the business units that are small from being gouged by the larger units when their assistance is needed on new contracts. This can hurt the smaller units ability to win the contracts it needs to grow and help the bottom line of Thales as a whole.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Major changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing for LR8 or above can be up to a $10,000 bonus

    Cons

    No structure, organization, or processes. Very unorganized after the butout by Thales. Subjet Matter Experts are spread too thin. Projects get dropped as a customer focus business changes priorities with no transition plan for handing over work so many things get left undone.

    Advice to Management

    Take your group of "Knowledge Experts" and spread their tribal knowledge FAST! A comapny of 10 SME to 40 employees are fine. When that has grown to the same 10 SME but now with 400 employees, it is a ticking time bomb.

    Don't reprioritize every person and project because there is a fire from a customer comment or feedback. Follow solid engineering process, gain sustainable repeatable work within the workforce and the fires will stop. Running from one to another does nothing but a small burning ember in it's wake waiting to ignite at any moment due to hanging fruit that never got finished.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Abhorrent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    They have a funny name that many people cannot pronounce correctly which irks a lot of people, especially those that have been there forever. PTO & Holidays are good. That's about it.

    Cons

    Never before in my whole life was I subjected to the back biting, gossip, scare mongering, clicky culture that underpins this place. This was the worst career move that I made, all because I politely called out a more senior manager in a meeting to clarify that their information was incorrect. Over time, this individual went about in a Machiavellian way to try and do their utmost to spread idle rumor, gossip and other untruths among their peers, seniors and direct reports. What was worse, when challenged, they denied any such behavior and went about acting like they in the right, and I was in the wrong. They then recruited other people who would purposely disagree and interfere and talk over you in meetings and on conference calls. When bringing this matter to a head, they outright lied in order to save themselves from retribution and discipline and wouldn't have the matter investigated. Avoid this place like the plague, they will suck the life, soul and charisma out of you. They will say and do anything to save themselves and will stick to looking after their pals or people that know what they are doing and stand up to them. They have a long history of bringing in overpaid expat frenchies over from Europe who are arrogant and racist in many ways, and when you try and draw attention to their behavior, it gets swept under the carpet as they like to protect their own. If you want a rewarding job, work somewhere else and never accept their below market offer. If you want a career, keep going and don't stop by here. It will be career suicide with malice thrown in for good measure. One more thing, look out for the bullies, there are plenty of them. Also avoid HR, they are like the plague, and incurable.

    Advice to Management

    Get yourselves another job somewhere else.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Thales. Even as an intern, I was provided with a lot of quality work, and also got the opportunity to work with other department. Every day was different experience, and the management/teammates was very supportive
    and helpful. I learnt a lot about the airline industry and many of the process at play within the company/industry.

    Cons

    Due to the sheer size of the company, any new change takes time to get implemented.


  7. "Learning & Development Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Growing company that focuses on development and supporting people. The benefits are great -- starting with 4 weeks of vacation in your first year. They support autonomy and mastery of your work and support professional development yearly.

    Cons

    Outdated processes and tools. The focus is definitely on providing the customer with the highest of standards with the products that are delivered. However, employees are often handcuffed into using backwards ways to get the job done. All the tools are decided by the corporate office in France. If they do not see the point in changing, then there is no change. It can be frustrating working for a tech company and you cannot get on the internet half the time.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees' growth. Though my manager was nothing but supportive, it was hard to witness the view of some managers to stagnate their employees and only focus on the bottom line.


  8. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts & Trade Compliance Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Contracts & Trade Compliance Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Thales (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Nice offices

    Cons

    None really its ok. Don't know about management.

    Advice to Management

    Think about decisions


  9. "Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location to work in, Thales provides a relaxed work environment and great health benefits, no stress, people are generally friendly and helpful

    Cons

    This company works on heavily regulated projects, therefore it involves slow processes, bureaucracy, slow work environment and some unmotivated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look out for technology disruptors coming to the market, to keep good employees with better incentives (more interesting projects, better base salary)


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Thales company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software and Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software and Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people great work new technology

    Cons

    Working in a very fluid environment

    Advice to Management

    get to know your personnel's individual strengths


  11. "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    There are motivated teams and individuals if you're motivated enough to find them and ask your boss to change teams.

    Cons

    Many colleagues aren't as self-motivated or assertive as I'd like to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a motivated culture where teams are encouraged to participate in the creative aspects of their products over managing and collecting metrics for every little thing.



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