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Thales Reviews

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

  • Top-down approach from senior management lading to a stats-based analysis of performance (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Very relaxed setup with less job satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and PTOs. Advanced technology use.

    Cons

    Too many redundant roles and constant struggle for role definition.

    Advice to Management

    Kill Matrix roles and establish accountability in all levels


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Recent negative changes"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart employees
    Good equipmemt and resources
    Global parent company
    Exciting products and oportunity
    Capability of global travel
    Work with military aircraft

    Cons

    Overworked, underbudgeted, and oversold
    Lack of transparency
    Little internal advanacement
    Long hours with low pay
    Old building in a bad location

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers to reduce the unpaid overtime

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Clarksburg, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Clarksburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Thales full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work environment and job tools meet expectations; job responsibilities are clearly stated; Employees are team oriented and strive to meet goals. The latest economy for gov. contracts has affected the overall success

    Cons

    The latest economy for gov. contracts has affected the overall success and it has had several reduction in force.

    Advice to Management

    Review and Improve Business Development/Sales


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and the people working there are great! You can accrue PTO up to 20 days. Health/Dental/Vision/401k. There is opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Some time working with departments overseas and the time difference can have an impact on your deadlines. There are some manual processes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving and upgrading processes to make jobs more efficient and effective.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "working at Thales (Irvine, CA)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company that invests back in the company, they take care of employees with excellent benefits, fair pay, and will move you around within the company if you want, or if your group has a downturn, they will try to relocate you.

    Cons

    Work has slowed, need to win more business, raises/salaries could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Results suffer slightly at the cost of image, put more focus into software fixes and bid management


  6. "Trying to be modern"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Stable company with strong financials, great benefits, lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Micro-management culture, lack of accountability, leadership is unfocused.

    Advice to Management

    Determine a clear, attainable strategy, and communicate the vision well. Empower people with proper accountability.


  7. "Good benefits & work/life balance"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits & work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, heavy process, horrible IT, slow, no innovation culture

  8. "A very good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thales full-time

    Pros

    - Great industries
    - Benefits (e.g. matching 401k, good insurance, cafeteria)
    - Professional development (offers yearly trainings)

    Cons

    Working Organization not always optimum


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Work here if you just want a paycheck"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place has great benefits like 4% fully vested matching 401K and 1 month pto. Their systems are pretty complex so you have a great opportunity to learn different technologies. Most people are very nice.

    Cons

    Really bad company culture. Unfortunately Thales is composed of people who have been working there for 7+ years and they have really let themselves go knowledge wise. They have no further drive to improve themselves or the systems. It seems a lot of these guys are just dead weight and only go work here to collect a paycheck. They aren't the best at coding, nor are they making an effort any longer to get better. You will have to deal with extremely buggy code and a lot of finger pointing as to who is at fault. If you are happy just collecting a paycheck and have no further drive to improve yourself, this is the place to be at. Or if you are a new grad, this is a good place to start, but don't stay here too long or you will think this is how the whole industry is like.

    Even with all the great benefits this place has a high turnover because a lot of people get sick of the same problems that never get resolved.

    So many meetings. I spent 4 hours a day in meetings most of the time. Most meetings are completely pointless and everyone is late to them.

    Very poor planning. 6 months out of the year you have very light work and don't know what to do with yourself. Then the other 6 months you are pushed hard to complete almost impossible deadlines and forced to work overtime. I have only experienced this at Thales.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized.


  10. 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.


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