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Thales Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Thales offers the best work / life balance of any company I have ever worked for (in 48 reviews)

  • French companies are more inclined to promote healthy work environment (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can suffer in busy periods (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good benefits & work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "A very good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Desperate to be #1"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "A great place to work, but very little in terms of innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    It is a great place to work and has very good work/life balance with good benefits package.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited as the organization although global, very much acts as a local business.


  6. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including a lot of PTO, good management, annual salary increases, more of a laid-back culture

    Cons

    It's a big company, so job descriptions are very narrow/specialized. Also some processes could really use updating, but overall they work. Unable to work from home, nor is a 9/80 schedule offered.


  7. "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

    benefits - i really wanted to put 3.5 stars

    Cons

    well, there has been a change in management so we'll see!

    Advice to Management

    make better choices

  8. "Thales Avionics, IFEC"

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    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits you'll find anywhere

    Cons

    Relocating sites too often....to the other side of the country

    Advice to Management

    Move the IFEC back to Seattle


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed working environment

    Cons

    Management = Good 'Ol Boy Network, Zero long term strategy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the future, not on the Vice Presidents!


  10. "benefits"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Clarksburg, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Clarksburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good benefits... much better than standard

    Cons

    very good place work overall


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