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Thales Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Working on Bids will kill your work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Some senior management have no incentive to move (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Ummm.. Not so much"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Administrator in Auburn, WA
    Current Employee - Logistics Administrator in Auburn, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and good staff

    Cons

    They unfortunately are relocating and they have trouble in the financing department consistently holding up production.

    Advice to Management

    nothing there amazing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Tech Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative technology. They invest on people giving training and tools. Decent pay. Decent balance work/life.
    Cutting edge Android technology. They are not afraid of making mistakes.

    Cons

    It's a big company (with world wide more than 20,000 people) so expect bureaucracy and lot of time wasted in silly and unproductive activities.
    Lots of internal discussion about nothing but this is acceptable in a big company.
    Stock offer is ridiculous. PTO is 3 weeks, no paid sick time


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Principle systems engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    closed to home, product is still in demand

    Cons

    Bad management, buddy system, lack of new development, most new design are outsource.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, keep your words and stand what you believed.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "The old dynamic LiveTV culture is gone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better benefits, lots of work

    Cons

    Ever since the Thales takeover, this job is going way downhill
    IT is a roadblock, no longer a service. Horrible service, far too many silly new rules.

    Loss of flight privilege at Jet Blue is a huge hit to the value of working here
    Grown too big too fast
    Might as well work at Harris or Northrup
    Terribly unproductive "open" office, just a desk in a big room
    Salaries retarded by undercutting with H1-B people
    Not enough respect given to engineers

    Management is becoming even more of a clique, especially engineering management (SW)
    Very poor feedback to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what got you here. Spend some money on decent facilities. Think of your employees as people, not "resources"


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging Company (work), Growing Pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineering team is good and has a lot of smart, hard working people. Everyone is driving towards the right goal and are, for 95% of the time ,working together and not against. There will be, like most companies, a few individuals you need to convince otherwise. The HR department keeps changing personnel, and this year's group is trying to do its best of organizing the workplace for better productivity.

    Cons

    IT department is lackadaisical. For one, they are too short staffed for the amount of IT issues that occur, and two there are a great deal of IT issues that take forever to fix. The workplace culture varies from year to year depending on which key personnel are in executive positions, but for the most part there always seems to a game of politics at play.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Hairball"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are typical of corporate organization of this size. Good colleagues. Technically not very challenging environment.

    Cons

    Company is hindered by being part of larger global defense conglomerate. Planning skills of middle management is non-existent. Twentieth century company trying to stay relevant in the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    While everyone is striving to work their way up the ladder, management needs to make sure the ladder is leaning on the right wall.

  8. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Thales (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good experience, people are friendly

    Cons

    Nothing to mention for this section


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, and challenging work environment allows learning and growth

    Opportunities to travel (sometimes can be a con)

    Nice vacation package

    Easy access to upper management

    Cons

    Excess responsibilities without corresponding authority.

    Poor product availability for testing, and delivery.

    Minimal compatibility among platforms led to more efforts on fixing exiting problems rather than developing new products

    Advice to Management

    Too many decision makers led to fewer optimal decisions being made.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Company with Many Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Work Package Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Work Package Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, multi-cultural, dynamic, growth environment. Generous vacation and benefits package.

    Cons

    At times Thales can be a large, slow moving bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes to achieve faster development and implementation. Remove under performing employees.


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