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Thales Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 6, 2019

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3.3
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Thales CEO Alan Pellegrini
Alan Pellegrini
17 Ratings
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  • "Un environnement de travail stimulant et agr(in 102 reviews)

Cons
  • "Dependencies on the French head office(in 45 reviews)

  • "Horraires de travail un peu rigide (Arriv(in 35 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Feels like home"

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    Current Employee - Full Time in Clarksburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    All of the employees here are so great! They really care about you and what is going on in your life. The company even has baby showers for the people in the company having babies. Everyone here is like family. A lot of the people here have been here for 15 - 30 years. It is hard to leave your family. We also have a lot of people who come back after testing out the waters at other companies. They now have parental leave with paid maternity and Paternity leave! This is so great and just goes to show how they focus on a work life balance. They also have an alternative work schedule where you get off every other Friday. The company picnics, off-sites and parties are really great. A good way to get employees together and get a nice break from work. There is even a pingpong table, air hockey and foosball table in the Engineering Building. I also love the opportunity for growth. A lot of the people I have worked with started out in entry level jobs and have worked their way up to Managers and VPs.

    Cons

    At the moment I can not think of any negative things about working for Thales Defense & Security Inc.

    Thales2019-08-19
  2. "Best company to Work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead/Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Good Pay, Brand name in Defense & Avionics, Job security

    Cons

    Leader shall focus on bringing New Bussiness

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    Thales2018-11-24
  3. Helpful (27)

    "Thales redefines software development, and not in a good way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady paycheck. Good work-life balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that puts Stalin's Russia to shame. Not uncommon for tasks to be blocked for weeks or even months when cross-department cooperation is required. New hire needs access to a network resource? Plan for at least two weeks for IT to flip a switch. Everything extremely fragmented. Thales Irvine is like an ancient land of warring city states. Department A manager is at war with department B manager, so neither can get anything done, but they'll die before they give an inch even if that means missing their own milestones. Management to developer ratio is insane. It's not uncommon for a single software engineer to work on a simple project with over a dozen managers. You'll have one poor guy writing code while being torn apart by infighting between project manager, product manager, product line manager, scrum master, product owner, customer manager, media manager, UX manager, UI manager, IVV, release train, etc. I am not exaggerating. No accountability (which management definitely considers a Pro). Fail to deliver a single line of code in months? Have every release rejected by screaming customers? No problem. There's always an offshore contractor with an unpronounceable name to blame while you get promoted. Software development is managed by people with no software development experience or training. There's a lot of ceremony. Agile, daily stand-ups, scrum masters. It's all for show. Thales is hard waterfall, and very rusty at that. Developers are seen as little better than an inanimate assembly line with no capacity for rational thought. Here are your orders, here's how long you'll take to do it, now get to it. Many managers are toxic, and toxicity spreads. Better managers leave for greener pastures, or are squeezed out because they focus on work while their "enemies" focus on mooching up to upper management. I've seen intrigue that put medieval Spanish court to shame. And so good people are replaced by mediocre people, and mediocre people hire incompetent people, and eventually the snowball turns into an avalanche.

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    Thales2017-09-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative assistant"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed atmosphere, good work life balance. Managers are easy to approach when there is an issue. Good opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Office space is limited and crowded. Parking is difficult. Not enough private space for having sensitive conversations. Groups that should collaborate need to work together more.

    Thales2017-01-22
  5. Helpful (2)

    "I enjoy the technology and growth this company is currently experiencing after buying LiveTV"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome technology. Great support team. Opportunity to grow within the organization or at several locations world wide. Compensation appears to be competitive.

    Cons

    Growth out-pacing our ability to pull in supporting talent. Micro-management at its finest. Apparent lack of trust in the core working team. Work-life balance non-existent.

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    Thales2017-01-15
  6. "Avionics Technician"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good work/life balance. Nice facilities. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. No actual engineering(In Piscataway branch). Some technicians are doing more work for the same pay as those who can just coast by.

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    Thales2016-12-19
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Management needs a wake up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, and lower level employees and some supervisors and leads and very few of the managers treat people with respect they deserve

    Cons

    This place was great when i first started then in comes a new manager who if you did not kiss his well you know, you were considered no good and you got no where in the company. The entire direction of the company is taking a turn for the worse with no means to fix it. And forget going to HR for anything they are completely useless. and forget about a work life balance you are made to work OT and if you cant your made to feel as if you are going to get written up for it

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    Thales2016-08-05
  8. "title"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    work life balance is a struggle

    Thales2016-06-30
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company - Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. The benefits are nothing short of amazing. 20 days PTO, 11 paid holidays, 7% 401K matching, $5000 a year in dental with a mere $200 deductible. Work-life balance is great. No one in my group is working more than 45 hours a week - most are putting in 40.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Thales2016-01-26
  10. "Good pay, great benefits. Can't beat the vacation"

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

    I have been working at Thales full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits Start with 4 wk vacation/yr, stick around for 4 yrs it'll be 5 wks, at 9 yrs it's 6 wks. This does not include the days off for holidays so you can't beat it! Pay is good Diverse Good work life balance

    Cons

    Too many VPs and directors - very top heavy Hard to move up Work gets very repetitive and boring

    Thales2015-04-24
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