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Thales Overview

Arlington, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (HO )
Aerospace & Defense
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
In all critical environments - air, land, sea, space and cyberspace - decision-makers, operators, crews and members of our armed services and security forces are faced with millions of important decisions every day. It is in supporting these people that Thales in the United ... Read more

Mission: Thales is a global tech enterprise, where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defense, security and space, our people test the limits of engineering, delivering solutions that push the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Thales Talk # 1 - Disrupting the Now

    Watch Alan Pellegrini CEO of Thales USA explaining what Thales is doing today!

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  • We’re excited to announce that the new state-of-the-art Hibiscus facility in Melbourne, Florida is complete. The open plan environment was designed to create an environment of collaboration; cultivate a space to share knowledge and create a culture of design thinking.
    Combined with our new Customer Experience Center, EMI chamber, RF Lab capability and increased meeting and collaboration spaces, the new work-space supports our vision for our future.

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Thales – Why Work With Us?

Together, we create advanced technology systems that make the world a better place to live in. Even if you’ve never heard of Thales, you’ve probably used our technologies in one way or another.

Travelled by train recently?

When you bought your ticket from a vending machine and validated it, chances are that you were using Thales know-how. Using our technology, public transport operators send real-time information about services, schedules and traffic delays to your smartphone or browser, or to passenger information displays at stations and bus or tram stops.

They also rely on us for advanced control, supervision and operations management systems that also make your journeys safer.

Like watching movies at 35,000 feet?

Thales InFlyt Experience technology keeps you entertained as you fly from one side of the world to the other.

Checked your bank balance on your phone today?

Thales protects the information systems of 19 of the world’s 20 largest banks.

There's really no limit to what we can do. From in-flight connectivity to cybersecurity, our 22,000 talented engineers work tirelessly to deliver a vast range of innovative solutions.

In aerospace, space, transportation, defense and security, we team up to meet the complex technological challenges of our times.

The opportunities at Thales are as limitless as the boundaries of engineering, science and technology. We're growing all the time and wherever we go and whatever we do, our people grow with us. We give talented and innovative individuals the chance to explore varied career paths in a challenging and rewarding international environment. We understand just how rare truly exceptional people are, so we'll invest the same innovation, time and care into your career that we put into each of our fascinating projects.


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What's the Most Exciting Thing about Working at Thales

At Thales, we have adopted a holistic and determined approach, to progress in this area and diversify our workforce. The purpose is not only to adapt our company’s processes, but to make it an inclusive enterprise for our employees, whatever their differences. Fighting against discrimination is a pillar of our ethical code, and we ensure that our engagements are put into action in our everyday way of working.

"Diversity & Inclusion will help us foster innovation and creativity through a greater variety of approaches, perspectives and ideas." Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO, Thales

Our Irvine, California site was named the Best Tech Workplace for Diversity in Orange County at the 2018 Timmy Awards ceremony! This award recognizes our commitment to driving innovation by fostering a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures across our organization.

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Our professional environment is based on five pillars. Discover them at a glance:

PASSION – We live our passion for technology.

We are passionate about developing new technologies to meet the needs of our customers. We are driven by the chance to step up to new engineering challenges and to innovate constantly to create new opportunities. If you want to work on high-tech projects with practical applications, Thales is the company for you.

DEVELOPMENT – Thales offers wide-ranging career options.

We build long-term relationships with our customers and employees by working together on complex projects for the future, often involving multiple industrial sectors. This opens up broad career options and the chance to develop your skills in a wide range of roles. As projects progress and your professional networks expand, you will be able to grow your skills and progress.

MISSION – We help make the world a safer place.

The work we do is important. We deliver solutions and equipment that protect individuals and nations, making our daily lives safer. Some of our products and technologies are totally unique, and almost all of them are highly innovative. Whatever your role at Thales, your job will make a difference!

TEAMWORK – Our success is based on collaboration.

We innovate through teamwork. We could not pursue our large-scale projects without our multidisciplinary approach and the talented people who join forces with each other every day. As you progress within the organization, you will understand what we mean by collaboration and how teamwork develops through interaction with other colleagues, other nationalities and other technologies for the benefit of our customers.

DIVERSITY – The secret of performing teams

Team performance can be related to three main factors: empathy, the fact that each member of a team has an equal voice at the table and diversity. Faced with the fourth industrial revolution, Thales has a unique opportunity with generations of engineers from all over the world, women and men of all backgrounds, to thrive in a world driven by data, artificial intelligence, robotics and cobotics.

Thales Reviews

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    "Feels like home"

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    Current Employee - Full Time in Clarksburg, MD
    Current Employee - Full Time in Clarksburg, MD
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    I have been working at Thales full-time (More than 8 years)


    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.


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

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Thales Photos

Thales photo of: Thales Inflyt Experience - Hibiscus Site
Thales photo of: Modern & bright meeting areas
Thales photo of: Innovation corner, where ideas come to life!
Thales photo of: Swanky new kitchen & café!
Thales photo of: Hard at work, do not disturb!
Thales photo of: Time for coffee!
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Thales Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Java Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Thales (Arlington, VA) in August 2014.


    I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Thales in August 2014.
    Interview with different people like Team Lead, Technical Director and Software Manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Question on Core Java, Design Patterns, Linux and Web Services   Answer Question
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Thales Awards & Accolades

  • Best Tech Workplace for Diversity, The Timmy Awards, 2018

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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