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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

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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 For Us?

From Aerospace, Space and Defence to Security and Transportation, Thales helps its customers to create a safer world by giving them the tools they need to perform critical tasks.

Whenever a critical decision needs to be made, we are there. To help create a safer world, we serve five keys sectors :

  • Aerospace
  • Space
  • Ground Transportation
  • Defence
  • Security

Our expertise allows our customers to find the right solutions for difficult problems in challenging environments. We are proud of the role we play in a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected, interdependent and dangerous.

Together. Safer. Everywhere.


Our Values:

Customer trust

To succeed, we must work as partners with our customers, listening to them, anticipating their needs and finding solutions together. By delivering on our promises and providing state-of-the-art solutions and top-quality service, we ensure the long-term satisfaction of our customers.

One Team, One Thales

We share responsibilities in a culture of loyalty, partnership and transparency. We encourage solidarity and cooperation at every level of the organisation. We are all on the same team and united in our actions.

Developing our people

Supporting the professional development of each employee is fundamental. We respect diversity and promote knowledge-sharing. We encourage dialogue. And we promote collective achievements as well as individual talents.

Accountable and committed to excellence

We strive to achieve excellence by acting with integrity, loyalty, accountability and professionalism in everything we do.

Agile and innovative

We aim to continually improve quality and work more efficiently. This means being ready to take risks, always demonstrating leadership, deciding quickly and acting on our decisions immediately. We strive to build on new ideas to achieve a competitive advantage.


People are more mobile than ever. Infrastructures are increasingly interconnected. Information is abundant and readily available. This is the complex world we’re living in. To ensure total safety, critical decisions must be made rapidly. We help our customers to decide and act quickly and effectively. Anytime. Everywhere.

Protecting people, property and information

Our overreaching purpose is to protect people, property and information. The common denominator across the five markets we serve is safety. From cybersecurity to air traffic management, the solutions we design help to address the major security issues of today and tomorrow.

undefined​Designing dependable solutions though cooperation

The best way for us to deal with complex problems is to work hand-in-hand with our customers. Together, we can achieve the goal to build a safer world. Cooperation is essential to our philosophy: it is one of our core values. We partner with our customers every day to understand their challenges and to anticipate their needs. From product design to training, our customers benefit from our technical expertise. The results are dependable solutions that deliver long-term satisfaction.

​In action: always present where we’re needed

We operate everywhere our customers are. Our local teams work closely with our customers to understand their needs and help them solve their problems.

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.

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 organisation, 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.
How to APPLY? 
Check out the dedicated section of our website, here which is constantly updated, to find out about our exciting opportunities. To apply for any of these you simply need to create an account and apply for specific vacancies. Our Resourcing Team will be in touch to discuss!

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    "Thales Avionics Irvine - Good company with hard working employees"

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    Former Employee - Shared Service Function in Irvine, CA
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    I worked at Thales full-time


    Competitive pay with great benefits and global career opportunities
    Top down effort to transform company through investment in tools and personnel development
    Driven to succeed in extremely competitive and disruptive market


    Challenging work environment due to transformation, bi-coastal integration/coordination and high volume NPI projects
    Engineering oriented company with lean shared service functions (IT, HR, Fin) that struggle to support business growth and internal customer requirements

    Advice to Management

    Continued focus on tool and personnel investment
    Create dedicated project office to support and coordinate major acquisitions and integrations

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Thales Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Thales (Melbourne, FL) in April 2017.


    1. HR Called, discussion about profile of mine and job requirement
    2. followed by technical interview (30-45min) - via phone
    3. Onsite interview for 3-3 n half hr
    4. After 4-5 days offer was made

    HR team is super active. They keep you posted about whats going on, travel detail (each detail about travel - flight, car/cab, food, etc)
    Reimbursement of expense is also very fast and with no problem

    Interview Questions

    • 1st HR call - only about job profile and my background
      2nd phone call with team - One of team member called and had technical Q lined up. Like fast forward round. C++ and Unix/Linux
      Classes, Constructor - copy vs assignment, virtual mechanism, memory management, thread and related problems with thread management , design pattern (not all but what I have used and examples)
      3rd Onsite - Started with 2 team member in a meeting room with white board = writing program like (n hey syntax does matter)
      a . find number of set bit given +ve no.
      b. reverse linked list
      c. write class and they asked more question building up on it like make a copy constructor, inherit it then manipulate constructor via derived class, etc

      Verbal - Linux based Question - commands/script/cron/etc

      General question about testing, SCM tools, Agile - roles/duties, etc   Answer Question
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Thales Awards & Accolades

  • Universum IDEAL™ Employer - Engineering, Universum, 2016

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