Thales Employee Reviews about "french"

Updated 14 Sep 2020

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Thales Chairman and CEO Patrice Caine
Patrice Caine
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Run by French expats"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary and vacation benefits are good

    Cons

    Mismanaged by French expats who parachute into Irvine with no knowledge of the IFE industry.

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  2. "good company"

    3.0
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Melbourne

    I worked at Thales for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good culture, good cakes, fun

    Cons

    nepotism, french dominance, politics, killing career


  3. "Some Perks, Great People - Not worth it in the long term"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - good learning experience - great team members - if you work in projects you learn more and there are good growth opportunities - the pay is well average

    Cons

    - no career advancement - managers give raises/promotions to their friends - if you’re not a french person, you will not be promoted - crazy long hours, and weekend work when necessary. They expect that from you and nothing less. - stressful deadlines and too much work to do. It’s unrealistic. - absolutely no work life balance

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic-toxic-toxic work environment-Terible Management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    The chaotic management of this company is unreal, they get away with it as this is a subsidiary of a big French company. If this was a US company they would be out of business as the work environment is so destructive. Their accounting practices would never pass any GAAP scrutiny. The management team is in a kind of a non-sense rotation (every other year or so) and their main job appears to be cutting more expenses and people than the guy before you. This is really the main and only focus here. So it's a deadly spiral down to zero. Stay away from this company.

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  5. "French Colonial rule"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The worst company of my career. Managers are stooges of French autocratic authority

    Cons

    Stooges of French authority are working in this company

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    "Thales"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, free water and the occasional free cake.

    Cons

    -I left a perfectly good paying job to work at Thales. That was a huge mistake and now I'm paying for this bad decision since last year. -The employees in NJ office were the worst. More than half the people on the office side are nothing more than high school graduates. They are more or less lifers where the most difficult thing that they will accomplish is in using power-point. -There is no real HR either in Piscataway, its out sourced to another company. -The French imports get taken care of really well. Its all about them and their careers. -Women don't have career paths, they are more focusing how the men can get ahead. -Eating in the Piscataway office for the Executive meetings takes priority over anything else. While they will lecture you to death about cost cutting, they will spend over 1K a day on catered food for every meeting. -Only people with a title there get a work from home day, everyone else has to show up. -Stay away from this crap hole. Its a waste of time and then you will have to look for another job.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away!!!"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of PTO and if you have no ambition or desire to move up, you can easily get by.

    Cons

    Extremely political with lack of leadership. Leadership in the US are selectively chosen so they do the bidding of the French overlords. People get promoting only by sucking up and responding only “yes” back to leadership without having an opinion. If your protected by a French overlord, you can essentially just not show up to work and do as you please. Of course get promoted when undeserved as well.

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    "This IFE company has NO hope!!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thales full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good co-workers to work with. Good amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Bad management. Upper management does not know what the teams are working on. Expects teams to educate them so they can provide status up the chain. Good workers are laid off as they have no idea who does the work until they are gone. Workers are leaving as there is no future here. Work is being outsourced to India and next generation products being worked in France. During last layoff, the French workers are protected so no job security.

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  9. "Very unstable, constant lay offs and reorgs even when market is good"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Thales full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, PTO and Compensations

    Cons

    Micro management, employees are rarely empowered, racism exist at every level but more for sure at upper management. French people are given more favor in opportunities. Efficiency is never consider, SW is so monolithic with using older SW Stack

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  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not again."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Management Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, high demands, very little empowerment. Got go be a vp to make a real decision.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and political. French never fired.

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