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Good working environment, Poor Salary structure and slow progression
Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) –  Glasgow, Glasgow2 August 2018
Thales' working environment is good and their work life balance is good. Management structure isn't the best. Often your manager will be someone who doesn't see your day to day input. Additionally the Salary structure is tedious and complex. Corporate complexity to prevent easy salary improvements.
Pros
good working atmosphere
Cons
low salary in comparison to competitors, complex salary structure
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4.0
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Strong and well respected company
ISR, Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Crawley, West Sussex3 January 2019
Worked with some of the leading characters in the ISR arena from ESM/ECM to RADAR and communications for rotary wing and drone aircraft. Excellent environment for expanding your knowledge and communication skills. Being at the forefront of world leading technologies was both humbling and always interesting.
A company with personal development and great benefits, together with a welcoming team and quality processes.
Pros
Opportunities, Benefits, Team, facilities and knowledge
Cons
Long distance to office, not an agile company
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exciting, productive enviroment
Junior Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Ebbw Vale, UK11 December 2018
management at thales uk, work hard for employees. they provide a safe space for people to work together and air out their concerns. concerns are discussed and as an employee you have a role to play in providing solutions
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5.0
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Innovative & Passionate
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  London, Greater London20 July 2018
Well known within the industry, good employee benefits and opportunities for career progression.
Open and diverse culture.
People are the best part of the job
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2.0
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challenging
French Speaking Avionics Military Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Leicester, Leicestershire17 July 2018
Unrealistic targets and expectations coupled with poor management, a lot of give expected with little reward. Unorganised working processes, complex systems, some unfriendly/unpleasant colleagues. Unusual working culture, some of it team spirited and encouraging, some of it insular.
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Project Quality Assurance Manager (Former Employee) –  Crawley13 October 2018
Attend regular meetings, complete preassigned tasks, support project manger, witness tests.
New process and methodologies.
Well structured and approachable.
Mature structure, open and informative and good work ethic.
Long commute, steep learning.
Learning new processes, management tools and methods
Pros
Good restaurant, and rest areas, a please
Cons
Long weekend commute
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Administrator (Former Employee) –  Crawley, West Sussex14 December 2018
Great place to work. It is a small office but working on big projects. They have a great work life balance finishing early on Fridays and flexible hours.
Pros
not working Friday pm
Cons
none
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Never work here
Senior Network Engineer (Former Employee) –  Crawley17 November 2018
• Working and delivering small/large projects.
• BAU.
• Designing, building and managing networks across the Thales estates.
• Basic support on Cisco Flexpod.
• Basic understanding of Cisco Nexus OS.
• Basic understanding of Cisco Unified Computer Systems (UCS).
• Meeting with customers to understand their technical needs. This is then designed and presented.
• Multi-Vendor experience
• Utilizing Solawinds and Nimsoft to Monitor, managing, and reporting on 49+ supported networks, ranging from smaller SOHO sites to core Defence estates of over 2500 users.
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Very interesting as a workplace as it was government related
Bilingual PA to Managing Director and HR Director (Former Employee) –  Crawley11 July 2018
Loved working here expect found the Managing Director who i worked lacked people management skills which was very sad and made it very difficult to work with him. However I thoroughly enjoyed working for the HR Director and the work was challenging. Due to circumstances left and went abroad to live in Spain
Pros
was very close to the town centre so great at lunchtimes to go out
Cons
did not like my boss
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3.0
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Interesting products and friendly colleagues
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Glasgow, Glasgow18 August 2018
Friendly colleagues but career progression can be difficult. Interesting line of products but processes can constrain design and procurement activities.
Pros
friendly work enviroment
Cons
lack of career progression
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5.0
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LUL connect project
Senior Installation and commissioning engineer (Former Employee) –  London27 January 2019
A very enjoyable job plenty of challenges, something new to learn every day . great people to worlk with, as long as the work was competed well and on time life was easy. i have to say I do miss working there
Pros
Good pay, and a lot of London Underground travel
Cons
Long busy commute
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4.0
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Expect hard work, but good benefits
Head of Communications (Former Employee) –  Crawley18 April 2017
Like anywhere, management styles differ, but Thales is such a large organisation with varied job prospects. It's supportive of its employees in terms of training and financial rewards for those who work hard and meet their objectives.

There is an expectation to work long hours, but for those who work hard, it is recognised.

Benefits packages are tiered to levels but are generous for all. This company changes fairly quickly, so whilst there is good scope for career advancement, there can be limited job security as the organisation changes.
Pros
Good annual review and bonus structure, good career progression opportunities.
Cons
Long hours, not a family friendly culture.
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4.0
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Productive and Inspiring
Marketing and Human Resources Intern (Former Employee) –  Crawley26 April 2017
Having a fond interest for working in the world of business from this internship I was able to get the best of both worlds by working in two departments. I enjoyed working in a team with other graduates and the management groups, as well as loved getting independently involved in individual projects which I was able to present to other members of the team which improved my confidence.
I enjoyed meeting new people who were in my position and was inspired in how their journey began to get them to where they are now.

The workplace culture was incredibly friendly, and everyone was willing to teach me new things.
Pros
Great, friendly job culture
Cons
Long hours
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4.0
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Monotonous
Business Development Executive (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, Cambridgeshire7 May 2018
Nice colleagues, but bad choice of managers. In management, everybody just thinks of himself and does not support the development of staff. Creativity and initiative is not appreciated.
Pros
Nice office, parking in centre of Cambridge
Cons
Over-bureaucratic
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Great place to work (if you were 'in with the crowd')
Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) –  Doncaster, South Yorkshire16 August 2017
Dreadful workplace culture, capability and loyalty meant nothing unless you were one of the 'chosen few'. You were micro-managed to the nth degree by people who, quite frankly, couldn't manage their way out of a paper bag. No end of middle management posts which could be done away with and nobody would notice the difference in terms of the company's operation, except the multitude of accountants who would see the cost savings.

What I learnt? Be careful who you trust at work!

Hardest part of the job? Trying to meet impossible targets and put up with constant criticism.

Most enjoyable part of the job? Going home!
Pros
None
Cons
See above
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4.0
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Strong focus on people and professional development. Good company to work for, however lack of international opportunities.
Strategic Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  Glasgow22 April 2013
Fantastic learning experience working predominately in the Defence and Security business on an international basis.

Good management of both the day to day runnings of the company and also of the staff and their professional development.

Typical day at work would involved manage the marketing, strategy and communication of various product lines across a worldwide basis and also the entire product line portfolio across the Middle East and Africa.

Great team working environment and cross department interaction between Sales, Marketing, Comms, Business Development.

Hardest part of the job would be the lack of international opportunities to progress into.

Enjoyable part of the job working from new entry level staff right the way through to senior members of the board on a daily basis.
Pros
the people and culture.
Cons
lack of international opportunities for career progression.
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4.0
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Driven commercially
Manager (Former Employee) –  Crawley, West Sussex22 April 2018
Driven organisation using a matrix organisation to deliver multiple products, close management of programme deadlines and deliverables above all else
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2.0
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decent place but wages are poor
not giving job role (Current Employee) –  Glasgow, Glasgow23 February 2018
Good place to work with nice people. but im sure any work place can be like this.
especially for the industry we are in (dual use and controlled items)-the rates of pay are well below the average.
They like to say your salary is inlcusive of all the different benefits - but if you dont have kids, dont use their health plan and dont buy more holidays then its not even close to a decent salary.
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
poor pay
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5.0
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A good place to work
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Glasgow15 July 2018
Thales has an amazing atmosphere with a positive and good work ethic with flexible hours and an organised workspace I am only saddened that my work experience didnt last longer than a single week.
Pros
Flexi-hours
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4.0
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Going through some challenges
Programme Manager (Current Employee) –  Stockport, Greater Manchester30 July 2018
Over focused on product rather than service

Very process driven to the detriment of flexibility

Good team mates, excellent commitment levels

Good HR policies
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