Functional Tester (Current Employee) – London – 19 March 2017
Great place to work and grow professionally, especially when you have the ambition to do so. The management needs some improvements but they do react to any requests of their staff members. The company is recognised as an international one and tend to look after their employees, offering various benefits and offers from various stores, gyms and other places of interest. They also offer health insurance for their employees.
Corporate Receptionist (Current Employee) – Addlestone – 30 January 2017
Thales is great compnay to work for. The atmosphere is relaxed but professional. Reception is very busy, providing an first class service. As part of a team we work well together and have fun in our day to day schedule.
HR Assistant (Former Employee) – Crawley, West Sussex – 13 January 2017
Thales was a great place to work, I had the opportunity to learn many new skills. The largest area my skills developed were within customer services. All of my roles have been customer facing, allowing me to develop some personal sensitivity when dealing with customers from different areas and cultural differences. I got along very well with all of my co-workers, both within HR and then in my later role in Secure Communications. The management at Thales was good, I was given many opportunities to further my career there and learn skills in management and processing alongside customer care.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Crawley, West Sussex – 13 January 2017
I worked for Thales UK in Crawley for 6 months, then unfortunately company funding did not cover my continuance. Very well organised. Good office facilities (including complementary drinks). Competent managers.
Good working environment. Effective senior managers. Complementary vended drinks.
No gym (it closed down). Shaky job security for management grades.
Project Controller (Current Employee) – Bristol – 3 October 2016
I have really enjoyed working in the Thales PMO. There is a strong teamwork ethos where colleagues adopt a can do helpful approach. I have felt empowered and encouraged throughout and the management has fully supported my ambitions and growth.
Poor management and inadequate training, no development prospects
Mechanical Technician (Former Employee) – Crawley – 23 September 2016
Very negative experience. Inadequate training, 'mentor' did not have the skills to train effectively, promised development, never materialised. I did not have access to the appropriate tools to carry out jobs to my best abilities, job description very misleading, asks primarily for mechanical assembly, but skills required asks for prototype skills which were never called upon.All prototype work that did become available was kept by one person.Peer colleague acted like supervisor, made inappropriate comments frequently, kept job material to oneself. Very isolating environment, zero support. Incompetent management. Never experienced such a negative impact on my working experience ever.
Inadequate management, poor communication, inadequate training, no development, unhelpful and unfriendly staff.
Programme Planner (Current Employee) – Crawley – 23 May 2016
I was hired for a senior post which vansihed on arrival and I'm doing menial assistant project manager tasks. Generally they are disorganised and obsessed with moaning about how they've done things badly for years, whilst at the same time ignoring all advice from the contractors they hire to help bring them into the 21st Century.
The office environment is ok, a fairly quiet open plan situation which is comfortable. (Although I cannot get a riser for my screen to bring it anywhere near high enough according to their own DSE assessment.)
The culture of openly hating contractors is endemic here and utterly frustrating and so off putting. In 13 years contracting I've never encountered it so bad. Their forecast costs are way higher than the competition too, so I'm surprised they win any bids.
open plan office is ok
lack of flexibility in working hours, hatred of contractors endemic
Communications (Current Employee) – Weybridge – 13 May 2016
Thales is in many ways a very old fashioned business, with very little aspirations of change or growth unfortunately. Dispite producing world leading products and technology in it's markets, it does not have the internal management or culture to become truly the leading industry company that it could be.
Benefits, half day Fridays, well paid, flexible working hours