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36 English questions out of 36

29 March 2019

What is health insurance like at Thales?

Pros

Friday afternoon off, kind of flexible hours, good level of responsibility, people mostly nice

Cons

Terrible pay, no bonuses, no fridge to put packed lunch in, no milk, no kitchen, useless contractors are kept, inflexible working style, slow promotion system, retirement home

Advice to Management

Recognise achievement as well as length of service

Terrible pay, no bonuses, no fridge to put packed lunch in, no milk, no kitchen, useless contractors are kept, inflexible working style, slow promotion system, retirement home

29 March 2019

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19 November 2019

Does Thales offer disability insurance?

Pros

Good flexible work hours, decent office environment with everyone gets the same kind of office. Good working environment. Decent health insurance with choices to save money on premiums. Good benefit package 401K, PTO, Long term disability ins.

Cons

A lot of spinning around and little progress made . Little visibility on 6 months ahead in many departments, no visibility at all a year ahead. Workers are unsure of where the company is going. Many employees think the company is going down and the morale is bad . Strong presence in US but definitely not a US style or US culture company. Turn overs are way too high for departments to have any effective talents.

Advice to Management

clearly assign tasks, functions to groups and individuals with expected results, leave room for negotiation, but hold accountable for dead lines, deliverable. Give more communication meetings to review progress, status and set corrections to meet expected results. Hiring more managers is NOT the solution. Managers must provide direct solutions to problems ( aka working managers - instead of BS managers ) When negotiate with American companies, send in Americans.

Good benefit package 401K, PTO, Long term disability ins.

19 November 2019

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1 September 2019

Does Thales offer housing assistance?

Pros

Benefits, housing allowance, car allowance, great work conditions

Cons

French company, 90% french speakers

Benefits, housing allowance, car allowance, great work conditions

1 September 2019

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4 December 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Thales?

Pros

Good 401k match and vacation schedule. Flexible hours as needed depending on manager.

Cons

Toxic environment - attrition rate is very high for a reason. Legacy programs pay the bills but are treated like red-headed step children. Too much micromanagement and metric chasing. French managers take 3 weeks off like normal; US people have to work a deal with the devil and still stay in touch while away. If you are going use the French management style, give your employees the French benefits. Pizza parties and kudos are nice, but consider paying people for all the extra hours they work (not just the contractors).

Advice to Management

Stop making ridiculous schedules and promises to the customer. Engage engineers early in the project to get realistic timelines and equipment needs. Stop promoting people to VP/Director/etc. You need capable people who can do the work not just a bunch of managers creating metrics. You can turn this around if you talk to the people actually doing the work; otherwise Thales IFE will cease to exist.

Good 401k match and vacation schedule.

4 December 2019

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9 July 2019

Does Thales have a pension plan?

Pros

Good benefits, particularly around maternity / paternity, decent pension

Cons

Can sometimes be hard to earn promotion

Good benefits, particularly around maternity / paternity, decent pension

9 July 2019

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36 English questions out of 36