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Thales approached me after I successfully completed some contract work for them 9 years prior and I accepted the job offer immediately. It was a scary proposition to migrate from a permanent position back into contracting but the best decision I could have made ever. If I could work for Thales the rest of my life I would, unfortunately my contract has run its course and I can only but hope an opportunity with Thales will present itself in the near future again - hopefully I would not have to wait 9 years again.
Positive - Great workmates, a collaborative culture, fantastic work life balance with smart working as standard (1 - 2 days per week in the office!), good on site cafes, good training, interesting work and end products. Negative - Lack of career progression and many old school managers (who are gradually adjusting to the new world). Overall I loved the company, but needed to try and progress my career, so sadly I left.
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I started as an apprentice and I am now fully qualified and working in a challenging and rewarding role. The interview process for apprentices is quite different to normal positions. I had a group debate, practical test, written task and a formal interview too.
Good work balance, challenging (in the good way) and varied
Thales are far too relaxed with some employees, it is off putting for those that actually work hard
Manager was really good. But found the role did not really align to the job description. Found my role was limited by systems restrictions. Such as no wi-fi which their internal IT could never get resolved. This also prevented encrypted emails from being sent. Both are a major requirement of the role and really added to the stress of the role. I left without a position to go to... shame as managment were nice
Having spent in excess of 10 years on and off with Thales Aerospace within the Obsolescence support department, I have always enjoyed myself at Thales. The people are those I can talk to, work with and solve whatever Obsolescence problems at hand. The type of work problems, teams rallied around whether UK or France. all rallied together
I worked here for quite a while and found it difficult to be able to integrate. Teams are very closed off. Unless you’re in the managements back pocket they have no interest in you. There is very much a divide between the ranks and even more so with salary. If you get in a good team with a responsive manager great, but otherwise you need to have an attitude whereby you work to live and not live to work .
Thales is one of those companies that has way more managers than it needs, some of whom are promoted past the point of competency. A result of this is numerous meetings that seem to be called just so managers can hear each other talk and actually get in the way of getting the job done. I'm sure that this is because they have government contracts so the business of LOOKING busy is more important than actually getting on with the work. One thing they do well is hiring engineers/technicians etc - they are invariably well skilled and often have a wide range of experience. It should be noted however that the most successful teams are the ones that have formed out of necessity, the ones formed by management tend to be not so successful.