Relations with Management
Does the management keep you informed of firm-wide decisions?
Are you able to contribute to these decisions?
My line manager is very friendly and helpful, and the senior management team regularly present to the rest of the company to keep us informed and give us the chance to answer any questions.Graduate, ReadingHelpful?
Mentors are assigned to graduates to help with there progress towards becoming chartered. Feedback is given on a compulsory bi-yearly basis but is always available when required.Graduate, TemplecombeHelpful?
My managers are very accessible and easy to talk to. I find them to be very approachable.Graduate, CheadleHelpful?
Direct line management tend to be brilliant, plenty of performance feedback (we all get monthly one on ones and set objectives, etc.). Higher management tend to be a bit difficult, but I guess they do have a lot of more important things to deal with.Graduate, CrawleyHelpful?
My line manager is excellent.Graduate, CrawleyHelpful?
My line manager is very accessible for assistance with the job. Internal communication is a little disjointed as there are many mailing lists, which are not frequently updated. Feedback is hard to get.Graduate, ManchesterHelpful?
Managers are generally readily available to go and discuss issues, give advice, etc, but some do need to be chased up if the question is urgent.Graduate, BasingstokeHelpful?
Large scale company changes to structure and direction are communicated. There are many communications about changing the way we work, but no actual detail about what I should do differently.Software Engineer, BasingstokeHelpful?
Your local managers (site, line, etc.) Are good at talking to you, keeping you in the loop and just interacting with you, however the senior managers can be a bit distant as they are so busy and tend not to communicate to you well. However, that issue was identified recently at a conference and they have pledged to change that culture and keep us more informed in the future.Graduate, Market AnalystHelpful?
While my immediate line manager is very good, Thales management in general is very poor at communicating. They have made attempts to improve internal communications; however all that now happens is that we receive the occasional email updating us on the occasional project/programme/event. Generally staff know very little about the direction the company is heading in, and we have ZERO opportunities to try to influence this. While claiming to be a modern and up-to-date company, Thales is VERY old-fashioned in its ways. The average age within Thales is very high, and there is a culture that the older staff do not trust, respect, or really listen to the ‘dynamic and young minds’ that they strive so hard to attract to the company in the first place!Software Engineer, CrawleyHelpful?
Upper management is very good at informing employees about firm-wide decisions, however due to the size of the company, these managers feel disconnected from the employees and there is a belief that what employees are told may not be the full story. Due to the size of the company, there is no way I could contribute to these decisions, however from time to time surveys are conducted, which gives employees a chance to voice their concerns.Systems Engineer, CrawleyHelpful?
At the lowest level, I have a monthly meeting with my discipline manager to update him on my progress and for him to inform us of any discipline related news or changes coming up. At the company level, we receive presentations roughly quarterly on the progress of our business unit, domain, and the company as a whole. This often gives me a boost as I can see my place within the system and know why I am doing my job. There are various feedback mechanisms including surveys, which can influence company decision making.Electronic Engineer, GlasgowHelpful?
The management do keep the employees fairly closely up-to-date with what's going on company-wide but the employees don't have any say in what is going on, for the most part neither do the managers in the office.Graduate, Software EngineerHelpful?
Senior management have recently re-acted very positively to an employee-wide survey and are improving overall internal communication and visibility of the senior management team.Graduate, Marketing ManagerHelpful?
My relationship with management is very good, and I know I can approach various people on the management team when I have a problem. I also contribute to decisions at certain levels, and I am able to express disagreement without fear of retribution! However, to some less proactive employees, senior management can seem distant, and sometimes all employees aren't informed about things as quickly as they should be.Graduate, Commercial Officer, WellsHelpful?
Since Sam Keayes has come in as head of NS[&]R four months ago, there has been a great deal of transparency and improved communication with regard to our performance, the way forward and with regard to other key decisions that affect our business group.Graduate, Hardware Engineer, WellsHelpful?
Project/Programme management are very down to earth, easy to talk to, and keep us informed. I am actively involved in creating statements of work for future prospects, and estimates for work packages to be given to the customer. Departmental management and above are more aloof though do presentations every couple of months to say what’s going on.Graduate, Hardware Engineer, WellsHelpful?