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Dyson Research Engineer Reviews

Updated 19 September 2017
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Pros
  • Can have more family time, this is work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Customer focused, great products & a positive plan (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management need to listen to their teams and do something about it (in 18 reviews)

  • Middle management not the most competent- many "years of service" style promotions (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Research Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dyson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, Nice environment

    Cons

    Low Salary range and bad Location only


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Open-mind!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dyson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can do whatever you want (work 24/7 to not work at all)
    Freedom to invest into new ideas
    Fast moving capable of making a change

    Cons

    Need to think about politics within teams
    Lack of good direction from management
    Lack of clear promotion system
    The place is in the middle of nowhere

    Advice to Management

    The best way to attract the best minds in UK is by offering more than the average in wage and promote their career.

    Dyson Response

    23 Feb 2017 – Talent Engagement Specialist

    Hello. It's interesting to hear your thoughts on working at Dyson so thank you for providing feedback. It's great to hear you have the freedom to explore new ideas and that you can influence change... More


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Exciting challenges, poor rewards"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dyson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting technical challenges, nice campus in scenic area, given freedom to do what you think is right, good to see business has a plan for next 10 years, huge potential to develop world beating technology if you are driven enough.

    Cons

    A bit of a headless chicken approach to development, lower than average pay, weird draconian promotion structure (applied for internal job at senior level, got told I couldn't jump more than one level despite having all the requisite experience), absolute battle getting internal pay rises but can sign off high external salaries at the drop of a hat, the plan I mentioned earlier would be nice to know what it is!

    Advice to Management

    Revise your internal movement/transfer processes, battling for your new job and/or salaries is very demotivating. Address some of the issues rather than standard 'speak to your line manager' response/palm-off.

    Dyson Response

    8 Dec 2016 – Talent Engagement Specialist

    Hi, thanks for leaving a review. We're glad you're enjoying the new campus expansion in Malmesbury and are part our exciting long term goals. Everyone at Dyson is encouraged to take the lead on their... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Potential, but didn't quite cater for me"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dyson full-time

    Pros

    - Large growing company, and therefore a nice secure job
     - It is very positive and reassured about itself, its refreshing to be in a company that is that positive
     - A company that has a global impact
     -Tries to look after its employees
     - Has a strong culture and identity
     - Colleagues of the same level were brilliant and lovely people.
     - Probably a great experience if you have the right team

    Cons

    - The size of the company can mean you get lost in the bureaucracy
     - Some of the older members of staff are strangely incompetent, and are very old fashioned in their approach to working, making it difficult to get on.
     - Pay is quite low for a technology company (vs Microsoft or Amazon, etc)
     - Not flexible for home working, or variable hours
     - Everything they do for their employees is undermined by the location of the office. Everyday it is too much of a chore to go in and leave every day. From Bristol it can vary between 40 minutes to 1.5 hrs for the commute in one direction, beware!
     - The office environment for RDD is awful, some of RDD has been move to a new office which is probably quite nice, but it is still all so over crowded.
     - The processes of working within research are too loose sometimes, which means it is difficult to know how to approach turning research into something that can be used for a product.
     - Benefit are very average, nothing special at all.
     - Management is sometimes too happy to take credit for the teams achievements
     - Not enough opportunity to get out of the office
     - The company seems actively paranoid about keeping its secrets. I can understand it to an extent, but it does also create obstacles sometimes for working
     - Company structure is out dated, and is not suitable for its current size. It has lost its ability to invent like a startup.

    Advice to Management

    - A lot of things are being done well, and I am sure it suits a certain mindset, well done.
     - Restructure all of RDD, stop the bureaucracy from stifling creativity and the ability to move research into a product.
     - Listen to employees more, MOVE THE OFFICE TO BRISTOL.
     - Improve transport links.
     - Give a real opportunity for employees to create and collaborate on projects outside of the main job.

    Dyson Response

    24 Aug 2016 – Talent Engagement Specialist

    Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. It's great for us to read about your time here including working in a positive environment and strong culture- we’re certainly different and it's not always... More


  6. "Very good company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Malmesbury, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dyson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working hours are actually as described (9-5:30; half hour for lunch). Very few people stay longer.

    27 days holiday per year (plus 8 bank holidays) as of 2014 (3 must be taken between Christmas and New Year).

    Good internal personnel website - search for anyone, with photos and job titles.

    Very good budget for buying tools and equipment.

    The work is very interesting and varied.

    No dress code!

    Very well equipped workshop, and easy access to advanced prototyping capabilities.

    Nearly everyone is friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Huge open plan "office" (warehouse really) is quite loud due to all the nearby vacuum cleaner testing. It can be cold in winter.

    You can't carry any holiday over New Year as of 2014 (most companies allow 5 days).

    Parking is horrific. Traffic when leaving is also bad (everyone leaves at the same time). Getting a seat in the cafe is nearly impossible. This is due to hiring many new people recently.

    Salaries are not transparent at all.