McLaren Group Reviews

Updated 29 Apr 2021

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2.9
39%
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Pros
  • "Great place to work-friendly people and amazing cars(in 31 reviews)

  • "Having McLaren on your CV is a perk(in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expectations of long hours for below industry average salary(in 28 reviews)

  • "Progression restrictions limited , senior management(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great workplace and very good environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Group

    Pros

    Challenging environment, astonishing building Great support to new or young employees Structured organization within Operations High qualified and supportive management Flexible working timings and WFH

    Cons

    Heavy workload Poor communication between racing and Automotive Woking not the most exciting city

  2. "Don't be fooled by the Brand"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Head of Department in Coventry, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some great people at ground level - Nice building and brand heritage through the race team

    Cons

    - Toxic Culture - No such thing as Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence - Horrific Supply Chain/Supplier Management - Bad Quality - Failure to Innovate - No Employee representation or union - Incompetent HR - Exec team have no stable strategy - Exec team are far removed from the reality of manufacturing - Constant reactive state - not proactive - Financially troubled - Overly political directors/senior leaders who don't like to be challenged - No roadmap or operational maturity model - same mistakes repeated launch after launch

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Avoid this company at all costs if you have a family, or want a life"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Fast pace environment means that you are well trained and can move on, with the ability to manage more than most at your level - Some great colleagues and production staff - Technology centre is a smart place to work - Mini bus system is a nice perk (local station to MTC and back) - High staff turnover results in progression opportunities

    Cons

    - There is no work life balance - Women are talked down to, there is a clear unconscious bias - Clear political choices during the redundancy process, relatives of Senior members retained, high performing and committed employees released - Workload distribution is unequal - Senior management have unrealistic expectations on what is possible with reduced numbers - No voice to escalate to, no union and HR do not support the staff, they act as a defence of the company - Bias driven recruitment, its who likes you not if you are good at a job - Examples of how you are just a number: a staff member with family who are/were shielding were forced to work in the office, when their job role could have been performed remotely. Working from home was banned pre-Covid, even though there is not enough room (desks or parking). Flexible working is that they will allow you to work all hours and weekends to fulfil your role - you are expected to be on call (subject to business area)

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  4. "Comfortable place to work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Quality Team Leader in Woking, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good diversity of people in the working environment

    Cons

    The culture of the business has deteriorated as time has gone on past 2 years - everyone is now just comfortable and never works above and beyond which is detrimental to the company and new starters

  5. "OK"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in London, England, England

    I worked at McLaren Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People, brand, cars, team, excitement

    Cons

    Woking, woking, woking, woking, woking

  6. Helpful (1)

    "HR need fixing"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Woking, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Product, factory, F1, work-life balance

    Cons

    Work environment, Politics, Cashflow, HR HR and HR

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  7. "A good company with demanding hours"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Aero Design Engineer in Woking, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The team are all very professional and hard working

    Cons

    The job is very demanding and requires a work/life balance sacrifice

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Trust the previous review before you accept the job offer"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time

    Pros

    - Very smart colleagues around and helpful environment - lots of opportunities to learn new things

    Cons

    - The senior management people are destroying this company, as they are busy with caring about their own business and do not care about the company's future. - You may quickly notice that you won't have any future in this company, because it is jumping from a cliff thanks to the senior management people - it is not a high-tech company at all

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  9. "Challenging Environment"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Woking, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Fast Paced - Opportunity for progression - Unique challenges - Competitive pay

    Cons

    - Teams run too lean. Additional headcount needed - Office based culture, meaning remote working has been a challenge for the company. - Long working hours - Management support lacking at times

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great product, but rudderless leadership"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Group full-time

    Pros

    Work with some of the best engineers

    Cons

    Leadership team, remote, motivated purely by self interest, staggeringly risk averse and seemingly did not understand the brand.

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