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Mott MacDonald Reviews

Updated 14 August 2017
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  • The company is siloed with a bent towards engineering as most of the senior management are engineers (in 18 reviews)

  • Low salary, slow career progression (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great work variety"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time

    Pros

    Great work variety and international project work available.

    Cons

    Office space was not adequate.


  2. "Great work environment but low compensation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brighton, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, supportive management, international exposure

    Cons

    Low salary, slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Mott MacDonald full-time employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time

    Pros

    The company offers interesting and diverse work, central office location, opportunities to be involved in work that fills developmental gaps and a good working environment

    Cons

    There is a lack of agile working arrangements, the maternity leave and pay are lower than average when bench marking against other engineering consultancies


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  5. "Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Croydon, England
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Croydon, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly paid, good training opportunities, good social scene

    Cons

    difficult to progress career-wise, old fashioned systems, lots of red tape and form filling

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff, not business consultants


  6. "summer job interview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really friendly interviewers, basic questions, introduced me to the role and explained what I would be doing. Few questions about structure and sustainability

    Cons

    none so far that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    -


  7. "Senior Officer - HR"

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    Former Employee - Senior Officer -HR in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Officer -HR in London, England

    I worked at Mott MacDonald (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly environment & work culture

    Cons

    Not Applicable as everything up to the mark ................................................


  8. "Good company, but not perfect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, many interesting, high-profile and diverse projects, ethical company, good if you want a career rather than just a job.

    Cons

    Lots of emphasis on senior management, some benefits (e.g. profit shares) restricted to senior levels. Employees need to be proactive in searching for opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The interesting projects and opportunities for development are all positives, but more can be done to reduce emphasis at senior levels and give junior staff the impression they are appreciated as well.


  9. "Excellent Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mott MacDonald is an employee owned company, with over 3000 employee shareholders who are able to vote on company matters. Shares are split between the share holders and a trust, with the trust shares distributed as bonuses to lower grades in the company. It creates a rather transparent atmosphere and culture of business and personal growth, without an oppressive need for short term profits.

    For those wishing to take on responsibility and ownership there is undoubtably solid career progression. Just look at senior staff. They have all been here for decades. Many since they were graduates.

    The company is very stable with very few redundancies made throughout recessions and dips in the industry. There is a desire to move good staff around rather than lose them.

    Projects tend to be interesting.

    Strong leadership and a desire to change for the better, with good investment in staff, training and adoption of new technology.

    Cons

    Wages are not the highest in the industry. You can earn more elsewhere. If you buy into the culture, projects, and long term prospects, then it's not a problem. If you need a higher wage right now then these reasons may feel a bit hollow.

    Due to the shares and culture there is the occasional instance of senior staff appearing to wait out their retirement. As such they have been sidelined for further promotion and aren't as dynamic and involved as they once were. This can be frustrating if you come against this as you rely on them to be your spokesperson to the wider company.

    If you expect to come in at 9am, do what you're told, and leave at 5:30pm don't expect to be promoted even as you get better technically. Some companies like this 'design centre' mentality But MM isn't one. You may be very good, but if you're not making the life of someone above you easier you won't get noticed.

    Maternity and paternity is weak for a company with such a strong culture. I understand this is changing in 2017.

    Being employee owned, with no outside investors is great. But it comes with certain restrictions i.e a reliance on organic growth and small acquisitions only.

    Advice to Management

    I feel recent moves to up the utilisation of sidelined directors, waiting out retirement and earning lots of share bonuses, was a sensible move. But it could be stronger. I see people giving this new initiative lip service but still not getting involved.


  10. "Not as glamorous as one might think"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Multinational consultancy with a good reputation around the world. Full of people who are experts in their chosen fields of work. Very rare to find people there who do not have, at least, a Masters degree.

    Cons

    Noticeable turnover of the grades B to D staff. When there are not enough projects to keep everyone busy, junior members could be relegated to doing menial tasks (or bluntly, begging for work) just to make up the expected 40 hours in their timesheets.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what motivates your employees, and as much as possible, play to their strengths. This could help reduce the number of people heading for the door.


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    "Good Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities including internationally.
    Clear career path.
    Interesting work.
    Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Management owned and not employee owned as advertised. Shares only available to senior staff.
    Ok salary but below competitors.


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