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Updated 24 Oct 2019

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3.0
19%
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34%
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Ricardo CEO Dave Shemmans
Dave Shemmans
3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great graduate scheme"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Royal Leamington Spa, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great graduate scheme with lots of opportunites for hard workers

    Cons

    Need a strong work ethic to suceed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging people to deliver

    Ricardo2018-12-07
  2. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Shoreham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven, good bunch of people working together. Quality projects and flexible working hours

    Cons

    As with consulting, the down times can get frustrating. The pay does not reflect the profession or experience. Slow progression routes. Low investment into future tech and short term / immediate result focussed.

    Ricardo2019-10-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities, Albeit Not Without Frustrations"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a graduate there's a lot of opportunity to develop across the board, from rotating through different departments and working on a large range of projects throughout the scheme, to international rotations and opportunities to work off site at various customer sites.

    Cons

    Because of the nature of a consultancy the workload can vary quite significantly throughout the year, ranging from incredibly busy to incredibly quiet in certain departments. This can be quite frustrating if you want to rotate into a department that doesn't have much work on at the time.

    Advice to Management

    General consensus seems to be that you invest a reasonable amount in graduates, but once the scheme is over there doesn't seem to be much investment in the employees regarding their development.

    Ricardo2018-04-26
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Fading glory"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Shoreham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable people in some areas. Everybody seems to be friendly and professional (more or less). Still has a good name in the industry. If you are lucky, you are going to be working on very interesting and challenging engineering projects.

    Cons

    Typical problems of a corporation. If you are unlucky, you will be stuck at your desk with very little work to do or with work that you do not need a Masters Degree for. Working conditions in, Shoreham especially, are abysmal. Personal space is a joke, no kitchen, toilets are prehistoric and in general a lot of mess (as a result of lacking personal space). Prague offices are much better though, cannot comment on... Midlands. Lack of clear, decisive structure of the management as well as lack of enforcement of whatever structure there currently present which results in chaos. Projects are being done but solely due to the people being used to the chaos not because of a working managerial system. High average age, almost no women. In general, very stiff feeling regarding the structure of the company and its ability to adapt to 21st century. Raising these issues results in sympathetic nod and soothing words rather than action.

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    Advice to Management

    Ask your employees what would be the most efficient way to manage the projects and come up with a clearly structured plan which is then communicated to everybody within the company, stick to it, adjust it but don't change it every 2 years. Engage new comers, don't let them sit around because they will leave. Act on your promises. If you say something is your "top priority" then make sure the statement is... followed by tangible and sensible actions. Refurbish the Shoreham site. Immediately please. That is not a dignified working place.

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    Ricardo2018-03-12
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Could be fantastic, let down by some poor management"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Shoreham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Huge variety of work, will not be doing the same thing every day, everyone is ridiculously clever and willing to help. There is a lot of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Can get involved in most projects if you ask.

    Cons

    The pay is very low. They only hire people with a master's degree in engineering from a top uni (for the graduate positions) but they pay significantly less. The company is based in one of the most expensive places in the UK so you will still have to live like a student.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly hearing that change is happening, that we are the future of the company, and that you want to retain clever people but you are losing out of some really bright young people due to abysmal salaries.

    Ricardo2018-02-02
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Neglect of employees over shareholder satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Shoreham-by-Sea, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wealth of knowledge, very good place to learn. Location is fantastic (for the HQ in shoreham anyway) Great graduate program

    Cons

    office conditions and atmosphere are abysmal no bonuses to speak of, and the salary progression is very secretive. Not enough transparency about pay distribution within the comapny

    Ricardo2016-11-30
  7. "Good experience opportunities for young engineers"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Shoreham-by-Sea, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The graduate scheme is good for gaining experience in a wide variety of departments, and graduates are given a lot of responsibility Very wide range of projects, no two days are the same

    Cons

    Salary and yearly pay reviews are disappointing Company benefits are awful Top heavy management structure

    Advice to Management

    Refurbish the staff facilities (canteen, changing/shower room) and improve staff benefits. E.g. For a company that works with most major car companies, the car lease scheme is awful.

    Ricardo2015-09-06
  8. "Bright minds around ..."

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    Graduate Engineer in Shoreham-by-Sea, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ricardo

    Pros

    Complex and diverse projects Growing 80% Automotive Engineering related projects

    Cons

    Few opportunities for travelling either in projects or within the company

    Ricardo2012-01-19
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