Robert Bird Group Reviews

Updated 2 Jan 2021

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21 Ratings
  1. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Robert Bird Group full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, big projects, promote training

    Cons

    slow personal progression for some

  2. "Nice work environment, slow changes"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Bird Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, warm and easy-going environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to interact and get support from IT team, slow changes in procedures and not enough drive for innovation

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  3. "Sexist and racist. Play office politics to get what you want."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Bird Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Some absolutely brilliant people being wasted at this company. - If you play office politics you can get pay rises not based on merit and above market rate. - For some there are opportunities to work/move abroad.

    Cons

    - Discrimination (mainly sex and race) takes place and it's happened openly. It is part of decision making consciously and subconsciously, not just in the London office but across its global offices. There is a glass ceiling and a lack of true want for change, the SMT are the biggest problem here. - Little respect for technicians, business operations and those with life commitments other than work. - Learnt behaviour from SMT is loudest voice wins so the business values a rude and aggressive approach with knee jerk decision making over calm, considered, informed and diplomatic. - There are some managers who are good and could benefit the business hugely but they aren't supported in the right way. - The hours some people work are unreasonably long. Puts clients above employees, even when clients are unreasonable and rude. - The SMT are mostly made up of poor historic promotions and people who should've been let go but they're too chummy and don't want to deal with the problems so they stay or are given promotions/created opportunities to move the problem elsewhere. They have little discipline and a vast lack of knowledge on good business practice and planning.

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    Robert Bird Group Response

    June 8, 2020Managing Director (West)

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to learn about your experience at Robert Bird Group and would like to ensure you that we welcome your feedback as a means to inform us on how we can improve the employee experience. We have made a commitment in our business plans that include strategies and initiatives to strengthen the culture at Robert Bird Group. These include: • Fostering a collaborative and understanding culture through awareness of diversity and inclusion and by embedding inclusive behaviours. • Increasing the openness between the organisation and staff to shape a culture of mutual understanding, trust and respect by exploring opportunities to create a more transparent organisation. • Providing a healthy work culture through flexible working practices, training and awareness and tailored employee benefits so that staff can perform at their best without detriment to their work and personal life. • Continue to improve our Learning and Development platform and procedures where our people are continuously motivated and engaged through learning and are provided with transparent pathways to progression We agree that we do have great employees at Robert Bird group and always seek to find ways to provide a positive experience. We have noted your suggestions on how we can improve and if you would like to discuss this further please feel encouraged to contact us directly. Simon Nicholas - Managing Director (Europe)

  4. "Good company but lacking consistency"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top projects Can-do attitude Consideration of construction in design, which adds great value for clients Very good graduates

    Cons

    Some projects are very well delivered but others just average - maybe not all teams are at the same level... Initiatives are not carried forward. Big plans for change are never put in place. High turnover 90's sexist/racist (not the majority of people but you will find that) The evaluation process is amateurish and does not promote diverse views or encourage growth: is a mere pro-forma

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  5. "Good culture, technical people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Bird Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Big Projects -Mid size company -Good exposure

    Cons

    - Not many industry connections

  6. "Great company - Great Culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bird Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company prides itself with it's great culture and the people within the company. Engineers inside are technically sound and most importantly very passionate about engineering and pushing the boundaries of design.

    Cons

    My only complaint is to allow the younger stuff to be self-sufficient and expand their circle responsibility to run small packages of works and smaller jobs with the appropriate supervision. This will ease the pressure on senior management to focus on reaching out to more clients and expand the company's reputation in the industry. I believe the company has more to show the industry than what it is currently doing.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bird Group full-time

    Pros

    Some good Projects from construction perspective

    Cons

    Poor technical standards from a design perspective

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    "Boys Club"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a young engineer you are exposed to large exciting projects and learn a great deal. You get to work with lot of really intelligent people who are genuinely passionate about engineering Company is a good size to progress relatively quickly if you fit their mold Good exposure to training opportunities

    Cons

    Senior management/ board is the least diverse group of people possible and it shows in their decision making. Very out of touch with their people, and seemed to be a lot of conflict between themselves. I noticed there was people with a lot of potential in operation roles who were unable to do anything positive for the business because the people managing them could not appreciate different perspectives and would not like to be challenged. Very confused about the 'leadership' structure which seemed to change almost weekly, seemed to be trying to create positions for people who were maybe redundant.

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    Robert Bird Group Response

    March 13, 2019Managing Director (West)

    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud of our passionate employees, engineers and beyond, and believe that we provide opportunities for employees to develop and fulfil career aspirations. We recognise that our industry, RBG included, are not where we want to be in terms of diversity but this has by no means gone unrecognised or ignored. We have set up a strong EDI committee who are dedicated to moving us forward with inclusive initiatives that are fully supported by our leadership team. In the last 6 months we have worked with an EDI consultant to set us on a path of improvement, and have made diversity and inclusion the key motivator for our 2019/20 People Pillar strategy. We have also injected our commitment to EDI into our work with schools and universities. We believe our performance review structure, leadership training, and HR team are effective in equipping our team leaders with the tools necessary to identify the potential in our employees and assisting them in their development. We are constantly reviewing our offer to employees to ensure our commitment to their development is clear, as such recent discussions have inspired great initiatives on topics such as mentorships and training pathways. We are open and accepting of any feedback given to our leadership team and believe this is evident to employees, and as such take your views onboard. We understand that difficult decisions must be made and believe we work within a culture that encourages discussion, and where fair feedback can be exchanged to make positive decisions that are beneficial to RBG and in line with our shared values. David Seel Managing Director West

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away from Battersea Phase 3"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The main office seems to have a good culture, where we are not understaffed, under too much pressure and keep making mistakes we have to lie to cover up. (These all occur at Battersea.)

    Cons

    The company's biggest project seems to be Battersea Phase 3. The team is toxic, filled with negativity, gossiping and a general dislike for each other. This starts from the top where the leadership doesn't support the rest of the team and would do anything to throw them under the bus to keep themselves looking good to everyone. Mistakes are constantly made and we are asked to lie to the other companies we are working with to cover them up. This is especially difficult since we are all collocated and have made friends with the people in the other companies. We've had many QA problems too, no one wants to take responsibility for anything. A constant blame game is being played. For some reason even though we are such a big project and make money the leaders would rather us work long days than to bring in more staff. Of course we keep making mistakes in the engineering! Leaders don't really like helping with the day to day work, but would rather "manage", and clearly aren't doing such a great job at it, otherwise we wouldn't be in the position we are in now. Leaders try to take credit for the few things that are going well and blame everyone else for what's going bad. Team doesn't support each other and gossiping and backstabbing extends to betraying own team to people in other companies.

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    Robert Bird Group Response

    January 8, 2019Managing Director (West)

    Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear you are not enjoying your time at Battersea and we believe that the team based there are very strong team with a great sense of team spirit and culture, having recently won 2019 Team of the Year as voted for the BPSDC. We are investigating your views regarding QA and management, however to date we have found no evidence of such and we categorically deny that there has been any lying or any encouragement of lying. This would be contrary to all of our principles. RBG prides itself on supporting employees at all levels to do the right thing internally and externally, and we support all of our employees in being honest and acting with integrity in line with our values. We do not agree with your views as you have expressed here but we are very keen to improve RBG and would like to take this on board with a positive and constructive response, that we hope may address your concerns and improve how you are feeling about working with us. If you still feel as you did when writing this post we would encourage you to speak to your line manager, alternatively you can speak to HR or other team leaders who are available as support to employees. My door is open if you would like to speak with me and this can be on a confidential basis if you prefer. David Seel Managing Director West

  10. "Exciting and dynamic company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, some of the largest and most complex Strong technical focus and opportunities to learn / grow quickly New office environment is a big step forward Opportunities to work overseas; dubai, australia, asia Can do / positive culture

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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