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Rolls-Royce Reviews

Updated 7 December 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is great, its really a great place to work (in 97 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours for office staff (everyone but the shop floor shift workers) to total 38 hours a week (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance was a joke as I was on travel for as much as 8 months at a time with only a few trips allowed back home (in 15 reviews)

  • Hidebound in some of its processes; some senior management slightly too in thrall to external consultants (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Supply chain operations manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Operations Manager in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Operations Manager in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They really want to be the best company for people to work for in the UK.

    Lots of focus on being a high performing culture

    You can have a job for “life”, that is to say that you can easily move around and hey generally support and promote from within

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring last few years. So very frustrating working inside a company with so much turnover.

    You can become stuck and constantly move sideways for years due to restructuring that pushed a lot of senior people to lower roles or out the door


  2. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reputation, lots of staff proud to work there, exciting products.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck in one role, promotions mainly off the back of big, successful projects.


  3. "Lifecycle Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Derby, England
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good technical and challenging tasks especially in engineering
    Fantastic people culture. From senior management to technicians, people are willingly to help.
    High performance culture company which strive to get things done in the right way.
    Pay is good for the living standards in Derby.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Not good in decision making. Always reinventing the wheel. Knowledge management process is poor. Repeat the same mistakes in every project.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with HPC. Faster decision making and accountability.


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  5. "Potential for variety, but tedious and process oriented (civil aerospace views)"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A plethora of on the job training courses - both technical and general career development focused - are not just available, but actively pushed at new recruits.
    Automatic provision of mentors to new starters.
    Generous holiday allowance, all the standard UK holidays plus a double bank holiday bonus, extra Christmas days, and another 26 or so personal days.
    Flexible working hours for office staff (everyone but the shop floor shift workers) to total 38 hours a week.
    Employee discounts programme through Edenred, offering savings on almost all kinds of consumer spending along with health care, holidays, and insurance.

    Cons

    The work can feel tedious, with limited individual impact. Processes over constrain elements, but are allegedly on the way out. A hierarchical nature can persist, with variable views on young new starters. There is also a hesitance to embrace novel ideas, be they technical or in the ways of working.

    Advice to Management

    Process over-constraints are one thing, but making unrealistic promises to customers time and again drives a near continuous sense of panic and fire fighting in various major engine programmes.


  6. "OK overall. Lots of room to modernise."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work varied and challenging. Low turnover of staff. Excellent product.

    Cons

    Shop floor and some teams get paid overtime. Management expected to put in lots of overtime for free. Will hazard succession as no benefits to progression. Too many yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the company. Challenge low performers. Stop changing things for change's sake.


  7. "Good company with many opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Staff Technologist in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Staff Technologist in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and challenging. Colleagues are very helpful and supportive in general.

    Cons

    Process can be very cumbersome. It is almost impossible to do something fast. Too many department and teams. Difficult to identify the accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Give real power to the people in the working level. Do not let purchasing, HR, and other non core function to interfere with engineer's work. They are here to support, not to add additional barrier.


  8. "Rubbish"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Derby, England
    Former Employee - Intern in Derby, England

    I worked at Rolls-Royce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, chance to see variety of business parts

    Cons

    No proper work at all


  9. "Great Employer with so many opportunities and future prospects"

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    Current Employee - Apprentice Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Apprentice Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rolls Royce pay for my training in college to receive my Engineering Qualifications. Next year I have to move to Derby, but the company are helping me out massively. There is a great sense of care and time given to employees, especially apprentices where we are helped every step of the way. I can not wait to qualify and start my career with Rolls...This is definitely a company or life. If you're young and looking for an Engineering apprenticeship, don't hesitate to apply. By far one of, if not the best apprenticeship in the country.

    Cons

    low starting pay (But many pay rises depending on performance of apprenticeship), as i'm based in London its hard to meet my apprentice leader as he is based in Derby


  10. "Good opportunity to learn"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer (Intern) in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer (Intern) in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Given real responsibility
    - Lots of opportunity for community involvement
    - Great intern and grad support network

    Cons

    - Business is cost-cutting so less opportunity for paid training courses etc.

    Advice to Management

    Try to push interns and grads to make the most of the opportunities available. Many do not see the wonderful work going on across their own site, let alone the business.


  11. "Excellent start to my career"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A world-class engineering organisation who develop and invest in their people

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a little frustrating at times

    Advice to Management

    None


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