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Rolls-Royce Reviews

Updated 23 July 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is great, its really a great place to work (in 84 reviews)

  • Stable work environment (lots of 25 year-ers) there (in 57 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 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, highly recommended, fantastic support. Warren East is fantastic.

    Cons

    Very difficult to go from contractor to permanent


  2. "Definitely a place to consider working"

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

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High calibre people. Exciting technology. Global presence. Plenty of scope to develop. Company is supportive in developing its people.

    Cons

    Management works in access of 20% overtime on average. Discipline to follow process is poor due to the number of high intellects and therefore highly opinionated.

    Advice to Management

    The employees and middle management are not feeling valued.


  3. "Pro's and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Director in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Programmer Director in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talented engineering community
    Starting to regain their direction
    Great brand to work for

    Cons

    Limited scope for those with aspirations to go far
    Not currently paying industry standards
    Difficult to progress

    Advice to Management

    Look to see why your middle management are leaving in droves .... it's simple really


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  5. "Friendly company, good for early and mid career"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Derby, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good worklife balance, relatively stress free and a stable industry

    Cons

    Career growth options can be limited


  6. "Many challenges, vast potential, manage your career carefully as an Experienced Hire."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Derby, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the UK's last Great Companies. Poised for massive growth. Truly multinational, great opportunities . A new wave of technologies coming to market right now.

    Cons

    Raft of new leaders with no industry knowledge, but they are great new people too.

     Very easy to get passed over if you get stuck into the work, and don't actively promote yourself.

    Derby is not an exciting, or cultured city. You need to commute to work, or else for culture and entertainment.

    Development focuses on grads and a small high potential pool, but have already said you have to drive your own development, then it is amazing what can be on offer.

    As some people have pointed out, there is a lot of process, but RR can't be like Google in some ways because the products and services are normally safety critical and in highly regulated industries. So if you don't like process, and controls, then aerospace, nuclear and other industries aren't a natural fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    Find managers who can really manage, they are present at RR and set them free to improve the business and manage. The PDR process, High Potential Pools, and yes some elitism, has held RR back in the past; don't copy others, find the RR way. Great change is underway now at RR.


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    "Great experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Big company. A lot of things to do. Can move around as what interests you.

    Cons

    Company waste so much money. Cost management is poor. A lot of people got promoted are good at networking but not so good about their job. Career development is mostly relying on networking.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing something well not just rush into things. Have a clear career development system, not just rely on networking and politics.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Old fashioned and behind the times - shiny on the outside, broken underneath"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back approach to working - the company is a big brand, albeit tainted by serious fraud office findings which came as no surprise, which rests on its laurels a lot. This means the pace is slow, flexible working means no one really checks if you're there, it's empty by 5pm!

    Cons

    Nothing gets done! Management have their head in the clouds and don't actually understand their workforce, they are more concerned with their bonuses at the end of the year. I hope the CEO has brought positive change as it was terrible and the HR team at Bristol need completely replacing, their knowledge is poor and attitude even worse.

    Advice to Management

    Manage people as human beings, stop the old fashioned jobs for the boys and act in an ethical way


  9. "Good salary,perfect atmosphere and work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Methods & Software Engineer in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Methods & Software Engineer in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perfect atmosphere to work in. No stress at all. Help provided to progress professionally and develop towards your career goals. Support from colleagues and managers.

    Cons

    Sometimes too slow-paced and difficult to progress more when you reah a point. Every piece of work needs too many reviews and approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more heed to specialists and experienced people. Review processes to reduce time-waste. Make more realistic assumptions when planning projects, and involve all necessary parties.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rotherham, England
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rotherham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New site with up-to-date machines/equipment. Industry 4.0 technologies getting used in an industrial environment.

    Cons

    Some staff are cynical and have a bad habit of putting in jabbing comments. Hierarchical, senior staff expect you to do as you're told.
    Pay tuned to local rates, terms and conditions not as well as Derby.


  11. "Performance Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Large variety of roles and projects across a multitude of functions. Flexible working hours and very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Decisions can take too long to be effective


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