TTP Employee Reviews about "career progression"

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  • "Employee ownership and general culture of wanting to share the business success(in 6 reviews)

  • "Wide variety of very interesting projects(in 4 reviews)

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  • "Lack of internal "ranks" makes a defined career progression more nebulous(in 8 reviews)

  • "Flat structure, clients come and go(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for.

      Aug 8, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Melbourn, England
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      Pros

      Supportive, creative and forward thinking work environment. Puts people first, empowers them and encourages ideas contribution. Second to none support during Coronavirus crisis with home-working, on site food trucks for those needing to be in, and total commitment to employee safety. Great benefits and employee share ownership.

      Cons

      Fairly flat management structure. Could continue to work on career progression for those not just motivated by being recognised for their technical excellence.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Exciting company to work for with inspiring colleagues

      Aug 29, 2019 - Consultant in Melbourn, England
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      Pros

      The work is at the cutting edge of technology for ambitious companies, so is both interesting and fast-paced. The organisational strucutre is flat and far more meritocratic than other companies I've worked for/with. This benefits ambitious people who seek out opportunites which is great for the kind of people we hire, but can leave others frustrated. Your career progression is your own path to manage and not limited by internal politics or the need to 'make space'. This is daunting at first, but with mentorship and ongoing discussion you figure it out. We invest a lot in internal development projects, so good ideas have a strong chance of turning into projects or spin-outs.

      Cons

      The flat hierarchy and autonomy don't suit everyone. There is a lot of support, guidance and inspiration from peers and leaders if you seek it, but culturally it is assumed that you'll learn and figure things out. The culture of freedom and autonomy means that little is documented about 'how things are done'. It can take several years for a new starter to figure this out and understand how they're valuable. When you're young this feels like an age, and some people leave before then. People have a slightly different experience across different groups within the business which depends on the style of the group leader and the type of work or industry they work in. This can mean that opportunities appear different to different people, but this should be largely perception rather than reality. Being a consultancy means that you are never entirely in control of your own destiny and you rarely get the 'glory' of launching the results of your work into the market. A project can (infrequently) stop before you feel like you've 'finished' which can be frustrating. About half the (non-voting) shares are owned by retired founders and it is a slow process to bring this ownership back into the business. Whilst there are good (collective, not individual) bonuses and dividends, profit going out of the business can be frustrating.

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      3 people found this review helpful

      TTP Response

      Thank you for your comments on the organisational structure at TTP. Our culture is one where we recognise the value of our employees having the autonomy to decide what should be done and be able to use their talents to make it happen. We understand that this is a different way of working for some and endeavor to balance the absence of hierarchy with support and guidance from our talented colleagues who provide continuous peer learning in our multidisciplinary project teams. We also provide support through our internal and external development offerings. We pride ourselves on taking on demanding technical challenges and exploring and developing new innovative technologies. We agree, that exploring new technologies is therefore a long term approach and not all ideas will come to fruition, but as you mention we do invest heavily in projects so there is also a real opportunity for personal growth and to create solutions which have lasting global impact.

    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      There's good and bad

      Dec 3, 2017 - Consultant in Melbourn, England
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      Pros

      Above average colleagues, probably due to the interviewing process. Some projects are truly groundbreaking and super fun! Employee ownership gives a lot of motivation. New head of HR is very dynamic and seems to truly care about employees. Company seems to be well managed from a big picture point-of-view. Possibility to learn a whole lot of different things, including soft skills.

      Cons

      Colleagues and projects can range from interesting/great to "not so great" (avoiding harsher words)/awfully dull. It's very much hit or miss, depending on the group you end up in. Way more value given to the commercial (versus technical) side when it comes to career progression, creating a perfect environment for most people to ditch the technical side to find time to evolve their commercial skills, which can be translated into "dropping your tasks onto someone else who won't say no, most often a graduate or student". A side effect is that it also creates a shortage of people doing technical work, doubling the load on the few who actually do it and who incidentally are the ones who make the company money. Reluctance to provide a shuttle from Meldreth station so that people don't have to walk/cycle in the rain and while it's freezing. It only exacerbates the problem of traffic/parking in the village/science park. It seems to be an unfortunate "I got mine, screw you" situation.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Challenging, varied role with both technical and softer skills

      Aug 7, 2017 - Consultant in Melbourn, England
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      Pros

      Wide technical range of peers and skills that you are required to bring to projects. Always something new to learn. The wider consultancy piece is interesting, and something that I wasn't very experienced in when I joined. This side of the role is the part I find most challenging and where I'm doing the most development. Consultants are given a great deal of responsibility from day one. Don't look here if you want to be a cog in the machine. Company share ownership and salary reviews are very positive.

      Cons

      Current lack of flexible working can be restricting sometimes. Lack of internal "ranks" makes a defined career progression more nebulous.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Fantastic place to work and develop

      Jun 21, 2017 - Consultant in Cambridge, England
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      Pros

      Flat management structure, open culture and fast moving workload. The diversity of employees backgrounds and skills allows working in multidisciplinary teams to minimise development risks and sharing of insight. Excellent remuneration, option to buy into this employee-owned company and stable place to work.

      Cons

      Environment best suits those who are self-motivated and have an ambition to improve themselves and the prospects of the company. Being able to problem solve and comprehend complex task is a daily requirement. This may not suit all applicants, especially those wanting a more structured career progression.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Summer Placement Student

      Nov 24, 2016 - Anonymous Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great atmosphere, staff very friendly and welcoming. Quite a flat company structure so very easy to interact with staff at all levels. Interns thrown in at deep end and trusted to get on with investigations etc. Only choosing not to go back as there seems to be little or no work involving energy or sustainability.

      Cons

      Location is a little bit remote. Low scope for career progression. No flexi time, not even system for working flexibly outside core hours; odd from a company that was otherwise seemed so progressive and open minded.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Best job I've had so far

      Apr 8, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Projects are technically ambitious but commercially relevant Technically talented and enterprising team of engineers, physicists and scientists Earnest people who are (by and large) acting for the good of the company and the team Little 'pulling rank' - if you have an insight or idea, it is judged on merits not who came up with it Outstanding share ownership schemes

      Cons

      Not for you if you are motivated by job titles. Career progression is about the responsibilities you take and make a difference to, not becoming a line manager or 'senior'.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Technical Consultancy Experience

      Nov 29, 2015 - Engineering Consultant in Cambridge, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very wide range of interesting work. Fantastically intelligent people to work with.

      Cons

      Slow or limited career progression to higher management

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Friendly place with lots of interesting work

      Feb 3, 2014 - Consultant Engineer in Cambridge, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They offer reasonable career progression, in part because there is lots of interesting work. So there is lots of learning on the job, and the work is always challenging, and very varied.

      Cons

      At times it can feel a bit corporate as it has been around quite a few years now. Its size makes it not so flexible. Lots of people further up ladder have been there for yonks, so it's difficult to see where future opportunities lie.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Always interesting and challenging, great, relaxed working environment.

      Aug 1, 2011 -  
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      Pros

      Diverse skill sets and enthusiasm of colleagues. Very few tossers.

      Cons

      No time off in lieu for weekend / bank holiday working or travel for work. No overtime. No significant interest in employees' career progression.

      9 people found this review helpful
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