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Ultra Electronics Reviews

Updated 2 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Really impressive engineers and support staff, pay and benefits good, atmosphere friendly" (in 10 reviews)

  • "The work-life balance was great during my time" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Most of senior management do not have a clue yet are rewarded" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Upper management needs to focus on growth" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Brilliant Company - Only getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wimborne Saint Giles, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wimborne Saint Giles, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance -Flexible working times
    Lots of charitable events and fundraising for multiple charities
    Strong supporter of Employee well-being, mental and physical health
    Big Investor in training and development for their employees
    Interesting and varied work
    Social events throughout the year every year
    Inclusive, innovative and supportive culture

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication at times


  2. "Stick in the past"

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

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work colleagues , good banter and not a lot else.

    Cons

    Company is stuck on the past and coasting on historical contracts. Let oks for the cheapest solutions instead of the best
    solution..

    Advice to Management

    You need to spend money to keep people.

  3. "Great company, let down by Glassdoor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ultra is structured as ~20 business P+L centres, each operating as an independent business. This means that any individual review on Glassdoor about Ultra almost certainly relates to a specific business, and probably not the one you visited here to learn about.
    Life at Ultra is not easy, if you dont wish to be challenged and want an easy life, then go work somewhere else. If you want to be seen, stand out, and make a difference then this is the business for you. It is pretty much run by engineers, for engineers - but only good ones.
    At the time of writing this, Rakesh Sharma is listed as the CEO on Glassdoor. He isn't, and hasn't been for over 1 year. Good riddance. The 2019 Ultra is not the same as 2015-2018. You can ignore any review before 1st Jan 2019.
    The new CEO, as of 2018, has not just pulled the handbrake and done a U-turn versus previous leadership, he's floored the pedal to the metal in the opposite direction. Even 1 year on, its still surprises me how much the attitude and direction has changed.
    Biggest plus is that Ultra is doubling down on its core business, and actively disposing of business centres that are not defence or security related. A wise move, long overdue.
    For the first time in quite a few years, i'm excited about what we're now on the brink of achieving.

    Cons

    The group structure, essentially a collection of coordinated SMEs, means Ultra hits way below its belt on the international stage. Despite ~US$1bn turn over, it acts as a small fish in a big pond. If it consolidated its ~20 P+L centres into just 5 or 6, it would boost growth.
    Ultra does not pay top dollar. Pay isn't bad, by any means - probably 2nd or 3rd quartile at best, which doesn't reflect what is asked of you. Having said that, success and talent is recognised and rewarded - but if you're an average Joe you may be disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    Have confidence to make the necessary business consolidation changes, and act to address the fact that Ultra has outgrown the organisational model that served it so well in its infancy.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "very average overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    decent pay, flexi time, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    a lot of lazy ppl, rubbish canteen, a lot of politics, rubbish decisions from leadership if they ever round to making one. HR are a joke.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "great potential"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Wimborne Minster, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Wimborne Minster, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    growth, customers, opportunities, leadership, structure, teamwork, innovation, knowledge

    Cons

    maturity, benefits, bonuses, resourcing, training, bottlenecks, performance, morale

    Advice to Management

    lead by good example, resource the demands and remove bottlenecks


  6. "I respect this company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Author in Wimborne Minster, England
    Current Employee - Technical Author in Wimborne Minster, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally excellent senior management; great culture; smart colleagues; excellent benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Promotion difficult; some morons; too much power in the hands of a very select group of individuals who are out of touch

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Allow the next generation of young professionals to fast track their careers


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A fascinating business. Terrific people with so much knowledge.

    Cons

    Not very good at communicating but that seems to be changing. This company has lots to be proud of but keeps it very quiet.

    Advice to Management

    Shout louder about your great work and even greater people.

  8. "Physicist"

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    Former Employee - Physicist in Wimborne Minster, England
    Former Employee - Physicist in Wimborne Minster, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    On the plus side, excellent canteen, excellent products, i.e. the Neutron Flux Detectors, flexi-time.

    Cons

    Only one problem and it’s a biggy. Cronyism, intimidation and outright bullying from management are almost everywhere. I don’t think the MD knows what middle management are up to. Every second year there’s a survey and every time it says poor management. What’s the response of HR? – ‘If you keep saying negative things, we will get rid of the survey’. Thank God, I’m out of it now.

    Advice to Management

    No point in giving advice to management, they're not listening.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Atrocious"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    It matters very little if you do nothing all day.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor training, no personal development...

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip of your staff! The lack of staff accountability is a reflection of how this disgrace of a company is managed.


  10. "Graduate Software Engineer / Software Engineer 1 - Review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    * Some incredibly bright individuals for developers to learn from
    * A strong culture of supporting new employees to make sure they get up to speed
    * 'Free Thinking Fridays' where developers can spend time looking at ways to improve the development process, look into something new or contribute in a creative way
    * Great vision for the future , open-minded to new technology, forward thinking CTO
    * Huge range of technologies to get stuck into, especially as a graduate as you rotate between teams. Most up to date team has the very latest in continuous delivery, Angular 6, NodeJS,
    * Formalised promotion process called 'boarding' where you have to meet a list of criteria and do a presentation to the SLT, This recently revised process puts your career in your own hands and is a really useful way to progress quickly.
    * Good office environment with a weekly football team with a good set of people
    * Sports and social club where anyone can suggest an event
    * Foosball table and PS4 for good down time
    * Good coffee machine

    Cons

    * Lower than average salary for some development positions. Mainly based around limitations with Ultra as the parent owner. This is purely from the perspective of graduate and SE1 though as I have no idea what other people get paid.
    * Location might not be ideal for everyone in that it's not city centre but there are great tram links to and from town.
    * Dealing with lots of legacy code as some of the products are 35+ years old. This can occasionally be tough but can also be great exposure to lower level stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Management are making some excellent decisions recently and really trying to bring the company forward. The cons are mainly out of managements control as far as I'm aware (salary and location). All round great place to work, especially if you're a less senior developer.