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Ultra Electronics Reviews

Updated 3 Sep 2019

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  • "Most of senior management do not have a clue yet are rewarded(in 35 reviews)

  • "This company is headed in the wrong direction and the problems start from the division President down to the Senior Management Team(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Brilliant Company - Only getting better"

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    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 for 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

    Ultra Electronics2019-01-30
  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Design Engineer 
    Recommends

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, opportunity for training and growth

    Cons

    management communication could be improved.

    Ultra Electronics2019-08-06
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of interesting tech"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Greenford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have some interesting technology

    Cons

    Silo'd structure across different business units

    Advice to Management

    Allow companies to talk to each other

    Ultra Electronics2019-08-01
  4. "Good to gain experience of business, engineering, and commercial - then leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good exposure to all phases of the product life cycle and the commercial aspects. Some good people.

    Cons

    bad atmosphere and high staff turnover

    Ultra Electronics2019-07-23
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Weymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The salary is ok, not brilliant compared to similar jobs in other parts of the UK

    Cons

    Us vs them culture, job was not as promised in interview

    Ultra Electronics2019-06-03
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible Close to home Cannot find more

    Cons

    Aggressive No work life balance Uncontrolled changes

    Ultra Electronics2019-05-11
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst engineering company with no processes"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Greenford canteen is good on Thursdays

    Cons

    My reporting manager just shouts all day. No motivation to work to schedules Some truly terrible fellow engineers (even at principle level) No parking One contractor even runs his own company within the business using fellow engineers ?

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood. Get rid of contractors who are only in it for themselves and not the company or the product. Stop people on the mobile phones chatting 3 hours a day.

    Ultra Electronics2019-05-29
  8. Helpful (1)

    "What a disappointment!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenford, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some lovely people, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Poor pay, not in line with FTSE 250 companies, benefits are not great, poor HR, poor management, no training or any hope for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage two way feedback.

    Ultra Electronics2019-05-07
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, let down by Glassdoor"

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

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time for 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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Ultra Electronics2019-03-01
  10. "Stick in the past"

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

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time for 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.

    Ultra Electronics2019-03-03
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