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Ultra Electronics Reviews

Updated 17 January 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 8 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. "I respect this company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking ship, would not recommend."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Greenford, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Greenford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexitime
    - Nice people to work with

    Cons

    - Low pay compared to industry standard
    - Incredibly high staff turnover due to rude and poor management
    - Company this size still makes employees sign a claw back agreement before approving training requests even for skills which are required to do the job
    - Very poor graduate scheme compared to other companies within the same industry
    - Employees who have the skills and knowledge that are due promotion are not given simply due to "not having spent enough time with the company yet"
    - Not all staff get allocated parking hence staff have to park on a road nearby an industrial estate. Lots of damage/theft to employees vehicle reported in the past
    - Outdated processes which nobody follows anyway causing chaos when trying to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    - Give some respect to your employees,listen to what they have to say and act on it.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not great, but thinks they are."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Innovative end products and systems which benefit the defensive systems of our nations' military.

    Cons

    Excessive focus on cash and profit at the expense of other, important areas.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume the old way of doing things is the only path forward. New ideas, often presented by those new to the organization, are worth considering.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Redundancy will cost you five years of your pension as well as your job"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Rugeley, England
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Rugeley, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ultra Select employee benefits scheme. Flexible hours and holidays.

    Cons

    If you are a member of their now closed final salary pension scheme and you leave before you retire you will lose 5 years of your pension, you will lose all of the early retirement benefits. And they won't tell you until it's too late. And "leaving" includes redundancy.

    You can retire from service at 60 or above with no reduction to reflect early retirement, but if you leave then retire you will incur a reduction of 4% for each year below age 65, amounting to 20% if you retire at 60.

    The 1995 pension booklet defined early retirement benefits in great detail but that detail was removed from all subsequent versions even though those benefits remained unchanged throughout the life of the scheme and beyond (until April 2021). Why was it removed? Did Ultra not want its own Employees to know about the scheme's early retirement benefits? Why not? The dire financial state of the scheme might be a clue.

    I even know somebody who actually did retire at 60 but still lost 5 years of his pension because he misunderstood the rules and was either not properly informed or possibly misinformed about them when he left.

    Advice to Management

    Ultra Electronics PMES: Do what it really takes to get the Investors in People award. No chance with your current attitudes to staff.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Huge staff turnover indicates the poor level of some departmental management."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Loudwater, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in Loudwater, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, early finish friday.

    Cons

    Appalling management, particularly Loudwater manufacturing engineering: academic but not a likeable character and lacks any leadership, engineering ability and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the dead wood


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Somewhat clueless senior management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Southampton, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really impressive engineers and support staff, pay and benefits good, atmosphere friendly.

    Cons

    The previous C Exec was obsessed with company buyouts, the current one drawn out of retirement from an unrelated industry, that works well.

    Advice to Management

    Self justifying overblown purchase amalgamating purchasing scheme that costs more than it saves. Bids subject to excessive margins to prop up the Share Price and the V Senior Management benefits.
    Small wonder Ultra is currently 11th in the short selling list out of 600 companies.