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Rolls-Royce Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
304 Reviews

3.4
304 Reviews
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Rolls-Royce CEO John Rishton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are very flexible working conditions (excellent work/life balance) and extensive training available (in 28 reviews)

  • There are also good benefits and initiatives to recognize good worker (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture is not suitable for anyone who believes in work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management tend to secure their roles through experience rather than skill (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership is hit or miss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Management  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Management in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Great place to be if you want to be an engineer for gas turbines. Have met some very nice and extremely talented people. Decent benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Difficult to find a career path if you don't fit someone's exact mold. It feels like a lot of the senior managers don't take an active approach to developing talent. Less exciting opportunities in the US compared to the UK programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have higher expectations for senior leaders and don't keep someone in a spot that isn't performing well because it negatively impacts the employees below in that organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great variety of work opportunities, but limited upward mobility and constant slow down of progress from the UK

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    - Really enjoyed my work, it was challenging
    - Not expected to work overtime and can make your own schedule - mine was 7 - 3:30
    - VERY nice brand new facility in Indianapolis, full of free coffee, tea and office supplies if you need them that are restocked. You can also park in the garage on weekends if you are downtown.

    Cons

    - Same compensation for the industry, but NOT competitive and don't expect raises or good benefits
    - Have a normal curve for professional development meaning your manager has to put 5% or something of their people in the "needs improvement" category (or a 1/5) no matter how well everyone performs. You then get placed into this 'bucket' of poor performing employees just because that's what your manager has to do.
    - Constant frustration with TOO many acronyms, changes in corporate structure, waiting on other parts of the business to answer questions or communicate with you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Form standardized processes between the company and increase pay and benefits. GET RID OF THE NORMAL CURVE RATINGS FOR EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE. Get rid of the older out of date products like old operating systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, but processes & policies need an overhaul

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    I love my coworkers - some truly smart and pleasant people to spend my workdays with. There's a lot of expertise in many disciplines. The Indy location has a reputation for figuring things out and getting things done, sometimes in spite of increasingly complex company procedures. The company has started a new "high performance culture" initiative that seems to be an honest attempt at setting a positive tone in the office. I think our new CEO, John Rishton, has great ideas for the company's direction, although he has an uphill battle to fight with the old guard.

    Cons

    The UK headquarters, Derby, still seems to think its ways are best for all company locations world-wide. They're wrong. Derby increases its micromanagement of the satellite facilities more each year, down to approving job openings for individual contributors. HR seems to be entirely old-school. We've had a forced distribution for appraisal scores for several years. GE, the pioneer of that idea, abandoned it a decade ago. For some reason HR thinks we can attract the best and brightest while paying industry average wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off on the micromanagement. The various sites are run by smart people who can figure out what's best for that location. Being a global company doesn't mean Derby has it all figured out for everybody. Listen to Deming's advice and stop with the appraisal scores, particularly on a forced distribution. It's killing morale and doesn't fit with the "high performance culture".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Great Pay. Plenty of paid overtime if supervising hourly (union) workforce. Great vacation benefits. All of the autonomy you want.

    Cons

    Work you to death. No work-life balance. Career path planning is nonexistent. If you know the right folks and golf with them, then you'll be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep running the business just they way you are now. I'll look at your resume in about a year and see if you fit my needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Ability to work independently, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management, not open to new ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Work place environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Document Manager  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Former Employee - Project Document Manager in Mount Vernon, OH

    Pros

    Most of the people that you work with are friendly and easy to work with. My boss was one of the best bosses I have ever had, he tried to help out when he could.

    Cons

    There are some co-workers that act very unprofessional and rude. Some of the leads were very unhelpful and just wanted to not do any work at all. Some people would slip out and go to a different town without the boss knowing and get paid for it. It was at time like being in high school again. Stress of the job was not worth the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more on top of things and stop handing their responsibilities off to people below them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Trainings may be lacking at times.

  9.  

    Great and talented people, terrible Senior management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Buyer
    Current Employee - Global Buyer

    Pros

    Salary, Colleagues, Experience in making good decisions

    Cons

    Lack of Accountability, Senior Leadership, lack of mentorship opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider developing a strong core rather than recruiting talent skilled in the latest business fad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Different Divisions = Completely Different Companies

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, OH

    Pros

    Great Brand, serious about ethics

    Cons

    Depending on the division the leadership and culture ranges from excellent to horrible. If you are on a rotation, make sure the music doesn't stop when you are in the wrong chair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go Fix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Its a stable job but doesn't allow much room for new ideas or actual engineering

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mount Vernon, OH

    Pros

    The pros of the job are being part of such a big global corporation. The customers are located all over the world and there's plenty of opportunity to get familiar with other cultures in different areas of the world.

    Cons

    The company is so pre-occupied with their processes, it makes the efficiency and productivity suffer severely. I've been there almost a year now, and I haven't actually done any real engineering yet. Majority of the work consists of pushing papers and getting trained on all the processes they use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very open to hearing the employees and trying to make things better. The turn over rate is somewhat high so a lot of good ideas are started but aren't really followed through with. My advice to management would be to focus less on processes to improve things and give more authority to engineers to allow them to follow through with their tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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