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I worked at TRL full-time (More than 3 years)
Excellent community and colleagues readily become close friends Decent work-life balance; weekends, nights and outdoor work is not unusual due to the nature of the business but employees are fairly compensated and obligated overtime is rare. Opportunities to learn and take responsibility if you look for them. The company is small enough and its skills specialised enough that often the only person available to do a job is the person who is prepared to teach themselves to do it. The company has good links with universities and other research bodies and sponsors academic development such as Masters' degrees and PhDs.
Inflexible and counterproductive charge-out system makes involving anyone outside your own group too expensive on the project budget so cross-team collaboration doesn't happen anywhere near as much as it should. Projects are often allowed to languish as critical decisions are left unmade and lessons are learned but not acted upon. Project managers should be more decisive and take a strong hand. The feeling of plodding away on the same thing and getting nowhere is common and demoralising. Long-serving employees who are set in their ways are rarely challenged and are not encouraged to learn from experience and improve their approach (and by long-serving, I mean that 35 years' service in the company is not unheard of). Pay is poor; part of the reason is that much of the work is so specialised that it is not very profitable and much of the business runs on tight margins.
Advice to Management
Divisional managers and group managers: The quarterly cascades are fine, but still have an air of distance to them. Consider ways to maintain more regular, two-way communication with the rank and file. Abolish the STUPID charge-out system! Apply firmer pressure to project managers to deal with floundering projects where necessary, but also support them with mentoring and tangible actions to unblock problems. Pay more. It's hard to live on TRL salaries in the home counties, whatever the salary review says.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at TRL (Wokingham, England (UK)).
Very useful process, very clear, with HR professionals which were very welcoming and posed some interesting questions. There was a 1:1 interview with the hiring manager and a second interview with the hiring manager, and a colleague.
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