Bouygues UK Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Really bad company to work for. Would give 0 if allowed to.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Manager
    Former Contractor - Technical Manager

    I worked at Bouygues UK as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Willing to let you get on with the job un nannied

    Cons

    Low payer for contractors
    Really unrealistic deadlines requiring long hours, but DON'T want to pay up at the end of the week when the time sheet is presented.
    On leaving for better paid job, refuse to pay last time sheet. They threaten legal action for a reason or another then refuse to give answer one way or another after a month after threatening legal action should you not surrender any passwords you may have put on a file for security or data integrity even if you let them have the passwords.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, contractors are people too.

    We may not be staff but we deserve the same or equivalent rights and treatment to staff.

    I would never work for the company again unless it was a staff job then i might not get ignored by everyone else in the "team" ie visitor comes in and just ignored.

    Tell managers not to take credit for other peoples work or at least give credit to the person actually doing the work when they ARENT the ones with the technical knowledge who are actually doing the job.

  2. Helpful (1)

    One of the worst companies and mangers and management teams i have ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bouygues UK

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning. I would discourage anyone from choosing this company as it would be a waste of time and talents.

    Cons

    Long working will be required from your boss , hours 8am to 9pm , live to work mentality.
    Lack of communication from the management.
    You will get treated unfairly and quite rudely.
    Other employees want to leave as well, so many of them jumped ship throughout the time i was there, and some of them told me , this is the worst company they have ever worked for, they said even if the doubled my wages I still would not stay there.
    Other companies do not want to deal with them, because of how they are and very negative past dealings with them.
    You will get blamed even if it is not your fault, and will be scapegoated for it.
    They do not know how to deal with employees, and are clueless of English culture.
    Very very poor training and even worse expectations for it.
    The worst mistake was applying for a job with them, I am so happy i left them now.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to France , your competitors are doing a better job than you and know how to treat their employees.It is the people who build you business,stupid!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Shockingly bad company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My first job out of Uni, really happy they gave me a chance
    Colleagues were really lovely people
    Nice office location in Waterloo

    Cons

    Don't apply if you are not French. You have no career prospects.
    They say they want to be a UK company but server software being purchased is in French. When you inform then of the obvious issues supporting it you pretty much get told to work on something else.
    Management are so oblivious to any issues and quite frankly don't care.
    Shockingly high turnover of staff, really need to try and understand why.
    Save yourself the frustration and apply to Skanska instead as you really know that is where you really want to be!
    There is no morale.
    A really big issue with us (the french) and them (anyone from the rest of the world)
    HR manager at the time was a company puppet.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a French company, with all due respect go back to France! If you want to be a melting pot of different ideas and methods of work then suck it up and listen to the staff and please dump all the French server software!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    The WORST company I have EVER worked for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are absolutely no positives whatsoever about working here

    Cons

    Values, you'll only get promoted if you're French, crap ways of doing things, haemorrhage money, attitudes, young managers who don't have a clue what they are doing, no communication

    Advice to Management

    Reality check! You're not amazing! Pull your fingers out your arses and start looking after your staff!

  6. Helpful (2)

    Employees are means to and End

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Continues to win projects
    Large Company
    Autonomous working environment
    Good people

    Cons

    Bad behavior is commended/promoted
    Awful management - unsupportive, Directors oblivious to what is happening lower down food chain
    Very apparent cultural divide
    Unwilling to pay contractors
    Ego of it's international success - culture is not that of a UK business
    Work-life balance - there is none
    Huge turnover of staff
    Huge amount of work load on lower paid staff
    Huge discrepancies between salary of same grade staff
    Not enough staff employed on sites - overworked, overpaid and unappreciated
    Managers all of a certain age - some older seen as at their capactiy

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about creating new policies and procedures ( to add to the already existing mountain) and start looking at your staff. They are the cogs to the machine.

    You have to leave the culture of having 'the club' - stop surrounding yourselves with French. UK staff are NOT "replaceable with french" if you want to continue to expand and learn in the UK market. Lose the arrogance and listen to those who are familiar with the market.

    Benefits of other contractors/companies far outweigh your own. No wonder so many are leaving for your competitors. Not just contractual benefits, but work /life balance. Offer training to those who are performing, not just those who are in 'the club'.

    There also too many managers who are promoted for their bad behavior - little work, reliance on others who already are inundated with work and their ability to fluff their successes which are actually the results of their team's efforts.

    Good Luck.

  7. Good, eager colleagues, vibrant environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work on a range of projects
    Good leadership
    Young, ambitious environment
    Decent salary and benefits
    Opportunities for progression

    Cons

    Long hours culture
    Too risk averse
    Prone to outdated ways of working
    Not enough training for support roles - have to learn on the job

  8. Helpful (1)

    GOOD and the WORST

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to learn and gain experience in the industry as they put you in the deep end and give you some real autonomy to manage your own workload (either manage it or die trying). The work is varied and engaging, boredom will certainly not be a problem. Managers and engineers are exposed to carrying out the quantity surveying elements of the role and are required to have a firm grasp on the financial numbers.

    Cons

    The companies expectations of your output are way in excess of any other British companies, you can expect working very long hours (Typically 8am-8pm as a minimum). I mention British as Bouygues UK are originally a French company who very much maintain the French system of operating although they have adapted their policies and systems to become more UK friendly.

    An example is the role of the QS, were as previously they were not utilised or relied on as much due to engineers and managers fulfilling that role. The role of the QS has evolved and even though

    Nearly all project teams are under resourced, projects are priced that way and you will be expected to keep to that.

    The company management system is bureaucratic and involves a lot of paperwork, you will be expected to adhere to it.

    Advice to Management

    The remuneration packages needs to be consolidated as currently there is too large a discrepancy between the individuals who are of the same grade, perform the same role and have the same responsibilities.

    Project Managers within the group vary significantly in their competencies to fulfill their role which can have a significant impact on the project team and their output. The problem seems to be not from the PMs being promoted to the role within the company but more from the external experienced individuals they employ who find great difficulty in adapting to the systems and policies of the company.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Very demanding company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MEP Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MEP Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of responsibilities, exposure to design, contract, cost control, Subcontractor management, very good experience for Juniors

    Cons

    Heavy paperwork, long hours works

    Advice to Management

    Fat processes need to be LEAN, and implementation of real loop back processes

  10. Challenging but supportive environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great personal development opportunities as a lot of responsibilities are given right from the start.
    Supportive management and training available at request.

    Cons

    The only con that I can think of right away is the long hours. There is a tendency for a majority to stay rather late even though company policy doesn't support it. But it's part of the company culture.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Shocking Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are a large company

    Cons

    Very Long Hours due to lack of management staff & surveyors.
    Lack of Quality Labour, Management & generally poor supply chain
    Poor Quality & unskilled labour
    Very bad payment terms & do not want to pay any contractors or staff.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the arrogance as your just another contractor.

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