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Carillion Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Base to commence your career

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

    I have been working at Carillion full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good graduate programme and learning for your career.
    Excellent travel management arrangements
    Potential to excel
    Balanced Work/Life approach

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for career development
    Salary increase questionable
    Too much red tape for innovation i.e. thinking out side the box
    Top down management structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more faith in employees and relax on development innovative thinking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Trigger happy with redundancies

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

    I worked at Carillion full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working from home. Erm I can't think of another 17 words to pad this out. Sorry about that.

    Cons

    Every year there are redundancies, reorganisations, acquisitions and the like. The chances of your job disappearing are high. All the staff there however have been there for donkey's years and are just hanging on for redundancy payouts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a big dissonance between what you say and do, as an employer. Your Values talk about putting people first which is hilarious; they are simply a financial cost that should be whittled away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent all round employer

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

    I have been working at Carillion

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great contracts
    Role diversity
    Opportunity to progress
    Buy extra holiday scheme - up to 20 days holiday on top of your annual quota

    Cons

    Part of a big cog, voice often unheard
    Pensions scheme isn't very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, they are the future of your contract tomorrow.
    Don't be guarded, embrace transparency, we all work together for the better good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Variable organisation, highs and lows = overall neutral

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

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

    Pros

    Cameradarie and great leadership in the services business. As a team achieving together and delivering to customers with a sense of pride.

    Cons

    Group failing to invest in systems and poor outsourcing arrangements for support services -eating into management time and damaging employee ability/engagement. Low or no pay rises are standard practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and act (Group)!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Top down

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

    I have been working at Carillion

    Pros

    Actual company performance is good, they're doing well in a tough market/environment compared to say, Balfour Beatty who operate in the same market. This means you are less likely to be made redundant. There have been no redundancies for over 12 months in my area for the first time in years, apparently.

    Cons

    Only positive thing in the business is the lower chance of redundancy. Low pay, managers unable to manage, initiatives delivered from "on high" without consideration of the effort involved in implementation so they fall flat every time (until a director is visiting and it's number 1 priority for a day before being forgotten about again), departments fight each other over a lack of resource - everyone pushes problems around the company to the next department along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep stealing a living as long as you can - all us at the bottom of the company have already been cleaned out, it's your turn next!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company with big ideas and potential

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, good team, independent working.

    Cons

    Extremely poor IT outsourced to India, Poor payroll department also outsourced to India that leads to salary errors every month. System has setup for auto payments but on overtime have met many people who have waited upto half a year to get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training on managers for payroll for Fusion would reduce many of the problems.
    Remove India from the IT as currently its costing a fortune on wasted time for people within the UK relying on them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Growing company, Great aspirations, full of growing pains

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with a great FM team based out of the Leeds office, professional and engaging.

    Cons

    Facilities Service's contract work offers limited scope for creativity within the companies taking on the service. Don't work for organizations like this or on client specific contracts like they manage and expect to be totally fulfilled with your job if you're someone who loves to think outside the box. These organizations exist as an option for other companies to outsource their none core staff and reduce overheads. If you enjoy being on the lowest rung of a ladder and being a servant to a bigger corporate behemoth then knock yourself out - this is the place for you. (Among many like them)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicating where you are as an organization and understanding your current growth spurts will be key to retaining a great team. Getting away from basic spreadsheet management tools and trialling new software tools that can improve a clients access to key facilities and real estate data will secure the company as a leader in its field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Security Officer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good rapport with customer. Pleasant atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too long shift patterns(7 days ,4off,7nights 3 off......too long!) No official Lunch Break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See 'Cons'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company. Leader in Facility management and building construction.

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment and culture. Reasonably good salaries and benefits. Opportunities to get involved in some landmark projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of communication between different departments and units within company. Also sometimes too much of administration and bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Underwhelming

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the leadership team in the FM division where great to work.

    Cons

    As a business, failure to invest in the tools to do the job made delivering a professional service to the client very hard to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak with the teams on the front line. Find out what your contract teams are signing up for and ensure the customer facing teams have the industry leading tools to deliver a service you'd be proud of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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