McLaren Engineering Group

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McLaren Engineering Group Reviews

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Malcolm G. McLaren, P.E.
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  1.  

    Interesting projects

    Former Employee - Intern in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in West Nyack, NY

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun projects, market pay. You will always feel challenged here.

    Cons

    Rigid working hours make it difficult when things pop up in life. Could provide more meaningful work to lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include lower level employees in more staff meetings.

  2.  

    Engineering Emloyment at McLaren Engineering Group

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately,there are no significant pros to list, just negatives. Perhaps convenient parking availability at the office building could be listed and also the congeniality of most fellow employees.

    Cons

    Low pay and poor treatment of employees. Low morale of many employees. Business and profit comes first with top management with little concern for engineering and professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your relations with rank and file employees. Treat them as professoinal engineers and not just as marketers or profit making entities..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Descent pay scale and benefits

    Cons

    Absolute lack of training and investment in its employees. Forced to purchase computer to work here and software is not available when needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new employees with computers,software and training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely Horrible Place To Work...Stay Away!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are not bad and the projects are different and interesting. There are some very talented and knowledgeable people that work there who are really great at what they do. There are barbeques every other Friday during the summer months and there is plenty of parking, so commuting is not an issue. Also, there are company parties for Thanksgiving and Christmas which can be fun.

    Cons

    Management does not know how to distribute work among the workers and they are often scrambling to find people and time to get things done. For example, they had a co-worker of mine, who is an engineer, drafting while the draftsmen, the guys who are actually hired to draft, sitting at their computers with nothing to do. Basically, in the end, due to the lack of organization, things don't get done and management wonders why so much time is wasted. Management then points fingers at others, other than themselves, and they play the blame game. By their actions, it is pretty obvious that they do not know what's going on and they don't want to teach or to help anyone. They would rather throw you to the lions, blame you, and point fingers at others rather than to help you, support you, and to improve their ways.

    There is no support for anything whatsoever, from HR to accounting to IT and management. You will get zero help from anyone for anything. From the first day you walk in you are pretty much on your own and if you don't do things the way they want, they will be quick to criticize you and to shut down your ideas or suggestions. They kill any sort of motivation you may have to work hard and to do a good job.

    IT is also very bad in terms of fixing things and getting your computer to work. The laptop program is too good to be true and not worth it that is if it even works properly. My laptop went bad after two months and IT took about one month to fix it when in reality it should have only taken at most a day. How does management expect employees to do their work and to be productive when IT cannot even get a computer to work properly? The way management, IT, and the company as a whole does things defy logic and common sense.

    Overall, my experience was absolutely horrible. I would have never imagined that a company could treat its employees in such a poor way with no respect to them or their ideas or to what they have to offer. Avoid this company at all costs even if the offer looks great, because in the end the frustration you will feel will not be worth it no matter how much they pay you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, otherwise people are just going to not work there anymore and leave. Listen to what your workers say, and place people in positions where they know how to perform the work. Therefore, you will stop wasting time and stop playing the blame game. If you don't, then the workers can just easily find another job and work somewhere else. People are willing to work hard for you but only if you work with them and encourage them to do so. Otherwise they will be unmotivated to do anything.

    A company is not just a name, it is the people that work there that make it or break it. With the way you’re doing things in terms of just cranking out projects at the expense of the worker's moral and comfort, I don’t expect this company to go farther than it already has and it will eventually decline and fail if it keeps going on the path it is on now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    High pressure working

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group

    Pros

    Good place to start engineering career with fast pace development

    Cons

    Working pressure and not too much high technologies involved

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work--if you can afford all your own tools.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Nyack, NY

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group

    Pros

    Challenging, high-profile projects. Divisional BBQs in the summer. Good pay and bonuses. Smart people. Good people! Almost enough parking.

    Cons

    Cheap. Engineers are required to purchase their own computers (and are paid back on a monthly basis; it can take up to a year to recoup the expense). Engineers are not provided with the necessary tools to perform their work, namely software We have it, but not enough; engineers have to fight for licenses! Time is wasted, morale is lowered, etc. Better a machine or a piece of software should run idle, rather than a high-quality employee.

    No one represents the interestes of the employees. HR is overwhelmed. Accounting is petty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember--you're not only competing against other firms for the contracts. You're competing against the other firms for EMPLOYEES.

    Engineers are a very queer breed--the good ones want to work as hard as they possibly can; as hard as you'll allow them, really. Why you'd hobble your staff with a cheap and nonsupporting policy is beyond comprehension.

  8.  

    Great projects, great people, horrible leadership, incredibly cheap-minded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time

    Pros

    The projects that Mclaren takes on are some of the most amazing projects in the world. The people that work there are some of the best and the brightest. And, for all the "cons," Mal McLaren is a very honest and upstanding individual.

    Cons

    This is one of the cheapest companies you could ever imagine working for. For starters: they force you (yes: force you) to purchase your own computer. They pay you a monthly stipend to recover your costs, but if you need a powerful machine, you will never get fully reimbursed.

    There have been times when the company has spent more money trying to save money than they will actually save by doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your policies. Actually INVEST in your people, and provide them the tools that they need. You have a stable full of thoroughbreds, and you treat them like farm animals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great at building experience, poor place to build a career.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience (not training or mentorship). Back office cameraderie (sometimes). A job is a job, even McDonalds or McLaren Engineering.

    Cons

    High turnover. Will hire low quality to 'save' money. No succession plan + no partners = high level micromanagement problem with 100+ employees. Company considers leaving the company a personal offense. Some of the drafting department has little experience and gets no training and wastes a lot of engineers' time (it isn't really their fault). Back office squabbling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your reputation precedes you. Retire. You aren't going to sell the company for what you think you should get for it.

    Doesn't Recommend

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