Mott MacDonald

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Mott MacDonald Reviews in London, England

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
104 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In terms of values Mott MacDonald has, in general, an excellent work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • A very Friendly working environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • career progression is very dependent on 'who you know' and not 'what you know' (in 5 reviews)

  • Male, pale, stale senior management that don't always conform to the company principles they are meant to champion (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to work for if your face fits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The offices are well positioned and very professional. The company expects employees to work well past the minimum working day or you don't get on. There also seems to be a favourites culture that gives share options to certain members of staff and not others.

    Holidays are some of the lowest in the industry at the bare 20 days. Work performance is not rewarded as it should be and there is a tell tale ethos in the company that is acted on without substantiation.

    Cons

    Pension is reasonable, but the rest oif the package is no better than any where else. Training seems to be hard to obtain, unless you are one of the 'chosen ones'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the professionals that you have and encourage growth from within. Home working is a cost saver and productivity increaser. Consider the bases of your teams and respect a work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not as good on the inside as it seems on the outside

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

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Potentially a good brand on CV but this depends on your line of work. Some divisions are well-known and respected, while other divisions are not at all.
    - Interesting projects- sometimes the company has to scrape the bottom of the barrel for work and consequently lands work that others don’t want but which are actually interesting and challenging.
    - Some of the colleagues I worked with were friendly and helpful- but this is more due to a “we’re-all-in-the-same-boat” mentality. I made good friends.

    Cons

    - Very poor communication between management, divisions, and colleagues. A colleague told me “here you have to read between the lines”. I had no idea where the company was heading, due to little communication between the senior management and the worker soldiers.
    - Very poor management, with people management skills completely lacking in my division.
    - A complete disregard for performance management. Performance reviews delayed by almost three months despite attempts from our side to get meetings with manager set up. Very vague goals and feedback. The delay in performance review is what made me leave.
    - A disinterested HR. Many administrative mistakes were made when I joined.
    - Support services are over-stretched, although I have a lot of respect for IT who work with little resources in a huge company. New starts, including at director-level, had to wait days or even weeks for their laptops to arrive and phones to be set-up, and then when they finally arrived log-ins also didn't work. Invoices got lost and took months to find, if at all.
    - Little training provided. It seems only graduates benefit from structured guidance- the rest work in the cold and woe betide you if you get it wrong, especially when it comes to working out the maze that is the "system".
    - Very bureaucratic and outdated systems that waste time. What little training on how to use the system exists is very vague and unhelpful.
    - Promotion is based on tenure and your friendship with your manager and not actual performance. Team-members are not treated equally. An excessive competitive culture exists which is worse when project work dries up.
    - Poor client relationships (in my division at least), clients refused to pay us, claiming we did not do the work set out in the scope. This was all due to bad project management and happened more than twice.
    - Several colleagues experienced issues with their expenses taking months before being processed and rebated. Some contractors working in my division were also not being paid for months. Hope this has been resolved.
    - Pay is below average, just 20 days leave (other competitors in the UK offer 25) and benefits package is nothing special.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some divisions in the company are great places but there are many divisions that are appalling. Do something about this.
    Just because someone is smart, technical and with the firm for years do not make them a great people manager. Train your managers to do more than count bolts and nuts.
    Get rid of the bureaucracy. Explain the system to newcomers better. Your attempts at streamlining the systems are not working because the new IT system for sharing project folders constantly crashed.
    Fix your support services. Put more money into training.
    Your values should apply to everyone, not just the little people.
    The poor offering made it difficult to recruit suitable people in my industry. Why work at Mott MacDonald when you can work somewhere else for more? Until you fix this, your company will not have the best people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    old fashion mentality and greedy shareholders

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

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance, very good projects to work on, it is a good name in the engineering market to have on your CV

    Cons

    silo mentality between divisions, internal fights between divisions even for petty arguments, career progression is lead more by the years spent in the company that the actual achievements of people, some rather mediocre senior manager, very hierarchical structure, everything needs to escalate to divisional and unit directors from travel expenses to 20m fee projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    senior directors need to delegate more to the lower ranks, redistribute profit also to non shareholder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Continually improving, and was pretty good to start with

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

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has good range of projects across amazing diversity of markets. Management give you responsibility from an early stage, but with the support to ensure you are developing.
    The culture is very positive, which comes from the employee ownership, it really does feel like everyone wants each other to succeed.

    Cons

    You have to be quite self motivated, managers will not be overly directive (for me this is actually a pro)
    The organisation is so diverse it is sometimes difficult to know what other areas of the business are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to celebrate success (and share with outside world)
    I think high level communication about what is happening across the business could be more regular and a bit more detailed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very nice people, relaxed environment, cool projects

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

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

    Pros

    Nice friendly people, employee owned company, high profile projects, good training opportunities, generally people stay for many years, possibility to move internally as they have many divisions, many offices globally give opportunity for relocation

    Cons

    can be slow paced, difficult to be promoted (especially ahead of schedule), better if you are already qualified (chartered engineer CEng MICE or equivalent), generally low salaries (although high returns from stock for senior employees who own them)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give some fast track route option for high talented individuals within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Merit not rewarded

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

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very very limited the only one is , in some divisions, flexibility of work between office and home. No advantages for being a medium engineering and consulting firm.

    Cons

    Merit and true performers not rewarded in an environment that it is too much political and hierarchical. Non performers can hide for too long. It is several businesses whose sum value is not more than the sum of the parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of many layers of management and people not at the level of their job title

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Social aspects are enjoyable

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

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

    Pros

    Some good benefits and flexible approach

    Cons

    Management structure in department is top heavy limiting possible career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The challenge is to win more long term work or create an environment to enable the staff to assist

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Average, could have been better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mott MacDonald

    Pros

    - Diverse range of Projects
    - In contrast to others comments, HR were very efficient.
    - Good office atmosphere and environment
    - Secondment opportunities positively encouraged.

    Cons

    - Very poor career development prospects in certain (Non-Civil) Engineering disciplines
    - Low training budget for employees.
    - Software and design working practices were behind the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop paying lip service to CPD, if you are going to suggest training courses then be prepared to pay for them.
    - The organisation felt at times like God's Waiting Room with many senior members of staff blocking the promotion of those below them.

    The salary and conditions at MM were fine, but as a graduate I felt that it was a constant fight to have to ask for relevant projects which would help gain chartership status, the ethos at the company seems to be a case of hiring in talent paid rather than developing those internally.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    largely satisfied with opportunities being given, not very satisfy with the pay rise and promotion

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

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald

    Pros

    multi-disciplinary company in which you can work with experts in various fields, opportunities to work overseas, flexible working time and well balance between life and work

    Cons

    unattractive pay rise and promotion

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice working environment

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

    I worked at Mott MacDonald

    Pros

    Good people, interesting projects, good working hours

    Cons

    Sometimes repetitive job, average salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    No opinion of CEO

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