Mott MacDonald

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Mott MacDonald Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
103 Reviews
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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.  

    Graduate

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A very Friendly working environment

    Cons

    A bit slow moving sometimes

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mott MacDonald

    Pros

    Lack of work, friendly colleagues, social events and numerous opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Brain dead throughout the entire summer placement due to lack of interesting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't leave the first day or week when your intern just arrived, what the hell are they suppose to do left unsupervised?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Location and division dependant. Good place to work until you stay long enough to understand how it is managed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good name for CV.

    Heritage projects such as channel tunnel.

    Wide variety of international projects.

    A library.

    Offices tend to be close to train stations.

    Lack of experience of staff provides many opportunities for someone with previous experience to train others or to push for a position of responsibility.

    Cons

    20 year old office furniture and stale air in the office. Years of discussions about office renovation, but no real action.

    Favouritism (it depends on your heritage/background whether this is a pro or con).

    Turnover at the junior level is too high. Turnover at the senior level is too low. This is obviously good for some.

    Inept managers and a never ending number of directors whose responsibilities and contributions are unclear. No team meetings to show who is doing what.

    Self serving managers who are determined to keep client relationships entirely theirs, rather than make efforts to accommodate relationships at all levels..

    Coaching of staff to give acceptable responses to accreditation bodies when they visit, when staff have been otherwise unaware of the programme.

    Insufficient training and overhead budgets and questionable time sheet booking requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Apply credit where it is due and get rid of dead wood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    old fashion mentality and greedy shareholders

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    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
  7.  

    good enviroment, nice projects

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good environment to grow and to get ex

    Cons

    not many, less paid of other company, but less stress too

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly political non-meritocratic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on world class projects and with a variety of professionals from diverse cultures. Decent salary reviews up to 2012.

    Cons

    Silo mentality dominant in most business units. Constant inner fights. Poor internal communications. Low staff morale and sense of belonging in most offices. Huge staff turnover. Highly hierarchical structure with top management progressing by age/friendship rather than merit. Extremely slow decision making processes. Lack of flexibility for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until the company will stay 'privately owned' there isn't much advice to be given since 'the few' will be still eating the whole pie and leave nothing but the breadcrumbs to 'the many'. Stop the haemorrhage of valuable staff: you're a people based business and staff should be your main asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good firm to work for if you are in the right office. Too many internal power struggles

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and friendly colleagues
    Excellent opportunities in other offices

    Cons

    Chances of success highly dependent on which office you are in.
    Lots of poor quality technical managers with poor technical knowledge.
    Once they become shareholders it seems that senior staff are impossible to get rid of.
    Progression based on years' service rather than ability.
    In-fighting between different divisions very frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No merit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Plenty of opportunities for working abroad.

    Cons

    No meritocracy. Divisions don't talk to each other, this resulting in the best jobs not publicised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to improve itself in retaining the best people. Also much consideration has to be given to selection of projects to apply for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for if your face fits.

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    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

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