Rolls-Royce Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
319 Reviews
3.4
319 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are very flexible working conditions (excellent work/life balance) and extensive training available (in 28 reviews)

  • There are also good benefits and initiatives to recognize good worker (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture is not suitable for anyone who believes in work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management tend to secure their roles through experience rather than skill (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling to become a successful large company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time

    Pros

    Interesting industry, products and customers. Very technology and engineering driven.

    Cons

    Senior management constantly changing priorities and strategies. A new round of headcount reductions every six - twelve months. Company is trying to offset cost problems by cutting headcount and compensation and benefits -- seems like management considers this to be the universal answer to everything. Support functions have been especially hard hit making it difficult for business units to get the information they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CEO who understands how high technology, capital intensive products are developed and delivered over the long run. Anyone can come in and just cut headcount. Trying to control all decision making from the UK undermines local leadership and career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Experience at Rolls-Royce Energy Systems

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    Former Employee - Purchasing  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Mount Vernon, OH

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Parent company is a global company and presents global opportunities

    Cons

    Toxic purchasing executive with no respect for lower level employees in the purchasing department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace this guy before every good purchasing employee leaves your company. Train executives such as this purchasing executive to be acting global. Rolls-Royce is more than a middle Ohio company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    OK Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Vernon, OH

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. decent pay

    Cons

    roll out of new tools not planned properly.
    People without Oil & Gas Industry experience allowed to make some key business decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Possibly the most gratifying experience; possibly the most frustrating experience.

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    Former Employee - Machinist  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Machinist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working with some of the brightest minds in the aerospace industry; Many opportunities to challenge yourself and make a difference. The benefits and wages are fantastic;

    Cons

    Working with a bloated UAW represented hourly workforce. Same old tired union distractions make it near impossible to get anything accomplished. As a highly skilled hourly machinist wanting to make a difference, it was very difficult to work with the company without being alienated and harassed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing everything you can to bust this sluggish union-culture up. Understand that there are some fantastic hourly workers that really want to see the company perform. Those things said, STOP OUTSOURCING WORK from Indy!! You can't see the full scope of the problems you are creating by doing this. Indy is fully capable.

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

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work environment to work

    Cons

    I do not wish to share negative views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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

    Rolls-Royce Work Experience

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    Former Employee - Build Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Build Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Best reason to work a Rolls-Royce was the Free Coffee initially, but they shortly did away with that, seriously.

    Cons

    Working conditions - getting away with NOT paying time/half, double time. Being lied to about length of contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up, be professional. Treat employees like they should be treated, be honest. I was so excited to work for someone like RR, BUT after this experience have changed my mind 1000% very very very disappointed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rolls-Royce

    Pros

    Payment is higher than other industries

    Cons

    Location is not good for living

  9.  

    Rolls-Royce Energy Systems in Mount Vernon, OH

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    Former Employee - New Equipment Proposals  in  Mount Vernon, OH
    Former Employee - New Equipment Proposals in Mount Vernon, OH

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive salaries with good benefits, Global business with worldwide customer base, part of a larger global technology-based business with a strong engineering function.

    Cons

    Corporate processes developed for the UK-based aerospace business are frequently not applicable to the energy business with its customized products for oil and gas customers, Poor track record of cost reduction partially due to over-reliance on the aerospace supply chain for aircraft engines in low volume production, Too many free riders not held accountable for non-achievement of objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave enough to develop and adopt processes applicable for the markets and customers you serve. Embrace product customization and make solid execution of it a positive competitive differentiator rather than fighting it and failing at it via standardization efforts that are ineffectual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Jet Engines is an Interesting Product to work on

    Cons

    Slow Growth, IT system outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive, but defense business is struggling as cost has become number one issue

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    Former Employee - Operations Management - Graduate Program  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Operations Management - Graduate Program in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great graduate development programs. Great growth opportunities. Great salary and benefits

    Cons

    Rolls-Royce is laying off 400 employees in Defense, mostly in Indianapolis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and don't treat managers as if on ivory pedestal

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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