Rolls-Royce Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
340 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance possible and some very paternal (if outdated) HR policies (in 33 reviews)

  • There are also good benefits and initiatives to recognize good worker (in 20 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 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Rolls-Royce Intern

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Good assessment structure and development opportunities.

    Cons

    I didn't find any faults with the internship experience. Perhaps a longer placement period would be good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for a summer internship.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As well as working within the area I was assigned it was encouraged that interns seek out people from other parts of the company in order to learn more about the different areas within RR.
    - Supportive Team
    - Loads of Feedback
    - Interesting Projects

    Cons

    It can be difficult to pick up some of the more technical terms and processes during a 10-12 week internship which makes the first few weeks a little more challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Rolls Royce Motorcars

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    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Service, people are helpful later on !!

    Cons

    They insulted poor people, juniors my age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring in fresh new faces. Slowly retire old staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Rolls Royce, A summer internship

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Derby, England (UK)

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Once you've formed your relationships with the people that you need to undertake your work, work is easier.
    - There are enough people in the organisation to be able to find some that you're aligned to.
    - Lots of milestones to pass, which means a lot of cake to be had. RR people love cake. And Samosas.
    - Structured career progression.
    - £1500 returning intern bonus.
    - £2000 graduate signing on bonus.
    - Good graduate salary (£27500) for the engineering sector.

    Cons

    - Expect to spend 60% of your time forging these relationships or waiting around for people to be available to talk to you. This is inefficient and frustrating and you know there are a million and one ways in which you think you could make things better.
    - Derby isn't the centre of the universe.
    - Large, slow moving, bureaucracy - important given the safety criticality of the work, but not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose good talent by letting them get the above image of the organisation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Leadership Graduate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Graduate
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Graduate

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great opportunities to work in different business units across the group, within the UK and internationally
    - Laid back, friendly culture
    - Support for professional qualification - plenty of time off and you don't get fired for failing
    - above average starting salary
    - graduates are very active in social environment
    - Tax-free share plans

    Cons

    - Location - most jobs are in Derby, Warwick or Bristol.
    - Slow advancement - many people expect a certain level of experience before promotion to management position
    - no increment for reaching professional qualification
    - culture is not very dynamic - things move slowly and it is often very difficult to implement change
    - graduate scheme is well designed but not very well executed - some placements are good, some not so good. Have had placements where I felt like I was wasting my time because I was not given enough to do or given rather pointless work
    - those looking after grads seem to have their own agenda and not supportive when we look for placements outside of their 'prescribed' list
    - few opportunities to move into different functions
    - some office facilities are really old - don't expect brass and glass!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more invested in graduate development by doing the following:
    - taking more time to understand graduates' development needs, the challenges they face and mentor with a capital m
    - do not use graduates as a way to fill specific roles as this will cause a lot of dissatisfaction, unless you have clearly stated during recruitment that graduates are obliged to take on roles as assigned.
    - manage the placement managers - make sure the level of responsibilities, training and development given is high. Grads should be groomed to become future leaders, not used as temporary workers/resource augmentation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent people and technology, suffocating culture and management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are helpful friendly, the technical challenges are amazing

    Cons

    Dilapidated buildings, antiquated IT. unbelievable bureaucracy, lack of drive and hunger for business success, complacency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the company on rumors, cut out the hierarchy, remove the layers of resource planners, chiefs, heads, strategy groups, working groups. Make people accountable and responsible. Get out more of your bunkers and take talking to the front line seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of good points but some big frustrations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, genuine pride in working for the company from all staff. High payer and genuinely possible to have a job for life. Strong vision from board in terms of direction the company is going. Good work life balance possible and some very paternal (if outdated) HR policies

    Cons

    Poor benefits package. Can be lack of career progression. Sexist and berry our representation of women in senior roles. Terrible IT and internal purchasing department. Can be very old fashioned and risk averse.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    One of the best aerospace companies in Europe

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Derby, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Global, challenging, high-tech products, very international and multicultural, pride in Aero Engines, one site also in Berlin (great place to live), availability of trainings

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucratic, engineering headquarters in Derby (extremely boring place), awful canteen, no attention to IT, still week at systems engineering (although improving), pension package for new recruits way worse than for older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward more high performers and those who take responsibilities and decisions, fix the IT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work for, but big.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Derby, England (UK)

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent career opportunities. In the grand scheme of the world, Rolls-Royce is very well run, professional company. If you put in the effort you will be recognised and the senior management are prepared to take a risk on people with high potential. Great products & world class engineering make for a stimulating work environment. Salary to cost of living ratio in Derby is very attractive.

    Cons

    Its a very large organisation, so real change takes a long long time. This is something true of all large organisations, but can be frustrating none the less. The product lifecycle is also very long, so it takes a whole career to see a jet engine through from concept to end of life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging in many ways, sometimes interesting, sometimes frustrating.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are nice, colleague are always willing to help - never been refused help and met anyone difficult to work with. Good holidays, which can be taken at any time- even long holidays are accepted provided twice the notice is given, so 2 days notice for 1 day holiday, 4 weeks notice for 2 week holiday. Flexible working hours - can turn up to work as late as 10 or leave as early as 2.30, as long as 38 hours is done in one week. Good starting graduate salary. Excellent training courses in engineering that can even contribute to an MSc from Bristol University. Regular performance reviews. Several engineering disciplines and career opportunities to choose from - can even have a career change within the company and go from engineering to business. Good share option bonus plans. Strong brand name so great to have on your CV. Excellent apprentice scheme, offering degree sponsorship. The company also pays for professional accreditation and annual membership to professional institutes.

    Cons

    Lots of cons. Salary tails off very quickly after joining as a graduate. Promotions are few and far between - long and arduous to prepare. Salary rises between promotions is small, 7 percent max. Performance related pay rise is only 0.25 percent (which is typically 100 pounds). Poor IT infrastructure with many systems (and passwords) to remember. Top heavy management structure and the number of reorganisations and functional splits leads to several interfaces and middle men/women, lending itself to poor efficiency and cost - and very frustrating to manage interfaces when accountabilities are not fully defined. There is a distinct focus on cutting corners to save cost at project level making engineering feeling somewhat short changed in be able to carry out a proper and thorough job which can only improve robust design and confidence in engineering decisions. Project management have little technical knowledge or appreciation for the problems at hand meaning budgeting for vital tasks are often underestimated. Pension offered is not as good as it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some tough decisions and reduce the number of middle to senior managers to combine engineering functions thus improving engineering staff competence in their speciality but also allow cross functional multi-skilling. This will remove unnecessary interfaces and allow better cross-functional automated tools to be developed. Surely this will save cost and time in the long run if this is invested in (not to mention less cost with fewer management). Stop signing rubbish contracts with suppliers and IT services that charge us way too much than they should. IT are now closing issues simply for saying they can't help, or ask someone else, which means they can charge the company for resolving that issue when in fact it should be them asking on our behalf. Our manufacturing suppliers are charging us premium for capability we gave them in the first instance - and when we receive concessions we're under pressure to sign them when in fact we should be rejecting them for poor quality at the cost of the supplier - is rejecting a concession ever an option? Start understanding the importance of having management and project managers that get involved and understand technical problems rather than simply adding man-hours together to budget and manage loads. We are people working not a progress bar churning out data and reports. As for promotion, why prepare a pack explaining the things you've done to meet a criteria when 1) you've asked your manager you want to achieve a promotion 2) your objectives have been set outlining tasks that will allow you to fulfil the criteria whilst at the same time meet business needs 3) you have now completed the work that meets this criteria and 4) your manager has acknowledged this and has signed your recommendation form. That should be more than enough to submit to HR and achieve promotion and is the way it's done in Germany. Rather than have to prepare the whole thing all over again in a pack- it's painfully boring and counter productive when staff could be getting on with real work (contributing to their next promotion!!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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