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e2v Reviews in Chelmsford, England

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heading in the right direction!

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

    Pros

    Exciting work, some wonderful people, good work/life balance. Currently going through some positive restructuring changes under new CEO

    Cons

    Some of the Directors aren't capable of delivering the change necessary. Not visisble enough and uninspiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote some of our best people much more quickly and lose the Directors who are not capable of bringing about the exciting change inspired by the CEO

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

    A dinosaur

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    Pros

    Some interesting projects and a well known brand. A good history in the world of engineering. Has many different types of engineering in many different fields.

    Cons

    Middle and lower management are mostly lifers with no experience or understanding of the outside world and ALL unable to make decisions. No value of the experienced or knowledgeable staff. Money is wasted hand over fist. So many processes in place that slow work down and with the crazy overhead calculations cause projects to be too expensive and not competitive before they even start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and appreciate the people you have. Pay the long term employees the money they're worth and not peanuts and hope they don't continue to leave in droves. Less health and safety extremes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technically challenging work but poorly rewarded financially.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager and Systems Design Engineer  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager and Systems Design Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    Pros

    The projects are stimulating and prestigious and will enhance your CV.

    Cons

    The work is challenging but the salary is well under par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think back to the 1980s when a Chartered Engineer in a senior technical position such as a Senior or Principle Engineer or a Project/Programme Manager, working in the Private Sector had a salary that was comparable to a Member of Parliament. Historically, MP's basic salaries have always been 'linked to' those enjoyed by Senior Civil Servants - sadly the salaries of professional engineers have never been linked to anything and as a result we have fallen well behind, such that now since about 2000, TUBE TRAIN DRIVERS, Police Sargents and Local Government Department Managers earn considerably more than most Chartered Engineers. Is it any wonder that you find it harder and harder to recruit graduates for the future? Dyson still employs R&D Engineers in the UK (but manufactures in the far east) because he would have to pay a lot more for his R&D staff anywhere else in Europe such as Germany, France, Italy,etc !
    It is the same in Qinetiq, GCHQ, BAE Sytems, Rolls Royce and in all similar UK based establishments - the salaries for professional engineers have become very depressed over the past 15 to 20 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing technology, great people, a hidden gem!

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    Former Employee - Contract Engineer  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Contract Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    Pros

    working on some ground breaking technology with some very clever people. supportive team, friendly colleagues and great place to work. Big refurbishment projects going on so lots of modern facilities. Heard they've now got their own Costa on site now. Better than the coffee machine they had when I was there.The place is a a bit of rough diamond that's slowly being polished!

    Cons

    Some of the equipment is a tad dated but they're refurbishing the whole site slowly. Isolated so people in different ends of the site don't know people at the other. 'Cow shed' type factories that leak however they are being replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was a contractor so I was paid well, but reward your staff more, better benefits and subside the canteen!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old school British Engineering company feel

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)

    Pros

    Part of e2v produces world leading advanced CCD & CMOS imagers for space and science applications; very high quality & reliability parts, in relatively small quantities.

    Cons

    The working (office) environment was very substandard, with poor investment in these working conditions for the engineers required to produce such high grade technology & products. Many long-term employees clearly just accepted this as the status quo, along with lowish salary, with old-style British company (Marconi-esk) values & tradition.
    There were no real additional benefits for employees, on top of salary, but the executive team clearly had all the usual generous benefits without having to deliver too much themselves.
    The silicon fabrication facility really struggled with maintaining quality, with poor systems in place. Problem keeping new staff, probably partly due to lack of benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on benefits package, attracting & retaining the more creative engineers; improve office working conditions;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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