I have been working at Roke Manor Research full-time
It's clear that the business has had a difficult 18 months since a significant (and in my opinion long overdue) change of operating model. A lot of the 'issues' more senior colleagues refer to are indeed routine business in other places of work (time sheets, resourcing etc...). Colleagues are technically brilliant and passionate about innovation. Recent changes to the core hours policy has brought flexibility to my working week meaning work/life balance is one of the best I've experienced. Overall my feeling is that the company had turned a corner, customers speak highly of what we deliver and the autonomy feels refreshing.
The management seem a little detached from the engineers and lack of formal line management remains an issue however the new people manager is doing some good work, we just need more of them! The new forum will hopefully drive through some of the areas for improvement. I also suspect salaries are at the low end of market rates which does not chime with 'world class' engineering.
Advice to Management
Continue to listen to employees and adjust the internal structures/processes to fully support the engineering community. Review salary banding.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Roke Manor Research (Romsey, England (UK)).
Phone interview with a recruiter, after this there was a assessment centre. The assessment centre involved a morning of team based activities building objects and a presentation an introducing the business and a tour of the company site. After lunch a formal interview involved a presentation on a previous project. Questions based on the presentation were asked. Following this an interview took place with a panel of 2.