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Bouygues UK Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  • poor work life balance and very demanding industry (in 9 reviews)

  • Don't be fooled this is not an international company, it is a French company working abroad (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Controller in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Controller in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Opportunity to grow in the company and take on additional responsibility
    -Good salary compared to UK market
    -Exciting and diverse projects undertaken

    Cons

    -Work-life balance issues
    -Non-french speakers can struggle

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Reccomended"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's lots to learn and get involved in. Its a positive and challenging environment which recognizes and rewards its employees. If you are looking for a company to develop your career and progress within, then this is certainly the company for you! They are very good at developing their employees and offer great training. There is a real sense of innovation and aspiration. The Bouygues UK Agile working has made work/life balance a lot more accessible.

    Cons

    The organization is process driven but it is to be expected within such a corporate beast (they're all the same in this respect at this size and level. They have to ensure that the same process is being followed in every area of the business)

    Advice to Management

    Communication is getting a lot better. There is more focus on the Bouygues UK strategy and there are regular updates that filter directly from the Company Chairman.

  3. "Interesting but has its flaws"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting environment to work in, quite different from other companies out there. Multicultural but with an overall French feel. Lots to learn for whoever joins. Good projects to work on. Lots of potential.

    Cons

    French cultural differences at higher levels in the business can mean a lack of understanding on some of the more subtle aspects of running a UK business. Internal communication is an issue. Lots of potential but falls short.

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with people at all levels. If there is a long term plan communicate it. There's a lot to like about the company but concentrating on short term objectives does not give employees a reason to be proud of what they are doing.
    People only leave reviews when they have something to say but that does not mean it's not worth listening to.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I have ever worked. If you are not French, RUN."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time

    Pros

    Good work benefits. Gained a friend which is the only positive thing i can take with me from the journey.

    Cons

    Company is full of arrogant, obnoxious and rude French bullies. It's the French way or the high way. I have never worked in such an awful environment before. No respect for English people - the way one was spoken to on a daily basis was abhorrent. Honestly, if you are not French, RUN for the hills. This company made me miserable during my time here. The directors especially are so rude. On my first day I was warned by the person I was replacing how awful the management had treated them and the horrendous time they endured here. I soon discovered this myself...

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with RESPECT. The company is highly discrimination towards Anglo employees. Its funny how most of the reviews on here say the same thing. Maybe you should take note? The best thing I did was leave. I now enjoy working again. Please learn to respect those under your leadership.


  5. "Culturally Unique"

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    Former Employee - Cost Controller in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cost Controller in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting projects across a wide variety of locations

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor.
    Team building is very variable depending on project management.
    Poor opportunities for progression
    The company is very Anglo-French rather than being truly diverse with a heavy French influence on working practices which often does not work well with teams who are not accustomed to the style.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of the company and staff policies are seeing it waste talent


  6. "Energy Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team spirit, multicultural spirit, some very knowledgeable colleagues, responsabilities given, and central location

    Cons

    Low income, lack of recognition, lack of management, blurred objectives

    Advice to Management

    Set a clear line and work on retaining good elements !


  7. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    major player, plenty of work

    Cons

    lack of brits , obnoxious french

    Advice to Management

    employ more brits

  8. Helpful (2)

    "BOUYGUES UK"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team spirit and Good project management. New management in place. Might bring changes

    Cons

    Lack of respect, a lot is asked to the employees with no rewards (neither quantitative nor qualitative) No formation, no team building....


  9. Helpful (1)

    "french speaking skills a plus"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager Tasks in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Office Manager Tasks in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Bouygues UK (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great location friendly people varied role

    Cons

    French speaking people, quite clicky no work life balance


  10. "Senior Estimator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bouygues UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work alongside. Varied work.

    Cons

    Working for a French company. Arrogant and the only way to do things is the French way....which differs greatly to the UK way.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect those under your leadership. How many long serving employees of the companies acquired over the last few years now remain? As always, there is a reason for everything and contrary to what you think, those who have left now enjoy working again.


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