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Leonardo Luton Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • poor work/life balance, understaffed most of the time (in 7 reviews)

  • Career progression can be difficult (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a variety of systems work allowing an engineer to gain experience and work with software engineers, firmware and hardware etc

    Cons

    Lack of organisation and many poor quality employees throughout the organisation leading to over worked individuals who are good. At the moment there is a serious imbalance.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the vast quantity of useless middle management


  2. "Interesting work, good premises, not much pay progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leonardo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and cutting edge
    Lots of opportunities as older workforce retire
    Good premises
    Decent pension
    Good flexitime system (don't have to work Friday afternoons)
    Some sites/businesses have very good prospects in an increasingly electronic battlefield

    Cons

    95% of staff get a fixed annual salary increase based upon grade and salary.
    10% of staff get a further performance based sum of £1000-£1500, but for half of those it's a bonus rather than salary increase.
    In a building full of clever people you have to be truly exceptional to progress financially once in a grade/job. Better to switch role to progress.
    Single pay structure across all of UK, leading to worse pay rises in southern sites where pay was previously higher
    No grade increases unless you apply for and get a advertised new role
    Company strategy beyond immediate business unit is unclear.
    Terms and Conditions being levelled across group, leading to worsening terms at some sites.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open about the pressures that are causing the constricted pay system, and what the end game will be.
    Explain national and international strategy better.

    Leonardo Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Head of Resourcing

    Thank you very much for your review. You raise some interesting points around reward which suggests we have some lessons to learn around communicating our strategic direction.

  3. "Company collapsing around our ears, but a relaxing place I work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They recognise people who go the extra mile and put in the hours. The engineers are generally great people to work with. There's a great atmosphere. Engineers see the bigger picture and understand the relevance of their work

    Cons

    IT is a mess. Servers and PCs regularly going down (about once a week!)
    Don't seem to have any budget or desire for trying new technologies and promotion is only possible if you change your job-title. Clearly a lot of employees are comfortable here, but very little room for career progression due to the above reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting accountants run IT. Software engineers need decent computers!


  4. "Comfortable, boring and badly organised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leonardo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -HR look after people
    -Wellbeing and Occy Health team great
    -Stable. No way of being gotten rid of.

    Cons

    -Boring
    -No promotion
    -Bullying culture
    -It's who you know and who you're in with
    -Uninspirational management

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood. Bring some life into the place


  5. "It is what you want it to be"

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    Former Employee - Senior Commercial Officer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Commercial Officer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leonardo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    From my experience, I've always had the support from my managers during my time there. There will always be complaints in a large organisation but if you put your head down and genuinely want to improve/progress you can. Flexible working hours are great.

    Cons

    As above in a large company politics are bound to come into play. There can also be a lack of optimism and a sense of entitlement amongst staff which could be holding the company back as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Understandibly there are a lot of procesess. May be worth looking at which processes are necessary or where there can be some flexibility so that staff can feel a bit more empowered.


  6. "Good benefits, pay less good."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, flexible working, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Some work involves legacy technologies, internal structure can be dysfunctional, pay for existing employees not competitive with industry as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly or lose them. Also, resource your projects or they will fall behind.


  7. "selex es"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Leonardo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and flexible working. interesting work and plenty of opportunity if you seek it out

    Cons

    slow to react, too much process, too many low performers

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the low performers and raise the expectations

  8. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leonardo as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Forefront of design and development
    good mix of work
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Very large company
    Hard career progression for graduates


  9. "A leading defence electronics engineering company with visionary leadership and accomnodating management teams."

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Always in the search for new innovations
    Employee opinion is valued and shared
    Listening to the customer needs
    Industry benchmarked salaries
    Employeed development is viewed favourably

    Cons

    Limited promotion prospects
    Available employee skillset and human capital not always used to the best advantage of the company.
    Complacency the worst enemy from within

    Advice to Management

    Employee Belbin and Myers-Briggs role/personality tests to identify hidden untapped potential of employees when building teams and form better project teams.


  10. "SELEX Galileo Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good office facilities
    Industry competitive pay and benefits
    Business improvement strategy in place

    Cons

    Very impersonal, no "people" culture
    Inconsistent application of company values
    Limited opportunity for personal growth
    Networking and communication within the workplace could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on people than on output.


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