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Lotus F1 Team Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Lotus F1 Team Team Principal Pastor Maldonado
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  1. "Friendly Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close knit team of people

    Cons

    Slowish car, no investment in team


  2. "Race team engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lotus F1 Team (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's F1. Everyone thinks it's the pinnacle. Looks good on a CV. Lots of team kit. Lots of travel, but don't expect to see much. Good food.

    Cons

    Team management. Excessive working hours. No appetite for fresh ideas. Late salaries. No budget means limited resources. Total disregard for safety and welfare.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the people you've got 'managing' the race team. Ask yourself why other teams who suffer poor results have a shake up and then things improve.
    Noticeable that the top people who were successful at Lotus/Renault have left for other teams that, in turn, have now become successful too. Those that remain know that they wouldn't get a job in another team or are too comfortable in their current position so they don't push for competitive change.
    Race team is managed by arrogant bullies who live on past glories. No respect for individuals and constantly undermining anyone who dares to suggest another/better way of doing things.

  3. "A great team environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enstone, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enstone, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lotus F1 Team full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is in F1. There is a great sense of team work. Of all the companies I've ever worked at this one has the least politics. You get to see the result of your work on the TV at the weekend.

    Cons

    F1 budgets are not what they used to be, but this does make us find new ways to be innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Remote working for those who are able should be considered.


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    "The steepest but most fulfilling learning curve"

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    Current Employee - Composites Design Engineer in Enstone, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Composites Design Engineer in Enstone, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lotus F1 Team full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    F1 has the fastest turnaround of projects anywhere in engineering, so you will be designing components on Monday and see them racing on Sunday. The structure is flat, teams are small and there are few meetings. You will get lots done and lots of autonomy. Your colleagues will be world class and really help you to develop as an engineer.

    Cons

    The hours can be brutal at times and there is a natural repetition of the kinds of projects that you do each year unless you specifically push to change. Some aspects of the development process are divided between departments (such as design and stress) so you will not be working on every aspect of a design independently. Lots of CAD time!

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in moving people around onto different projects to give them variety rather than waiting for them to ask. Sometimes more transparency about the current events within the company would be appreciated rather than reading about things on Autosport first!


  5. "Great short time experience"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lotus F1 Team as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to know what's happening in F1 field, get to see drivers, free races. Very dynamic working environment.

    Cons

    Good for short term experience, but most of the factoreis are located in country side, not easy commute, little opportunities to get promoted.