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Updated July 14, 2017
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Antione Bouvier
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Pros
  • flexible working hours, good benefits, gym and canteen (in 10 reviews)

  • The decent benefits are decent (for engineering) and the flexitime scheme gives a respectable work life balance by UK standards (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Results in a small number of people doing most of the work for the rest of the coasters (in 3 reviews)

  • Cost is not of great importance to middle management, also not of great interest to (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good place to work in and meet people

    Cons

    Small company. But got a lot of chance to learn

    Advice to Management

    good good good good good good


  2. "MBDA, Inc. (Review of US Business Only)"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 MBDA full-time

    Pros

    Alternate Work Schedule (Mon-Thu: 9-hr workdays; Every Fri: 4-hrs); Benefits (401k, Medical, Vision, etc.); Good Co-workers; Flexible Working Environment; Always supported training for improving or acquiring new skills

    Cons

    Top Level Management in Arlington, VA - At the time of this post, the California site (this also applies to Alabama site as well) is working with a less than optimal skeletal crew (people still there are talented, but it has suffered too many layoffs) to properly handle any new engineering tasks/contracts.

    Advice to Management

    I wish I had some advice, but the acquisition of the Huntsville facilities hurt both the California and Alabama staff in the long run. There were no new awarded contracts/programs to justify the purchase and the current US contracts did not have enough capital to maintain the staff at both facilities.

  3. "The co-workers are great, a nice environment to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MBDA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    benefits are great, and the atmosphere is nice

    Cons

    they do not encourage a flexible work schedule


  4. "Good company, look after their staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Filton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Filton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MBDA has many pros:
    - Yearly pay rises to keep up with the cost of living.
    - In my experience, managers do not micromanage and allow freedom with work, allowing you to develop your own solutions.
    - Responsibility given to staff, including graduates is excellent.
    - Training is offered to staff, dependent on needs. Not necessarily to be taken for granted!
    - Holiday is easy to take . Relaxed informal process of asking line manager.
    - Work is interesting, can be varied if you're in the right role.
    - Business starting to move in the right direction - promoting younger talent. (See more in advice to management). Knowledge sharing between projects is improving, this could and should still be taken further. Still too many people who are reluctant to share information about their project with another project (perhaps it makes them feel important... yes I've called you out, and sorry but there's no excuse for holding the company back under the guise of security considerations.

    Cons

    - Flexi-time system seems to be listed as a big benefit by many others. This probably was the case 10 years ago, but times have moved on and many companies now offer far less rigid core hours, e.g. 10am - 3pm. (MBDA has 9.30am - 4pm). This has significant traffic implications, particularly around Bristol. Being allowed to arrive at 10am and work later (or vice versa for others) would make a significant different to my ife, and is something to be considered. MBDA need to ensure they continue to attract employees and do not fall behind on this!
    - Many of the older generation still strut around with an over-inflated sense of self importance, despite in my opinion being part of the reason that things take so long to complete at MBDA, and why projects are always late.
    - Too much process, even with things which should be simple - like getting an additional computer monitor which needs 100 signatures, including from the Pope and Duke of Edinburgh.
    - Sometimes a struggle to fill the days work, managers need to ensure that they are correctly understanding the workloads and workrates of their team.

    Advice to Management

    - The graduate scheme should be more of a direct line/fast track scheme. It sometimes feels as if your graduate scheme runs as a bit of an aside, or additional recruitment tact, rather than aiming to develop the best people.
    - Implement further Flexi Time changes.
    - More integration and knowledge sharing between projects: the directors have the power to implement this and should continue to do so, but note points above about the good progress already evident with this.
    - Try to move away from a system where there is an allowance for employees to do 10% overtime. Sometimes this gives a false illusion of a good work life balance when in fact staff are expected to go a little bit beyond. This could be removed if work was better distributed and tasked by management, and perhaps some of the savings could be implemented into employee pay.


  5. "Exciting place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MBDA full-time

    Pros

    Good bunch of people, exciting work, good location (Bristol)

    Cons

    A bit too much travel required


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Principle Electronics Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Electronics Engineer in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Electronics Engineer in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MBDA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and training. MBDA support career development - this was the main reason for me joining. Good flexibility to moved around with in the company.

    Cons

    1) Very difficult to get large salary increases once joined. It is recommended to negotiate a good salary during your interview.

    2) Technology that MBDA is very outdated compared to the other defence primes. However MBDA are slowly changing as the older generation are retiring.

    3) If you come in as a manager you will spend over 60% in meetings that are sometimes pointless.

    4) Lack of training provided on company processes.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for new staff on company processes and systems.


  7. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Export Compliance in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Export Compliance in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a company watching to the future

    Cons

    Have a deep expertise in your matter

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Generally a good place to work, but with some major flaws"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The decent benefits are decent (for engineering) and the flexitime scheme gives a respectable work life balance by UK standards. There is a limited training budget, but overall the training opportunities are above average. By and large there is a friendly working environment. There are some very interesting projects to work on. For (prospective) systems engineers and project managers, I would say MBDA is a good place to be.

    Cons

    Most of the recruitment is via the graduate scheme, with interviews conducted to assess general skills and behaviours. Unfortunately, in my experience, this approach is also applied to experienced candidates, so don't be surprised to not see your prospective line manager in your interview. On your first day at work you may also be surprised to find that your role bares little or no similarity to the one for which you applied and that your line manager wasn't entirely behind your employment. Be warned, you may end up as a square peg in a round hole!

    There is limited room for progression once you've reached level 4, which you should reach with 3-4 years experience post-graduate scheme. In order to move higher, you have to be managing a set number of people meaning that people that want to follow a purely the path to Technical Expert, rather than project management, are likely to be stuck at this level for many years, if not permanently.

    This is a systems engineering company, so if you're looking to do 'hands on' engineering, technology or scientific research be very careful because although there are areas of the business within which you can pursue these disciplines, on the whole they are are few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Line managers should be in the interviews of non-graduate scheme candidates.
    There have to be better routes to promotion for staff as a whole, but particularly for purely technical staff, otherwise retention of level 4 staff will suffer.


  9. "Electronic Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronic Engineer
    Current Employee - Electronic Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very exciting product, Flexible working hours, opportunity for travel. Good facilities, restaurant, gym, etc. The people are intelligent and usually capable.

    Cons

    Salaries are often mediocre. Can be difficult to make a difference. Most of the senior management positions are in France. Minimal investment in R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in future technology and R&D. Actually start to implement the culture and values that you say are important.


  10. "Excellent Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MBDA full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow and expose to various disciplines

    Cons

    Pay reviews could be clearer and show direction


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