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Updated March 20, 2017
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Antione Bouvier
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  • Cost is not of great importance to middle management, also not of great interest to (in 4 reviews)

  • tention d'information, manque de collaboration et "baronnies" entre les services (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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


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

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    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.


  3. "Electronic Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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  5. "Undergraduate placement review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent development scheme for graduates

    Cons

    The location isnt the most appealing


  6. "MBDA review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexitime, benefits, relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    It's quite an old company so many of the traditional ways continue to prevail.


  7. "Good place to work, flexible but core hours issue"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, good benefits, gym and canteen

    Cons

    rigid core hours, clocking in/out system, large site


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Poor treatment of employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MBDA full-time

    Pros

    Salary linked pension which is not available to new employees

    Cons

    Harassed by management. Employee benefits revoked on multiple ocassions for no reason. Serious issues regarding Data Protection of employee info.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sweep management bullying under the carpet


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Things are changing (if you are patient enough to wait!)"

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

    I have been working at MBDA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment
    People generally friendly and pleasant
    Top management have committed to ensuring a progressive working environment and things are changing if you are prepared to hang in there and wait
    Clearly recognise that shifting demographic means they need to adapt methods of the past, respect success factors but embrace the new
    Shifting demographic means good opportunities for those hungry to develop without moving outside
    Actively encourage internal mobility
    Flexible working, good benefits package, ok salaries
    Massive drive on encouraging personal development
    If you work hard, show commitment and are willing to push, you can do well here

    Cons

    Salary progression slow
    Need to put money where mouth is - all very well recruiting hungry, ambitious young people but need to ensure MIDDLE management are managing expectations correctly. The days of expecting people to do a job for years before offering the salary and grade commensurate with that job are over. Either do something about it or expect a revolving door

    Advice to Management

    Be clear and realistic with expectations, be transparent, recognise that what made the company successful in the past may not be what makes it successful in the future.


  10. "A fair career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent management
    In general, friendly and helpful people, pleasant environment
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Work/projects are very old, legacy
    Slow salary progression


  11. "Commercial Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    intense challenging requires analutical thinking

    Cons

    product job varietyl level tradition



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