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McLaren Technology Group Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working environment with regular coffee breaks and a good restaurant (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, great surroundings, fun office (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and effort are a must (in 8 reviews)

  • Aggressive blame culture and no transparency (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Poor Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great cars, and the people actually at the dealership are fantastic.

    Cons

    Those running the company do not care at all about their employees.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great student experience in a super car factory.

    Cons

    No paid intern for students.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Didn't enjoy much. Need new administration. Time for change in management"

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

    Pros

    Good money. F1 experience. Helps your cv look good. Nice if you like working in old school factory environment.

    Cons

    Working with incompetent people. Management has no interest in employees and treatment is not good. Whole company is run as if it is a small factory. CEO told in 2013 that the biggest asset of the company was the building (not the employees)

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the managers on fat pay. You will save a fortune. Stop favoratism.


  4. "Design Engineer"

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

    I have been working at McLaren Technology Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working environment is great. Fantastic building.

    Small teams mean hard work but lots of exposure to different areas.

    Cons

    Building is now too small for the amount of employees.

    HR rarely have a clue what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the engineering and technical expertise within the company.

    Keep the building up to its original standard.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible people and treat employees like dirt"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Technology Group full-time

    Pros

    Lovely building. Great restaurant. Wonderful history on display.

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare, with a complete lack of courtesy and consideration for others coming to the fore.

    The majority of people that work here (especially the women and the management) are "up" themselves. They don't even possess basic manners and courtesy. They really think there "it" when, in fact, they're not! Very "cliquey". Staff who have been there a long time are allowed to treat other people like dirt; they also get away with bullying people. I have heard terrible stories of what happens when people complain, so I haven't bothered, but I am looking around for another job.

    Visitors (not just the millionaires that can afford the cars) are treated like gods, whilst the staff are treated like dirt!

    Difficult to transfer internally if your manager wants to be awkward.

    Terrible communication, both within my own company and also inter-company.

    Advice to Management

    Wise up. Follow your own disciplinary system! Treat people with respect and as adult rather than treating them like they are five years old!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Most abusive work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If there are any advantage I would say Canteen.

    Cons

    Low wage
    Horrible work life balance.
    Horrible leadership.
    Abusive work environment
    Company specially McLaren Automotive is over valued and over hyped. Nepotism and toxic behavior is extremely common and in all levels. Weak leadership, these guys can't even mentor new starters and ends up looking like a popularity contest. Poor software infrastructure (SAP) impacts everything else and frustrating to other groups to be able to do their job.
    HR useless

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your family or friends for politics reasons
    Stop to avoid your responsibilities and passing the blame to your employees when you are responsible
    Start to respect your employees
    Be professional


  7. Helpful (2)

    "McLaren Automotive - worst of the lot - avoid."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Technology Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Canteen (cost and quality are big positives), a lot of skill and knowledge to absorb from experienced and older employees who had the perseverance to stay since SLR days.
    Cars themselves are actually really good and apparently MAT is not as bad as Automotive if you do want to work at McLaren.

    Cons

    Engineering company run by finance and HR with a very short sighted attitude.
    Complete disappointment on several fronts - poor remuneration, poorly managed with a lot of so called managers having no clue what they are meant to do, including some very senior managers/directors.
    Plenty cases of nepotism and favouritism, especially among Italian employees who generally are paid a lot better.
    Complete disparity between pay and expectations for what's meant to be accomplished in timescales and with no budget - this is not Racing on a cheap!
    Unclear promotion and progression, unless you know the right people. Salary/bonus/promotion put on hold for selected, who don't share the 'correct' management opinions.
    No budget and limited training opportunities for development, even crucial to your role.
    A lot of young, inexperienced engineers left without support and guidance, leading to some poorly designed systems, which have issues over and over again - costing the business on every project.
    The business must have upset almost all quality suppliers by now as finance simply does not want to pay the bills - meaning a lot of quality issues from tier suppliers with poor process control.
    Expectation are completely unrealistic with some key decision makers having no clue and understanding on what's sensible and achievable.

    Advice to Management

    become transparent and concise across the business when it comes to pay, promotion, bonus and other crucial areas, listen to your employees and get a reality check - match your targets to something achievable - nothing wrong with aiming high - just understand what it takes to do it!

  8. "Not what you know its who you ......."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Technology Group full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic product. Clean working environment.

    Cons

    The stress starts before you arrive. Most employees have to leave for work up to an hour before you need to be there because the parking on site is a joke. Reason being if you arrive 30 mins before shift start you stand a chance of being blocked in or blocking someone in so all in all just the start of the day is part of the stress. On the work side you are confronted by skilled people with vast trade experience and unskilled which causes quality related concerns. Another thing is alot of people are contractors who get £15 plus an hour and many of them are unskilled against the full timers whom have been through an interview and employed based on skills experience and content of cv, most productìon full timers are on about £ 11.50 an hour so straight away theres a massive pay divide which causes psychological injustice to the point where you think can you idiots not see this is wrong ? Most production staff are expected to work 26 days a month some 6 days a week some 7 days and up to and beyond midnight 5 days a week for less than 25k a year. The work life ballance is not countered by good wages. If you complain about any of this you are soon told where the door is and formal complaints to Hr is a waste of time because they bow down to the management. As for promotion it is exactly as i say its mates rates and whos backside you are prepared to kiss and many people get overlooked because someone who knows someone gets the job. All in all Mclaren is a very difficult place to work out it is very up itself it is in love with its own self immàge and believe me the car is the star not the management. There are lots of people there who are making good money that they do not deserve. Finally i heard a manager say if an employees complaint becomes a problem the best waý to solve that problem is to remove the problem ie the employee and that just about sums up the place.

    Advice to Management

    Can not say more than listen but they wont. There is none so blind as those who do not listen.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "F1 engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Technology Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented employees and nice building,

    Cons

    Long hours, little reward, no recognition, power hungry management, no personal development, archaic attitude to employees; made to feel you are lucky to work there, stop moaning and get on with it

    Advice to Management

    You will get a better result if you treat your employees with respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "'Fast paced environment'"

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    Former Employee - Support Function in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Function in Woking, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Technology Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brand name for CV is helpful

    Cons

    Stress, pressure, hostility across departments, long hours, lack of remuneration or recognition

    Advice to Management

    Reward people accordingly, treat staff better


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