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Mott MacDonald Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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  • The company is siloed with a bent towards engineering as most of the senior management are engineers (in 17 reviews)

  • Furthermore due to the nature of the consultancy business it can be easy to neglect the correct work/life balance during the busiest periods (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment
    A lot to learn

    Cons

    Less work load less control of people working hours


  2. Helpful (3)

    "it is the worst place to work. Very disorganized."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Officer
    Current Employee - Project Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to learn some international business and development skills.

    Cons

    Very low salary and no career growth at all. Also, the whole organization is a mess.


  3. "Good company, but not perfect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, many interesting, high-profile and diverse projects, ethical company, good if you want a career rather than just a job.

    Cons

    Lots of emphasis on senior management, some benefits (e.g. profit shares) restricted to senior levels. Employees need to be proactive in searching for opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The interesting projects and opportunities for development are all positives, but more can be done to reduce emphasis at senior levels and give junior staff the impression they are appreciated as well.


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  5. "Environmental Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary is below market average

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  6. "Excellent Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mott MacDonald is an employee owned company, with over 3000 employee shareholders who are able to vote on company matters. Shares are split between the share holders and a trust, with the trust shares distributed as bonuses to lower grades in the company. It creates a rather transparent atmosphere and culture of business and personal growth, without an oppressive need for short term profits.

    For those wishing to take on responsibility and ownership there is undoubtably solid career progression. Just look at senior staff. They have all been here for decades. Many since they were graduates.

    The company is very stable with very few redundancies made throughout recessions and dips in the industry. There is a desire to move good staff around rather than lose them.

    Projects tend to be interesting.

    Strong leadership and a desire to change for the better, with good investment in staff, training and adoption of new technology.

    Cons

    Wages are not the highest in the industry. You can earn more elsewhere. If you buy into the culture, projects, and long term prospects, then it's not a problem. If you need a higher wage right now then these reasons may feel a bit hollow.

    Due to the shares and culture there is the occasional instance of senior staff appearing to wait out their retirement. As such they have been sidelined for further promotion and aren't as dynamic and involved as they once were. This can be frustrating if you come against this as you rely on them to be your spokesperson to the wider company.

    If you expect to come in at 9am, do what you're told, and leave at 5:30pm don't expect to be promoted even as you get better technically. Some companies like this 'design centre' mentality But MM isn't one. You may be very good, but if you're not making the life of someone above you easier you won't get noticed.

    Maternity and paternity is weak for a company with such a strong culture. I understand this is changing in 2017.

    Being employee owned, with no outside investors is great. But it comes with certain restrictions i.e a reliance on organic growth and small acquisitions only.

    Advice to Management

    I feel recent moves to up the utilisation of sidelined directors, waiting out retirement and earning lots of share bonuses, was a sensible move. But it could be stronger. I see people giving this new initiative lip service but still not getting involved.


  7. "Good Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities including internationally.
    Clear career path.
    Interesting work.
    Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Management owned and not employee owned as advertised. Shares only available to senior staff.
    Ok salary but below competitors.


  8. "Environmental Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Telford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Telford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, relaxed, friendly staff, plenty of parking, good benefits, look after their employees if you have a good work ethic.

    Cons

    Occasional felt like a very disjointed organisation. Sometimes you can feel like you are out of the loop, from both management and other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep staff more informed, sometimes it can be difficult to get the required results when information is being withheld from you.


  9. "Project Controls Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working as a Team

    Cons

    HR Policies at Astana

    Advice to Management

    Align HR Policies to UK Office


  10. "Good company to work with!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focused on growth and values employee contributions.

    Cons

    Frequent changes although useful and needed for the longer term, could be disruptive in the short term, day to day working.

    Advice to Management

    Kudos!


  11. "Human Resource Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time

    Pros

    International company and the experience of communicating with different foreign expatriates

    Cons

    No Work Life Balance and time for family

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance for employees


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