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Updated July 11, 2017
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  • The company is siloed with a bent towards engineering as most of the senior management are engineers (in 18 reviews)

  • Low salary, slow career progression (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Croydon, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly paid, good training opportunities, good social scene

    Cons

    difficult to progress career-wise, old fashioned systems, lots of red tape and form filling

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff, not business consultants


  2. "Great work environment but low compensation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brighton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, supportive management, international exposure

    Cons

    Low salary, slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Senior Officer - HR"

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    Former Employee - Senior Officer -HR in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer -HR in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mott MacDonald (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly environment & work culture

    Cons

    Not Applicable as everything up to the mark ................................................


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good Opportunities"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Engineer"

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    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.


  6. "Profit is King"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fairly flexible in terms of time and working from home

    Cons

    Constant pressure to ensure that every single hour worked is charged to a client with an expectation that things like team meetings take place during lunch hours.

    Advice to Management

    The product you sell is your staff, look after your product.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A British company only for british people"

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    Former Employee - Chartered Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Chartered Engineer in Croydon, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mott MacDonald (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company led by people with the sense of engineering. Used to have the ability to win good project.

    Cons

    Least ethnical diversified company among its main competitors - all british white. Always promote project management type people. cut as much training budget as possible to achieve a higher profit rate. Technical and usually non-british people are normally the least valued while the talkie British project managers are usually the future star and can jump very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Tap the international.talent pool.like.what your competitor is doing and promote someone with a sense of engineering.

  8. "Not good treatment to internationals"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Brand in your CV
    - Benefits package (except bonus)

    Cons

    - Power division does not behave internationals friendly and welcoming, especially half of the HR department
    - Your career progress is not their concern. Even if you put effort, they see it's decreasing utilisation rates
    - It's not employee owned unlike they advertised, it's management owned. Only certain grades can buy shares, and they are normally senior project managers, senior engineers etc.
    - Global reputation is decreasing mostly because everyone started to know how they behave their employees, even local ones.
    - The bonus is not enough comparing to your competitors.
    - Long working hours is well-known fact within and outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    UK staff should go through a training about how to approach and collaborate with internationals. The training should also be given to new international employees start working in UK.


  9. "Overall good"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, ethos, job security and much better with the new leadership in place who are keen to improve the business and improve technology and the way we work / our brand/ modernise.

    Cons

    grading system is out of date and is dependent on where you sit in the business/ your manager opposed to output and skillset. quite a few long serving employees not working as a team and not managed appropriately

    Advice to Management

    invest more in people/ reward and recognition for staff/ manage poor performers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "80's engineering practice without the smoke filled offices..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Divisional Director in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Divisional Director in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mott MacDonald full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues and the new digital investment.

    Cons

    To many senior directors hanging on to supplement their pension pots which mean younger more enthusiastic and innovative staff are kept treading water until an opportunity for promotion arises. Salary low compared to others

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the business structure, remove units, divisions and sub divisions as these create unnecessary layers of internal facing management roles which then turn on fee earning staff when utilisation drops below 84%. Promote staff based upon talent, business growth and ability, not age, length of service or if your face fits. Invest in staff training, we're your best asset, invest in offices/equipment, we deserve better than an old 1980s office environment. Make all directors fee earning at 75%, some directors survive of their team members working at 110% and O/T nil then take all the credit and larger proportion of shares/dividends for sitting doing inward looking spreadsheets which do nothing for growth.


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