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Rolls-Royce Derby Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Derby, England (UK)

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Pros
  • Work Life Balance is great, its really a great place to work (in 98 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours for office staff (everyone but the shop floor shift workers) to total 38 hours a week (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance was a joke as I was on travel for as much as 8 months at a time with only a few trips allowed back home (in 15 reviews)

  • Hidebound in some of its processes; some senior management slightly too in thrall to external consultants (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Consulting accountant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Consultant, Accounting in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Consultant, Accounting in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I think that working in Rolls Royce, you will be learn and at the same time you will be take business strategy ans it's devision . Namely i mean better future, better power and also better abilities of working and socialization. Moreover this company create programmes to help their emplyees to be better in their part of job. Also creates intership programmes for students were study in tertiary level for forwarding them for something better in their own lives , for a better future

    Cons

    For my self there arent any disadvantages for working at this comoany .

    Advice to Management

    First of all anyone must be consistent. Moreover must be focus on clarity, accuracy and thoroughness in communication. Anyone must be set the goal of working as a team. As the manager and leader, you should set an example in terms of your behavior. If you show up late, your team will be less punctual. If you lose your temper easily, others will be amiss in keeping their emotions in check. Additionally, having transparency shows your integrity as a leader, and builds trust with the individual members of your team. If you lie about something, or withhold information, you could jeopardize your relationships and the respect you command as a leader.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Changing organisation and too cautious and lacks innovation"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, working for a famous brand

    Cons

    It has been through a lot of re-organisation and is outsourcing it's technical knowledge for cheaper contract work. Too much bureaucracy and it's a company which is just a brand now and feels more like a shell.

  3. "Old Gaurd"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, and a lot of opportunity for the right person

    Cons

    the old guard senior management, make progress and change hugely challenging

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to be part of life....


  4. "Amazing company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineering Summer in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Engineering Summer in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing autonomy with intern projects
    - Flexibility in networking with employees across the firm
    - Great brand

    Cons

    - Ethnic diversity still needs work to make the environment more comfortable for diverse talent
    - Senior engineers are sometimes very resistant to small changes

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on getting the best talent from different backgrounds
    - Get interns working on more impactive, controversial and fail-fast projects to make the most of the resource and bring employee s ideas to fruition


  5. "So far very good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Systems Support Analyst in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Systems Support Analyst in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are down to earth and overall friendly. There's loads of scope to gain experience in a direction you choose. Hours are great I work 4 on 4 off and you hardly notice any difference working 12 hours as you would 8! Means you only work 6months of the year for same full time pay.

    Cons

    There's a lot to digest and take in; especially if your new to the Aero industry. It's not for the faint hearted. Some of the work we do could involve life or death situations.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more structure in the team. A team leader to ensure consistency to all support each other fairly and equally share the load


  6. "A company finding its feet"

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    Current Contractor - Rolls-Royce in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Rolls-Royce in Derby, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rolls-Royce as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's Rolls-Royce!
    Moving to up to date systems and software in next 5 years.

    Cons

    Constant Organisational Changes, Knee Jerk Solutions To Problems With Engine Faults, Lack of Communication Between All Rolls-Royce Parties, No Long Term Planning in Place - More Short Term with the Occasional Glance at Medium.

    Advice to Management

    Decide the path you wish to take and commit - instead of jumping from one idea to another with the illusion of progress.


  7. "Supply chain operations manager"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Operations Manager in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Operations Manager in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They really want to be the best company for people to work for in the UK.

    Lots of focus on being a high performing culture

    You can have a job for “life”, that is to say that you can easily move around and hey generally support and promote from within

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring last few years. So very frustrating working inside a company with so much turnover.

    You can become stuck and constantly move sideways for years due to restructuring that pushed a lot of senior people to lower roles or out the door

  8. "Lifecycle Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rolls-Royce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good technical and challenging tasks especially in engineering
    Fantastic people culture. From senior management to technicians, people are willingly to help.
    High performance culture company which strive to get things done in the right way.
    Pay is good for the living standards in Derby.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Not good in decision making. Always reinventing the wheel. Knowledge management process is poor. Repeat the same mistakes in every project.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with HPC. Faster decision making and accountability.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Potential for variety, but tedious and process oriented (civil aerospace views)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A plethora of on the job training courses - both technical and general career development focused - are not just available, but actively pushed at new recruits.
    Automatic provision of mentors to new starters.
    Generous holiday allowance, all the standard UK holidays plus a double bank holiday bonus, extra Christmas days, and another 26 or so personal days.
    Flexible working hours for office staff (everyone but the shop floor shift workers) to total 38 hours a week.
    Employee discounts programme through Edenred, offering savings on almost all kinds of consumer spending along with health care, holidays, and insurance.

    Cons

    The work can feel tedious, with limited individual impact. Processes over constrain elements, but are allegedly on the way out. A hierarchical nature can persist, with variable views on young new starters. There is also a hesitance to embrace novel ideas, be they technical or in the ways of working.

    Advice to Management

    Process over-constraints are one thing, but making unrealistic promises to customers time and again drives a near continuous sense of panic and fire fighting in various major engine programmes.


  10. "OK overall. Lots of room to modernise."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work varied and challenging. Low turnover of staff. Excellent product.

    Cons

    Shop floor and some teams get paid overtime. Management expected to put in lots of overtime for free. Will hazard succession as no benefits to progression. Too many yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the company. Challenge low performers. Stop changing things for change's sake.


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