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e2v Chelmsford Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. "Great people and interesting work, poor company structure"

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    Former Employee - Engineer (Imaging) in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer (Imaging) in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at e2v full-time

    Pros

    -Most of the people there are intelligent, hard working, engaging and helpful
    -The work is interesting
    -Great apprentice and grad schemes
    -Friendly environment
    -Some gems of people within the management level (who I was lucky to be mostly managed by, hence the high marks)
    -Some of the guys in charge of the actual production (in the clean rooms etc) are leaders in their field, which gives a lot of opportunity for quality learning

    Cons

    -Although the people there are good, they are severely limited by the structure they've been put into. There are complex, interdisciplinary products being built but many departments are still too siloed. Sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing (even though, independently, both the left and right hand are very competent).
    -Very risk averse. In a meeting with senior management once, we were talking about the process of developing new processes/products. Due to being burnt before, management were only willing to develop anything if it was completely fronted by the [first] customer who would use it, regardless of how many subsequent customers would want it. This, in my opinion, is a large over-reaction to previously being burnt. We're not in a high-volume market, but I think parallels can still be drawn to the ridiculous idea of what would happen if Apple got the first customer of their new iPhone to pay the millions of pounds for its development costs: i.e. it would never get made. In the same way, e2v's development of products was stifled.

    Advice to Management

    2 points:
    -Upper management: work harder at including people in top-level strategy (if you have one at all). One "engage meeting" (our full division meetings: this particular one was in Imaging) was focused on how a 3 legged stool is like finishing the past orders, finishing the present orders and then getting more orders to fill. Ridiculous. Another high-level manager exclaimed, "what we need to do is increase yield", and that was the end of it. This is as obvious as standing up and saying, "what we need to do, as a company, is make profit". The question is HOW we make profit, and the vision to achieve this was sadly lacking, or if there was any vision from upper management, it was never elucidated.
    -Work on communication across departments. There are a few initiatives in place now to have people talking to each other, but there still needs to be a lot more work done, in my opinion.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Clever, Slow Old Dinosaur"

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    Former Employee - Frustrated Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Frustrated Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at e2v full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Pay can be good in some areas
    - People (esp shop floor) are lovely
    - Exciting products and science
    - Well established company
    - Balancing the books at the moment
    - Youthful workforce on the whole
    Clever staff
    Excellent apprenticeship and graduate programmes
    Its an interesting (if frustrating) diversion for a few years
    Tremendous potential for success / expansion (if only e2v can change quickly enough)

    Cons

    - The CEO took on the phrase "Clever Old Dinosaurs" after he heard feedback from a customer... How right that customer was.
    - E2V is just soooooo slow to act and change.... likely to become extinct(!)
    - Incompetent senior management and questionable hires in some roles
    - Clever staff [yeah it's a con too!] too many scientists doing engineering roles
    - Bad pay at shop floor and junior engineering levels (embarrassingly low)
    - The level of incompetence and lack of professionalism throughout all depts is astounding and frustrating to experienced newcomers
    - Projects are on average a year behind before they are delivered - lateness is acceptable
    - Engineering work is very niche and often the result means that joiners become massively deskilled
    - Good people leave within 3 years, clingers-on can be there for decades at 'Sleepy Hollow'

    Advice to Management

    - Replace as many people as you can in the Exec and Senior Leadership teams with seasoned business managers from automotive and aerospace companies who are used to working in professional companies.
    - Get some 'Completer/Finishers' in
    - It is not okay to miss a delivery commitment.
    - Stop banging on about 'lack of resource'. There is no lack of resource - there is a lack of focus and capable process and a horrifically lazy culture.
    - Prioritise your improvements
    - Finish what you start

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sounds cool, poor support and progression"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on high quality equipment to produce extremely specialised devices. The applications of these devices is pretty damn cool - many are space bound or for major projects.
    Easy entry.
    People on the ground floor are extremely nice.
    Pretty flexible on working hours.

    Cons

    Almost no training given - even job role essential training.
    Did not honor things agreed in interview.
    Screwed up agreed relocation funds - cost me dearly & left me dangerously short on cash.
    Long working hours - expect to work past your agreed work hours v.regularly.
    Did not honor overtime.
    People are quite stressed - especially Jan - April
    Poor career development.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees more.
    Training is required to do the job. Very short sighted to neglect to train new staff - you're going to end up wit ha massive skill deficiency.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technological landscape second to none. Innovative research & development. Teams could be proud of the technological innovations they produced. Technology was the only thing worth being there for.

    Cons

    Worst leadership team ever experienced. Worst senior management team ever worked with. Dictatorship, even though few new ideas. Stovepipe organisation where only looked after own interests rather than business development/improvement. Leadership team had no idea on how to improve, brought people in but paid little to no attention to them. Continual failed to deliver to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Shareholders should replace whole leadership and senior management team. Focus on improving working experience of staff and improvements to delivery will follow. Remove all those who are happy with the status quo.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Market Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at e2v full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Long established business with a proud history and a wide portfolio of high technology electronic products with exceptionally long product lifecycles. Very good apprentice and graduate scheme ensures new talent is given every opportunity to contribute.

    Cons

    Current management place a strong emphasis on short-term financial performance which means that overheads are tightly controlled and sometimes even long-service experienced staff can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and are let go.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on long-term strategy (beyond 5-years). Focus on employee retention as well as recruitment to leverage the knowledge that experienced staff have of legacy products and markets.


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    "Worst place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at e2v full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    hours are good
    job security

    Cons

    hard work isn't rewarded. unless you are "in" with management at any level you don't stand a chance with regards to pay rises or any type of recognition that you do a good job. working conditions are terrible, morale is very low its a dead end job with no prospects and I certainly wouldn't class it as a career.

    Advice to Management

    Open you eyes to whats really going on in the workplace. Maybe get new people from outside with fresh eyes instead of people who have been there for years to be in charge of you. Then maybe we will all be treated fairly!


  7. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at e2v full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good team and nice people to work with, some inspirational characters amongst them. holiday and pay are decent for the local area. Other reviewers have mentioned that they are low compared to London but comparatively with the rest of the County they would be considered high

    Cons

    I am very glad that I left shortly before Mr Attwood's departure and the subsequent changes to the leadership team... it was a generally happy ship prior to the changes in management. I hear it isn't quite such an even keel these days.

  8. "An excellent company. Always felt proud to be making a contribution to the organisation"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at e2v full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A range of fascinating technologies supported by very knowledgeable and committed people. The opportunities to progress are diverse providing pretty long term opportunities for career progression.

    Cons

    Complex systems can sometimes appear daunting and difficult to ensure compliance, with occasional conflicts which have to be negotiated. Sometimes this can distract from allowing you to maintain their core value of being customer focused.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure focus on promoting the core values continues and pursue ensuring that all management is supporting the same end goals.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High potential, but badly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at e2v full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is a supplier to important agencies like ESA and NASA. As a result, you can work on fantastic projects (i.e. Gaia, Rosetta). Although challenging at times, you are surrounded by bright and competent colleagues. The work environment is friendly and the company offers lots of potential.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company is badly managed, to levels very close to incompetence. Politics rules, work integrity is questionable and bright people are not heard. Salaries are below market rate, which the company tries to offset with perks and the lure of working on fantastic projects.

    Advice to Management

    I have seen the SLT formed and reformed many times and in many formats, but always with the same people, just in different positions. You need fresh, competent, brighter and above all true leaders. The company offers a lots, but I am really concern with the quality/skills of the current team


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Some positive aspects but generally no incentive to go the extra mile..."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at e2v full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some very good employees, both loyal in service and very highly skilled - being the main reasons this company has done so well.
    Pension scheme matches your contributions up to 6% of salary.
    Full sick pay, 25 days holiday, generally flexible with working hours, free parking.

    Cons

    Very little incentive for self-improvement; many employees gain a huge amount of knowledge and skills and work very hard to support the company yet see their wages stagnate, often resulting in more dynamic staff leaving along with their skills.
    This also creates a situation where those with little ambition who simply want to 'tick over' in an undemanding job role for a mediocre salary stay for years.
    Company is very diverse in its product lines but has a culture where each engineering/manufacturing section seems like a separate company to all the others.

    Advice to Management

    The financial rewards for the highly skilled, loyal and dedicated staff that keep this company must be improved - they are being taken for granted!


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