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Enjoyable place to work. Challenges keep you busy but they are worthwhile.
I learned a lot and went on many optional courses to gain more knowledge on my chosen subject.

Career path very clear.
Pros
Benefits are really good.
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Salary could be better compared to the rest of the marketplace.
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Technically at the leading edge of manufacturing. Fair and generous work culture. As good as it gets quite honestly.
Great location with excellent car parking, canteen facilities and provision of PPE. Clean and organised.
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The work can be exciting at MBDA, that is if you can cope with the unobtainium plating and process that holds the company back. This results in them never being as fast or dynamic as their American competitors in the market.
A Ford car and a Rolls Royce do the same job, but why do you need a Rolls Royce?


Company advancement is non existent. I've not seen a promotion in 7 years and management are always using "Behaviours" as an excuse to hold you back even when you've done nothing wrong. The level plus system doesn't work for anyone but management to stop progression. Got bullied when previously working on project Asraam as well. A big culture of mushroom/seagull type micromanagement here.

In short, your employees are like cats. Fail to look after them and they'll go and find themselves a new owner.
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Very Political, there is a big ideology of working here where you are expected to advance up the management tree, so there is little co-operation in doing the work, just writing good reports
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Great company, good people management, great HR team, good personal development, opportunities, investment in people and culture. Constant investment in the facilities
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working there was ok but the managers was rubbish and useless all they want was to talk when you are working they where no help at all in the work place.
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Good place to work, great people and good location.
There is good job satisfaction here and the facilities are good. Restaurant is cheap with great food.
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Well were do i start, nobody likes to help you, so when you get things wrong they dont like it, no propper training what training you get in training school is useless u dont need it. All little clicks never feel involved, if ur face dont fit u dont fit. Rather than help and give you better training they get rid of you. If any one dont like u and they go to management ur out the door.





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Contractors are treated like second class people even though everybody has the same goal.
Very poor management.

Don't like change. Lots of people retiring had been there since school and know no different in best practices etc
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Was brilliant the first year, but second year they employed some right nasty people and ended up making the job an unpleasant place to work. Absolutely gutted how fast it went down hill, I know of 3 people that left after me due to the same problems.
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worst company i have ever worked for! awful work got no support and told terrible manager forced out of job. Do not apply fro this company at all.........................
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Helpful colleges, working in the PEC team. They had just introduced the MES system, which helped compliment the production improvement ie engineering changes as well has fault analysis.
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MBDA specialise in hi-tech missile systems which should be an exciting area to get into.

However the company is held back by a slow and ponderous old guard with a 'we've always done it this way' mentality. MBDA is trying to change to a more agile organisation however this will take years to achieve. An extremley political organisation meaning you have to keep in with the right circles to see your career advance - hard work and delivery won't count for much unless you canvas favour with certain individuals within the function - if you don't get on or challenge the current ways of doing things too much you will be out of favour. Company is doing alot to promote female and 'minorities', which can lead to other groups being 'unfavoured'.


Opportunities to travel and paid overtime at certain grades are welcome as is an almost guaranteed annual bonus of about 5% and annual salary increase of c. 3% (Level 4+ and below). Level 5 and over have their own bonus and increase scheme.


MBDA has alot of grads and ageing employees with a real effort to recruit those in the middle of their career due to a bottom and top heavy demographic... sadly, the company seems to be losing as many of these middle career types like myself as it employs.


If you are a go-getter you will find you are doing the work of others whilst they sit back with no repercussions. This will lead to you taking on more work with stress and your work/life balance suffering. Recognition was eventually forthcoming, but by that point I'd had enough. This is the reason I left after only 2 years.


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Annual bonus, annual salary increase, on-site gym, secure job
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Political organisation, long hours, stress
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Great work-life balance, poor salary and progression opportunity, old-style management and rigid hierarchy which makes it difficult to implement change.
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Technically at the leading edge of manufacturing. Fair and generous work culture. As good as it gets quite honestly.
Great location with excellent car parking, canteen facilities and provision of PPE. Clean and organised.
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Although the working day was generally relaxed. I found that you can not trust the management. In some respects they are still working in the dark ages. They might pay well and train you well. But will soon get rid of you if they don't like you, you make one or two mistakes. Or don't live up to a certain standard with very little explanation consultation or reasoning behind there desicion making..... Don't be fooled by the big bucks.....
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Maybe I landed in the wrong job, but there was no engineering to be seen, zero management support and a huge gap in experience between the older employees and newer personnel. Whilst the more experienced staff members were helpful, there’s no knowledge transfer going on. I’m an experienced engineer and got a better and more rewarding job elsewhere.
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Good company - with interesting product with interesting challenges, nice environment and engaging team. Somewhat fixed in their views and need to be more open minded in regards to new ideas.
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The job was alright but made difficult as to many chiefs all involved in there own battles with each other and with different shifts which made for bad working conditions needs to be sorted out higher up.
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nothing
Cons
60 hours 5 day week
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Mbda need to look at the security team at the site,especially the management team
They all need re training.i was their for quite a while, would not recommend this company to any one.

They do not look after agency or contract staff in any way
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If you work at MBDA as a contractor expect to be treated as second class as you will be blamed for any errors or mistakes that are made or happen,( this is funny as at the interview they state that they don’t have a blame culture), boy do they lie on that one.
Lower management are the worst lack of skills and job knowledge but quick to accuse. I find it difficult to understand how they are in the top 25 companies in the uk to work for.

The company is made up of about 50% contractors so easy come easy go, especially when some of their long term permanent staff are at least useless if not worse.
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None
Cons
It’s all fake
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