Manufacturing Engineer (QA/QE) in Birmingham, West Midlands
I did not enjoy itWorked here as an undergraduate manufacturing engineer. The training and support for undergrad was non-existence. Work was slow to come by and when they do, they are usually too mundane to worth 17k a year I was being paid.That being said, I did a short placement with the engineering team and found it really interesting. The culture and pace in engineering is completely different from manufacturing.
Maintenance in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Fast paced and unpredictable at timesBetter than it has been, just as I was leaving the maintenance structure was improving and moving to a much needed dedicated structure - seemed like it was heading in the right direction. Still a way to go to catch up other sites on terms and conditions however - the same role at other sites can expect to earn 10k more for doing 2 hours less a week.Shift patterns can change pretty quickly without much warning.
Apprentice Maintenance in Solihull, West Midlands
Good salary to be treated poorlyTLDR; you'll get a very good salary once you're qualified, however this is to make up for the fact you will be a faceless number to management. You will be messed around - moved repeatedly to new areas with unfamiliar equipment and job roles/responsibilities, given little to no support, training or tools, whilst being pressured.Starting as an apprentice you'll train at a college full time. The training received is not very relevant. Basic skills are taught but for the most part will not be used day to day at work. Steadily over time you'll be placed in plant somewhere to pick up the job. Be prepared to follow people around and generally be treated like a nuisance. The older guys see apprentices as a hazard, an extra burden that can 'land them in the S#÷T'. Younger guys that have done the apprenticeship themselves may understand what it was like and be willing to offer some guidance and relevant training. Training offered or organised by management? Non-existent. There will be no plan in place, you will be moved around various departments and blocks seemingly at random. There is no plan in place, so it's not malicious, however you will be moved at the exact moment you figure out the equipment, routine faults and how to fix them, and/or once the guys on shift have accepted you. Overtime and shift working is available to some apprentices but not others. It all depends on the attitude of the manager you're placed under. So be prepared to miss out on valuable learning opportunities as most planned maintenance is carried out on afternoon or night shifts. (This can hamper you later on in the apprenticeship as planned maintenance jobs need to be carried out and written up to complete the NVQ) Also, be prepared to potentially earn anywhere between 16-40% less than other apprentices that are on a shift rotation. Completing the apprenticeship can be fairly easy, if you get the one competent training manager of the four or five available. There are several, their turn over is extremely high and most are woefully useless. Otherwise be ready to be essentially directionless when filling our your NVQ paperwork. After 'coming out of your time' you'll be moved onto a permanent contract with a very good salary. But because you will have the least number of years service you will be ripe to be moved to another block at the drop of a hat. "Needs of the business" which typically translates to 'an older guy wants a nicer shift pattern/more money, so get out'. Back to square one - relearning new equipment, faults and adjusting to a new shift. A quick sidenote: if you are moved from one plant to another e.g. EMC to Solihull, you WILL NOT be issued a parking pass. Business protection hold a monopoly over them and if you don't know someone in the know, you will be parking in a car park potentially 25 minutes walk away from your work area. Nice. There are a few benefits to working at JLR, it's not all doom and gloom. There's a cycle to work scheme, an employee discount on new and used jaguars/land rovers and new fords. However with the chip shortage these discounts are no longer competitive. There is also an employee learning scheme. £200 a year is given towards learning a new skill unrelated to your job, or to put towards a list of hobbies, sports or experiences. But you'll have to use the antiquated computer system to try and use this fund, and it's a lucky dip whether you will have access to a computer, let alone a working log in. IT support is outsourced and is very poor. JLR provide you with workwear...when the company can afford it. A 6 month wait time is pretty average so keep your initially issued uniform in good repair. Management can vary from area to area, but generally they will focus on very small issues. Day to day you'll look after equipment whilst production are in. It can be repetitive, tedious and ultimately unrewarding. But the money is good. 🤷♂️Consider the business if you want a good salary after 'doing your time' but be prepared to be messed around and treated like garbage. If you're prepared to be fairly combative with supervisors and management from your first day, you might find you're moved around a little less. Intimidation works far better than towing the line and doing as your told it seems.
Tug driver/ Warehouse operative in Solihull
Fun place to work,loads of different opportunities within your work place.Only down Fall is rotating shifts. Im afraid you just can't seem to catch up with the days.Apart from that fun place to work and very helpful work colleagues ect.
Maintenance Engineer in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands
Fun workplace on shop floor but management are terrible Worked here within maintenance for many years at CB. Good pay when on shifts and overtime but management see you as a “number” and have no respect for people on the shop floor.