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6.7 / 10

(based on 66 ratings in 2018)


"The process of getting into the middle of the hierarchy is very transparent. After that, it's not particularly clear."
Graduate, Croydon
"I'm aware that progression occurs through achieving charterships with further progression being on merit. That said, my understanding of how progression occurs prior to chartership is poor."
Graduate, Croydon
"There's a lack of transparency around this. I do know that getting chartered (or equivalent) is the main way to move up the ranks."
Graduate, Cardiff
"There are clear management roles that would be the next logical step from my current position. There are also other routes for career progression through Mott MacDonald. There is work going into making a system that makes this even clearer but, for the time being, it is a bit of hard work, although the information is there."
Mid level, Newport
"My computer aided design career path is quite restricted and I have to follow a civil engineering route to be able to progress."
Experienced, Exeter
"Other than moving towards chartership, there is no obvious route to promotion. It is not clear how the managers of the division got to where they are now, or how this happens."
Graduate, Cambridge
"Promotion can be based on management and operational competencies as well as technical expertise. My experience is that promotion happens by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. This means you need to accept the challenge, prove you can do it and be rewarded. I think it is an excellent way of encouraging initiative and commitment as the alternative is being offered a promotion and then only having to prove that you can actually do the required tasks afterwards."
Experienced, Birmingham
"While promotions are based partly on the team that you're in and its objectives, a self-starting mentality is the main key to progression."
Mid level, Sheffield
"It can be very non-transparent. Some people are promoted, some are not. It can be quite difficult to work out how it happens sometimes. I've had managers who don't know what they need to do to promote their own staff. You aren't told what you need to work on in order to get promoted. Consequently, you end up working very hard in the hope that someone will spot you and you happen to be doing the right thing to get promoted."
Mid level, London
"Career progression has been made more clear recently. It is still something that needs to be improved, however."
Graduate, Croydon


"If you try to get yourself known and speak to your manager about your goals or moving up then they will be happy to help. On top of this, your manager will approach you if they think you're ready for more responsibility."
Graduate, Glasgow
"I began as a graduate almost two years ago and am in line for promotion to consultant level at the moment. If you can prove that you can do the job to the next grade up from you, this is usually recognised and, if not, managers are happy to discuss what you need to do to reach promotion level."
Graduate, Leeds
"There are chances to move up the company through project-leader roles and we're encouraged to strive for chartership from day one."
Graduate, Blackburn
"Many colleagues have been with the company a while and have progressed up the ladder. There is a very well defined career path with specific achievements required for each milestone."
Graduate, Croydon
"Promotions up to chartership are fairly automatic with pay rises approximately twice a year. After that, promotion is merit-based but the natural through-flow of employees means that it is fairly natural to rise up the ranks."
Graduate, Cambridge
"There are lots of opportunities in different sectors and different countries."
Graduate, Liverpool
"As with most companies, hard work and loyalty will give you the chance to be noticed and to move up the ranks. There is the possibility to move into management or become a head of an engineering discipline."
Graduate, Peterborough


"Initially, progressing your career is fairly difficult but it is largely in your hands after you become a chartered member of a professional institute."
Graduate, Cambridge
"There is fairly standardised progression in engineering industry, aiming towards Chartership first and then onto either managerial or technical focus."
Graduate, London
"The company is very keen to get their graduates chartered. In doing this, they look to promote from within the company rather than hire in from elsewhere."
Graduate, Glasgow
"If you are prepared to work hard, get your professional qualifications and justify why you should be promoted, then I think it is fairly straightforward to progress in the company."
Midlevel, Inverness
"Due to the significant age gap between senior and graduate engineers there appears to be good opportunities for graduates entering the company, as these older engineers will be retiring in the near future."
Graduate, Croydon
"It is very possible to move up but of course from a graduate level in particular will require a lot of hard work, improving and learning as a engineer to move up through the ranks."
Graduate, Lerwick
"Progression is normally based on your experience and professional qualifications. No barriers though. And managers have been willing to explain requirements."
Midlevel, Reading
"In my experience promotion requires many years of experience and potentially specific technical qualifications."
Graduate, Greater London
"In my experience, getting a promotion is difficult but not unfair. It requires a lot of work but that is only to be expected."
Graduate, Manchester
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