As an engineer, you can expect to be able to work for some of the world’s biggest and most innovative companies. With so much choice available, it can be hard at times to choose which engineering companies to go to. The following top 10 list comprises things such as stress levels, pay, work-life balance and employee satisfaction.
Rolls Royce are one of the world’s most recognisable engineering companies and a leading supplier of power systems. Expect a good work-life balance and to be working in friendly teams. There are lots of different roles that an engineer could get involved in and Rolls Royce won’t look to pigeon hole anyone early on. Graduate engineer salaries usually start at around £28,000 per year, rising to up to £60,000 per year for managers.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics and space services. The company manufactures aircrafts, works on defence contracts and is the second largest space business in the world. Expect some benefits to be working on great and challenging engineering problems, a good work-life balance and a varied experience. Graduate engineer salaries are around £27,000 per year rising to £70,000 for managers
3. Jaguar Land Rover
Car companies are a big employer of engineers, and there are not many engineering companies quite as prestigious as Jaguar Land Rover. Positives include the rapid expansion of the company, passionate co-workers and a company car. Graduate engineers can expect to earn upwards of £30,000 per year, rising to £60,000 as an engineering manager.
4. BAE Systems
BAE systems is a world leader in advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions. The company’s main outlet is manufacturing military and national security solutions. Positives include the favourable work-life balance, opportunities for developing your career and varied, challenging work. Graduate engineer salaries are around £28,000 per year, rising up to around £65,000 for engineering managers.
The second car company on the list, BMW is another massive, global engineering employer. Advantages include great training opportunities, friendly staff and chances for career progression. Graduate engineer salaries are around £28,000 per year rising to £65,000 for managers.
They are one of the world’s largest engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins have operations in many sectors from energy, nuclear and defence to transport and infrastructure. Benefits include the technical work, work-life balance and diverse projects. Graduate engineer salaries are around £27,000 per year rising to £55,000 for managers.
7. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Mercedes AMG are responsible for design and manufacture of formula 1 power units. This work is challenging, demanding and highly technical. The positives naturally include the immense challenge of working with formula 1, along with amazing facilities and passionate people. Salaries are on the higher side for the more experienced, smaller team, averaging at £50,000 for engineers.
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Siemens is a massive engineering company, specialising mainly in power systems and rail automation systems. The work is varied and highly innovative, ranging from developing solutions for driverless car systems to enhancing production lines and optimising power generation. Benefits include the forward thinking leadership and varied working life. Graduate engineer salaries are around £26,000 per year rising to £60,000 for managers.
General electric is a premier digital industrial company. It involves a large variety of services, from being a world leader in power generation to manufacturing things such as new healthcare technology. Expect a good work-life balance, dynamic working life and excellent career progression. Graduate engineer salaries are around £25,000 per year rising to £60,000 for managers.
P&G are the world’s largest provider of consumer goods. Notable brands include Gillette, Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Ariel. Positives include the stimulating and challenging environment, lots of varied roles and opportunities to travel. Graduate engineer salaries are around £29,000 per year rising to £65,000 for managers.