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Best manufacturing companies to work for

If you like to work with your hands, a manufacturing job could be a good fit for you. Manufacturing is a good choice for anyone with a trade-based skill set, as well as being an option for people looking for entry level work.

Manufacturing is really wide-ranging - in the UK we produce everything from cars to crisps! And factory work can really vary depending on the industry. We can’t (yet) tell you about everything involved in jobs on a factory’s production line. But we do know which manufacturers have good jobs and which don’t!

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We’ll rank the manufacturing companies from who’s earned the best Breakroom Rating to the worst.

Breakroom Ratings are a fair measure of whether a job is good or bad, based on what employees have told us about their jobs in our job comparison survey.

We have loads of manufacturers reviewed on Breakroom, so we’ve kept this list a manageable length to read by only including companies with over 10 job reviews from people who work there.

The best manufacturers to work for with 10+ Breakroom reviews

  1. 1

    Skoda

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    8.4/10
    What is this?
    • People recommend working with their team

      Excellent
    • People get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Location

    Master technician, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Other departments not doing their job and leaving it to others

    Master technician, November 2019

    See what 6 people said
    about jobs at Skoda

  2. 2

    Rolls Royce

    Breakroom Rating based on 32 job reviews

    8.2/10
    What is this?
    • People get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Excellent
    • No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Pay, hours, holiday

    Quality engineer, February 2020

    Worst thing

    The pressure, stress and being overworked

    Configuration management section leader, May 2020

    See what 32 people said
    about jobs at Rolls Royce

  3. 3

    British Sugar

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    8.1/10
    What is this?
    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good
    • Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Excellent

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at British Sugar

  4. 4

    Vauxhall Motors

    Breakroom Rating based on 19 job reviews

    7.8/10
    What is this?
    • People get proper breaks

      Excellent
    • People feel treated with respect by their managers

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Pay and hours we work

    Team leader, April 2020

    Worst thing

    Long hours
    Sometimes understaffed
    General lack of mismanagement

    Workshop foreman, June 2020

    See what 19 people said
    about jobs at Vauxhall Motors

  5. 5

    Warburtons

    Breakroom Rating based on 20 job reviews

    7.7/10
    What is this?
    • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Good
    • People feel treated with respect by their managers

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Shift pattern

    Bakery operative, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Early starts and only having 2 weekend off in 7

    Hgv driver, August 2020

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at Warburtons

  6. 6

    Tarmac

    Breakroom Rating based on 18 job reviews

    7.6/10
    What is this?
    • Most people recommend working with their team

      Good
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good

    Best thing

    The team I work with

    Machine driver, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Dusty Environment and miss managed company

    Plant supervisor, July 2020

    See what 18 people said
    about jobs at Tarmac

  7. 7

    Toyota

    Breakroom Rating based on 21 job reviews

    7.4/10
    What is this?
    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good
    • Yes. People get proper sick pay

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Pay
    Pension
    Healthcare

    Worst thing

    Sometimes overtime can be very high

    Team leader, April 2020

    See what 21 people said
    about jobs at Toyota

  8. 8

    Jaguar Landrover

    Breakroom Rating based on 53 job reviews

    7.2/10
    What is this?
    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Yes. People get proper sick pay

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Nothing

    Production operative, December 2019

    Worst thing

    Same repetitive job everyday

    Associate, October 2020

    See what 53 people said
    about jobs at Jaguar Landrover

  9. 9

    Saint Gobain

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    7.1/10
    What is this?

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Saint Gobain

    • 10

      JCB

      Breakroom Rating based on 26 job reviews

      7.0/10
      What is this?
      • No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

        Excellent
      • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

        Good

      Best thing

      It's a hobby I get paid to di

      Assembly operative, October 2020

      Worst thing

      Shift pattern changes

      Teamleader, July 2020

      See what 26 people said
      about jobs at JCB

    • 11

      2 Sisters Food Group

      Breakroom Rating based on 18 job reviews

      6.8/10
      What is this?
      • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

        Good
      • Only some people recommend working with their team

        Not great

      Best thing

      It's money

      Machine operator, August 2020

      Worst thing

      lack of skilled leadership. unsupportive HR, overpaid production managers who make painfully wrong decisions even with the best insights of workers and also don't understand the jobs of the worker's

      Line assistant, August 2020

      See what 18 people said
      about jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group

    • 12=

      Nissan

      Breakroom Rating based on 23 job reviews

      6.5/10
      What is this?
      • Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

        Excellent
      • People feel stressed here

        Bad

      Best thing

      Alot of time off

      Manufacturing, July 2020

      Worst thing

      Stress and over worked

      Quality assurance supervisor, June 2020

      See what 23 people said
      about jobs at Nissan

    • 12=

      Bakkavor

      Breakroom Rating based on 24 job reviews

      6.5/10
      What is this?
      • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

        Good
      • Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

        Not great

      Best thing

      Sick pay

      Lead quality auditor, August 2020

      Worst thing

      At the mercy of the public

      Driver, May 2020

      See what 24 people said
      about jobs at Bakkavor

    • 14

      BMW

      Breakroom Rating based on 23 job reviews

      6.2/10
      What is this?
      • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

        Good
      • Most people find it hard to change shifts

        Not great

      Best thing

      Pay, hours.

      Production associate, August 2020

      Worst thing

      Lack of respect.
      No contract.
      Poor management.

      Associate, July 2020

      See what 23 people said
      about jobs at BMW

    • 15

      Audi

      Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

      6.0/10
      What is this?
      • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

        Good
      • No. People don’t get paid breaks

        Bad

      Best thing

      I manage myself day to day

      Warranty controller, July 2020

      Worst thing

      The pressure that is pushed on the employees

      Master technician, July 2020

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Audi

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