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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

    Coca Cola

    Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

    8.8/10
    What is this?
    • Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Excellent
    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good

    Best thing

    Every day is different

    Worst thing

    Being treated like children at time’s

    Field tech rep, October 2020

    See what 6 people said
    about jobs at Coca Cola

  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=

    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

  4. 3=

    Ds Smith

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    7.8/10
    What is this?
    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • People get proper breaks

      Excellent

    Best thing

    Pay
    Amount of Time off

    Worst thing

    Night shifts

    Machine operator, June 2020

    See what 5 people said
    about jobs at Ds Smith

  5. 5=

    Calor

    Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

    7.7/10
    What is this?

      Best thing

      Being out and about , not stuck in an office

      Driver, May 2020

      Worst thing

      Expect to much from us

      Customer service, May 2020

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Calor

    • 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

    • 7

      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

    • 8

      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

    • 9

      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

    • 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=

      Forterra

      Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

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

        Good
      • Most people feel stressed here

        Not great

      Best thing

      Working with some good friends

      Worst thing

      Being put under pressure to hit targets

      Seperater opperater, February 2020

      See what 5 people said
      about jobs at Forterra

    • 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

    • 13=

      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

    • 13=

      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

    • 15

      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

    • 16

      Skanska

      Breakroom Rating based on 6 job reviews

      5.9/10
      What is this?

        Best thing

        The hours and workmates

        Labourer, March 2020

        Worst thing

        Call out, not knowing when.

        Roadworker, October 2020

        See what 6 people said
        about jobs at Skanska

      • 17

        Hanson

        Breakroom Rating based on 5 job reviews

        4.6/10
        What is this?
        • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

          Good
        • Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

          Not great

        Best thing

        Salary and time iff

        Shift manager, October 2020

        Worst thing

        Working in the bad weather

        Lorry driver, September 2020

        See what 5 people said
        about jobs at Hanson

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