What we do:
Multi-disciplinary Engineering Consultancy

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Head Office:
Over Court Barns, Over Lane, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4DF

Our Mission/Vision

Mission: To build a sustainable, client and people-focussed engineering business with a desire to lead the industry. Vision: To grow profitably into an international force in our industry by creating a unique and dynamic working environment where clients’ and employees’ needs and aspirations are consistently anticipated, responded to and exceeded.

Company Information

HAVING A PINT and a madras with the managing director isn’t often the norm while at work but at Hydrock, Brian McConnell’s curry tour is so popular that he extended it last year to include all the Bristol-based engineering consultancy’s 18 sites.

For McConnell, getting to know every member of staff is crucial, so over dinner he updates everyone on business strategy and welcomes feedback. This has resulted in his workforce feeling inspired by his leadership, an 84% positive score, 10th in our survey, and believing that he runs the operation on sound moral principles (86%, 13th).

Ensuring everyone has a voice is a priority at this engineering specialist, which was founded in 1995, particularly as it continues to grow rapidly. It has 493 employees, up 62 on the previous year. To encourage knowledge-sharing and creative thinking, Hydrock recently launched a system that enables any member of staff to put forward ideas and then track them from conception to realisation. People appreciate their managers’ willingness to listen to them (77%).


Company Statistics

  • 18

    UK sites

  • 1995


  • 38

    Average Age

  • 41%

    Earning £35,000+

  • 493


  • 78% / 22%

    Male : Female

  • 8%

    Staff Turnover

List History

  • Best Companies To Work For List 2017


  • Sunday Times List 2016


  • Sunday Times List 2015


  • Sunday Times List 2010


  • Sunday Times List 2009


  • Sunday Times List 2008


  • Sunday Times List 2007


  • Sunday Times List 2006


Accreditation History

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