What would you do if you were handed over a chocolate bar as a reward at work instead of a bonus? Furious and dazed? That’s exactly how McLaren’s Formula One staff felt when they were given one Freddo bar each as a compensation for their hard work.
The irate workers are now considering to tae strict action against the higher ups as they have complaints that the work atmosphere is ‘toxic’ and their bosses are ‘clueless’. Surprisingly, McLaren has won 20 world championships and has an annual budget of some £200million. And still, chocolate bars are handed out when a package is produced on a tight schedule.
All the workers are clearly unhappy with their disappointing gifts but still fear that a revolt may cause many to lose their jobs.
Divulging information under the guarantee of anonymity, one employee said in an interview, “We have been working all hours of the day, sweating blood and they give us 25p Freddo bars.
“The Freddos are handed out when a package is produced on a tight schedule. For example, we were given two weeks to produce the Spain upgrade package in May.”
“We all worked 24/7 to meet the deadline. We got it done in time. So, a week later a Freddo was handed out to all staff involved as ‘a bonus’. Supervisors are embarrassed to hand them out.”
“We also got a Freddo last year after building the car.”
However, McLaren’s Racing director Eric Boullier answered the media questions about the chocolate frogs controversy and stated that it was funny to read about such stories. He added that the British team had a well-paid staff of some 800 people, but of course, like any other organisation, there are a few grumpy people who agree or disagree.
McLaren, which is the second most thriving team in the sport’s history, has not won a race since 2012. This season, they’ve switched to Renault engines after three bleak years with Honda and are still only fifth and behind the two other Renault-powered teams.