We put mobility in motion thanks to simple traffic solutions
We are a team of more than 130 passionate people whose goal is to improve mobility through disruptive solutions. We design and build products to increase people's protection, safety & security and to improve their quality of life, health and environment.
Since its foundation in Brussels in 1923, the heart of Europe, our company has always managed to react agilely to new market requirements by offering innovative solutions. In the course of almost one hundred years of company history many different product highlights have been invented (read more).
Our sales revenue in 2019 is approx. € 18M with a CAGR of around 20% since 2016. This shows not only that we are working in a growing market environment, but in fact that we gain in momentum and we are able to increase our customer base organically.
A few cultural insights
Open and entrepreneurial approach. We want that everyone is able to have a positive impact on the way the company works. That's why everyone of us receives a lot of responsibility and can grow in all aspects, also by doing mistakes. In this way, newcomers also have the opportunity to take their future into their own hands, propose news ideas and work out innovative concepts for our customers.
Friendly and trustful working atmosphere. It is very important for us to know that everyone comes to work with pleasure and therefore in a good mood. We think that this is possible by creating a friendly and trustful working atmosphere. For instance, working hours are flexible and everyone can work in his or her own way, with which he or she is most productive. And there is also plenty of time for recreational, creative and inspiring discussions with colleagues, so that everyone always goes to work with full energy.
Celebrating and sharing good moments together. Since we spend a large part of our lives together, we also want to enjoy the time together and not just work. Besides original company events, game nights, barbecues, table tennis competitions etc., we celebrate birthdays in winter by sharing cakes, and in summer the cakes are replaced by a glacier that comes to the parking lot to serve us good ice cream. In addition, every day at 10 o'clock we take a discussion-joyful break and for lunch Macq offers soup for everyone. Obviously food is very important to us.
Our values. We live every day...
People & Expertise
Nearly 100% high-skilled engineers. Macq has always been run by engineers (including its management and sales divisions). Almost all employees are hardware or software developers. Main skills are amongst others: software development & embedded computing, electronics & hardware (camera, radar, sensors, ...), signal & image processing, testing, UX/UI design, big data, deep learning.
Truly international team. Many people of different countries make our internal culture truly international. Besides the fact that French, Dutch and English are the main languages at Macq, you will also hear German, Hungarian, Spanish, Chinese and other languages on the corridors.
At Macq, we always come to work in a good mood, because of the family atmosphere among our colleagues. There is also plenty of time for relaxation, so that everyone is always energetic to work. The inner man is even taken into account in all possible natural ways. Even on more difficult and stressful days, everyone tries to do their best to achieve the best for the clients, because that's how it is and will always be: client is and will always be king! If you want a good atmosphere, then you shouldn't do anything wrong with Macq.
Working at Macq means working in a family environment where the values of the individual and the family remain a priority. Of course, this does not prevent the presence of technical, organizational, work and relational problems as everywhere else, but the human remains at the centre and always serves as a beacon for management. Many employees have already been able and have already shown me the kindness they have received when faced with health, family or other difficulties and often through adjustments to their work schedules that have allowed them to alleviate the problems they have encountered. I remember these former employees expressing their gratitude to Macq for the attention and scheduling they received to care for their sick or dying relatives.
At Macq, we don't give up. Never. In 1923, Macq was founded by 3 students who graduated from Écam with their diplomas in hand. The following year, Clément remained alone because the other two had given up. As part of a collaboration with another company to develop our new Scada, we were summoned by the CEO to Paris to be told that the project was very interesting, that the collaboration was pleasant but that they interrupted the project in the state it was in because the budget was over budget and that we would surely understand but a service company like theirs should remain reasonable... At Macq, we are not reasonable! We are passionate! We are salmon rather than sheep. In other words, we are wary of the single thought, of the politically correct. We are original, strange. We are happy to have bees on the roof. In winter, to celebrate birthdays, we share cakes, in summer, the cakes are replaced by a glacier that comes to the parking lot to serve us good ice cream.
Open environment, Macq is a company on a human scale with a boss with great human qualities. There is respect for everyone. Trust is a value practiced among all. Working hours are quite flexible (important for people who come to work from far away). It is nice to work on products that are very useful for everyone. The good atmosphere among colleagues is a great motivation to continue working for Macq. Five years ago, everyone knew each other. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case now: new faces are seen every week without anyone knowing who they are (an employee? an intern? a student? a client?...)
I haven't been here long, but I don't regret at all that I resigned from my former employer to come to Macq. The welcome is perfect and the integration is natural. There is a certain chaos in Macq that makes this society endearing and the people who work in it human... I heard within the walls Macq "chaos will come out of something"... it sums up Macq's optimism and positivism. Thank you for these first 3 months.
What I appreciate about Macq is that as a small or medium-sized company, everyone knows everyone and greets each other in the morning. We're not a number or just a name. There is a human side. So, when we had the misfortune of losing one of our colleagues (unfortunately already twice and both times accidentally), it affected everyone, even the boss and even those who did not immediately collaborate with the deceased person. I just think it's a pity that as we grow up, we tend to lose that dimension a little... Even if I can hope we never lose it completely.
I am proud to announce that, at the moment, I’m working 10 years for Macq. During these 10 years, I have seen a company that is all the time evolving and always trying to adapt to the needs of the market we are active in. For my point of view, the best way to describe the DNA of our company, is the open and entrepreneurial approach. I always have the feeling that at Macq, every person is able to have a positive impact on the way the company works. The positive side, anyhow from my point of view, is that the company gives you a lot of responsibility and allows you to grow in all aspects and, important, to make mistakes.
Macq is a real anthill in perpetual effervescence!
If I had to describe Macq in three adjectives, it would be freedom, kindness and greed. Freedom first of all because everyone is free to make their own choices within their prerogatives. I remember Gilles telling me before I was hired: "I don't want to be a monkey code, that's why I like Macq". I agree with him! In this respect, Macq is very different from the many intellectual cemeteries that can be found in his career. Then there is kindness because Macq offers a humane and pleasant working environment. I am not talking about excessive marshmallows but about cordiality and interest in the individual, personally. Morning greetings, a friendly break at 10 a.m. and questions asked to newcomers allow you to quickly integrate. We can also say what we want to do professionally and it is rewarding. Finally, gourmet delights because there are plenty of opportunities to eat (well!)! Ice cream, cakes, barbecues, weekly fries, soup and even organic vegetables, food at Macq is serious!
A family history over three generations
August 1923 Macq and Cie is founded. Clément Macq, passionate about radio, designs and launches his first radio (TSF) receiver.
1946 Macq builds spectrographic devices, paving the way for industrial electronics.
1961 The first digital voltmeter in Europe is released, a widely used innovation for studying Concorde structures.
1968 Yvon Macq takes over from Clément Macq. The company releases its first generation of programmable logic controller (PLC) and integrates this microprocessor in an industrial environment in 1975. This first prototype was regularly adapted until it became a powerful and flexible automation and data management tool in 1984.
1983 UNIX becomes the default operating system at Macq and is deployed for road traffic management, smart buildings and the management of industrial processes.
1997 François Macq takes over as CEO. This same year, Macq obtained its ISO 9001 certification.
2016 The growing company expands its sales team worldwide and focuses on projects in the field of Smart Mobility.
2018 Macq celebrated its 95th anniversary and got nominated a Trends Gazelle 2018 for excellence in added value and dynamic
CSR & QHSSE
Responsibility. Responsible conduct is an integral part of Macq's identity. Responsible entrepreneurship implies that each and every decision must also consider the potential consequences. Macq operates in a sustainable manner, in order to be a exemplary employer, maintain competitiveness, enthuse customers, and protect the environment for subsequent generations.
Promoting the respect and satisfaction of our customers,
Ensuring security and safety of our collaborators,
Defining and measuring our company objectives via a cockpit gathering a dashboard for each team,
Deciding that our company and our mobility solutions are shaping the future of our planet.
Applied standards & regulations. ISO 9001, VCA, ISO 27001, ISO 50001 (in preparation) and GDPR.