All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Max Fordham employees based on 70 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.4/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.4/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
2.9/5
 
Company Culture:
4.3/5
 
Career Progression:
3.7/5
 
Colleagues:
4.6/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
4.2/5
 
Overall Rating:
4/5
 

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Interview Advice:

Just be sure on your fundamentals of engineering - principles of heat transfer etc. You will be asked questions you don't know the answer to but that is the point, it's to see how you react and think through problems.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Show your enthusiasm and a sense of pride for the work you have done up until now, and display how you can carry that attitude forward into the job you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Describe and draw how a vaccum cleaner works.

Engineer specialising in CAD, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate why you want to work for this company in particular.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate ability for thinking from first-principles.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Show your broad interests and your development in your CV.

Interview Advice:

Show your creative approach to the solving of technical problems.

Acoustics Engineer, Acoustics at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

If you love nice architectural buildings, enjoy solving problems and learning then this is a perfect place to work.

Interview Advice:

Practice some drawing before your interview and think about some buildings you know.

Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.
Focus on why this role is important to you and what skills do you have.

Interview Advice:

Stay calm! Everyone working at Max Fordham is friendly.

Building Services Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

N/A

Interview Advice:

It's a relatively long interview (2hrs) but has a relatively informal nature. The main aim of the company is to work out whether you will suit their working style. While it's important to show off your achievements, they are just as interested in how well you learn and adapt.

Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

N/A

Interview Advice:

It's a relatively long interview (2 hrs), but has a relatively informal nature. The main aim of the company is to work out whether you will suit their working style. While it's important to show off your achievements, they are just as interested in how well you learn and adapt.

Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be honest and make sure your passions are in line with the role.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Explain your aspiration well and how you would fit in the team.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Interview Advice:

Just be yourself.

Accounts Assistant, Accounts at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

If applying for a Graduate engineering role, learn all about the building services industry. CIBSE Journals are a fantastic resource for that.

Interview Advice:

Show interest in the industry and engineering in general. Also brush up your knowledge on what a bike looks like.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be open, honest and positive.

Interview Advice:

That would be cheating.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Max Fordham is not looking for just people with an engineering degree who can do the math. They are looking for a conscientious person who can think outside of the box and work things out outside of their comfort zone. You should be enthusiastic about the work and willing to learn and push yourself. Also, practice drawing bikes.

Interview Advice:

The interview is mostly about understanding if you would work well within the ethos of the company and as part of the team. You'll be asked to think creatively and to work a few things out that may not have been part of your degree course. It was the friendliest and most engaging interview I had, not a gruelling test of my abilities.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

A chatty letter is asked for in the application. This is like a cover letter but less formal so try and get some elements of your personality across. Show that you are someone that we could see us working with.

Interview Advice:

Relax and take time to answer questions, and talk through your thought processes clearly.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

List academic and also non-academic achievements, skills and experiences that can prove you are a self-motivating and resourceful.

Interview Advice:

Think about your studies and the reasons why you chose a certain path through school, university etc. Questions go from basic physic knowledge, many can be answered just with logic and common sense. Usually they ask to explain how an "everyday life" object works. Generally, enthusiasm for architecture, design and an attitude to reasoning and argumentation are very appreciated.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Don't be put off if you don't have a purely engineering/science background.

Interview Advice:

Know basic heat transfer and physics concepts.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Don't be too formal and formulaic in your application. Max Fordham appreciate individuality.

Interview Advice:

Have a good idea of basic building physics and general mechanics and engineering. Show an interest in buildings and design.

Engineer, Cambridge at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, show enthusiasm for low-energy, environmentally friendly engineering, and do your research into the kind of engineering projects (and company ethos) Max Fordham specialises in.

Interview Advice:

They will ask you details on most things on your CV, ranging from your interests to your dissertation and relevant work experience. Your interest in the holistic approach to building services engineering will be questioned, and you will be expected to talk through some engineering principles and problems.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Go for it, it's an amazing atmosphere to work in and offers great opportunities to learn from your colleagues and collaborate on a daily basis.

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed and natural, this is not a place where they'll judge you for your appearance or for gaps in your knowledge. It's about attitude, since theory can be learned but not enthusiasm.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be honest and when it asks for a chatty letter, be chatty in it, don't be too formal. The company is very different from many of the big faceless graduate employers and the interview and the way applications are assessed reflects that.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and chatty and don't be afraid to say 'I don't know, but could it be this?' rather than straight up making up something which sounds right. They know you won't know everything but want to see your thought process.

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Application Advice:

The practice is unconventional, in a good way. Not your typical corporate environment. The pay system is different and is favourable to those looking for flexible working hours.

Interview Advice:

You'll be asked to give a presentation, which I felt was a very important part of the selection process.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

This is a very friendly company, tell them what you enjoy and show off your personality as well as your academic achievements.

Interview Advice:

Discuss previous work they have done which you have found interesting, explain what you want to do with the company and show you understand what building services entail.

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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic about the role you are going for and work out what you will specifically bring to the role.

Interview Advice:

Be natural and don't rush to answer, consider first.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Send an informal letter and CV to HR.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Know your basic physics. Cultivate an interest in buildings. Think about buildings you like and dislike and why. Show self-motivation.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

You should show flexible thinking and care about sustainability.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Engineer, London at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be honest about what work you've accomplished previously, but confident in your own abilities and on what you can bring to the Max Fordham team.

Interview Advice:

Questioned on the understanding of engineering physics of heating a room, the suitable location of heating sources within a room. Also describing the process of how a vacuum cleaner works. The alternative understood to being the workings of a bicycle.

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Application Advice:

People from both Engineering and non Engineering backgrounds are seriously considered. The interviews are far more interested to how you think rather than what you know.

Interview Advice:

Think creatively and challenge the normal, as well as of course Buiding Services basics (i.e. heat transfer, principals of sustainable design etc.)

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

You don't have to be an engineer, let alone a building services engineer to work here - you just have to enjoy buildings!

Interview Advice:

Practice a bit of hand drawing!

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Interview Advice:

Several design questions. You need to give a presentation.

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Its not just about technical merit. You should be interested in buildings and the environment.

Interview Advice:

The interview is a mix of technical engineering questions, general physics questions and more personal questions to do with your interest in buildings and building services

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Application Advice:

Be yourself - if you are a fit with the company ethos and culture it will show in the interview.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself.

Engineer, London at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Neat but creative CV, must include description of some school projects and why they are relevant to the company's profile.

Interview Advice:

Don't hesitate to talk about a project of yours. Know the general principles of energy and buildings.

Engineer, Environmental Design at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be different, think creatively and be enthusiastic. We aren't just building service engineers, we take the right person for the job not the right degree.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to think outside the box, to show your thought process and how you tackle problems. It's not just about the right answer, it's how you got there.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Learn how to draw bicycles! More seriously I'd have a good look at the Max Fordham website and get a real understanding for the ethos / approach of the company, it's more important to understand that than it is to have an in-depth knowledge of building services.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Max Fordham's has all types and needs them... if you're introverted and love getting down into the details that's great, if you like to keep it big picture and come up with conceptual solutions that go outside of conventions that's also great. When it comes to working here you'll probably need a bit of both and the company will help you develop that. But when you first interview it's important to represent your skills as they are, rather than as you hope they'll be.

M&E engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Show what you can bring to the practice and don't be scared to be yourself.

Interview Advice:

What's your favourite building in the world?

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

- be yourself
- be creative

Engineer, M&E Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Would be good to have work experience / internship relevant to the role applying for

Interview Advice:

Very friendly people, no reason for getting stressed

Electrical Engineer, Electrical at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

be interested in buildings

Graduate Engineer, Sustainability at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Understand what the company does

Interview Advice:

They want to identify potential, not some one who can do the job.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Interview Advice:

Know your heat transfer basic principles. Explain your thought process even if you don't know the answer. The questions are deceivingly simple!

Engineer, Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental engineering at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Try to develop a basic understanding of sustainable design principles, could read the book written by Max Fordham employees called Environmental Design

Interview Advice:

The company is looking for a personality fit as much as intelligence so make sure you understand what the Max Fordham culture is.

Graduate Building Services Engineer, Building Services Engineering at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Don't be arrogant. Realise that despite being a graduate, in the grand scheme of things you don't know anything. Emphasise that you want to learn and develop yourself. And let your passion for buildings and architecture shine through.

Interview Advice:

I don't want to give away any spoilers!

CAD Engineer, CAD Team at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Be original. Don't be put off if you think your background isn't a perfect fit.

Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, the company is interested in what you are genuinely like as opposed to what you think you should be like and what you think they are looking for.

Interview Advice:

The problems are to be worked through logically. If the interviewers can see a thought process they will appreciate this. Again, be yourself and relax.

Graduate Engineer, Group 1 at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be honest. Don't over exaggerate your skills/achievements, but don't undersell yourself either.
Show enthusiasm as to why you're applying for that particular job.

Interview Advice:

Again, be honest about your skills and achievements.
Show enthusiasm towards the job and the work that you could be involved in.

Interview specific: Bring good examples of work that is of a similar subject or using similar skills. In my case, I brought examples of CAD work that I had completed during university to show my competency with a modelling software - I am since using a new software, but skills and method are similar and transferable.
Engineering specific. Was asked to draw a vacuum cleaner, and represent different aspects of it, how it works, and the trick question "where is the vacuum?"
Building services specific. Given a room, and by understanding the laws of convection and radiation, where the placement of a radiator in a room would go. As well as what happens when this location is moved, or additional heat sources are placed in the room.

Graduate Engineer specialising in CAD, Building services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Go for it and be yourself in the letter and interview.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and try and enjoy it!

Engineer, Electrical at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be individual. I often find that there is a tendency with applications to write the same old splurge, so as to come across as a diligent individual who will work hard, and be incredibly productive. Max Fordham look for somebody who will fit into the practice by engaging with others. They really want to see that there is a real person applying for the job, rather than a template from the internet. Somebody with a genuine interest in the construction industry, regardless of experience, willing to absorb the wealth of knowledge within the organisation.

Interview Advice:

My interview entirely revolved about probing my understanding of engineering and physics. For example I was asked to draw a picture of a bike. Then I was asked why I draw it as such. I was asked about how the handlebars work. Why they can rotate so freely but still be structurally sound etc.

There were very few questions relating to previous display of soft skills.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

To work here, you need to be a confident and an individual person. You need to be strongly focussed on finding the best solutions to problems, even if they are difficult, new, or unusual (or all three).

Interview Advice:

Hold your nerve!

Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Be creative in explaining how what you did before is directly transferable to the activity of the company

Interview Advice:

Focus on science and engineering basics to demonstrate that you know how to approach and solve problems rather than trying to apply ready-made, complex and unfitted solutions.

Graduate Engineer, Building Physics at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Write what your interests are and how they relate to Max Fordham ethos/work. The application asks for "a chatty letter' so play to that.

Interview Advice:

Interview consists of talking about yourself, your interests, and problem solving. If you can't answer a problem, show how you would work it - thinking out loud may help you.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

You don't have to have studied engineering - MF are looking for the right type of person who is engaged and willing to learn. It's all about the attitude!

Interview Advice:

Have a think about what inspires you in the building industry. What is good design? What is great engineering to you?

Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Acoustics is often about buildings - so research architecture and design practice as well as the engineering skills

Interview Advice:

We help to make buildings, so have something interesting to say about architecture and design as well as acoustics and engineering. eg Favourite building or architectural practice

Graduate acoustic engineer, Acoustics at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Have a passion for the industry or design or sustainability. Want to work for Max Fordham. If you don't then they won't want you to work for them.

Interview Advice:

Read up on environmental design of occupied internal spaces. Know about the companies ethos. Show them you want to work for them.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

Max Fordham's encourage you to take in as much as you can so be prepared to learn and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Interview Advice:

Just like any interview, stay calm and answer all that you can.... Sell yourself!

CAD Engineer, Public Health at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

This role is suited to individuals who prefer a flexible and slightly laid back work environment. The freedom we are given as graduates may sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but paired with the one-on-one attention we receive by our mentors the company provides the perfect environment for learning the right things, at your own pace, whilst being able to add your own personal touch to the material presented. Working for this company you will definitely feel as if you are in the right hands and on the best route to excelling in your career, whilst surrounded by a great group of equally motivated individuals.

Interview Advice:

The interview is quite long, and involves answering a few technical questions, mostly related to solving simple physics/engineering tasks. I was also asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation on a subject of my preference.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

A genuine interest in the work they do is essential. You need a masters degree in something related to sustainability in the built environment.

Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability at Max Fordham
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Application Advice:

If your interested in being part of innovative and beautiful engineering then apply, whatever you background is, we are not just engineers, we are physicists, chemists, ecologists, acousticians, you name it.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic about what your passionate about. Think about the questions and work them out. We want people who can think creatively and can show that. The engineering comes later.

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Application Advice:

- Be yourself in the application and interview. They encourage a "chatty letter" so make the most of this by not being formulaic. Let your enthusiasm for engineering, problem solving and buildings show.

Interview Advice:

As above.

Graduate Acoustic Engineer, Acoustics at Max Fordham
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Best:

Flexible working arrangements, great sense of camaraderie within teams and the office. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere

Worst:

Pay can be seen as sometimes below market average as experience grows, so have seen large number of leavers after a period of years working here to earn more elsewhere.

Engineer specialising in CAD, at Max Fordham
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Best:

The ethos of the company, i.e. a focus on high quality, sustainable design and the partnership structure

Worst:

Limited office locations

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Good work environment

Acoustics Engineer, Acoustics at Max Fordham
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Best:

Work-life balance and open flat internal structure within the company.

Worst:

Lower than average salary in the London office.

Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Best:

Flexibility and working environment

Worst:

Salary and Benefits

Building Services Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Its ingenuity and creativity in the work it does. It is also very open with employees which creates a great community environment.

Worst:

It is not international. It does not give you the option of working in another country for extended periods.

Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Best:

Its ingenuity and creativity in the work it does. It is also very open with employees which creates a great community environment.

Worst:

It is not international. It does not give you the option of working in another country for extended periods.

Engineer, Engineering at Max Fordham
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Best:

Work/Life Balance

Worst:

Salaries

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Learning opportunities

Flexibility of hours

Relaxed and friendly environment

Extra hours paid

Worst:

Low pay compared to the market

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

The people, flexibility

Worst:

The pay is complicated

Accounts Assistant, Accounts at Max Fordham
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Best:

Flat structure, everybody is involved in the progression of the company.

Worst:

Work Enviroment

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Open culture. You feel involved in how the company is run from a very early stage.

Worst:

We aren't in the "main" office, and sometimes people in the company forget that there are other offices around the country

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

The people and the work.

Worst:

The way the pay system works is that you get paid for every hour you work, which is a real benefit most of the time as you can structure your work as you need it and get a really nice work life balance. However, when projects go on hold or there is a shortfall in work it can be hard to find hours of work to do, which can be stressful.

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Work-life balance and relaxed atmosphere.

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Best:

Good people

Worst:

Sometimes work is busy - buts thats just part of it, and its fun to work hard some of the time

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Very open and flexible structure of the partnership.

Worst:

Starting salaries are low.

Engineer, Cambridge at Max Fordham
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Best:

Flexible hours, friendly environment, innovation atmosphere, can become a partner after 4 years

Worst:

low wage, irregular work loads, no international relocation possibilities

Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

Flexibility on working times. Lack of dress code beyond general etiquette. Everyone is always willing to help out and discuss, even senior people. Great company ethos which is stuck to wherever possible. Everyone has a stake in the company and partnership is encouraged and offered after ~3 or 4 years.

Worst:

Not great monetary benefits; but then if you are in it for the money you won't get on - paid hourly so overtime, but no short term sick pay for example. Hours are logged to jobs which can be a change from other salaried jobs.

Max Fordham
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Best:

Flexible working hours

Worst:

Work is sometimes not reviewed by senior members

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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Best:

people, time schedule

Max Fordham
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Best:

n/a

Worst:

n/a

Graduate Engineer, Building Services at Max Fordham
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Best:

Full of very intelligent, like-minded people who want to make a difference. Ethical standpoint. The company is a partnership, after approx 4 years you can choose to become part of the company. You never feel like you are working for a "boss", it's a very flat structure.

Worst:

High expectations (not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to be self-motivated)

Graduate Engineer, at Max Fordham
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