All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Steer employees based on 23 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.6/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
4.5/5
 
Career Progression:
4/5
 
Colleagues:
4.5/5
 
Training:
4.2/5
 
Enjoyment:
4.1/5
 
Overall Rating:
4.1/5
 

Formerly called Steer Davies Gleave, we are a global business consultancy that combines commercial, economic, technical and planning expertise to find powerful answers to our clients’ complex challenges. Answers that help people, places and economies thrive.

Infrastructure, cities and transport are constantly evolving to meet new demands, new ideas and new technologies. Mixing rigour and technical expertise with an open-minded, imaginative approach, we help our clients maximise opportunity and realise value within this rapidly changing landscape. Founded in 1978, we are a firm of specialists – strategists, researchers, analysts, economists, planners, designers, engineers and technologists – based in 21 offices across four continents.

For our Graduate Scheme we are seeking high-calibre individuals with a good academic background, strong people and organisation skills and a passion for changing the world! Working in a full-time role, you will immediately become involved in real project work from day one. As a graduate you will be expected to deliver the full range of consultancy work and develop your consultancy skills through a combination of on-the-job learning as well as a structured development and mentoring programme.Steer graduates develop consultancy insights and skills to mix rigorous analysis with technical expertise to create value for clients. We are also the only company to be in the UK’s “Top 100 Companies for Graduates to Work For” from 2011 to 2018.

For more information, please visit our website.


Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution Department: Planning Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Work life balance, office culture, the range of work you will be involved in. No two days are the same.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The range of work and opportunity to get involved in a variety of tasks.
I enjoy the type of projects and essential to the role is problem-solving like my degree but in a real-life context - I find it very interesting.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Planning Job Title: Assistant Consultant

Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The variety of projects I work on is great - each project is different to the last and it keeps the work interesting. You are given plenty of independence from early on, but equally, are always supported and everybody is very willing to help and share knowledge.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Variety of work and nice working environment.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Regulatory Economics, Aviation, and Financial Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

It's very flexible, the company allows me to find the work that I want to be involved with and lets me determine my own path.

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Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution Department: Integrated Design Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The respect and trust. Very senior people will give you significant responsibilities and support you in making progress by yourself.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Transport Strategy & Economics Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Engaging culture, very smart team members
- Excellent graduate scheme and lots of structured training
- Fast paced

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Industry: Consulting Department: Infrastructure Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Challenging work and supportive colleagues.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Consultant

Industry: Consulting Department: Transport consultancy Job Title: Assistant Consultant

Industry: Consulting Department: Transport Strategy and Economics Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Office atmosphere
The range of work
Seeing projects you have contributed to materialise into interventions in the real world
Leaning new skills
The training available - both the number of sessions and the array of topics

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Industry: Consulting Department: Transport Strategy and Economics Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The supportive culture - the company is really focussing on employee wellbeing within regards to diversity and mental health.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Strategy and Economics Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The opportunity to have responsibility at an early stage, working on interesting projects, working in a positive environment where you can learn a lot from others (and everyone is willing to share their knowledge), the focus on personal development.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Strategy and Economics Job Title: Assistant Consultant

Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The work I do is intellectually challenging and makes a genuine positive difference to the lives of people in this Country. I enjoy working in a supportive environment where people want to help you succeed. I also appreciate the clear scope for career progression.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Planning Job Title: Assistant Consultant

Industry: Consulting Department: Economic Development Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The interesting and varied topics of work

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Prestigious projects

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The working environment; great colleagues; good work/life balance; varied and interesting work.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing is the wide range of interesting, challenging and enjoyable projects I've been able to work on.

I have a lot of great colleagues who are leaders in their field and also extremely passionate about the subject, as well as being friendly people.

The atmosphere in the working environment is extremely friendly and helps me work to the best of my abilities.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Advisory Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The flexibility and work life balance.
The people: They are very friendly and always willing to help and offer advice if you ask for it.

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Industry: Consulting Department: Major Developments Job Title: Assistant Consultant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

My colleagues are great, really knowledgeable and open to sharing and learning new things. I also love that you can expect the unexpected - you will never be bored here.

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Application Advice:

Use your cover letter to sell WHY you are interested in the industry.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for your interviews by researching the company, and thinking about why you like transport. The first question they asked me was: "how did you get here this morning?" think analytically about how you get around, and if you perceive problems with your journey. This will show interviewers that you can think laterally about something as apparently mundane as transport.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer
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Application Advice:

Apply even if you don't think you have the necessary skills, consulting is open to a broad range of backgrounds.
Don't delay your application and email even if applications are closed to show your interest - you never know what opportunities might be available.

Interview Advice:

Be engaging and interested in the work, take the opportunity to ask many questions. Do your research on the company and the work they do before hand.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Don't be afraid to show you're colourful, people here value you being a rounded human being!

Interview Advice:

Practice market sizing.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer
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Application Advice:

Find out what work within the company interests you. You don't need directly relevant experience but evidence of transferable skills and a willingness to learn will be valued.

Interview Advice:

Do some background research on the company so you know which areas they work in that interest you. Be passionate and enthusiastic about working in these areas and the skills that you could bring to the company.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Make sure you tailor the cover letter and CV to the job.

Interview Advice:

Show interest in the transport sector and read on projects that Steer is involved in.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Show you have a strong interest in transport or the given subject. You don't have to have had a strong history in it, however showing you intend to put drive into the work will be well received.

Interview Advice:

Be a real down to earth person. This company as a whole is looking for intelligent, diligent individuals who will bring their character to our business.

Assistant Consultant, Integrated Design at Steer
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Application Advice:

- Do your research on the company.

Interview Advice:

- Be as personable as possible. We are a medium sized company, but internally, everyone knows each other across the different offices. The recruitment process therefore favors likable and sympathetic people to join the team.

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy & Economics at Steer
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself and research the company's current projects.

Assistant Consultant, Infrastructure at Steer
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Application Advice:

For the CV, state the skills you have and how you could apply these to your role as a transport consultant - don't just list them, evidence them with previous experiences.
Include previous relevant consultancy/transport/management etc. experience if you have it.
For the online numerical and verbal tests, practice! Don't get too worried about not completing every single question, there's a balance to strike between the number you complete and the number you get correct.

Interview Advice:

Prepare! Both for general interview questions you would expect and sector specific questions, always have examples ready for any skills you say you have.
Prepare questions, all interviews will ask if you have any questions.

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Application Advice:

Highlight your ability to problem solve. For the most part, the subject of your degree is irrelevant.

Interview Advice:

Being amiable is a recommended approach. Steer's culture is very supportive and collaborative where people at all levels genuinely want others to succeed. Confidence is great but avoid arrogance.

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate your interest in transport and what part of it appeals to you (e.g. whether you think you might be interested in transport planning, appraisal, modelling etc.). Demonstrate how your skills will allow you to add value to those sectors/areas.

Interview Advice:

Research current transport topics/issues/schemes, especially any that Steer might have been involved with.

Assistant Consultant, Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Application Advice:

Ensure that your CV is tailored to the job. Take some time to look at the company's website and see what they do, what skills are required to complete those projects and how you can demonstrate you have such skills.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, showcase the best version of you possible. A job is just as much making sure that you and the company are a good fit. If you try to be something that you aren't then it will not end well for all told.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Don't panic too much about the whole process, often you can feel like you did something wrong etc but how you respond to these drawbacks will also be noticed and can show a more important side of your character.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer
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Application Advice:

Try to show some commercial awareness of consultancy

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk through a chain of events in a logical manner

Assistant Consultant, Economic Development at Steer
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Application Advice:

Learn as much as you can about the company and make sure you are interested in the work the company does

Interview Advice:

Be honest and relaxed at the interviews

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Transport and planning are all around us - think about what works, what doesn't and why the issues often prove contentious. It's important to show interest in learning about the field rather than specific experience within it (for this role).

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Show why you are interested in the industry Steer work in, and how your academic background relates to it.

Reference and describe any previous work experience you've had.

Interview Advice:

Try and enjoy it, the interviewers aren't trying to catch you out and want to sell the company to you as much as you are selling yourself to them.

Research recent work Steer has completed and be able to explain why it is interesting to you.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Application Advice:

Steer is a small company with a big reputation, make sure you read up on the work Steer has done and demonstrate why you are interested in getting involved.

Interview Advice:

Steer welcomes people who think differently - be yourself and don't be afraid to speak up.

Assistant Consultant, Major Developments at Steer
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Application Advice:

While there are as many stages as there are in any other consultancy application, the atmosphere during graduate recruitment is much more supportive and friendly than anywhere else you'll find and so I would advise applicants not to feel worried!

Interview Advice:

It is important to let your personality show through - the workplace is very friendly so be friendly back!

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Highlight any strengths you have even if you may think they are not applicable. The company is growing and looking more outwards in terms of candidate's educational background so don't be afraid to apply despite your degree seemingly having no correlation with transport. Your skills will get used in a different way.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality and try to enjoy it. There are a number of elements to the day but the environment is very relaxed and the interviewers will not try to trip you up at any point. They are extremely supportive. Bear in mind the culture of the company as this isn't KPMG etc - an arrogant and overly bullish approach will not get you anywhere, SDG is not that type of company.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for online tests

Interview Advice:

Typical case study questions in a consultancy interview, relate your degree to the company's work, aware of general transport news

Assistant Consultant, Rail, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

1, Demonstrate an interest in Transport

Interview Advice:

1, Be yourself
2, Show an interest in transportation themed issues, this is essential to working here
3, You aren't in competition with anyone else, concentrate on your own performance

Assistant Consultant, Advisory Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Interview Advice:

You don't need to be an expert on transport but make sure that you are aware of topical issues.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Brush up on knowledge of the transport industry.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Display an interest in transport and highlight your analysis skills.

Interview Advice:

Have an answer ready on your favourite mode of transport / which mode of transport will change the most.

Assistant Consultant, Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Show that you have a clear interest in transport and the wider topics that surround it. This should include an understanding of the role that transport plays in other areas including, economic development, environmental and social issues.

Interview Advice:

Key things that applicants will need to be able to demonstrate through the course of the interview process are; awareness of current transport issue and the ability to discuss them with the interviewers; being capable of digesting then communicating back a range of information and data; clear and logical thinking.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Other (please specify)
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Interview Advice:

What challenges in the industry are you most interested in solving?

Assistant Consultant, Transportation Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Very simple. Be honest. In particular, be honest about what you are and are not interested in. The worst thing to say is that you're willing to do anything. No one is, and so they will know you're lying. Also, at SDG there's a wide range of opportunities, so being honest about your professional desires will help set the tone of your hiring process.

Interview Advice:

Ditto with above. Also Listen, reflect and answer appropriately. Do not make up an answer and if you don't know, be honest. Think about what SDG does: it provides professional advice. When a client asks a question and we don't know the answer, we have to react appropriately. If you can demonstrate that you can react appropriately when asked a question that "stumped" you, you've proven you're SDG material.

Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Make sure that your interest in transportation shines through. Many individuals have the technical skills, which you do need to present, but the genuine interest is what will bring you forward as a candidate.

Interview Advice:

Make sure to read up on work that the company has been conducting so that you can discuss current and past projects with your interviewer. This is a great way to get the conversation going, learn about actual work, and display interest and topic knowledge.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Know a little about SDG before interviewing.

Interview Advice:

Answer some standard interview questions; make the interviewers seem like you are an easy-to-get-along-with person (our office is small).

Consultant, Canada at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Make sure how much you care about the work comes through in your application. We are a company made up of people who are passionate about their work.

Interview Advice:

Research our projects beforehand.

Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Research the company and the kinds of work they do in different offices.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for the interview and expect to answer some challenging questions.

Consultant, US Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

A genuine interest in transport, not just consulting/management.

Interviewers are interested in the way you approach and solve problems, and whether you're interested in the industry. There will be questions without right and wrong answers, and it's good to have a discussion.

Consultant, Advisory Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Explain how your degree/work experience is applicable to the company.

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself.

Assistant Consultant, Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be confident, open and outgoing. They employ people who are friendly.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Don't worry if you don't have a background in transport. All that matters is that you're willing to learn (but do read up about current developments a bit before your interview!)

Interview Advice:

General questions, market sizing, current transport issues.

Assistant Consultant, Sustainable Transport at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and enjoy the recruitment process, read up on transport news, think creatively but critically.

Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Have a good commercial awareness and knowledge of the transport sector.

Interview Advice:

Smile!

Assistant Consultant, Major Developments & Events at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Research, research, research!

Interview Advice:

Practice competency questions.

Assistant Consultant, SDG Economic Development at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Swot up on the transport news and anything else you would normally do for an assessment centre.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Embrace your inner geek.

Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

An interest in transport is not necessary to work here (although you will gain it from working here), however when applying for the role make sure you research the industry.

Interview Advice:

Research the industry and be relaxed, friendly and approachable.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Show your interest in transport.

Interview Advice:

Take time to think before answering questions.

Consultant, Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Pre-interview steps are fairly standard, usual prep should suffice. People of various Undergraduate and Post Graduate disciplines join as consultants, so don't worry too much about what you've done, as long as you're comfortable with numerical reasoning and logical tests.

Interview Advice:

A genuine interest in transport is important above all else, as obvious as it may seem. While work here may suit people interested in more general consultancy, showing an interest in (any area of) transport and its impact is key.

The company really values inquisitive people and discussion throughout the application process and the job, at all levels, so don't be afraid to engage anyone and everyone at interviews. Don't worry too much if you get asked something which you don't know the answer to - propose something and have a discussion!

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate that you have an interest in transport. Make sure you have done your research on the company: know some projects, show interest, be enthusiastic!

Interview Advice:

The assessment day is actually a really nice day. Show your enthusiasm for the company, transport and consulting. Have an open attitude. I really enjoyed my assessment day and this day really showed me what a great company Steer Davies Gleave is. I met really interesting people, had a good interactive discussion with my interviewers (not just a static hour of questioning) and really enjoyed the assessments.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Have a good browse through the website and pick out some projects of interest to put on you application.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be informed about current transport issues.

Assistant Consultant, Transport Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and show a willing to learn attitude. Not a place for big egos.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk about current issues in transport.

Assistant Consultancy, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Just be capable, an all-rounder who is competent at basic maths and interpreting data and also verbal skills - written and oral.

An interest or awareness of transport and planning issues is very helpful

Interview Advice:

You'll get some competency (give me an example...) questions and some role play exercises at assessment centre. Just turn up switched on and be proactive in the exercises.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

An interest in transport is not a necessity but it certainly helps when writing the application questions. Show that you're interested in transport and try and convey some opinions too. Find some projects SDG have worked on and mention them too.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Show real interest for the transport sector and justify how you background is useful to work in that area.

Interview Advice:

Review company's website, be relaxed and prepared to be asked questions requiring analytical thinking.
Be informed about the major schemes in transport sector.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be interested in the transport sector.
You do not need experience of working in the transport just an interest and a willingness to learn.

Interview Advice:

If asked any competency type questions always remember to use actual examples of when you have applied the competency.
Take some time to think before answering, while some of the questions may seem difficult the interviewers are looking for your thought process when answering these questions rather than a specific correct answer.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Take an interest in transport. Show that you are enthusiastic and express your opinions on transportation issues. You will need to demonstrate some numerical ability (for the Advisory division) however beyond that I believe the company is quite open-minded about the type of people they recruit. Although I graduated in Economics, I feel as though beyond the demonstration of numerical ability, it was enthusiasm for transport that was important.

Interview Advice:

As with the application advice, take an interest and have an opinion! Steer Davies Gleave publish a mini-journal of articles called "The Review" (see the company website). Having a read through a couple of issues and having an opinion on what you've read (providing its backed up with good reasoning!) may be beneficial. Also have a look at other industry publications if you get the chance. You won't be expected to know the industry inside out, so show that you are willing to learn and are open-minded.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Try to incorporate all the skills they are looking for into your answers and show a interest in and understanding of the transport sector.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and friendly, they're looking for people who will fit into the working environment. Always use examples to back up your skills. Remember that they're not trying to catch you out and there aren't any trick questions, the interviewers and just trying to gain an understanding of how you think and get to an answer. Ask lots of questions, it shows an interest and it's also an important part of the job.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate your skills and abilities without trying to impress or show off. International experiences and multidisciplinary approach are valued

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Application Advice:

No specific advice, prepare as you would for any grad scheme application

Interview Advice:

Prepare as would for any interview and assessment centre. Research current transport industry news.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Play up your strengths, particularly your transferable skills and industry knowledge.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

-Be yourself!
-Don't be afraid to express your own opinions.
-Read about major transport issues in the world, in your region etc. Think about how you would resolve them.

Interview Advice:

-Be ready to answer some competency-based questions.
-Assessment Centre is a surprisingly enjoyable experience, so no stress.
-Some quantitative skills will help you get through (interpreting data from charts and maps, simple calculations etc.),
-Ask f

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you are familiar with the current transport debates in the media. Provide some examples of the range and breadth of projects that SDG has been involved in.

Interview Advice:

Advised not to disclose specific questions. A mix of industry and competency questions.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Research some work that SDG has been doing (the website and the Review magazine that they publish are good sources of these). Formulate your own opinions on transport issues and how to resolve them, and don't be afraid to challenge existing thinking! Having an interest in transport and/or urban design is essential.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - be open about your opinions and ideas and back them up with good reasoning. If possible, relate transport issues back to your day to day life and experiences.

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Application Advice:

This is a transport consultancy, not a generic management consultancy. It helps if you have a genuine interest in transport, and its role in society.

People hold a broad range of degrees here, so you are unlikely to be precluded by your degree alone.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well for competency-based questions; tell me about a situation when you have ... etc.

The interviews are not cruel, unfair or trying to catch you out. Just be honest and enthusiastic.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Be sure you want it and know what you are applying for when writing your CV.

Interview Advice:

Use your common sense and think logically.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

It is not so much about what degree you have, it is the transferable skills and experiences you can bring which are important when you work here.

Show an interest in transport! This sounds obvious, but find an aspect of transport you are geniunely interested in (aviation, development planning, rail, sustainability etc), read up about it and have an opinion on one of two current topics in transport.

Interview Advice:

Everyone at SDG is really friendly and you will feel at ease during your interview. Be yourself, articulate why you would suit the role and why you want to work in transport.

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Application Advice:

Spend time researching and thinking about the application questions. With a small word count its important to get your points across succinctly.

Interview Advice:

Try to keep up with current transport news, in the UK and Worldwide.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Have a good understanding of a few key issues in the transport industry you can talk about at interview. Look up some of the projects the company is involved with. SDG is a transport consultancy, you should have a desire to work in the transport industry.

Assitant Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Ensure you want to work in the transport sector in particular.

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and relaxed.
Have some knowledge of transport industry.
Have answers to competency questions and why you want to work for SDG.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Make sure you can demonstrate an awareness of hot topics in the transport industry. Also ensure that you can demonstrate passion for transport and how it can affect economic development.

Interview Advice:

Questions on quantification were important and slightly unexpected. Based around the need to estimate things. Also be prepared for the assessment centre.

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Application Advice:

Your application will be assessed by transport expert, you will hardly match their knowledge so try to surprise them with innovative/disruptive solution. Bear in mind to keep it easy to follow reasoning based on facts & figures.

Interview Advice:

Be yourselfand show you are happy to be there, ambiance is nice and grad scheme will help you develop yourself. Interviewers know it so they will prefer to hire someone they want to work with than a super-skilled person without empathy.
They are loving transport in SDG, show them you are loving it too!

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Application Advice:

Research the projects SDG has worked on. The company is split into two different units, Advisory and Planning, so you might want to learn more about the difference between the two and where you might fit in to the company.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for competency-based questions, a few standard consultancy questions, and questions about what you know about SDG.

Consultant, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate an awareness of current issues in the transport sector. Do your research on the wide variety of projects that the company gets involved in.

Interview Advice:

Questions on quantification and how you would go about estimating things were unusual and quite surprising, I didn't come across these elsewhere.

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Application Advice:

The company values reasoned thinking rather than technical skills. If you can demonstrate this along with all the usual skills, it doesn't matter if you fit the standard image or not.

Interview Advice:

You're going to be asked questions to demonstrate if you can think on your feet, e.g. estimate the value of the domestic light bulb market in the UK. It's not about your knowledge but about the thought process which you will be asked to talk through.

Assistant Consultant, Transport at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Social activities and a focus on work-life balance

Worst:

Razor-sharp focus on commercialism can be frustrating. A consultant needs to know when to let go of a snagging issue because it's not profitable, which can be difficult if you are the kind of person who wants to hammer out every nail in your project.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer
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Best:

The people - very positive, always helpful and willing to teach.
International office/projects - 19 offices worldwide

Worst:

Sometimes resource allocation is not done as well as it can be

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

the variety of work
the amount people love their work
work/life balance
investment in you

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer
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Best:

Everyone is very friendly and approachable, there are many experts in the fields we work in and everyone is open to sharing knowledge.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

Working environment, colleagues, variety of work

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

Company culture and the grad scheme

Worst:

-

Assistant Consultant, Integrated Design at Steer
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Best:

- Great support network
- Seems to win work on a consistent basis
- Beginning to get more international recognition
- Confident in senior leaders

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy & Economics at Steer
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Best:

Induction program
Work colleagues
Life/Work balance

Assistant Consultant, Transport consultancy at Steer
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Best:

The time and resource they put into training their graduates
Global company - opportunity to work on projects with colleagues in the North America, Latin America, Italy and India offices and potential to relocate/secondments to other offices if the opportunities arise
Colleagues - you work with people day-to-day who are experts in their field and they want to share their experiences, generally a passionate workforce.
The range of projects available and the range of individual tasks these involve. In some you may spend a long period of time working on one project on one task but in others you may have a day filled with individual tasks for different projects. There is a plenty of variation!

Worst:

N/A

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Best:

As stated, the company is very supportive of all aspects of employees lives. Salaries are good, there is flexibility in buying more annual leave, share scheme options and a genuine interest in the wellbeing of employees.

Worst:

Progression can be slow after a few years. The company is relatively small, hence the limitation in promotions further into your career.

Assistant Consultant, Transport Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Best:

One of the best companies in transport consultancy, an honest and friendly work environment

Worst:

N/A

Assistant Consultant, Strategy and Economics at Steer
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Best:

The company offer flexible working hours to even junior staff. This has allowed me to enjoy hobbies in my personal life without it having a negative impact on my work.

The company pay you fairly and well in the off with salary increases coming as and when you earn them.

The company encourage and facilitate you working on a wide variety of projects. You aren't just stuck in your own division the entire time working on the same range of narrow projects.

Worst:

The company has somewhat of an obsession over utilisation as a statistic and uses it as the sole measuring stick for some key decisions when it can be very deceptive on its own not telling you the whole picture. This is even more pertinent when we take into account the next worst thing about the company.

Regional imbalance. There is a regional imbalance in the amount of work that is available for staff in the Northern offices and the Southern office due to a number of informal and formal means. This then negatively affects Northern utilisation which in turn negatively affects outcomes for Northern staff.

The company is not good at allocating project work especially in the immediate term. This can leave you with an unexpected day or two without work which then reflects poorly on you as an individual.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

Good people

Worst:

Some processes are not very well organised

Assistant Consultant, Economic Development at Steer
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Best:

very collaborative culture
very interesting high-profile projects
international projects
variety of work
ability to choose projects as a graduate from different teams/divisions

Worst:

time management can be tricky during times of low inflow of projects

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

Interesting work; good morals and good pride in their work; involvement in lots of different areas within industry; great support of development at all levels

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

The environment in the office and the wide range of projects the company works on.

Worst:

Highs and lows of workload.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

The flexibility.
The people.

Assistant Consultant, Advisory at Steer
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Best:

The opportunities for learning within the company and the excellent reputation makes you feel proud to work here.

Worst:

It is a small company so there are very few opportunities for international work.

Assistant Consultant, Major Developments at Steer
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Best:

Extremely supportive culture

Challenging work that really pushes you to learn

Given immediate responsibility and trusted to deliver the work

Worst:

Too London focused in the UK. This is changing, however.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Less bureaucracy and hierarchy than other big companies, very nice colleagues to work with and to learn from

Worst:

Sometimes you might not get the project you want to work on, pay is not high though very good work/life balance

Assistant Consultant, Rail, Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Workplace culture is amazing. There's complete transparency throughout jobs of different seniorities, with no intimidation between the ranks.

Assistant Consultant, Major Developments & Events at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

The culture and the work

Assistant Consultant, Advisory Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Supportive environment, friendly people, good office culture.

Worst:

The work is less varied than I expected and largely depends on the team you are placed into. People sometimes get "silo-ed" because there is high demand for people with particular skills, this can then restrict the variety of work. On the flip side, this works well for people who have specific interests.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Everyone is very friendly.

Worst:

Lack of communication.

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Office culture is relaxed, enthusiastic and intelligent colleagues.

Assistant Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Learning and Development

Worst:

Lack of transparency from executive level

Assistant Consultant, Transportation Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Core values are aligned with personal values

Worst:

Primarily profit driven (this is true for essentially all companies).

Transportation Consultant, Transportation at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Good benefits, amazing vacation, interesting work, incredibly intelligent people

Worst:

Lax management style, unclear chain of command, competition for your time: In some ways you're your own little company

Consultant, Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Very strong support for continued learning

Assistant Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Working with colleagues across 18 countries to solve problems

Worst:

Small so sometimes smaller offices get overwhelmed with work

Consultant, at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

The people and how interesting the work is.

Worst:

It can be difficult to find work in other teams.

Assistant Consultant, Rail at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Good ambition and working ethos

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Best:

The variety of work we do and different projects

Worst:

Sometimes projects can be a little repetitive

Assistant Consultant, Sustainable Transport at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Work life balance
Supportive colleagues who are willing to share their experience
A lot of opportunities to voice your thoughts/ideas

Worst:

Sometimes need to stay slightly later to meet tight deadlines

Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Working culture - see previous answer.
Ownership structure - requires full input from everyone but also justly shares rewards.
International scope.

Worst:

-

Assistant Consultant, Major Developments & Events at Steer Davies Gleave
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Best:

Culture. Progression opportunities.

Worst:

Lack of international opportunities early on.

Assistant Consultant, SDG Economic Development at Steer Davies Gleave
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