What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
Steer Davies Gleave offers a very broad range of interesting work. Rarely do two projects feel the same. As a relatively small company with a vey open culture, there are extensive opportunities to work across departments and teams. For much of the work it does Steer Davies Gleave is often an industry leader, this leads to the projects it takes on being more challenging and less routine. Responsibility is generally given very early on and even at graduate level ideas and opinions are respected and considered.
Graduates are offered very comprehensive training which continues even as you progress through the company. The depth of knowledge and experience means that much of the training is delivered in house. In day to day work, colleagues are always interesting in sharing their knowledge.
Generally the work life balance is good. However, because individual employees generally manage their own workload and have to balance the priorities of different managers it can be possible to take on too much work.
It can feel like there is too much focus on the level of billable work each person is doing with utilisation being a key metric.
The promotion cycle seems to be quite rigid and the company seems to prefer to promote people in cohorts in the early years, rather than on merit. However, this seems to have been recognised as a potential issues and may change.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £27,000 - £29,000
Current salary: £27,000 - £29,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
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.
Do you have any interview tips?
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.