The following is a Graduate Review for Thames Water.
Thames Water scores 3.3/5 based on 64 reviews.
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What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
I have been persistent in shaping the role to drive my own professional development. I applied for extra opportunities & through these have been able to not only raise my profile & expand my network, but also gain experience in people/project management skills.
The people I work with on a daily basis are fantastic - Thames has a skill of employing lovely people & the community I have built at work has honestly helped so much. Especially when working in roles I haven't particularly enjoyed, working with people who I now consider friends outside of the office has made a world of difference.
The scheme is not a Science Grad scheme & there is a lack of flexibility in placement opportunities. This is largely due to the budgeting of the roles, which can be frustrating when there are brilliant roles going in other business areas (& roles with a greater emphasis on science!!).
The placement roles can become Business as Usual - which is repetitive & un-challenging. Grads are better assigned with their own projects, to drive innovation & improvement within the company - unfortunately this does not always happen.
There is no clear direction & often mis-communication between support staff & the graduates. Communication could be improved by regularly gathering & reviewing feedback (in both directions) or by being transparent with potential blockers to change.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £27,000 - £29,000
Current salary: £29,000 - £31,000
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
The graduate scheme at Thames Water will offer you a range of opportunities & there are a huge variety of roles available, due to the sheer size of the company.
However, the science scheme does not apply any practical science & instead should be advertised as a scientific services scheme. There is some data analysis involved, but no practical lab-work or science application in most of the roles made available. This is something to consider when applying.
Do you have any interview tips?
Research the company values & the major projects they are currently implementing. Build these values into your answers & reflect on how you may already apply these in your daily life.
Understand the challenges currently facing the water industry as a whole & then specifically Thames, as the largest water company in the UK. You may be asked about these challenges & even if not, the knowledge shows you are passionate & keen to learn. Else, I would just be positive, passionate, be inquisitive & open to learning.
Executive, Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP