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8.9 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I usually work eight or nine hours per day. I occasionally stay late or work during weekends but it's not too often. There's high flexibility with the hours I work if I need to finish early."
Graduate, Northampton
"Very flexible regarding the hours I work and the requirements of the work."
Graduate,
"Typical office hours with some occasional requirements for overtime at peak times. However, the hours also allow the flexibility to leave early if personal commitments require it."
Graduate, Daventry
"During the first four months I was really busy and was in the office from 8.00 am until 8.00 pm some days. It was a very hectic time but I learned lots and also gained respect with management for helping them out."
Graduate, London
"There is a culture of give and take in my office. They have been excellent about letting me go for DHL interviews and grad scheme related events. Some days I have been allowed to work from home if I have a domestic commitment I cannot get out of. On the other hand, I do give back. I will sometimes work an extra four or five hours a day and work weekends too if that is what the business needs. We work in logistics so it's a 24/7 industry and you are expected to work with this. If you want a five-day week working 9.00 am to 5.00 pm then this is not the company for you."
Graduate, Coventry
"I'm currently working in a flexible shift pattern of 8.00 am – 4.00 pm, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm or 10.00 am – 6.00 pm with half an hour for lunch. Overtime and extra hours are worked when required."
Graduate, Milton Keynes
"Very flexible but they do depend on the operation or function that you're based in."
Graduate, Nationwide

2015

"My line manager expects me to work eight and a half hours per day, but has no complaints about me coming in to do these earlier than the norm so that I can accommodate for traffic."
Graduate, London
"DHL is extremely flexible with regards to hours but I feel this is down to my specific manager. There have been periods of time I have worked 12hr shifts, worked different shift patterns and had no weekends off, but these are one-off periods and you are given back any time you worked extra hours. That said, Christmas periods are very tough and you will spend a lot of hours working."
Graduate, Glasgow
"I am contracted to work 40 hours per week but nobody is keeping count - I'm not micromanaged and am trusted to do my work which is important. Some weeks I may work in the evenings or travel and put in extra hours, but equally there is no harm in leaving a bit early to make a social engagement. I work in functions, so graduates in an operational role are likely to find the hours less flexible as shifts must be covered to meet operational needs."
Graduate, Rugby
"Flexible working (in terms of laptops, mobile phones, flexible hours) is facilitated when you are working outside of operations."
Graduate,
"Some weeks I will do more than 40 hours and some less, my managers are fine with this as long as the average is about right - which is usually more than 40 anyway!"
Graduate, Birmingham
"There is a level of give and take. I will be the first to stay late to finish a job that needs doing and will leave the house at 6:00am to get to a 9:00am meeting in Sheffield on time - however I get the time back and if I finish my work an hour before my official working day is over, there is not an issue with me leaving early. The hours are flexible; I am meant to be 8:30am to 5:00pm but I prefer to be in and out early so arrive at 7:00am and leave around 4:00pm."
Graduate, Coventry
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