8.3 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2017)


"I work 40 hours a week but this can vary depending on the contract someone is working for. Flexibility is available but can be difficult to achieve as it is dependent on both the contract and the role."
Graduate, Rugby
"My department is quite flexible regarding starting times. However, I can sometimes end up spending many extra hours per week in the office depending on project requirements."
Graduate, Rugby
"Hours depend on the contract you're on. Some require you to work 37.5 fixed daytime hours a week while others will need 45 hours worked on any five days out of seven."
Graduate, North West
"I work 40 hours per week in shift rotations and I'm on call for one in four weekends. Hours can be adjusted to suit personal needs though and are generally very flexible."
Graduate, Rugby
"I work rotating shifts so my hours are either 6.30 am to 3.30 pm or 2.30 pm to 11.30 pm. Rotation occurs fortnightly and I work every other weekend and bank holiday too."
Graduate, Daventry
"Hours are good, depending on your role. If you are office based (working on projects etc) then you can often leave once your hours are up. If you're operations-focused then hours can far exceed your contract as operations are often running 24/7 and you may feel that you need to be there to support it for longer than your set hours. The company is generally flexible with hours depending on your position within the organisation."
Graduate, Stoke-on-Trent
"I'm required to work a standard 9.00 am to 5.00 pm day with some flexibility for evening event work. Given that my role is particularly seasonal with peaks and troughs, my manager and I have had conversations around this. We agreed that, so long as my work is completed to a high standard and I am available when I'm needed, I largely work to a flexible schedule. This allows me to work from home or even just head home early if there's nothing left for me to do that day."
Graduate, Daventry
"I work 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but my employer is relatively relaxed about my hours. For example, if I need to leave early for a doctor's appointment then it's fine so long as I make the hours up. I imagine that there is less flexibility in operations as they work in a time-critical environment."
Graduate, Manchester


"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."
"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


"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."
"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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