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8.6 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"My contracted hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. I generally work 8.30 am– – 6.30 pm though. This is still pretty good by comparison to other firms. Work is very flexible about you leaving promptly if you need to catch a train or something. You can also work from home if you need to."
Graduate, London
"This depends on the time of year, workloads, jobs etc. They're fairly flexible about appointments or situations where you have to leave early or arrive late. There's an understanding culture."
Retail, Graduate, London
"The hours are fine, I'm happy to work extra hours when I have a lot of work to complete. As a graduate, you're training for your assessment of professional competence, which involves a lot of work out of hours. However, that is part of becoming chartered."
Graduate, London
"They are rather flexible with the hours you work outside the 9.00 am – 5.30 pm in your contract. If you don't have a lot on there isn't any point staying late, unless you are revising. However, you are expected to chip in and stay late if you are struggling to meet deadlines."
Graduate, Cardiff
"I generally start work earlier than necessary as a personal choice but mostly finish on time. There's very little flexibility about the 9.00 am – 5.30 pm core hours but this hasn't caused me any problems."
Graduate, Manchester

2015

"The contracted hours are 9:00am until 5:30pm. The company does not expect far longer hours than this. However, employees with nearing deadlines will work longer hours to comply with the deadlines."
Graduate, London
"As long as you get the job done and use the hours you are in the office efficiently then they tend to be reasonably flexible. If you leave slightly early one day then if they trust that you will find the time to make that up over the next few days then they won't ask too many questions. They are trusting that you aren't wasting time and will be happy as long as you use your time wisely and get things over the line."
Graduate, Cardiff
"My usual working week is Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:30pm, but I usually start work at 8:30am to ensure I don't fall behind with work."
Graduate, London
"I generally work 8:00am-6:00pm, ensuring that I can meet deadlines within that time frame, sometimes later finishes are required. My employer is extremely flexible when it comes to working hours as I have additional studying and exams that are currently on-going and that require time out of the office."
Graduate, Manchester
"The firm is fairly flexible; for example in the past they have let me leave early to catch a flight and attend an event outside of London. But I make sure I make up the time elsewhere."
Graduate, London

2014

"I usually arrive at the office at about 8:30am, but start times vary from person-to-person. Most people have arrived by 9:00am. Depending on how much work I have or if I have commitments in the evening, the time I leave the office changes from day-to-day. Usually at around 6:00pm, but it can sometimes be around 7:30pm if I have a lot of work to do. There is no pressure to stay though, if you need to leave you can go."
Graduate, London
"Gerald Eve is friendly when it comes to working hours. I do not feel obliged to work long hours outside of my contract. I generally work from 8:45am-5:45pm on an average day, though of course sometimes my workload will create the need to extend this by the odd half an hour here and there, but this doesn't usually feel like a chore."
Graduate, London
"I tend to work from 8:30 until about 6:00pm most days although technically the hours are 9:00am until 5:30pm. You are not made to feel like you have to stay late, although sometimes we have to every now and then to finish something."
Entry level, London
"There is never expectation or pressure to be working all of the hours under the sun. As long as you do your job effectively and efficiently in the normal working hours then there is a healthy work/life balance available."
Graduate, Cardiff
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