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7.8 / 10

(based on 66 ratings in 2018)

2018

"There is a sports and social committee that organises many events throughout the year such as laser tag, bowling, monthly pub nights, boat cruises and driving experiences."
Graduate, Glasgow
"The structure is very good. Even though there are people with senior positions, they don't lock themselves away and will always make time for any questions I have. There's fantastic teamwork within my team and everyone helps everyone at all levels. There's always an office social event at least once a month."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Motts has a very inclusive environment with great consideration taken for my personal needs. I was able to change my work schedule to accommodate my fasting in the month of Ramadan. There is a significant focus in the company on health, safety and welfare."
Graduate, Croydon, London
"It feels like the structure (within our office) is relatively flat, which I think helps entry-level professionals or graduates feel 'on the same level' with a lot of other staff. Although people are generally very busy, everybody is trying their best to help each other. Senior managers are approachable and seem to always be on the lookout for people to help with business development projects. The team is friendly and (with the help of our WhatsApp group) we try to do things together as often as possible. We play table tennis and badminton every week, watch football and attend events together in town too."
Mid level, Newport
"There is a cooperative culture within the office and this enables work to be done most efficiently and effectively. There is not a focus on assigning blame, but a collaborative effect. There is an active social environment and a friendly work culture outside of the office too."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Everyone in my office is connected and involved with its day-to-day activities and functioning. As a team, we raise money for charities through sports events and have regular social events that are managed by nominated office people."
Experienced, Exeter
"The general feeling in the office is that everyone works hard, but there is a good culture about reducing stress and ensuring no one is overworked. We always have a break at lunchtime and often go for team walks to get some fresh air and not talk about work for an hour! I really enjoy working with my team as everyone is very helpful and willing to help me to learn. There are lots of things to get involved in outside of work too; touch rugby and yoga for example. This summer we have also had a divisional BBQ and punting trip and we've organised canoeing and picnic adventures."
Graduate, Cambridge
"We have a very 'bottom heavy' structure, which creates a young and thriving office environment and social culture. While work is sometimes serious, there is always a degree of fun and job satisfaction."
Graduate, Bristol
"The work/life balance at MM is great. Senior management are aware of when you are working over and are able to get that time back. Outside of work the company runs work drinks, sports days and entertainment socials at subsidised costs, which are great for getting to know more people and explore the area around you."
Graduate, Bristol
"Teamwork in the company is strong and there is a positive and supportive atmosphere at all levels. There are several large social events throughout the year that are well attended and good fun. There's also a regular Friday pub group and a number of sports and activities groups. It's very easy for a graduate to fit in and make friends."
Mid level, Cambridge

2017

"We socialise regularly and work in a really collaborative and friendly environment."
Graduate, Cardiff
"The office has a nice relaxed atmosphere and it doesn't feel like there is a big difference between employees of differing seniority. There are lots of informal social gatherings along with more formal ones (Christmas dinner, summer party etc)."
Graduate, Cambridge
"There are lots of opportunities for personal and professional development. Work activities include the running club, outdoors club, cycling trips, football and charity races. Social trips include visits, pantomimes and restaurants for special occasions. There are lots of 'lunch and learn' opportunities both in-house and on Skype."
Graduate, Southampton
"There are team managers who sit and work with their employees and are always more than happy to help with any questions. There are opportunities to be part of sports and social activities outside of work with staff work parties organised regularly."
Graduate, Norwich
"It is a very welcoming environment with plenty of communication and collaboration between teams both in and out of the office."
Graduate, Manchester
"There is a sports and social club, in which I am actively involved, that organises after hours socialising events such as ten pin bowling and quizzes."
Graduate, Peterborough
"The culture is very open, respectful and communicative both in and out of the office. Each member of each team provides a valuable contribution during projects and different teams work together. The socialising among colleagues is valuable throughout the company and this is done through sports club and events."
Graduate, Southampton
"The culture reflects a high level of team work and communication. While there is a hierarchy in place, it rarely feels like this is the case. Furthermore, the office is generally very friendly with the opportunity to socialise both inside and outside of working hours."
Graduate, London

2014

"During working hours, the culture of the company is exemplary, with a very ethical approach to their staff; however, aside from good staff social activities, there is definitely a lack of team building opportunities which some of our competitors seem to offer. Utilisation is very high at the moment which offers staff little time for reflection on completed projects and for non-fee earning work."
Graduate, Croydon
"There is a very comprehensive sports and social network in the Brighton office. There is a comfortable structure of hierarchy with very approachable people at all levels of the business. A good work ethic and teamwork is also abundant throughout the company."
Graduate, Brighton
"Colleagues are generally very encouraging and keen to help. The company is employee-owned (by senior staff) and therefore the management look to invest in staff by giving time and energy. There is generally a good co-operation and teamwork ethic within the company."
Graduate, Brighton
"I would describe the company as having an active, trusting and collaborative culture: Colleagues are encouraged to engage with fellow colleagues no matter what your pay grade is. Out of working hours there is always something to celebrate or an event to support (i.e. a charity football match)."
Graduate, London
"There are plenty of social activities that are organised outside of working hours such as rugby, football, and two free drinks on Friday at the end of the week! People within the infrastructure team are inclusive and have made a lot of effort to make me welcome. Despite there being a hierarchy within the office senior staff are happy to give advice and their time when they can."
Graduate, Bristol
"Hierarchy within the company is very obvious due to staff letter grading. However, that doesn't stop grades mixing - both inside and outside of work. There are good opportunities for socialising, both within your team and outside of it. The Birmingham office has a good YPE network which hosts events for young professionals while the sports and social club hosts events for the whole office."
Graduate, Birmingham
"The company has a standard structure but there is good access to people in management. Generally we have a friendly working environment and open, honest discussion is encouraged. Social activities are actively encouraged through office sports and social teams and funding."
Entry level,
"The culture can vary depending on the project you are working on but overall the atmosphere is very positive."
Graduate, Manchester
"The structure is very good. Everyone respects each other regardless of grade and everyone is treated as equal in every situation."
Graduate, Manchester
"Teamwork in the company is excellent. You can contact other colleagues with experience in specific areas with ease. The department is divided into teams with expertise in different areas. Each team has a head. Colleagues socialise out of work hours and there is a lot of opportunity to get involved in non work related activities."
Graduate, London
"I have found the company to have a professional, yet relaxed and welcoming culture. An extremely accessible hierarchy where senior managers are readily available to the whole company. Well organised structure allowing collaboration between disciplines. Strong and vibrant sports and social community with regular events."
Graduate, Bristol
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