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Relations with Management

7.2 / 10

(based on 65 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Managers seem to be very friendly and accessible in general. There is an open-door policy for all senior managers and my team leader is excellent at internal communication, performance feedback, praise and recognition."
Graduate, Croydon
"Managers are accessible and there are Q&A sessions (in smaller groups) run with the managers of departments, which allow for openness and discussions. You really feel like your views are being heard."
Graduate, Cambridge
"My managers have been very accessible and made great mentors in most cases. My performance development reviews are well scheduled, although more feedback could be useful at times."
Graduate, Cardiff
"Some are better than others and it can vary. You can generally always ask for help when you need it."
Graduate, Birmingham
"This depends a lot on your location. People in the London office have more interaction with senior management as a lot are based in that location. Communication is improving but there is a way to go."
Mid level, Sheffield /manchester
"Local management is very good at being approachable and helps you to progress through your career. Feedback is easy to obtain and use. Interaction with the very senior management team is unlikely."
Graduate, Birmingham
"I have a pretty strong relationship with my manager but this is because I have had to work hard to build that relationship and work around them. You generally have to initiate contact with managers to get feedback."
Experienced, Cambridge
"The local management interaction is good, but more senior management interactions are more remote as there is a reliance on video broadcasts, messages on our intranet and email newsletters used as a means to communicate with staff. I have never seen any immediate line manager (up to department/divisional head) who is not available for staff to contact directly to discuss any issues they have."
Environment, Experienced, Cambridge
"Managers tend to be very good with frequent feedback on work undertaken. I think this can vary between managers, though. Communication tends to be good and you get recognition for good work, including honoraria payments."
Graduate, Cardiff
"Some managers could be more accessible. We are in the process of changing our employee systems so improvements are coming."
Experienced, London

2017

"My line manager is three desks away from me and my senior project director is two desks away. Both are happy to answer any questions I have."
Graduate, Glasgow
"My line manager is fantastic. Many of the senior managers are based in London. The feedback I receive regarding my performance on my project is great and, when I ask, managers always take the time to talk things through with me."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I haven't had much contact with senior management, but the buddy system is extremely beneficial. This is where you're paired with another graduate who knows the situation you're in regarding work."
Graduate, Blackburn
"Managers are busy but will make time for you if you need it. They have good experience and knowledge of the industry and know the road to professional accreditation."
Graduate, Manchester
"We have a very accessible management structure where all employees, no matter their grade, are treated with respect and can approach any other member of staff without hesitation."
Graduate, Cardiff
"The office is open-plan so managers, senior engineers and graduates all sit together. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed without any obvious hierarchal differences."
Graduate, Cambridge
"Performance and development reviews are a formal process of review and I think make a very good system. They are followed up by central HR and I think the principles behind them are very good. Mentors can be tricky depending on the size of the team you're in."
Graduate, Southampton
"I have a great relationship with my senior managers and have no shortage of people willing to offer help and advice."
Graduate, Manchester

2014

"There is a structure and a hierarchy on paper, but in the office you can talk to managers about anything and they are excellent mentors. Their doors are always open and they appreciate feedback. They also are aware of what goes on in the company and try to help those who need help especially regarding workload."
Graduate, Croydon
"My line managers are very accessible. There are monthly team meetings and fortnightly client meetings which convey information from management."
Graduate, near Birmingham
"I have found that the line manager system is very effective. They take active interest in your welfare and development."
Graduate, London
"I have found that the lines of communication between different levels of management are very good."
Graduate, Brighton
"Management are generally keen to help and communicate. Their time can be limited but there is a willingness to allow you to grow and improve."
Graduate, Brighton
"In general everyone is very approachable. Performance feedback is done informally over the course of each year, with an annual Performance and Development Review where an employee will sit down with their line manager and go over their achievements that year, and future professional targets."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Managers and mentors are supportive, and take interest in my development. Senior management tend to cascade information down. I believe performance is recognised at all levels though."
Midlevel, Reading
"Private offices are not a big thing in our company so we all work together in the office environment. Graduates, managers and directions all sit side-by-side in the office making it really easy to interact with one another."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Managers are accessible, they often drop by for a brief chat on how things are going and they provide regular feedback on performance. The company sends out newsletters highlighting achievements by employees."
Midlevel, Leeds
"Generally managers will show an interest if you promote yourself and prove that you are worthy of their interest. I feel very comfortable about talking with senior staff and making recommendations for improvements, etc if I think they are appropriate."
Graduate, Norwich
"The line managers/seniors are always around and tend to make time if you request it. Upper management is a bit busier."
Graduate, Croydon
"Managers are accessible and welcome the chance to mentor you. Performance feedback is good. Praise and recognition is minimal on a day-to-day basis or after a big job though. More constructive criticism would be welcome on my part."
Graduate, Croydon
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