Relations with Management
12 ratings in 2019)
"We have accessible managers at all levels and they do make good mentors. Praise and recognition is good from the commercial director. We have monthly briefings with recognition."
Procurement, Mid level,
"It varies from business to business but the organisation I currently work in is very flat and we can get contact on request with senior figures. The graduate scheme exposes you to senior figures outside of your own business so it's great for networking. Recognition can be limited though as performance feedback needs to be initiated by you, but it is provided."
"I have weekly one-to-ones but my mentor is always available on the phone and cares about me and my development."
"There are great line managers across the scheme, they're super supportive and encouraging."
"Due to the fairly flat structure, managers are very approachable in person and by email. I am encouraged to share my project work with the managers to show the work that I am doing. Feedback from line managers is readily available and a personal/professional relationship has been easy to develop with most of my managers. I feel that they are interested in me as a person and not just in my work."
"People are very accessible and we have a very flat structure. I can have a meeting with any director if and when I need to and they make excellent mentors. They also give good credible feedback to help me grow and develop."
"It's a very flat structure and the doors are always open."
Marketing, Entry level,
"You are provided with a mentor and there is a strong culture of feedback."
"I meet with my senior manager regularly and present each placement I do to the supply chain lead team to keep them updated on what I've achieved. I have a mentor on the graduate scheme who works at another ABF company, which is really good for experiencing different ABF businesses and seeing different ways of working."
Supply Chain, Graduate,
"As with any big company, the quality of management varies. I have had some excellent managers and leaders and some poor line managers. At a total group level, there is a good structure and no one is too senior to approach."
"The graduate scheme is supported by the directors and you get excellent visibility on senior people within the business. I have monthly one to ones with my line manager to review my performance."
"The relationships within the business are great across all levels. The directors and senior managers all join in with social games, team events and other office-based activities."
Supply Chain, Graduate,
"Management tend to be very accessible right to the top and are fairly honest and open. There's good internal communication and those who deserve recognition receive it."
"Obviously, this depends on the manager and if you fit well with them. My experiences have been positive and the mentor I've been assigned has helped me greatly during my time with the company. Also, you can make your own networks with other managers who you encounter."
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