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Relations with Management

7.7 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2018)


"Managers from all over are easily contactable via direct line or email. Working with different managers is good for feedback and you get different feedback from each manager."
Graduate, Aberdeen
"Unlike other firms, partners do not have their own offices and they sit among their teams. This makes them very approachable and able to answer any questions you may have. Appraisals are bi-annual and there is a clear structure to how they work, which is great. I have fortnightly catch-ups with my line manager to make sure I am progressing well."
Graduate, Leeds
"Managers are easily accessible as they come out to review our work on jobs regularly or can be chatted to around the office. They can be contacted by phone or text and are always willing to discuss work performed and areas to focus on. We also run regular appraisals that provide a good opportunity for a detailed catch up with your line manager."
Graduate, Preston
"The quality of managers varies a lot across the offices. My current line manager is an excellent mentor, he will always make time for anything I need to discuss and has offered to help with issues that aren't directly work-related. My previous line manager didn't have as much time for me, so wasn't able to offer help when I needed it. You have to ask for feedback but it is generally of a good quality and constructive. Praise is also rare from some managers."
Graduate, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The open-plan offices mean that you can speak to managers and partners whenever you like. Everyone I have come across has been keen to help, even when in other departments."
Graduate, Stoke-on-Trent
"Direct management and supervisors are fantastic but some higher-ups can be less approachable."
Graduate, Stoke on Trent
"The managers that are directly above me in the management chain are all really approachable and personable and all want to take the time to ensure I am developing and learning as I work. Feedback is provided regularly on all work, which really helps this. Our High5 recognition system is also a nice way of getting a little extra thanks for particularly difficult work or good efforts."
Graduate, Southampton
"Assistants, supervisors, managers and partners all sit among each other meaning advice is always on hand if required. Quarterly reviews occur with my line manager along with a personal development review every six months."
Graduate, Southampton and surrounding areas.


"This varies throughout the teams. Praise and feedback are not as frequent as they could be, but managers are almost always available to give you help or talk through ideas with you."
Entry level, Milton Keynes
"Interaction with the immediate management within my department is good, there are regular catch-up calls for the team and in-person meetings to bring everyone together and provide an update from management. Graduates are encouraged to ask for performance feedback from senior staff, which is detailed and supportive when given."
Consulting, Graduate, London
"There's a lack of a mentoring structure. Managers are nice but you may only work with them rarely, which means there can be a reliance on the 'grape vine'."
Graduate, London
"Some managers are rarely in the office due to either working from home or visiting clients and are therefore mostly only available over email or via a phone call. Performance feedback is given if requested and appraisals are conducted every six months."
Graduate, London
"Line managers are trained on how to nurture their staff and are very friendly. All senior staff are friendly and happy to help juniors to further their knowledge, experience and, inevitably, their career."
Graduate, City of London
"Managers are accessible and always willing to spend time helping and training. Performance feedback is given every six months at a minimum and informal feedback is constantly given when work is reviewed."
Graduate, Manchester
"Everyone is in one office and sits intermingled so there are lots of daily conversations between all levels, from partners to new graduates."
Graduate, London
"The managers within my team are really supportive and constructive with the feedback we are given. This has really helped in my personal development. Additionally, the managers of all levels are always approachable should we have a query."
Graduate, Reading


"Most managers are very accessible and willing to help. They continue to offer assistance even after you become a supervisor, though this can take up some of the time that might be spent with trainees."
Graduate, Newcastle
"Questions tend to be directed towards similar level colleagues."
Graduate, Bury St. Edmunds
"A few can get very busy so aren’t able to offer as much feedback as others."
Graduate, London
"They're mostly nice."
Graduate, london
"The managers I've met are extraordinarily accessible and will always make time for you."
Graduate, Guildford
"The office is open-plan and generally a trainee/graduate sits close to their own manager and others that they work with so they can easily approach them."
Graduate, London


"Feedback is regular (completed at the end of every job) and the office is laid out in such a way that juniors are sat with managers and partners from day one."
Graduate, Southampton
"With regards to accessibility, you normally sit very close to your manager/partner so they are easily accessible. With regards to learning, you will do your in office learning what is on-the-job learning and also study to become chartered. The on-the-job training is first done under supervision and help from your manager until you can do it alone. Any questions you have there is always someone there to ask."
Entry level, Manchester
"Managers are all very accessible, we all work out on the floor so you can talk to them with ease, and they will be helpful and patient in return. Feedback is very important as well, and you will be told how well you are doing."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"The managers are down to earth and approachable and, when you put in the effort, you get the recognition you deserve."
Graduate, Milton Keynes
"Only partners have their own office, all other managers are based in same area as us during office hours. We are encouraged to ask questions and learn from them."
Graduate, Stoke
"The managers make a real effort to be involved often socialising with the juniors and seniors. As a result they are really approachable."
Graduate, Bury St Edmunds
"The managers are very accessible. You develop a relationship with them very quickly. Even the directors and partners take an interest in you from day one."
Graduate, Glasgow
"Managers are approachable and willing to help. Each new starter is assigned a line manager who monitors their progress and is there if you have any queries or worries."
Graduate, London
"Managers in my team are very accessible, all the way up to partner level. Due to this, you get to know them very well and can build a relationship with them. This makes approaching them feel much less intimidating, allowing for better conversations."
Graduate, Gatwick/Crawley
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