The hours that graduates are expected to work can vary greatly across industries, companies and stages of their career. They also need to be considered in the context of what kind of remuneration you’re receiving and the kind of work you get to do. Having good hours isn’t just about not having to stay late on a regular basis; it’s also about what kind of work/life balance you can expect.
Here the top five employers for working hours as ranked by the Inside Buzz surveys online on TARGETjobs in summer 2018. Many of the graduates who took part mentioned how much they valued flexibility, including having the option to work at home on occasion.
You can find out more about what graduates have to say about their employers from our Inside Buzz surveys.
1. M&G Investments – 9.5/10
‘My hours are very flexible and there's not much of a face-time culture. The more efficient you are, the less you stay in the office.’
‘There is definitely a good work/life balance in this company and average working hours are 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (though this varies between teams). Working from home is also an option and one that is not frowned upon.’
‘There is no pressure to put in extremely long hours. General office hours are acceptable so long as the quality of work is high.’
2. American Express – 9.4/10
‘There's flexibility on when you come in and leave so long as you're there for the core hours and the work gets done.’
‘Your work hours can differ depending on what team you are in and the deliverables of that team. Most teams have peaks and troughs in terms of hours worked but usually hours will be 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. My employer is relatively flexible and you can also work from home if you need to.’
‘It's flexible. If I have an appointment or volunteering work, my team is understanding. I am expected to do an adequate amount of work but I am not expected to break my back.’
3. G-Research – 9.3/10
‘Hours are flexible so long as you are around for the important parts of the day and can give some advanced notice of bigger commitments. The company makes sure people aren't spending too long at work either.’
‘The flexibility is generally very good. There is no stigma attached to arriving at 10.00 am if you so please. The main focus is on getting work done rather than nit-picking about leaving five minutes early.’
‘You are usually expected to arrive before your team's stand-up, which can happen between 9.15 am and 9.45 am. People tend to leave the office after 5.30 pm or 6.00 pm on average. There is a lot of flexibility in when you arrive and leave and if you have to take a day off for personal reasons.’
4. UK Power Networks – 9.3/10
‘A work day is seven and a half hours plus lunch, so long as you do the hours you can start and finish at any reasonable time. I tend to start at 7.30 am and finish at 3.45 pm.’
‘We can start early and finish early. This is beneficial if I have appointments as it means I can still attend instead of taking a day off.’
‘Quite flexible with hours worked and there's always opportunity to do overtime. This rarely feels pressured and never forced.’
5. Nucleargraduates – 9.1/10
‘You are contracted for 37.5 hours a week but how you work these hours depends on your secondment sponsor at the time. I currently finish at 12.30 pm on Fridays!’
‘I have very flexible working hours currently. The main thing is that the job gets done and you are at work for the core hours.’
‘Working hours are agreed with the secondment organisation. Most host organisations are flexible as long as you stay within your contracted hours as set out in your contract for the graduate scheme.’