Top 5 graduate employers for offices and dress

Do you prioritise getting your own four walls as soon as possible? Or maybe you like the idea of a more open-plan layout? Either way, the nature of the office space you work in will make a big difference to your experience of working life in your first graduate job. The dress code will have an impact, too: will you be expected to wear a suit, or will smart casual dress be acceptable? Which would you prefer?

We’ve compiled a list of the top five employers for offices and dress as ranked by the Inside Buzz surveys on TARGETjobs in summer 2018, which should help you think about what you want and decide where to apply. You can find out more about graduates’ views of their employers from our Inside Buzz surveys.

1. The Phoenix Partnership – 9.7/10

‘The offices are open plan, which complements the way we work. We have an excellent rec-room for lunch breaks and the building itself looks very good. The dress code is informal.’

‘The offices are brand new, extremely modern and comfortable. There's a lot of natural light and the windows are usually open, giving a bright and airy feel. The dress code for coders is extremely relaxed, with a t-shirt and jeans being the standard.’

‘The office has just been built specifically for us so is tailored to our needs.’

2. Burges Salmon LLP – 9.6/10

‘The offices are lovely and very attractive as well as being colourful and inviting. The dress code is office smart, although we will dress up for clients.’

‘The office is modern and spacious and the dress code is a good balance between smart business attire and recognising that people also need to be comfortable at work. The location is excellent as it is very close to the centre of Bristol and right next to the main train station, which makes it easy for people to commute and also to attend meetings in London.’

‘Lovely offices that are bright and spacious with a great restaurant and café. Meeting rooms have views over Bristol and we have changing room facilities and showers.’

3. Sparx – 9.6/10

‘The office is very impressive, modern and spacious. It's also in a reasonable location that's easily accessible from several routes. The facilities are very good and include a large kitchen area, table tennis table, pool table, darts board, indoor gym and AstroTurf pitch.’

‘Open-plan office space (with beanbags). No dress code (casual clothes are encouraged). The office has an attached (and free) canteen, gym, AstroTurf pitch, London 2012 table tennis table, pool table, table football table, darts board etc.’

‘The space is fantastic. Modern, stylish, fun, and the dress code is quite relaxed. This makes it a very comfortable place to work. The food is all free and healthy too, which is a big perk.’

4. Kirkland & Ellis International LLP – 9.5/10

‘It's a great building (the Gherkin) and most associates (even new qualifiers) have their own external office. There's no gym but there are many of these very nearby.’

‘The dress code varies between teams but is generally very chilled. We have business casual dress from Monday to Thursday and dress down on Friday.’

‘Our office is in the Gherkin and has great views. There's also a fairly relaxed dress code.’

5. Gowling WLG – 9.5/10

‘The Birmingham office is modern, very well equipped and has a lot of funky break out areas. The canteen offers a great range of subsidised meals.’

‘The office views are beautiful and we have showers and changing rooms. We have a great subsidised canteen with an outside area for when the weather is good. Our dress code is suits but we have dress down Fridays every week.’

‘Both offices are nice and in good locations. Birmingham is open-plan and London is going that way. Our dress code is a shirt with no tie.’

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