GVA Grimley Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. Very friendly company which has evolved

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at GVA Grimley as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are very approachable at all levels including senior management. Opportunities to get involved in lots of projects and make a name for yourself.

    Cons

    Company uses email to excess to communicate, when picking up the phone would work better and resolve issues more quickly. Company has evolved over the years and lacks good management. Workloads can be excessive. The team I was in had a management style of command and control which is very outdated, other business units worked more collaboratively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture varies between offices. I was in the Birmingham office. Management is reactive not proactive. Try to promote working collaboratively, you get better results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Professional company with high standards, diverse client base and increased cross business unit selling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GVA Grimley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Busy, rewarding working environment. New challenges and opportunities daily supported by some forward thinking senior directors.

    Cons

    Stressful due to unrealistic workloads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with all stakeholders prior to client pitches to ensure alignment and to enable high standard delivery.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Lean years, ill managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at GVA Grimley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good solid brand, corporate reputation helps with clients. Quality staff across the organisation in varied fields and parts of the UK.

    Cons

    Certain teams are notoriously unpleasant to work in, especially within PDR (planning, dev & regen). There is no guarantee of senior support for or loyalty to junior staff. The sense is that some people will cope with that, others will self-eject.

    Collaboration is almost unheard of. Expect to see fiefdoms, turf wars, different teams competing for the same work, personal conflict, people who've never spoken to colleagues etc. Asking colleagues to tell you about what their projects involve can result in vagueness and suspicion.

    I was there over the recession and there were almost weekly redundancies, without explanation or any sense of strategy. Managers seem to have no natural instinct for anything other than project management and sales, and evidently they get no training in leading actual human beings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a strategic plan for the company, publicise it and pursue it.
    Get rid of toxic master/apprentice model in PDR.
    Communicate personnel plans, rather than leaving the Mark of Death to hang in the air above weaker team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. A fantastic career platform

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Surveyor
    Current Employee - Senior Surveyor

    I have been working at GVA Grimley full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A family culture with major support from all areas

    Cons

    Hardly any as far as I am concerned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Lacks appreciation for employees and any attempt at flexible working

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at GVA Grimley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good job security, plenty of career progression for those in the right jobs, and decent pension payments and 5 weeks annual leave. It's a professional company and those who work there are good at what they do.

    Cons

    Anyone outside the normal remit (ie admin, central services, accounts etc), are all stuck in a big black hole with nowhere to go, and no-one to care that we might have career aspirations. Training is minimal (again, unless you're a surveyor), and you're expected to be happy with low salary increase, no increase in responsibility and absolutely nowhere to go in terms of a career. Flexibility is nil, unless you're a parent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please acknowledge that people at all levels of the organisation have personal lives, dreams and aspirations for their career, and a need for variety and interest in their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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