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Countryside Properties Overview

Brentwood, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
1958
Company - Public (CSP.L)
Construction
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Countryside Properties develops residential real estate in the UK, from apartment buildings to five-bedroom homes. It specializes in developing sustainable communities and the regeneration of urban properties. The company is active throughout London, as well as the east ... Read more

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Countryside Properties full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Good teamwork if your in the click. Okay benefits, sick and vacation time.

    Cons

    Low pay, no communication with higher up. No work life balance. Busy and sometimes disorganized.

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Countryside Properties Interviews

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    Training Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentwood, England (UK)
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    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Countryside Properties (Brentwood, England (UK)) in September 2017.

    Interview

    Telephone interview - competency based; Face to face with Head of L&D and Resourcing Manager; Face to face with CEO and HRD including a presentation.

    The first two parts of the interview process were meaningful and moderate in terms of difficulty.

    For the final stage, I was then asked to present on a topic of my own choice - this was to the HRD and CEO. I selected a culutal change programme I had facilitated with a logical process and flow.

    The 2nd part of the interview I was asked questions about the process; but none of the questions provided me with an opportunity to be able to truly demonstrate my HR/L&D skills. Essentially I was interviewed for a HR role but with a serious bias to construction.

    The CEO and HRD were intimidating, challenging and it begs the questions why the Head of never asked any questions. It is worrying that there is a not a TRUST in the Head of to beable to make a reasonable selection for a role she would be managing.

    I was made to feel totally inadequate and very random questioning was completed - like how would you be a self starter to get up and drive on a dark wet morning to work!

    The HRD asked about the due diligence checks I had completed and whilst I rattled these off (such as financials, ownership, share price, acquisitions etc)and that I had also reviewed Glassdoor, he said well anybody can complete the financials. I am still not clear what sort of response was required!!

    The CEO and HRD were clearly point scoring through the process to see who could ask the most difficult questions; more so I felt it very intimidating when I said that my style of training delivery was direct and the CEO lent over the table (lifting off his seat) and then in my face said, "so you are DIRECT then?" I have dealt with senior stakeholders in the past some difficult and challenging, but none who made me feel physically scared.

    It was very telling when the Head of L&D said nothing but at the end when the others had left said, "I didn't want to tell you before how tough they would be".

    I am not sure what century this organisation and its senior stakeholders are in - but their approach was very clear that women are not respected in construction and they indeed need to execute a cultural shift.

    Whilst surprisingly I didn't get the role, my feedback was that the presentation was good but not relative - how can a HR / L&D topic not be relevant for a L&D role?! Also, they never told me what to present on or provided a suggested list of topics.

    Overall a very weak process (on their part) and I would not recommend them at all.

    They need to seriously look at how they operating and also follow a more effective, fair and realistic recruitment process - namely one which is not intimidating.

    I do not recommend them and would suggest looking at other big players in the construction and house building industry.

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Countryside Properties Awards & Accolades

  • Infrastructure Planning, The Planning Awards, 2018
  • Best High Volume New Housing Development, LABC Building Excellence Awards, 2018
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