I worked at GVA Grimley as a contractor (More than a year)
People are very approachable at all levels including senior management. Opportunities to get involved in lots of projects and make a name for yourself.
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 The team I was in had a management style of command and control which is very outdated, other business units worked more collaboratively.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 Management
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.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at GVA Grimley (London, England (UK)) in January 2010.
I originally applied online for their graduate scheme and was called back the same day and offered an interview. The interview was held with an HR Manager and the Director of the department in which I was to be placed. The interview consisted of background questions; - Why a career in property - Related work experience Job related questions - Brush up on development appraisals, how would you break back to a land value figure to make an offer given a development final figure. - Market knowledge, how is the market? What is stopping transactions at the moment? - How do you keep up with what is happening in the market? - Deals done by the company, what do you know about them? - What do you know about the company? - What % would a developer take as profit on a typical project?
I think in a market that we are in at the moment, and especially given that this is a graduate role, you NEED to stress that the money is not the motivator, the excellent training available within a large corporate company with dedicated advisers needs to be top of your list.
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