I worked at Sinclair Knight Merz full-time (More than 3 years)
A company that was sincerely interested in the development of their staff
Got taken over by Jacobs who turned into a sweat shop
Advice to Management
Look harder before you sell
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Sinclair Knight Merz (Brisbane (Australia)).
I was put forward to the company by a recruiter - not for an advertised role - he simply contacted them to see if they needed someone like me. I was brought in fairly quickly (within a few days) and spoke with a senior engineer (who would be my technical lead) and the team leader. The interview was pretty relaxed and simply seemed to be confirming various details of my CV. I had a follow-up interview the next week, with the section manager, which was also a straightforward meet and greet.
At the time I had recently interviewed with another two companies who both had made offers, but I was feeling undecided about both those prospects. When I informed SKM of the situation (that I would have to respond to these other companies soon), they moved quickly to make a competitive offer. I was not trying to start a bidding war -- the salary was similar -- but I accepted SKM's offer as I perceived their culture to be the best fit for me.
This was a simple negotiation. I indicated my target amount and they met it, exceeding it slightly, and I was satisfied.
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