Wates Group Limited

http://www.wates.co.uk

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

#
99
Best Company to work for in the UK
th
Best Company
to work for

BUILDINGS ARE THEIR business but staff at family-owned construction company Wates Group, winners of our Giving Something Back special award, are also encouraged to lay firm foundations for the communities they work in. Last year, on the group's annual community day, 1,000 employees gave more than 10,000 hours of their time to help 89 projects across the UK. The company's charitable trust also stumped up £500 for every project team to donate to a cause of their choice. Employees recognise that Wates Group's commitment to giving something back is genuine and awarded the company the 11th highest score in the list for thinking their organisation does enough for its local community at 71% positive. An eye for environmental sustainability also characterises the firm, which is aiming to send no non-hazardous waste to landfill by the target deadline of this year. Staff say it does enough to protect the environment, a positive score of 79%, bettered by just 12 other organisations. At the helm is Paul Drechsler, who makes himself visible to staff via regular road shows, contributing to the company newsletter and helping run the firm's leadership development programme. Staff have faith in him (77%) and think the organisation is run on strong principles (77%). Employees believe their contribution to Wates Group's success is valuable, scoring this point 79% positive — a top 40 result. Benefits include free private healthcare for staff and their families, dental insurance and an employee assistance programme. There is a generous pension — the company puts 8% of salaries into a non-contributory scheme. Being so well looked after must contribute to the high score of 74% positive for staff not being tempted to leave tomorrow even if they had another job offer. www.wates.co.uk

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

81% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The Performance Recognition award makes sure that an individual gets the company-wide recognition they deserve for quietly going beyond the call of duty in the course of their work. Any employee can nominate a fellow colleague who they believe demonstrates exceptional commitment to a project, community or customer for the title of Wates Champion. The Chief Executive is very proactive and sets a leadership example in recognising employee contribution, thanking people in person and through personal emails for their achievements. Business Excellence Awards are designed to recognise and reward outstanding contribution to the delivery of the Company's 2012 Vision. The focus is on identifying examples of best practice, operational improvement and innovation that have made a tangible difference to Wates' business over the past year. The winner of each category receives £1000 to donate to a charity of their choice together with a voucher to celebrate with friends and family. A celebratory voucher to the value of £150 is given to an individual winner and a £400 voucher is given to a winning team.

My Team

80% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The CEO and his executive colleagues hold an annual road show at 3 venues across the country, meeting with over 1000 people and updating them on business progress, strategy and achievements. The road show is an interactive experience. Business Unit Directors hold Divisional briefings at least once a year. Q&A sessions are key parts of these briefing. A speed dating approach was taken this year with each member of the leadership team spending 5 minutes on a table answering questions before moving on to the next table. All the Company offices are open plan. Executive Committee members also sit in open plan at the Head Office. They have a Company newsletter "TeamTalk". The Executive Committee regularly hold meetings on some of the large projects.

Leadership

74% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The CEO and his executive colleagues hold an annual road show at 3 venues across the country, meeting with over 1000 people and updating them on business progress, strategy and achievements. The road show is an interactive experience. Business Unit Directors hold Divisional briefings at least once a year. Q&A sessions are key parts of these briefing. A speed dating approach was taken this year with each member of the leadership team spending 5 minutes on a table answering questions before moving on to the next table. All the Company offices are open plan. Executive Committee members also sit in open plan at the Head Office. They have a Company newsletter "TeamTalk". The Executive Committee regularly hold meetings on some of the large projects.

Benefits

Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Maternity

Companies offering at least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative.

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

List Positions

National Ranking
#
99
Best Small Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
99
Best Mid-Sized Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
99
Best Large Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
99
Best Big Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
99
Best NFP Organisations to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
Best Companies to work for in the UK
London
#
Best Small Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Mid Sized Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Large Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Big Companies to work for in London
The Midlands
#
Best Companies to work for in the Midlands
East of England
#
Best Companies to work for in the East of England
The North East
#
Best Companies to work for in the North East
The North West
#
Best Companies to work for in the North West
Northern Ireland
#
Best Companies to work for in Northern Ireland
Scotland
#
Best Companies to work for in Scotland
The South East
#
Best Companies to work for in the South East
The South West
#
Best Companies to work for in the South West
Wales
#
Best Companies to work for in the Wales
Yorkshire & The Humber
#
Best Companies to work for in Yorkshire & The Humber