3–4 days/week at home
Fully flexible hours
Life with Waterstons is rich, varied and rewarding. And regardless of skillset or seniority, everyone is treated with equal respect. Every voice is heard and every background is embraced. Everyone enjoys the freedom to learn, evolve, develop and progress. And we place diversity, equality and inclusion at the absolute heart of everything we do. Sounds good? Good.
We asked employees of Waterstons how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us
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What Waterstons employees think
The flexibility to work when you want & where you want is ideal for me and allows me to juggle my home and work life easily - all with the support of the business.
Waterstons is a great place to work and has given me great opportunities to learn and grow.
Its so relaxed and everyone embraces our flexible culture!
Waterstons is breath of fresh air! The flexible working hours and empowerment to plan and complete your own work redefine full time employment.
Waterstons is an incredibly flexible place for self-driven individuals to work. Hours of work, working location and workload are all up to each employee to manage individually with no pressure from management or questions about offline time as long as work is shown to be completed. A great company to work for - flying the flag for totally flexible working!
Working for Waterstons allows me to fit my work around my family and my life outside of work. If I need to take the car to the garage, or I need to take my dog to the vet, or I need to pick my daughter up, I can arrange to take the time I need and continue to work around it. So long as everyone is kept informed and my work is done, I am totally autonomous and given the freedom to arrange my work day.
The level of trust in employees is amazing - it goes throughout the whole company, from the new starters to the experienced. I've been able to travel during work hours, or take longer lunches, without anyone giving it a second glance. My line manager has said they would be happy for me to work from abroad.
The company has given me trust, autonomy, and support; it is everything I need to be effective in my role.
Flexibility does depend on role within the organisation, but it's core to our culture.
The best company I have worked for in relation to culture, transparency, values and benefits... a refreshing change.
Genuine desire to put employees first and look after their well being
- Plenty of progression opportunities
- Salaries benchmarked regularly
- Good Benefits/unlimited holidays/
Training budget/Innovation/Volunteering days
WATERSTONS is a great place to work.
This is not a culture that was driven by Lockdown/Covid.
Its a culture that has always been in place to support the many people who do their work differently for whatever reason, whether it be geography/family/outside commitments, etc..
Very friendly people and a very empowering culture where you're trusted to work and deliver autonomously. Sometimes this results in a lot of work under short deadlines, but other times you have a lot of freedom and flexibility. So as long as you can manage your time well, and focus on keeping a work/life balance you'll be happy here.
The flexibility and autonomy at Waterstons is an absolute joy. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else. We have the context we need to make the best possible decisions for our customers.
The business has a positive company culture and offers good flexibility and perks. Of course these benefits vary depending on the position you hold in the company. For example, more client dependant positions which require attendance to client sites will offer less flexiblity than someone who works a remote role.
The senior management team maintains clear communication with the business and takes pride in the company values which involves putting people first, which is great to see. There are some limitations however due to the maturity of the company, which means higher or newer job types may offer less structure and will require more self-initiative, which might be daunting for some.
Waterstons has had flexible working since inception nearly 30 years ago not just since the pandemic so its part of the overall DNA and managed very well. Unlimited holidays is also a great benefit. People here are measured on contribution, not time spent - and our 'people first' values and culture are well embedded. Looking after our clients and our people and doing right by them is what makes us successful and a great place to work.
Working at Waterstons
Durham, Glasgow, London and Sydney
Waterstons has been creating digital clarity since 1994, blending technology with
strategy, forging long-term partnerships and delivering brilliance to
businesses across the UK and Australia from its offices in Durham, Glasgow,
London and Sydney.
By offering all digital services from in-house IT management, cyber
security and data analysis, to consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and
creating bespoke software, the team of over 290 experts has a wealth of
knowledge to help any business, anywhere.
Flexible working at Waterstons
It’s all about balance with Waterstons and we have been flexible working since 1994. We want our people to make a difference, but we also want their career to be the fuel for a happy and fulfilling personal life. That’s why you’ll enjoy flexibility on where and how you work.
Approach to diversity & inclusion
In 2020, like many other businesses, we had a clear wake-up call about diversity, equity, and inclusion in both Waterstons and the wider tech workforce. Though we had formed a DEI working group back in 2019, the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, carrying over to the UK, made it startlingly clear that we could no longer accept or think our lack of diversity was due to our largest office being located in the North East, or the makeup of our recruitment pool. We needed to take real action, own our problem, and become a proactive part of the solution.
What do we think of Waterstons?
We've loved working with Waterstons through their Flexification. It's clear from the employee's responses that they are a people-first business and provide fantastic benefits. With such high scores for both Location and Hours, it's clear that employees love the flexibility on offer. The leadership team clearly provide a great environment with strong Leadership and Autonomy scores too.
Great stuff Waterstons!
Meet who might be hiring you
Hey! My name is Ami-Jo and I am the Talent Partner here at Waterstons. We are a medium sized business with a family feel. We weave our values through our day to day. One of the values I love is People First. We really do put our colleagues and our clients first making sure you work round your life. We look for people who are driven and motivated. Someone who wants to make a change and to succeed!