Wates really make you feel welcome right form the start. They are by no means perfect, but they are open about the areas they want to improve, and where possible include staff in developing the way forward.
The family owners are very engaging and accessible, as are the majority of senior leaders. This approach does need to be better driven down among middle management, but its not terrible.
The company is very vast and as such offers people good opportunities for development and progression, or even career changes. The advanced apprenticeship programs offer a a great option for more mature workers who wish to remain in the company but completely re-train.
I have really enjoyed working at Wates