Quantity Surveyor at Laing O'Rourke

Start Date:
Manchester North West
Programme Type:
Sponsored Degree Programme
£15,000 annually
Review Date:
June 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am a Quantity Surveyor working oncivils projects located around Manchester, I have worked on several 100m+ contracts. My day to day role is mainly cost management and trying to increase the value of the job. The job can be stressful with long hours but there is a good job satisfaction

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have gained a lot of technical knowledge using BIM software, through inhouse training programmes. I have also been taught about the business ethics and principles which are built into every day work. I have also become a lot more proficient at Microsoft Excel & word.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The work is very interesting but mentally challenging. It can be straining at times when things do not tie up but it is a good feeling to figure out why they didnt. The company culture is very good, whilst the work is hard and deadlines may be tight, the end result is always worth it.

4. How valued do you feel by Laing O'Rourke?


I generally feel valued within the team but this can vary. Within the programme, progression is fairly restricted due to the university commitments. If you don't feel valued by a certain manager or person within the team, there are other avenues to explore to try and remove the problem, but generally the company is positive

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is well structured, there are 3 modules per year as part of the programme to develop you. You are also allocated mentors and are giving 3 days per year for study leave. I have also found that the team around you is always willing to help with your university work if you require it

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


The university is fairly lacking with training. but this will obviously vary depending upon what university you go to. The only support I have received has been limited or poor

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The employer is very good at providing support, you only need to ask for it and there will be people, or people who know people who can help. This assistance ranges from general office workers all the way up to directors

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


The salary is limited, like the progression. But it increases every year, whilst also providing performance bonuses. Location is fairly good as there are a wide range of projects available and if a long distance travelling is required, they can provide a company car

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are a range of company events such as 'BBQ's' and nights out with work. There is also a Christmas party in London which all staff are invited to, where the company puts you up in a 5 star hotel for the night.

9. Would you recommend Laing O'Rourke to a friend?


9b. Why?

The company is great to work for and the range of projects that are available is uncomprehensible. There are also opportunities to work abroad once you have graduated and there is a large amount of support available

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Laing O'Rourke?

Learn about the company and what it does before applying. You need to be aware of all the different companies within the Laing O'Rourke group and it's vision of where it wants to be in the future. Be positive and show that you understand why the company is going the way it is.

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