F1 So everyone at Standard Life is really, really friendly, which makes it a lovely place to work, and I sort of expected it would be like that from a small glimpse into the company from the assessment centre.
F2 Being part of a big community of graduates is great, because it means there’s always something going on in the evenings or at weekends. You also get the chance to meet people from different backgrounds, but because everybody’s in the same position, friendships form quickly and you can build up a support network around you.
M1 So the key benefits of working at the headquarters of a large group or company are that you are surrounded by investment professionals, and this makes you see every aspect, and you can get involved in any aspect of the business.
F3 It’s great being part of a big community of graduates, because it’s like when you start uni and you’re initially quite daunted by the prospect, but then you realise there is so many others in the same boat as you.
M2 I think what’s really surprised me about Edinburgh, is even though it’s quite a big city, I would say, for finance, you’re still able to live so centrally quite cheaply. I have a lot of friends from university that if you want to work for such a big, world class finance company you have to move down to London, and the quality of life here is so much better.
F4 Standard Life Investments has a great open natured working environment. People value their relationships with their colleagues and are willing to help in any kind of situation. They’re also very sociable and happy to meet up for coffees and organise team events.
F5 There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in different networks, such as the Young Persons Development Network, or the Women’s Development Network, but also all employees get three days off a year to do volunteering, which is a really good way to give time to causes that you’re passionate about.
M3 The Young Persons Development Network organise talks from people in different departments, and they also run a mentoring programme. It’s been particularly useful to me because it’s given me great exposure to senior leaders across the business, and it’s helped me understand what Standard Life does as a whole.
M4 My perception of working life before I joined Standard Life was nine to five, it’s very strict, very regimented, but when I came in, Standard Life was very accommodating to suit my own preferences and schedule. Whether I might come in a wee bit earlier, or having an extended lunch, it was...they’re very focussed on making you feel comfortable, which was important to me for settling in.
F6 I think the working environment was a lot more welcoming than I expected. I thought it would be a lot scarier. I thought everyone would just be quite serious and like head down and working on things, but actually everyone’s been so friendly, and they’re always happy to help.
F7 Your team quickly become your friends rather than just your colleagues, and so coming into work and sort of getting out of bed each day is really, really easy, and it is just a fabulous place to work.