The employee-owned practice has been chosen as AJ100 Employer of the Year 2016
The friendly, collaborative culture of this employee-owned business was a stand-out for our judges. The non-hierarchical structure encourages the free flow of ideas and opinions, while the much-praised Make Forum involves employees in fundamental business decisions and encourages knowledge sharing.
The company also provides an array of benefits that go above and beyond the norm – every ‘Maker’ receives an annual profit share, with £3,600 tax-free. There is a generous non-contributory pension scheme of 8 per cent, which will rise to 9 per cent by 2019.
There is a holistic, tailored approach to career development, including appraisals every six months and management skills workshops. Employee satisfaction is high across all key markers from working environment to career prospects and salary.
‘The innovative company structure embeds everything they do and offers a sense of empowerment,’ said our judges. ‘The practice makes it possible to live and work in London from Part 1 level. There is a real investment in people – it’s not just gimmicks.’
- Assael Architecture
- Bennetts Associates
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Robin Partington & Partners
- Emily Booth, The Architects’ Journal
- Chris Bryant, Alma-nac
- Lucy Carmichael, RIBA
- Paulo Pimentel, Imagination
- Ruth Slavid, architectural journalist (on behalf of the AJ)
- Lindsay Urquhart, Bespoke