About Carter Jonas
Since 1855, Carter Jonas has grown to be one of the largest and most respected property consultancies in the UK with a network of 33 offices across England and Wales, employing more than 800 partners and staff. We employ the very best people. At Carter Jonas, ‘Simply Better Advice’ is a statement that unites everyone in our business behind a common purpose. Voted one of the Best Places to work in Property in 2018 and accredited with a Gold Investors in People award, we are proud of our values and what they stand for; chosen by our very own employees. We want to ensure all of our employees are provided with the right support and guidance to optimise their performance. We offer a wide variety of Learning & Development, as well as structured career paths for professionals. In the last two years, we have launched our Diversity & Inclusion Network, Health & Wellbeing sites as well as our CJ Family Network. The Family Network is an opportunity for anyone across the business who is looking to share experiences as well as gain support in terms of managing their work and personal life together. We offer and support flexible working arrangements including agile working, flexible or compressed hours.
Carter Jonas's Status
Large Business (250+ employees) London Status: Recruiting
- Love what we do
- Growing every day
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
“Carter Jonas aims to ensure equal opportunities in the workplace and create a supportive and inclusive culture to encourage diversity and which underpins the core values of Approachable, Effective and Ambitious. Carter Jonas want to ensure all employees, including those who are parents or carers are provided with the right support and guidance to optimise their performance and career goals.”
Marika Brundell's Experience
I joined Carter Jonas in 2015 , as a result of a merger, working in the New Homes team. I worked on a full time basis and enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that working for the company brought me. In 2016, I went on maternity leave returning to work 3 days a week. I felt supported throughout the process and used my “keeping in touch days” during my maternity leave to make my return to work a little smoother. I was nervous to come back into the working environment after taking some time out, and being in “mum” mode, but I quickly forgot my concerns, as after a week or two it was as though I had never been away! Since returning to work, I have been promoted to Associate Partner, which reinforced the fact that my hard work is recognised, irrelevant of how many days I am working and gave me a real confidence boost; mums do indeed have a place in the business world! I have since taken a second maternity leave and returned to work, where I thoroughly enjoy escaping for a few days a week, spending time with my work family (whom are all over the age of 3!).
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Many of the challenges are personal ones, regaining confidence and switching between home and work mode. I had my own misconceptions as to how I would be perceived as a working mum, both from my peers, competitors and of course socially by other mums. I had nothing to worry about, as I have received nothing but support and encouragement. On a more professional level, I was concerned about how I would catch up on changes made in my absence but was soon back up to speed with the help of colleagues, and in-house training, there was always someone on the other end of the phone!
2. How did your career change after having children?
To my surprise, my career has actually not changed since having the children; I am still the same hard working person I was before. I still meet deadlines, liaise with clients and strive to reach my aspirations. I like to think I have more empathy towards my team now, and am able to view and resolve problems with more diplomacy.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
Million-dollar question – this is an ongoing juggling act. I am writing this piece from home on my laptop as my 2 year old is off nursery unwell. As a working mum life is busy, organisation and a good support network is vital.
4. How has working for Carter Jonas enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Carter Jonas provide staff with a laptop and mobile phone, which means I can keep in touch with people, and work in a more flexible manner that suits my family and me.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Focus on one task at a time, be confident and buy a diary!
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
love working in this industry, no 2 days are the same. We work with such a huge range of people, of all ages and backgrounds and after 10 years, I still learn something new daily. The roles are so varied, I am not solely office based, and enjoy working both business to business and with the public. The industry is fun and fast paced, and that really works for me.