About Gerald Eve
Gerald Eve provides property consultancy services to investors, occupiers and developers. We operate a national network of nine offices and an International Alliance, with partner firms covering 20 European countries and all major US markets. Our specialist sectors include industrial and logistics, alternative markets, the London office market, public sector and corporate real estate services. Gerald Eve’s partners take pride in their reputation as leading experts and our highly regarded sector specialist teams continue to attract the best talent in the market. We offer comprehensive property advice to public and private sector clients, which includes over 40 of the FTSE100 and some of the largest property portfolios in the UK. Clients benefit from long-term trusted advisor relationships, with client teams providing advice across the full spectrum of property services. What sets us apart from our competitors is the way in which we value our people, our size and open plan workspace which supports collaborative working. Gerald Eve thrives as a privately-owned partnership and the “we are all in this together” approach is respected across the business. Our values define our culture: Trust and Integrity, Respect, Friendliness and Excellence. We are a previous Times 100 Best Employer and Estates Gazette Employer of the Year 2018. Our Diversity approach is central to the business, championed by our Senior Partner, Simon Prichard, who is currently Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK and Ireland Board.
Gerald Eve's Status
Large Business (250+ employees) Status: Recruiting
- Love what we do
- Big and busy
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
“Most new joiners to Gerald Eve remark on the friendly welcome they receive from colleagues. From lunch-time yoga and pilates classes, sports teams and book and chess clubs to pro bono and charity work, Gerald Eve strive to strike the right balance between work and social activities. In 2018, they won the Vitality Healthiest Workplace in the UK award (mid-sized firm) and they encourage healthy eating and mental wellbeing across the business. Gerald Eve are a responsible business and recognise that their staff often benefit from flexible, agile working arrangements, something they are open to exploring with candidates.”
Samantha Sawyer's Experience
Sam Sawyer is an Associate Surveyor in our Planning and Development team. Sam joined Gerald Eve in 2014 in our Residential Valuation team where she worked until April 2020, before joining the P&D team. Sam shares with us her insight into her working life since having a baby and returning to work on flexible hours and how she balances this with being a parent.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
For me – there were physical/logistical and mental challenges. To become a working parent, it has to make sense financially, childcare sorted and most importantly, don’t feel guilty about leaving your children. Initially I couldn’t imagine leaving my daughter at nursery, but now – she runs in without a backwards look, absolutely thrives there and I couldn’t imagine it any different. The logistical challenges are there – such as illness, train issues and in current times, COVID-19! That is where I have to rely on the flexibility of the Partners and teams that I work with. I won’t lie and say it will be easy, but there are always ups and downs! I am lucky in having a flexible work pattern, including working between home and the office, which really helps. Nurseries being closed recently has thrown the biggest spanner in the works since returning (like most people) – but it has been through my colleagues’ understanding and flexibility, we are coming out the other side.
2. How did your career change after having children?
Since returning to work, I have reduced my days and changed teams to follow a new interest. My own priorities and interests may have changed, but I don’t think my potential for career progression has altered at Gerald Eve and I feel supported in continuing to develop. It has taken a bit of time to adjust to the new balance and returning to work after 13 months’ off, but I think that happens whatever situation you are in.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
Previously full time, I returned from maternity leave to a 4-days per week (1 of which is working from home) role. My daughter’s nursery was open from 7.30am to 6pm, which (combined with the long commute) meant I altered my working hours to 8.30-4.15pm with a reduced lunch break from 75 mins to 30 mins. Whilst I occasionally miss those longer breaks in the day catching up with friends, it meant I could focus on getting home for the evening so we could reconnect after nursery. Now Gerald Eve have introduced core hours, it will be even better as sometimes I need to do drop off in the morning, which I couldn’t previously make on my hours (although my boss was always very understanding). My husband (in pre-pandemic times) travelled abroad about a week a month so my timings have to be flexible to adapt. I typically don’t do the nursery runs due to the long commute, but for that week I do them all which is where the flexibility becomes essential. I also made lots of contacts at her nursery to find babysitters she would know if something came up such as trains being cancelled. I think school will be interesting to balance with school holidays – but I have that to come! I have learnt to be super-efficient whilst “at my desk” as there is a hard deadline, and having negotiated many a toddler opinion, little phases me. The technology also helps as it means I can do my work wherever.
4. How has working for Gerald Eve enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Certainly, and more so in the future, allowing flexible working hours means that we can be a family more often and cope with my husband travelling. When I get home, I still have a couple of hours to spend together before bedtime. The shift to core hours as a firm will be even better as more flexibility and more understanding throughout the office of everyone having slightly different schedules. The move towards a mixture of working from home and the office will also be great – I already do this but like the core hours, the wider adoption will make it more the “norm”. Those days mean I can spend my commuting hours on catching up on some household tasks which means weekends are truly family time rather than frantic errand running. The ability to reduce my role from 5 to 4 days has also been vital – that extra day as the two of us is very special. The cumulation of these changes means we can balance my daughter having more time at home, whist I get the work satisfaction and am a happier person too.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Give yourself some room to find your new pattern – you may have changed in your priorities, interests or how you operate and your routine will certainly be different – you need some time to work it out and don’t try to fit in your old mould, be open to the change. My friend said to me before coming back – allow yourself time to be “work you” rather than “mummy” and that break will actually make you a better parent. I can attest to that – now doing many days in a row of painting and making mess, I definitely enjoy that pause and reset time where I can challenge my brain in a different way. Also – remember there are benefits to your child too by going to nursery or childcare – it isn’t just a case of logistically needed, but actually gives them opportunities to learn life skills and make friends.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
Every day is different – which carries even more weight when there is a recurring pattern of play, feed, sleep repeat at home! Whilst a lot of the work is at a desk, it is all about the people you meet and work with. The fact that there is something physical as well appeals – conversations aren’t hypothetical, the actual land/property that is discussed can be seen and your impact noted.