Michael Dyson Associates Ltd Careers and Employment
- CEOAlistair M Dyson
- Company size51 to 200
- Revenue£730k to £4m (GBP)
- IndustryConstruction & Facilities Services
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Part II Architectural Assistant in Honley, Huddersfield
on 20 February 2019
Excellent company with oppertunity for career progressionI started at Michael Dyson recently after finishing my degree in Architecture and this company has provided me with an excellent start in my career. The directors have provided support towards my career goals and are interested in how I would like to progress in the future but there is no added pressure to do so. The work environment is positive and relaxing even when the pressure is on to meet deadlines. Generally there is no long overtime hours, although days out of the office can be longer than normal working hours due to travelling. sometimes there is a need for a little extra overtime in the office if a deadline is approaching. Any extra time worked is appreciated and management are happy to accommodate flexible hours for appointments unrelated to work. Overall I have found working for Michael Dyson Associates enjoyable and welcoming. Regular social events have helped with settling into the company and getting to know my colleagues.
Surveying technician in Honley
on 15 September 2019
Great company to work for if you feel like throwing your colleagues under the bus.I'll start off by saying I know I wasn't the best employee, I did mess up a number of times, partly due to my relaxed attitude, partly due to not knowing what on earth was going on. The MD is a fair chap, firm but reasonable. The other directors are hit and miss. I came in at low level, with barely any experience, and I expected them to train me up in view of my title as a trainee surveyor. I was on a fairly low wage and the world was expected of me after the first week. I was told to go out on site and do work with no explanation as to why and very little explanation on how to actually do the work. The hours expected of you are ridiculous, on average around 45/46 hours a week, with only 37 paid. This combined with my low wage meant nearly every week I was working for much less than minimum wage (for a 20 year old). Every year they take on undergraduates and 2 months after I started a new bunch of undergraduates started. I was called into the managers office several times stating I need to be taking the lead out on site, without actually knowing what I was doing myself, due to poor training and people being too busy to tell me anything. These same people who couldn't train me were the same ones to berate me because I didn't know what I was doing. The atmosphere (especially in the department I was in) in MDA is very cliquey, how well you do at work will depend on your social skills and whether you are willing to gossip about anyone and everyone when they leave the room. I was made fun of because of my religious situation when I left the room (I didn't say anything as I wanted to keep the peace and they were the ones who decided my workload), as well as other discriminatory remarks about others in the office, and nothing was done by the managers in the room. The vans and phones are tracked (because of "safety" haha!) and the managers make a regular point that a large part of their day involves scrutinising every single stop along the way to your destination. They also send out a regular email every month naming and shaming the worst drivers according to the black box. (I was always worst...) There are good points as well, you get to travel the country (admittedly not the nicest places). There are some... decent people who work there, and it's a great stepping stone to a better company/career. If your a natural leader who doesn't mind throwing people under the bus to get a little more office cred, you will thrive.
Surveyor in Kent
on 16 February 2019
Fantastic company with great management and friendly staff.Great company to work for and extremely professional. I have been with MDA for 9 months. It is the best and most rewarding job I have ever had. I have learnt so much in this time which has added further experience to my ever growing knowledge. No day is the same! Each day is rewarding and challenging. If you want to work for a company who will invest in you then you have arrived at the right place.
Architectural Technologist in Head office, Honley
on 15 February 2019
"An excellent practice offering career development in a professional environment."After undertaking a 14 month undergraduate placement period I returned back to MDA after being sponsored through my final year of university. Surrounded by a wealth of experience and knowledge from other colleagues, my industry knowledge and technical ability has developed substantially throughout my employment. I am continually pushed (positively) to perform to the best of my professional abilities and am offered continued training for me to attain my accreditation, MCIAT. MDA frequently appraise employee's personal performance and set out an individual progression plan in which certain competency targets are set in order to progress within the company. In a short period of time thus far, I have gained invaluable construction and industry knowledge which will benefit me for my career ahead. Good personal time management skills are crucial to manage workloads to ensure deadlines are achieved. My only criticism of MDA at present is the heavy workloads put on each discipline, however, the nature of the industry is the sale of time to provide a professional service, therefore it is expected in a profession such as architecture; this also further assists in developing personal management and individual performance. I would highly recommend employment at Michael Dyson Associates and see it as an excellent place of work with modern offices, a pleasant working environment and regular social events paid for by the company.
Assistant Building Surveyor in Honley
on 19 November 2018
A great place for an UndergraduateMichael Dyson Associates Ltd invest heavily in their Undergraduates, the more you impress the more likely you are to be offered a position after graduating. They don't look for those who tick all the right boxes or are the best on paper, but who they think will fit in with their current staff and be an asset to the company in the future. A typical day in the office differs depending on what you are doing, for example, my first few weeks of starting work I was office based so that I could get a feel for things, third week in I was on site in North Lanarkshire looking at LPS High Rise Blocks, breaking out concrete, testing for carbonation around steel reinforcements, also working out how the panels were interlinked from floor to floor. The following week I was in Barnsley completing Measured Surveys, drawing floor plans and elevations to be used for CAD drawings. The week after that I was in London completing Condition Surveys, looking at houses and flats to see what type of condition they were in and how long the fixtures and fittings would last, both internally and externally. You really get around whilst working at Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, and this is one of the more enjoyable part of Michael Dyson Associates. Since starting my position at Michael Dyson Associates, I genuinely feel like I've learnt more in 4 months than 2 years at University and would recommend this as a placement to anyone, I moved down from Newcastle to work here and I am so glad I did because I love it! The hardest part of the job is the first day, information will be thrown at you left right and centre and about 5% will be absorbed but the other 95 doesn't take long to catch up after a week or two. The management make you feel as though they aren't management, you feel welcome and don't feel pressured or nervous to talk to them, obviously you must treat them with respect but if you ever need anything or are unsure about something they are always there to help or answer any questions, they are a company who actually care about their placement students.
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