Amie Sutton, Early Careers Manager
I studied Business Management with Human Resources Management at Southampton University and once I had graduated, I joined the Hastings Direct HR scheme in 2012.
Hastings recognises the importance of recruiting and supporting early talent and my first placement was to use my experience of supporting the recruitment and organisation of the following year’s graduates. After two and half years, I secured a promotion as Customer Facing Recruitment Manager and also completed my Post Graduate Level 7 CIPD qualification which was funded by Hastings Direct. Early careers has always been my passion, particularly as I had been through the journey and after a short stint on maternity leave, I moved into the Learning & Development team in a role which focused on apprenticeships, placements, graduate schemes and work experience.
I’ve seen many graduates who join the business flourish working for Hastings Direct, the exposure to senior leaders and ability to work on projects that they can see makes a difference to the business is a real driver of people progressing either within their area of specialism or taking their transferable skills down a new route.
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The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.
It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.
There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.
There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.
As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.
All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.
It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.
The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.