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Laing O'Rourke Overview

Dartford, England
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Building & Construction
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year
Global construction and engineering group Laing O'Rourke has built a reputation for designing and building major commercial and industrial properties, roads, rail systems, entertainment complexes, airfields, and maritime support facilities. The group works on ... Read more

Laing O'Rourke – Why Work With Us?

Laing O’Rourke is a privately owned, internationally focussed engineering enterprise with world-class capabilities spanning the entire client value chain. We operate an integrated business model comprising the full range of engineering, construction and asset management services delivering single-source solutions for some of the world's most prestigious public and private organisations.


Laing O’Rourke is committed to the development of a culture based on Excellence Plus performance. The Group sets stretching targets in all its operations globally and by applying the four elements of Excellence Plus performance – Client Focus, Innovation, Responsible Behaviour, People Development – it will achieve its vision to be the company of first choice for all stakeholders, able to challenge and change the poor practices synonymous with the construction industry, and compete alongside world-leading businesses.


Our approach is led by an unwavering focus on fully understanding the needs of clients and delivering on our promises, regardless of the scale or complexity of the challenge in hand. Working collaboratively with our clients, we develop bespoke teams and solutions from concept through every stage of the project to completion, ensuring the best expertise and resources are deployed to achieve the required time, cost, quality, safety and sustainability outcomes.


As a company we are passionate about harnessing innovation as a positive force for change. We instil this mindset culturally in every element of our operations and project delivery. We invest heavily in research and development both academically with our university partnerships and at the operational level within our manufacturing and engineering facilities where we put the academic theory into practice.   


We take our duty to act responsibly at all times very seriously through proactively managing the impacts of our activities on the environment, our people and the communities in which we operate. We work according to the guiding principles of our founding shareholders and by complying with the high standards set out in our Global Code of Conduct. In particular, we place the safety of those involved in or affected by our operations as our core organisational value, aiming to eliminate all accidents on our projects by 2020. We also take a leading role in driving change across our industry by seeking ways to reduce the effect of our operations on the environment through modernisation of traditional construction methods and practices. 


At the heart of our drive to challenge and change the construction industry are our people. We believe in employing and developing the very best talent in the industry, challenging them to find and follow a better way and deliver excellence for our clients whilst leaving a lasting legacy for the communities in which we operate. Every industry needs to nurture talent from an early age and at Laing O’Rourke we support a number of educational initiatives to help promote, engage and educate young people about the rewarding careers to be found within construction and engineering. 

Laing O’Rourke operates through two major geographic hubs, Europe and Australia. 

Europe Hub

Our Europe Hub comprises Laing O’Rourke’s operations in key building and infrastructure sectors covering principal markets in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

The Group is one of the leading engineering and construction solution providers in its chosen sectors.

Our aim is to leverage the scale and efficiencies of our proven value proposition to generate profitable revenues in our core markets, collaborating with like-minded clients and partners who value the certainty of our approach.

We will complement this approach by building leading positions in selective growth-oriented sectors and geographies with the right strategic and cultural fit.


Our Australia hub comprises a diversified project portfolio through principal operations in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Laing O’Rourke is now offering a distinctive value proposition based on our status as the largest privately owned engineering and construction group in Australia.

The business has developed its scope, reach and capability by offering an attractive alternative to the traditional competitors. It is increasingly taking leading positions in carefully targeted natural resources and urban infrastructure sectors, through a dedication to providing highly engineered solutions to a varied set of blue-chip clients across Australasia.

The vast variety of roles we offer reflects the breadth of skills required to run an organisation such as ours.

Naturally we seek specialists across the spectrum of project delivery disciplines – including planning, procurement, engineering, commercial management, etc. We also require qualified professionals to staff our office-based services. These encompass everything from cost planning to corporate communications, business development to building information modelling. 

We work hard to ensure all our people benefit from structured career support – and get the training they need to reach their potential. This includes full-time development programmes as well as shorter on-the-job learning modules.

But we also believe that learning shouldn’t be restricted to the classroom. So in addition to these more formal routes, we are committed to creating a working environment that allows you to build your skills that little bit further every day – simply by doing your job.

We work hard to create an environment that brings out the best in our people. So as a Laing O’Rourke employee you can be sure your career is in good hands.

Every day thousands of people across the world go to work at our offices and on our projects. So what made them choose us over other great companies?


We think people should enjoy what they do. That’s why we believe in building careers – not just creating jobs. We work with all our people to help them make the most of their talents. Through on-the-job learning, we’ll make sure you’re stretching yourself that little bit further every day. While our broad-ranging training and development programmes will give you the skills to take on evermore challenging roles.     


Our people are among the most passionate and committed in the industry. How do we know this? Because every year, through our staff survey, we track ‘employee engagement’ levels - and every year, without fail, we rank among the highest of any global company. Our employee engagement score is essentially a measure of how satisfied our people are in their jobs. For this reason, we see it as a direct reflection of how well we’re performing as an employer.      


One of our most unique characteristics is our open, democratic culture. We’re a forward-thinking company – and we don’t stand on ceremony. So no matter who you are or what you do, if you’ve got a good idea we want to hear about it. If you’ve found a better way of doing things, tell us.


We believe communication should be two-way – and we want our people share their views. Through regular ‘employee roadshows’ you’ll have the opportunity to quiz our business leaders about the things that matter to you. We also run an annual staff survey, where you can rate us on a range of issues. If you think we can do better, let us know and we’ll address it.


We always put our people first – especially when it comes to health and safety. Nothing is more important to us than your wellbeing. Before every single thing we do, we ask ourselves ‘is it safe’. If it’s not, we simply won’t do it.


Working for an international business, you’ll interact with colleagues from all over the world. We also monitor our employees’ skills and experience closely so that, as prospects in new markets and sectors arise, those who are keen to broaden their horizons have the opportunity to do so.

Laing O’Rourke is committed to being an equal opportunities employer: an employer that maintains the highest standard of employment practice and one which aims to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse society in which we live and work.

This policy forms part of our global policy framework, underpinned by our Global Code of Conduct.

In order to provide a diverse and inclusive workplace and achieve our objectives, we commit to:
• Act as role models with values and behaviours which foster workforce diversity
• Recognise and reflect diversity and inclusion
• Create a supportive environment where everyone can reach their full potential by ensuring policies and procedures support the attraction, selection, retention and promotion of people from a diverse range of candidates on the basis of skills and merit
• Identify and remove barriers that hinder the achievement of a diverse and talented workforce
• Draw the attention of all those responsible for recruitment, selection, training, grievance or disciplinary or dismissal decisions to this policy;
• Provide our people with access to the learning and development opportunities that are appropriate for their role
• Communicate with, consult and educate, all employees in respect of their own responsibilities and the Company’s commitment towards the promotion of equal opportunity and equality for all employees
• Be accountable for our performance by establishing, tracking and reporting against specific and measurable success indicators 
• Never encourage or accept any form of unlawful discrimination against our colleagues or any third parties be they potential employees, customers, subcontractors, suppliers or members of the public
• Not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying and treat all colleagues and third parties with respect and dignity

As managers and employees we will recognise and respect the diversity of backgrounds, beliefs and experiences that exist within our workforce and community. By ensuring that our workplace policies and practices value the principles of equal employment opportunity, Laing O’Rourke will remain a great place to work and deliver sustainable value to our clients and stakeholders.

Our policies are reviewed and updated regularly to be responsive to client needs and evolve with the world around us to make Laing O’Rourke the company of first choice for all our stakeholders, whilst challenging and changing the image of construction worldwide.

The Board of Directors of Laing O’Rourke fully endorses this Policy.

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    I have been working at Laing O'Rourke full-time (More than 3 years)


    Good pay, company car and flexible hours


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    Graduate Civil Engineer Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Laing O'Rourke (London, England) in January 2018.


    friendly environment. There was a group exercise a 1:1 interview and a presentation to do. For both the presentation and the group exercise there were briefs from which you had to gather all the information you needed. we were 6 people in the group exercise.

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