The Intern Diaries - Meet Robert
You might have seen a few weeks ago that five new faces have joined the rradar team. Our interns, Daniel Ellis, Katherine Coates, Nihro Mawlood, Robert Westwood and Tamera Amoah, have been exploring what goes on at rradar, spending time in a number of departments and getting a first-hand taste of the way that we bring the rradar difference to everything we do. We wanted to know how they were getting on and what they thought of the rradar experience, so we’ve taken some time to ask them a series of questions about what they’ve learned so far.
In the second of The Intern Diaries, we sit down with Robert.
What were your initial impressions of rradar? Was there anything that stood out from the offset?
My first impression of rradar was of the impressive offices and friendly staff and colleagues. Walking in to the building on my first morning, I was greeted by friendly and helpful reception staff who have been no different since then, with everyone else I have met being just as nice.
The offices really stood out to me when I arrived due to their more relaxed nature with an open plan floor space and a number of rooms you can use to get some peace and quiet should the need arise, along with the awesome break room, filled with anything you could ever need to help you relax.
During your time here, what have been some of the highlights for you?
One of the highlights for me has been the people I have met. From the reception staff, all the way up to Gary the CEO. Everyone is giving, kind and will help you with anything you need. Another highlight for me is the break room where everyone convenes during lunch, letting you make connections with everyone in the business, whilst relaxing away from your work playing games or just chatting.
What do you think about the work you have been getting on with during your time here? Is there anything specific you have really enjoyed getting involved with?
I am really enjoying diving head first into the HR department and finding out what they do on a day-to-day basis to help the business run smoothly and keep growing. I really enjoyed helping out with the trainee solicitor assessment centres that we held recently, finding out what goes on from the other side of interviews and finding out what employers are looking for in a candidate - hopefully helping me in the future!
How is working at rradar different from other workplaces you have worked at, if at all?
Having never worked in professional services before, it was quite a surprise to see how relaxed and comfortable everyone seemed within the company. The relaxed nature shocked me as I viewed law firms as more uptight environments where work was the only currency, whereas at rradar, where work is still necessary and is the main function of the business, there is a larger focus on the work-life balance of the employees and helping them have more fun with their work.
rradar has a specific set of values that it has embedded in its culture and practices – how have you encountered these during your time and what are your thoughts?
The 4 core values that rradar was founded upon still have a strong correlation with the company’s vision and how its employees work. My colleagues in the HR department have helped me feel part of the team, giving me a helping hand when I needed it and creating a feeling of unity. There is also a feeling of authenticity throughout the whole company, where no-one acts superior to anyone else. The company has a pioneering attitude, where rradar are striving to be market leaders within their legal niche. rradar employees feel like they have a relentless approach to helping their company achieve the goal of being market leaders.
What would you say to somebody who’s thinking about working at rradar?
Go for it! There’s not a more driven law firm in the market at the moment. The huge growth the company has already achieved in only a few years will only continue. Why not be a part of the ride?