Earlier this summer, AXON was named as one of UK’s ‘Best Workplaces for Women in 2019’ (Medium Category). The accolade is something that we’re all extremely proud of and have subsequently been shouting about from our lovely roof terrace – rightly so in my book!
That being said, it occurred to me that although many people outside the company may know about our award, do they really know why we won it? Do they know what it is really like working at AXON? With that in mind, I thought I’d share a couple of my recent experiences.
Being a mum at AXON
I am sure all parents returning from parental leave can relate to the trepidation that ensues just before you head back to the office (in my case, after an absence of 13 months). For me, the thought of my old world – pre-baby – filled me with feelings of dread. In reality, I shouldn’t have worried. The transition was stress-free, and I’d go as far as to say enjoyable. This was down to the senior teams’ efforts to make it that way, the commitment to their employees and ensuring that it is a workplace for everyone, regardless of personal circumstances. As a new mum, I cannot communicate my gratitude to my employer enough.
Now, four months in, I can happily say I feel the same. The combination of the company’s flexibility, from the working hours to being able to work from home, has been a godsend!
AXON’s investment in its people
Training has always been a major focus for AXON. At the last count, AXON was able to boast that each employee is entitled to 37.5 hours of training a year (that’s an entire week dedicated to each employee’s learning). Training is delivered in a variety of forms ranging from internal peer to peer sessions, online learning, to weekend-long, overseas trips!
Only this past weekend I was lucky enough to attend The Institute 201, which was held in Toronto, Canada, and run by senior leaders from across the firm. The course itself is surrounded by a certain amount of mystery, with its particular contents unknown to all, apart from those who have attended. Although I won’t be exposing any secrets, I will say is that it is a wonderful, albeit intense experience which teaches hugely valuable consultancy skills and provides a chance to meet many brilliant brains from across the network.
So there you go, just a few great reasons why I believe AXON was named as one of the ‘Best Workplaces for Women in 2019’. Of course, I haven’t been able to cover all the fantastic things that AXON offers in this short blog post – check out Antonia’s blog post to read more – but hopefully it serves as a good overview of what has kept me here since graduating in 2010. If you’re interested in joining the team, we are always looking to speak with talented individuals with a passion for science and healthcare, so do check out our live roles, or get in touch with one of our HR team via the contact details listed on our Career’s Page.
By Carolyn Armstrong, Senior Program Director