What it does: Professional services
Staff stats: Around 10,000
The good bits: Flexible working options
The not so good bits: Pay could be higher
In 1928 a consulting engineer who specialised in water and sewage projects opened a private practice in Melbourne. That engineer, Alan Gutteridge, subsequently invited Gerald Haskins and Geoffrey Davey to join forces with him. Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey, later shortened to GHD, came into being.
WWII was a mixed blessing for the partnership – many staff enlisted but there were also plenty of defence contracts won. After the war, the business really took off. It expanded into transportation, manufacturing plants, building and civil works, energy, mining and dams. Australians can thank GHD for everything from the provision of sewage systems and potable water throughout Tasmania, too much of the rebuilding of Darwin after Cyclone Tracey, to the design of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, to the desalination plants in major cities that will provide water in the event of a severe drought.
GHD‘s global expansion began in the 1970s with a joint venture in Malaysia. Since that time, the firm has established a presence in New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, Chile, the Middle East and China. Over the last nine decades, GHD has expanded both through strong organic growth and frequent mergers and acquisitions.
GHD now operates in the global markets of water, energy, resources, environment, property, buildings and transportation. It currently provides architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services to a range of private and public-sector clients all across the world. Thousands of architects, economists, engineers, project managers and environmental scientists are employed at over 200 GHD offices spread across five continents and 10 countries.
GHD is an employee-owned business.
GHD is an equal opportunities employer. It hires without regard to an individual's race, colour, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age or national origin.
GHD champions “gender equality, cultural diversity, LGBTI inclusion and adapting to the needs of generational workers”.
GHD is committed to sustainable development. It aspires to improve the physical, natural and social environments of the communities in which it operates. The firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, GHD in the Community, is designed to produce positive social and environmental impacts. These program sponsors or otherwise supports organisations including Engineers Without Borders around the world.
As a diverse business, GHD recruits grads from many disciplines. The firm aims to hire people who will embrace its values of safety, teamwork, respect and integrity.
The recruitment process appears to involve making an online application then attending an interview. If you want to make it to the interview stage, you’ll need to submit a strong cover letter. One that, along with all the standard information, outlines how your skills match the grad role on offer and how your “unique contribution of attributes” can add value to GHD. If you are invited to an interview, make sure you convey what you’re hoping to get out of working at GHD, what skills and passion you bring to the table and how your academic qualifications, as well as your life and work experience, make you a natural fit for both the firm and the role you are applying for.
GHD’s two-year grad program takes an integrated, holistic approach to develop future leaders and technical specialists. The program is a combination of tailored learning and development programs, site visits, business and social networking events, and mentoring. You will also gain invaluable on-the-job experience and create networks that will last a lifetime.
GHD is an employee-owned business, which means the better the firm does, the better it’s employee shareholders do.
As part of its efforts to create a more diverse workforce, GHD has introduced flexible working arrangements, as well as generous maternity and paternity leave. It appears the firm offers the standard benefits such as subsidised insurance and gym memberships and a well-stocked office kitchen.
Over time, staff may be offered the opportunity to buy shares in the firm but need to sell them when they leave.
Given the size of GHD and the scope of its operations, there are plenty of opportunities for strong performers to advance rapidly. GHD encourages staff to attain professional accreditation in their discipline. It also provides them with access to the GHD Business School. This provides “diverse learning opportunities” that allow GHD staff to “acquire the experience and knowledge you need to be a truly effective member of our team”.
Grads can participate in GHD’s Young Professionals Group, which “mixes learning and global networking across a wide range of social, community and professional development activities”.
Like all GHD staff, grads are encouraged to make use of their Career Pathways tool. This supports and guides employees to develop an impressive portfolio of skills and experiences, so they are well-positioned to advance their careers.
Like most professional service firms, GHD expects a high standard of performance but rewards its employees handsomely for their efforts. GHD has a genuine commitment to diversity and, in particular, creating a more female-friendly workplace. At GHD, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of projects and will potentially have opportunities to travel around New Zealand and internationally.
Our globally connected network
12 countries, 5 continents
10,000 + people
5 Market Sectors
70+ services - providing a breadth of consultancy services across engineering, architecture, environmental and construction sectors
Graduate Development Assignments
As a client service-led organisation, you will have opportunities to work on a diverse range of projects for clients in varied locations, working in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams led by industry leaders. We cover the full project lifecycle - from planning to designing, sustaining, enhancing and retiring assets - across the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.
In our client service-led organisation, you will have opportunities to work on a diverse range of projects for clients in varied locations, working in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams led by industry leaders.
GHD is committed to the principle of lifelong learning. With the support of the GHD Business School, your professional development will be achieved through 70% on-the-job learning, 20% coaching and mentoring, and 10% attendance at structured workshops and courses.
On the job learning includes exposure to a variety of projects, disciplines, and metropolitan and regional locations. This will give provide you the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of different people.
You will develop your capabilities to become a great technical consultant for clients, and progress your career goals.
GHD encourages staff to attain Professional Accreditation status in their relevant discipline. There are many external Accreditation Programs available to GHD people.
Participating in GHD's Young Professional Group mixes learning and global networking across a wide range of social, community and professional development activities to enhance your experience at GHD. Joining a community of peers from different disciplines, you will develop lasting personal connections and expand your thinking.
Joining a community of peers from different disciplines, you will develop lasting personal connections and expand your thinking.
GHD in the Community
GHD in the Community is GHD's Corporate Social Responsibility program, designed to have a positive social and environmental impact on the communities around us. Driven by the interests of GHD staff the program is delivered through partnering with not-for-profit organisations. This includes the provision of pro-bono services and the support of a range of community-based organisations for fundraising, volunteering, workplace support and engagement.
Innovation is acting on the powerful ideas of our people, clients and partners. At GHD, we are harnessing our market sector knowledge and technical talent across our global network to identify the opportunities and challenges facing communities and then delivering the solutions.
We nurture a culture at GHD that embraces optimism, collaboration, experimentation and curiosity. The Smart Seeds challenge is an example of an initiative that brings together young leaders from GHD and partner organisations to solve some of the most pressing issues facing cities today.
Diversity and Inclusion
At GHD, we want our people to feel comfortable to share all aspects of themselves at work. Our commitment toward diversity in the workplace is driven by a strong conviction that genuine inclusion will deliver greater productivity, creativity, and diversity from deeper pools of talent and through fairer processes for all.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve across five continents. Embracing diversity of thought, background and experience helps us develop imaginative and responsive solutions for our clients that create lasting community benefit.
GHD's commitment to diversity and inclusion is embodied within our strategy and includes: championing gender equality, cultural diversity, LGBTI inclusion, adapting to the needs of generational workers, reconciliation with First peoples as well as flexible working arrangements for our people. Our actions continue to position us as an industry leader.