What’s it like to work for OHL? The multinational construction group tell us
OHL is one of the largest international construction groups with a history of more than 100 years, it operates in almost 30 countries across 5 continents. We wanted to find out a bit more about working for this prestigious company. We spoke to OHL’s HR Specialist Cherie Coburn. Here’s what she had to say…
Can you tell us what roles OHL is recruiting for?
OHL Ireland are recruiting for a wide range of roles including senior and junior Quantity Surveyors, Senior Site Engineer/Project Manager, Accounting Technician/Assistant Accountant and assistant HR administrator.
Other than skills, what are the qualities you look for when hiring new team members?
We are interested in individuals who are willing to embark on that next big challenge. Someone who will contribute to the future brand of OHL Ireland
Given that you work across the world, how important are languages?
The preferred language is English but if they have additional languages, it’s always a bonus.
What can new hires expect during their first week?
During the first week new hires are introduced to the team, given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the organisation. They also receive the appropriate onsite training.
Is there anything many new hires find challenging when they first start with OHL?
Speaking from my own experience, the thing I found different for me, more so than challenging was the size of the organisation. There is a very high level of support for each individual from their own department, or from senior management.
OHL has worked on some very impressive projects around the world. Which ones are you most proud of?
My personal favourite to date is the modern Rey Juan Carlos hospital in Madrid, Spain (pictured above) and also in contrast, the Centro Canalejas Madrid Spain. I am really proud of the current project of the National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane which will impact largely on the Irish construction industry employment market.
What makes your company a great place to work?
OHL originated in Spain but it is very keen to embrace the Irish culture, ensure each individual is comfortable and happy. OHL Ireland promotes communication by engaging with employees. The company provides employees with ongoing opportunities to learn, develop and grow. The management team are also very caring and knowledgeable.
What about opportunities for advancement?
There are plenty of opportunities to advance in OHL Ireland, with new projects in the early development stages in both Ireland and the UK.
What about relocating overseas – is this something employees get a chance to do?
There are opportunities to work in Ireland or the UK in the foreseeable future. There are also plenty of opportunities in the rest of Europe and other continents.
What do you enjoy most about your own job?
I love being part of something larger and make a difference. I enjoy the variety; every day I am faced with a new challenge. I am able to use my skills and knowledge as well as push myself in areas that I am unsure of. The company welcomes my input and encourages me.
Most of us have had at least one interview that didn’t go according to plan. Have you ever messed up a job interview yourself? If so, could you tell us about it?
I could write a book on this!
Looking back now I feel that it wasn’t so much that I messed up but more that the company I was being interviewed for wasn’t right for me. If I was not made to feel comfortable, then it was a bad interview. Potential candidates need to remember that the interview should be two-way process. Candidates have the opportunity to promote themselves along with their capabilities and aspirations to the employing company. A prudent potential employer should encourage that.
Is there anything else you’d like potential recruits to know?
This is a great opportunity to be a part of currently one of the largest projects in the country, with a Government body. Two companies’ combined, one local and one international, this collaboration and diverse workforce among the team members guarantees that together we can create a good environment to learn a lot in a short period of time.