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Austin Fraser Overview

Reading, England
51 to 200 employees
2007
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
£50 to £100 million (GBP) per year
We are Austin Fraser, an award-winning, international recruitment consultancy with specialist consultants covering the Technology, and Life Science industries globally.

Founded in 2007, we have thriving offices in Reading, UK; Munich, Hamburg and Berlin ... Read more

Mission: To continually create opportunities for our people to reach their potential.

Company Updates

  • When it comes to social and civil justice, Austin Fraser takes a very clear stance.

  • Amidst the pandemic, Austin Fraser has adapted and asked all of our employees to work remotely! Since every employee is supplied with a MacBook laptop, bluetooth headset, and soft phone, the transition has been fairly seamless! At the end of our first remote week, our people have shown amazing creativity and achieved excellent results for our clients and candidates. To celebrate, we had our very first virtual Beer:30!

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Austin Fraser – Why Work With Us?


WHO ARE WE?

We are an award-winning, international recruiting company with specialist consultants covering various industries globally. Our brands? Austin Fraser Technology and Austin Vita Life Sciences. Founded in 2007, we have a thriving brand across the U.K, Europe and the U.S including offices in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg in Germany, as well as Denver, Dallas, Austin and most recently, San Diego. 

We strive to know our candidates personally so we can direct them to the best opportunities that are in line with their goals and motivations. Working as an extension of our clients as recruitment partners, we forge long-lasting relationships based on trust and excellent results.

We’re committed to each one of our employees, ensuring they’re able to work in an outstanding environment and are equipped with the tools and skills they need to succeed in their fields. We continue to earn industry awards around the world for being a top employer.

 

WHAT'S OUR STORY?

With a vision to become a company that constantly allows people to reach their full potential our co-founders, Pete and Del, kicked off the AF story back in 2007 with self belief, ambition, one big dream... and a couple of beers.

As their client base grew, so did the team, with the introduction of the first Austin Fraser hire - James Simpson, Contract Recruiter. He’s now our UK Tech Director for by the way, we’re big on growth and progression

As the first few years went by, the team continued to grow, the Austin Fraser reputation grew ever stronger, and the the clients flocked, and in 2012 we open our second office - Munich, Germany. It was a huge success and continues to be so.

Three years later, in 2015, we expanded once again, this time jumping across the pond to Austin Texas, USA.

All three offices took off with great success, and so in 2017, we set up shop in both Berlin, Germany and Denver, Colorado, USA.

You might be thinking "that’s a lot to take on in one year?" But it’s nothing we can’t handle.

We did, however, give ourselves a little break before opening up our next office in 2018: Dallas Texas, USA.

We then launched newest member of our German offices Hamburg. Hamburg opening in Germany - March 2019. 

So what was next?

First...lets take a step back. In 2007, Austin Fraser started out as a specialist agency recruiting into the Technology sector, our Technology teams continue to grow globally!

With the continued growth of our Life Sciences brand we decided it was time to give it it's own identity. 

Austin Fraser meets Austin Vita. 

So this has been the most exciting year for us yet! 

For the past 10 years we've been growing with you in the medical technology, digital health, diagnostics and pharmaceutical sectors we are so excited to introduce Austin Vita - Where life meets science. 

Keeping the DNA the same we now have our two brands. 

In October 2019 we launched our first San Diego - Austin Vita office! 

 

We’re continually growing and moving forward, and we don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. 

So if you're as ambitious as us, we'd love to hear from you! 

You’ll love working at AF, but don’t just take our word for it, we’ve been recognised by ‘The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ for the last 8 years running. The lovely people at Sunday Times have also placed us on their Fast track 200 of the fastest growth businesses for the last 2 years.

We strike the balance between having fun and creating a mature and supportive environment that breeds success.

We’re striving to build teams that are the best talent in the world!

We’re always on the lookout for awesome people to join us here at Austin Fraser.

A background in sales is certainly ideal, but we appreciate that everybody needs to start somewhere. We don’t look for keywords on a CV, you’re a real person with a real personality, and we want to get to know you! 

If your looking to get stuck into a career in Recruitment, or to simply learn more, we want to hear from you!

Sales not your cup of tea? Why not check out life in our Central Services team!

 Alternatively, if you think AF isn’t for you, that’s fine, perhaps you have a friend who would be a great fit? Feel free to send them our way!

Welcome to Central Services.

What Do We Do?

We generally keep the world spinning. We’re tech support, we’re marketing, we’re legal, we're people and culture, we’re finance, we’re payroll, you name it, we’re it.

 If sales isn’t your thing but you still want to work for a rather amazing company, why not get in contact to see how you could become a part of the AF squad.

So why work for us?

Joining the AF family comes with plenty of perks to make life that little bit sweeter.

You’ll have unlimited potential. We’re very proud of our retention rate, and this is largely down to options galore for our staff. If you’re a hard worker then the possibilities are endless.

 Our recruitment consultants have a fully uncapped commision structure with no threshold. For every pound you bill, you’ll get commission for!

 Holiday incentives. We’re do we start with the holiday incentives? - Las Vegas, Barbados, Barcelona, we’ve been to them all, and we want you to come with us! With three holiday incentives a year, there’s plenty of chances! Oh, and there’s no limit to how many you can go on!

 We’re committed to each one of our employees, ensuring you'll be able to work in the best environments and equipped with the tools and skills you'll need to exceed in your fields, and we will continue to earn industry awards around the world for being a top class employer.

Austin Fraser Reviews

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
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    I have been working at Austin Fraser full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    AF has provided me with an opportunity and platform to truly be myself and I'm lucky enough to have found an environment to excel in. I work with some of the best talent in the industry and genuinely feel like part of a family.

    We don't profess to be perfect at everything but we work really hard to create an environment for those that have the right values and work ethic to excel in and carve out a career. It's certainly not about working 12 hour days, although there is likely to be days that you may want to, but it's about ensuring we support individuals to work smartly and ensure they have the best tools available to help our customers identify the best and right talent for them.

    There are ups and downs in recruitment and it is a tough gig, which is why it isn't right for everyone. We have an extensive and thorough interview process but yes we have made mistakes, like all businesses, and have hired individuals that don't reflect our values or that can't work at our pace with our growth ambitions and they are not for us. Despite the odd, obscure and tainted comments on here we genuinely wish anyone who leaves us all the best for the future, evidently some may feel bitter that they didn't do themselves justice or demonstrate the right values....honesty is paramount for a successful career here.

    If you genuinely have the right family values and a sound work ethic to drive and shape your own career then come have a chat with us - you'll love it...... and it's a great laugh!

    Cons

    Weekends......;-)
    I love change and a challenge but that isn't for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    loving your work - keep going, keep listening and constantly strive to be even better leaders.

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Austin Fraser Photos

Austin Fraser photo of: Best Company Culture Award
Austin Fraser photo of: ASM Christmas Party 2018
Austin Fraser photo of: ASM Christmas Party 2018
Austin Fraser photo of: Doing Deals on wheels
Austin Fraser photo of: Our newest Team - Hamburg!
Austin Fraser photo of: The conga, well just because we like to conga
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Austin Fraser Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Austin Fraser (Reading, England) in July 2019.

    Interview

    A rather in depth process made fun and relaxed; initial steps began with a phone screen with the talent team; leading to an being invited to a face to face meeting with hiring managers involving a sales pitch; followed by a further invite to present myself and my own values to a small panel of managers and directors. Not too intense considering the job role!

    Interview Questions

    • What challenges have you faced in your career and how have you overcome them?   Answer Question
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Austin Fraser Awards & Accolades

  • Investors in People Gold Award, Investors in People, 2015
  • Investors in People Health & Wellbeing Award, Investors in People, 2015
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For (3rd), Best Companies Group, 2017
  • #16 Best Places to Work in Austin, Austin Business Journal, 2018
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, Sunday Times Best Companies, 2019
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