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I have been working at Search Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)
Culture / working environment - the company makes a huge effort to develop a positive culture really prioritises staff well-being. From the top down, I feel like everyone is genuinely committed to making it a great place to work. As an example, the company recently paid for a number of staff to become 'Mental Health First Aiders'. Search Labs features in the Sunday Times 'Best 100 Companies to Work For' list pretty much every year, which kind of speaks for itself. HR is incredibly supportive and approachable. There are regular meetings for staff to provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve the culture and working environment.
Staff - there are some really bright people here, and everyone is easy to get along with. Many people have been here for 5+ years, so there's a lot of stability - in particular among managers and the directors.
Perks - as you'd expect of a digital agency, perks are good. Healthcare allowance, gym membership, subsidised cafe onsite, big games room with shuffleboard / table tennis / pool / darts / table football, free drinks after work on a Friday, regular social events and parties.
Forward thinking - I feel like Search Labs does a good job of spotting opportunities in the market and taking advantage of them. Digital marketing changes constantly, and senior management seem to always have an eye on what's coming next and are always open to suggestions from staff about new services etc.
Opportunity - generally speaking there's always opportunities for people to learn new skills and progress their careers, and I feel like senior managers and HR make an effort to promote this. In a company of 150 people there'll always be some people who hit a ceiling and need to move elsewhere for career development, but overall there are lots of opportunities across the business
Not really a 'con' as it's kind of a positive thing... but the business is constantly adapting to developments in digital marketing best practice, which means that managers frequently have to implement changes to the way services are delivered, or make changes to team structures. For some people this can be a challenge.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Search Laboratory (Leeds, England).
Longest interview process I've ever done in my life. 3 phone interviews and 2 face-to-face interviews. In the final interview I was required to do a presentation and I got sent the PDF on Monday having the interview on Friday (which was fine), however, on Wednesday I received an Excel with data which was also a part of the presentation that they forgot to include on Monday's email and, at the end, I was rejected apparently because of the data part.
Also, it took 7 days to hear back from them with the final decision, which I think is too many days.
We're thrilled to announce that we have reached the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For for the SIXTH year and the Sunday Times’ SME Export Track 100 for the THIRD year!
We're extremely proud of our amazing team!
This month, we’re furthering our ongoing commitment to supporting mental health in the workplace by training 16 members of staff to be Mental Health First Aiders.