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Search Laboratory Overview

Leeds, England
51 to 200 employees
2005
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
£10 to £25 million (GBP) per year
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Established in 2005, Search Laboratory is an award-winning integrated digital marketing agency with offices in Leeds, London, and New York.

Our expert teams are full of innovative ideas to help our clients achieve the best results possible from their digital ... Read more

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    I have been working at Search Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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.

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Search Laboratory Photos

Search Laboratory photo of: The Search Labs team!
Search Laboratory photo of: Congratulations to our team who completed the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for Guide Dogs! We are very proud of you!
Search Laboratory photo of: We recently rolled out of bed and came to work in our PJ’s to raise money for Guide Dogs! It was a very comfy day!
Search Laboratory photo of: We celebrated our 7th year in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For! #weareSL
Search Laboratory photo of: We celebrated our 7th year in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For! This year we ranked 58th!
Search Laboratory photo of: Our US team held a Valentine’s fundraiser in support of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America's VetDogs featuring these good boys! 🐶
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Search Laboratory Interviews

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    Advertising Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Search Laboratory (Leeds, England).

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you would manage speaking with clients? (because I'm not an English native speaker)   Answer Question
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Search Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Companies Group, 2017
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Companies Group, 2016
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