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Spencer Ogden Overview

London, England
201 to 500 employees
2010
Company - Private
Energy
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Spencer Ogden is an award-winning global energy, engineering and infrastructure recruitment company. Recruiting the best international talent across all sectors providing industry-leading services to our clients and candidates that they won’t find elsewhere, for any ... Read more

Mission: Powered by leading industry experts who have helped us grow an international network, we ignite the potential of talent in the energy, infrastructure and engineering industries.

Company Updates

  • Despite the change in the working world that we are all experiencing, we thought it was still important to be celebrating some of our success stories. We spoke to three of our graduates from the Singapore office to find out about their recruitment journeys so far. #LifeatSO #recruitment #hiring #graduates

  • We have been looking at ways to adapt and implement ways of working to support Spencer Ogden globally for the future. We want to continue to create a flexible working environment where we can respond in the most agile way to the demands. #agileworking #flexibleworking

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Spencer Ogden – Why Work With Us?


At Spencer Ogden we specialise in global energy, engineering and infrastructure recruitment and we are looking for talented and driven graduates, experienced recruiters and managers to join our global award-winning business.


As one of the fastest growing recruitment companies in the world, we have offices across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. We offer a competitive basic salary and industry leading uncapped commission with an opportunity to relocate to any of our global locations.


Our dynamic and award-winning training programmes will help you grow and achieve success at each step of your career. No matter what level, every employee at SO is given the support and freedom to thrive. We know how to take you from good to SO great.


Want to find out more? Visit: www.socareers.com

Life at SO is more than just recruitment. Our vibrant culture is at the centre of our success and while we do work hard, we also know how to have fun along the way.

We frequently celebrate our successes with regular competitions, incentives and parties. Our exciting regional all expenses paid incentive trips: Cancun, Miami, Fiji just to name a few, are a big part of the culture. We are consistently rewarding and motivating our staff.

Our office designs are industry-leading. Our trademark open plan offices feature AstroTurf flooring, decadent meeting rooms and local region styling, designed to energise and motivate and ultimately make coming to work an enjoyable experience.

It is our innovative culture and way of thinking that has got us where we are today.

On Instagram? Search #LifeatSO to see what our employees get up to across our global offices.

At Spencer Ogden, we’ve got plenty of perks! Whether it is starting your weekend early with a 3pm finish on Friday, keeping active with a discounted gym membership or enjoying your birthday at home with family and friends; we offer a wide range of benefits to help you love life in and out of the office.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Dress down Fridays
  • Friday 3pm finish
  • End of month celebratory drinks
  • Day off on your birthday
  • Paid time off and company holidays
  • Pension scheme (EMEA) & 401(K) plan(US)
  • 100% company paid medical and dental insurance coverage*
  • Family friendly policies (including paid maternity leave)
  • Flexible working
  • Paid volunteer time off work
  • Discounted gym memberships*
  • Up to 50% off restaurants, retailers, grocery stores and more*

….and so much more!

At Spencer Ogden our people are at the core of our business and we are committed to their development.

All consultants and support staff are provided with a bespoke Career Framework and associated personal development plan that clearly outlines what individuals need to do in order to achieve their next promotion, pay rise and increase their responsibilities.

The Career Framework has allowed staff to use SO as a springboard to lead their own departments, teams and functions in many of our offices worldwide.

#GrowthwithSO

Stephanie Tan, Recruitment Consultant, Singapore

Career Highlights:

  • Managed two large O&G Company accounts 
  • Secured 8 placements within her first three months at SO 

“I started my journey at SO as a fresh grad, where I had zero experience in the field of recruitment. Our local learning and development team provided me with a solid training programme that allowed me to acquire all the skills I needed to know for my first day on desk. Since then, I have gained valuable advice from managers and many of my peers. The culture at SO has also helped me develop important values in my approach to work, including time management, discipline and tenacity.”

 

Jeaneen Blalack, Account Manager, Houston

Career Highlights:

  • Four years experience
  • 2017 and 2018 Americas Top Biller

“At SO, my managers and colleagues have helped me learn every position from top to bottom, as well as every company within the offshore drilling industry. I truly feel like I have become an expert within my field. Not only has this company taught me valuable sales tools, it has introduced me to some great people, and most importantly, the ability to provide a great life for my son.”

 

Tom Reid, APAC Regional Director and Board Member

Career Highlights: 

  • Progressed from London graduate to APAC Director within seven years 
  • Highest billing year as a consultant £1.25 million 

“I joined SO because I wanted the chance of building a career. So far I’m progressing as I hoped, having already achieved two promotions to date. As a Manager at SO, I am required to lead by example, manage budgets, actively assist in the achievement of team targets, whilst identifying opportunities that can further develop our junior members of staff. It’s also a fulfilling experience when I can help bring on new business for my team and SO.”

Spencer Ogden Reviews

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    Helpful (2)

    "Sincere efforts to guide and develop/ groom young professionals and graduates. Solid even during Covid-19 difficulties!"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment in Singapore (Singapore)
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    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Structured Learning and Development Programs, High employee-employer engagement culture, WFH Policies ( even before Covid-19), Clear Career Path for promotion and organic growth. Weekly discussions on your progress as a team member. Diverse environment with experienced top billers who can mentor you on your growth. Collaboration is a big word for this company- you can even reach out and seek out mentorship from other leaders within the company aside to your manager.

    Regular Town hall meetings where everyone is encouraged to ask their leaders from different locations questions about growth, welfare, and company plans. Opens the channel of communication to be heard and takes recommendations carefully.

    Competitive package, career trajectory is attainable, promotion and salary increment are both based on milestones/targets met.

    Cons

    This is a place that you join if you want to specialise in their core brands ( Renewables, Oil and Gas, Built Environment, Power/utilities/Automation). If you are a young or aspiring recruiter and you want to be a niche /specialist professional -- this is a good choice.

    However, if you are more attracted to becoming a generalist recruiter, it may not the opportunities you will find here may not match your career aspirations. It takes a certain personality to prefer being a specialist. If you are unsure, an open chat or conversation will certainly not hurt.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going in making efforts to stand out in the market in terms of showing compassion and improving working standards for the team. The new policies, frequency of the upper management in holding town meetings and opening the floor for questions and recommendations-- this is your strength.

    One voice- clear communication- you are already improving your approach on both so please continue doing so. These directly affect employees motivation.

    CHRO/HR- Big thank you for listening to us.

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Spencer Ogden Photos

Spencer Ogden photo of: SO EMEA Values day
Spencer Ogden photo of: All dressed up and looking forward to the European Wind Investment Awards 2019. Good luck to the Renewables team who have been shortlisted as finalists for Recruitment Company of the Year
Spencer Ogden photo of: Oil and Gas Team celebrating winning “Team of the Year” at the 2019 SO EMEA awards
Spencer Ogden photo of: Americas Incentive
Spencer Ogden photo of: Halloween
Spencer Ogden photo of: Training
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Spencer Ogden Interviews

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    Interview

    This company gave me high hopes and led me on as if I was going to get the job throughout the process, only to give me a no at the end although I was supposedly "front runner" the whole time. Really pushed me by telling me I was better than what I was applying for only to give me a simple no after all without constructive feedback.

    Terrible to play with people during these times and give them false hope without an explanation or clear constructive feedback. Disappointing company, disappointing experience.

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Spencer Ogden Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (Small), The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, National Business Awards - UK, 2013
  • Best Recruitment Company to Work For, Recruitment International Awards, 2013
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2014
  • International Track 200, Sunday Times, 2013
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