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Spencer Ogden CEO Bradley Lewington
Bradley Lewington
78 Ratings
Pros
  • "The opportunities that can be offered to you if you’re willing to put in some hard work can be life changing(in 25 reviews)

  • "There’s a fun work environment - astroturf floors, ping pong and other things to use during lunch and when you need a break(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "SO will at some point be sold- so all those senior management 'lads' have it coming(in 14 reviews)

  • "Management can be one dimensional in the way they manage performance- KPIs and phone times aren't the only indicators of hard work(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (6)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time

    Pros

    Having worked at other agencies in the industry I can say with full confidence that Spencer Ogden is a truly special and unique place to work. Positivity is promoted and wins are celebrated - there is a hard working culture of success driven, like minded people who enjoy the fruits of their intense labor. There is a real feeling of leading from the front with support from management given you a real sense of togetherness...

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    Cons

    I can not see any real downsides to the company, there is a fair and cohesive environment producing consistent success which employees see in their paychecks and incentives.

    Spencer Ogden2018-06-13

    Spencer Ogden Response

    June 13, 2018Ops Director

    Thank you for your review and really pleasing to see a review with some context in terms of Spencer Ogden in comparison to similar company's. We work hard to ensure a positive and collaborative environment that is win win for all involved. I hope your career and journey here continues ...

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  2. "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time

    Pros

    The office, culture and benefits!

    Cons

    Work hard but that's recruitment!

    Spencer Ogden2019-03-18

    Spencer Ogden Response

    April 15, 2019Director -People and Infrastructure

    Thank you for your short and snappy review! Keep working hard and smart and the rewards will come I assure you

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good firm to start at as a junior...after that I'm not too sure."

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    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Solid training as a junior. If you work hard you'll build a strong foundation. - The initial emphasis on KPI's helps you reach a certain level of productivity very quickly... - Sink or swim type culture. If you thrive under pressure you will do well and build a certain level of resilience to benefit you wherever you go. On the flip side, if you don't suit this type of culture I doubt you'll stay long if the going...

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    Cons

    - After a while, the obsession of hitting somewhat meaningless KPIs from senior management causes productivity to suffer. It does the complete opposite of what is intended. Most people end up making them up just to avoid any stick. I've since moved on to a firm that have no focus on KPIs and I’m now able to focus on what will actually benefit my desk and career, and it has very quickly. - I’ve never known Micro...

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    Advice to Management

    Very simple, I think treat adults as adults. I didn't realise how much I disliked what they call a "high performance culture" until I joined a mature working environment.

    Spencer Ogden2019-03-08

    Spencer Ogden Response

    March 11, 2019Director -People and Infrastructure

    Thank you for your balanced review. I'd like to think we have a balance when it comes to our approach to KPIs and mgmt. We pride ourselves during our high performing leaders programme in encouraging our managers to approach each staff member with an individual approach to managing. ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Five Stars Company"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The training is amazing, kudos to the L&D team - Great support from everyone. If you find yourself struggling with something, there'll always be someone ready to help you - A friendly and vibrant culture - A very transparent career path for sales people

    Cons

    People should just keep in mind that recruitment is not for everyone. It is a numbers game, after all, so obviously, an emphasis on targets and KPIs should be expected.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have more incentives for the Support & Operations staff :)

    Spencer Ogden2019-01-29

    Spencer Ogden Response

    February 7, 2019Director -People and Infrastructure

    Thank you for your review and feedback specifically on our L+D offering. Noted re incentives for support staff.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    overall a good company chances to earn money and get good experience good people and a fun atmosphere at times

    Cons

    too much emphasis on kpi's sense of fun and atmosphere has faded a bit certain markets within the business lack real knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Back the individuals who ask and deserve it

    Spencer Ogden2018-11-13

    Spencer Ogden Response

    November 20, 2018Director -People and Infrastructure

    Thank you for your review. Sadly recruitment is in the most part a numbers game and most certainly for less experienced employees its the building blocks to any successful desk and indeed any recruitment business. Its about balance though so thank you for that feedback. We've ...

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  6. "Worst place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Cool office, new desks etc

    Cons

    Awful culture, dog eat dog environment, non supportive

    Spencer Ogden2018-10-16

    Spencer Ogden Response

    October 18, 2018Director -People and Infrastructure

    Thank you for your short review. I am sorry we were not the right company for you.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Amazing new modern office in the City. Friendly staff and a general positive vibe throughout the office. There's a lot of room for growth, and a very supportive management team behind us. They are always looking for ways to improve and accommodate staff needs, and are always coming up with new incentives to keep everyone motivated. Our training team are excellent at what they do and are always coming up with new ideas...

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    Cons

    More incentives for operations and finance staff

    Spencer Ogden2018-06-26

    Spencer Ogden Response

    June 26, 2018Ops Director

    Thank you for your review. Great to hear that our new London HQ in the city is a hit. Noted re incentives for support services, they are there but I think they need to be more widely published

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment company of choice"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Great career advancement opportunities - Having come to SO as a Grad I worked my way up to team leader. At SO its about performance, and not about how long you have been doing the job. - L&D Team - SO has a dedicated Learning and development team that supports all staff throughout their career. Ranging from BD training to Management Training they cover it all. I am aware of few companies who provide as much...

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    Cons

    - Target Driven environment - its a recruitment agency so this should be a given. If you don't like working to targets and in a sales enviroment, SO/Recruitment might not be for you. However, SO adapts the targets to the individual over time, so not everyone is painted with the same brush which is refreshing!

    Spencer Ogden2018-06-26

    Spencer Ogden Response

    June 26, 2018Ops Director

    Thank you for your review. Great to see another success story from trainee to manager level.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great leadership who generally care about their employees. Potential for sales staff to earn, learn and develop. A healthy rivalry between teams. Recent benefits include dress down and 3 pm finishes on Fridays both big winners.

    Cons

    Clear career path for sales staff needs to be replicated in support functions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening.

    Spencer Ogden2018-06-14

    Spencer Ogden Response

    June 26, 2018Ops Director

    Thank you for your review. Glad to see the recent benefits offerings are going down well. Noted ref career path for support services, something we are working on trying to articulate as we grow as a business and ensure there are transparent opportunities for all.

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Its a fast growing business with a global presence and like-minded ambitious people. There's a good culture in the business with a lot of support from initial training on your start date all the way through to being a Director.

    Cons

    Its "work"! However, on a serious note, its what needs to be understood as people should not go into recruitment if they don't expect to work hard. If you do, the company and platform to be successful in your career is huge.

    Spencer Ogden2018-06-13

    Spencer Ogden Response

    June 26, 2018Ops Director

    Thank you for your review and comments around our career development and the vast opportunities here. I agree that anyone considering a career in recruitment need to be mindful that whilst the rewards are unparalleled it does not suit everyone. Its a tough gig but the platform for ...

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