Cognitive Group

What Hunted Says

Based in London, Cognitive is a specialist in Microsoft Tech and Transformation, their clients include funky fashion brands, adventurous global agencies and thought leading consultancies. But it’s their culture that's really unique, they all work collaboratively on clients and candidates, and instead of chasing KPI’s and money, they focus on building relationships. Their commitment to training is awesome, with up to 20 hours per week provided. There are also some cool perks on offer such as weekly flexi time and finishing at 3pm every summer Friday. With all of this, it’s no wonder you’ll be billing 48% above industry standard.

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors

Work-life balance is key - so we give every other Friday off!

Who are we?

Experts in Microsoft talent acquisition. We build teams and nurture careers within cloud, business applications, automation and AI. Our aim is to give you the freedom to be you at work but also to thrive by providing the tools, support and opportunity to transform your career. With tools such a Linkedin recruiter and Hinterview as standard, plus our brand and market position, you are already one step ahead.

Laura's resting smile face...

Our CEO Jon. Loves the camera.

Howdy Partner

The credibility of being a Microsoft Partner means you get a different response from candidates and clients.

"What camera? Didn't even know it was there."

Our very own Women in Dynamics event (now called Dynamics Does Diversity).

10 years' specialist experience

I'm not sure if you can tell, but Microsoft is the ‘main event’ here so not only will you have access to 47,000 registered Microsoft candidates, but it means each conversation, lead, referral, training, and every penny of marketing budget is linked to the area you focus on.

Our Company Values

Nick trying his best to ignore Faye ; )

What our people say about us...

Brand Credibility

We sponsor and attend the main Microsoft events ie Future DeCoded, 365 Saturday and host our own Azure Meets Ups, so the brand affiliation with Microsoft is incredibly strong……especially compared to non-specialist agencies of which there are 26,000 odd in the UK, making it easier for you to stand out.

What our clients say about us...

We're the Global Talent and Recruitment Sponsor for 365 Saturday

Snowy having a rare beer on a Friday (we finish at 3pm on Fridays during the summer!)

Awards and Recognition

This year we have been shortlisted for a number of awards including: APSCo - Diversity and Inclusion 2017 Recruiter Investing in Talent - Best IT Company to Work For 2017 Recruiter Investing in Talent Best Personal Development Programme 2017

Our Talent Manager Berker

Glassdoor Reviews

We have a 4.6 star rating on Glassdoor. Let's face it, that's rare in recruitment!

"I've hit the Ibiza incentive again?! That's embarrassing..."


* Very competitive basic salary reflective of experience. * Up to £42k for Principal Consultants. * New commission structure, making it one of the most competitive in the market * Excellent benefits. * All expenses paid incentive trips connected to performance. * Monthly "Lunch Clubs" in Michelin Star restaurants. * Private Healthcare. * Quick progression and opportunity to build a specialist team. * Shares/Equity once at Principle level and above. * Recruiter license * International Relocation – visas, accommodation, financial support and travel * Back Office Support - Admin, Marketing and Finance Other benefits: * Summer Fridays 3pm finish. * Mobile phone allowance. * Weekly healthy snacks, wellbeing hub and other discounts. * Quarterly team events. * Yearly birthday celebration. * Additional holidays awarded for breaking records and length of service. * Friday finish at 4pm. * Flexible working policy. * Beer fridge! * Free laptop. * Between Christmas and NY off. * Recruit to music

You realise you don't actually know how to recruit until you come here - Nikita

Sunglasses game strong for the ladies.

Here come the girls...

As founding members of Women in Recruitment, recruiting, developing and actively promoting women within the business is really important. We want to have a balanced management team with a strong and confident female presence. This mindset has created a respectful company culture where the female voice carries equal weight and diversity of opinion is celebrated! We made a pledge to have two female board members within two years, we achieved this within one, and we are committed to being rated within the top 50 employers of women. Make no mistake, it's exceptional talent that rises through our ranks. Not tenure and gender, but your attitude and performance.

Fun fact; You can actually use the squint in Jon's eyes to tell the time ; )

What our candidates say about us...

Microsoft - It's ALL we do!

"YOU get a laptop, YOU get a laptop, EVERYONE gets a laptop!"

Our 10th Birthday Celebrations

Joe loves a pose. Absolute natural!


Diversity and Inclusion

We are proud to lead on Dynamics does Diversity - partnering with Microsoft on their diversity plans. We always look for the best candidate for the job but encourage diversity wherever we can. Our most recent event at the Shard was the biggest yet with a great turn out!

Very competitive and clear commission structure...

Culture - the heart of our business.

It's probably easier to tell you what our culture isn't like! We don't have an old school approach, we won't micromanage you, we won't make you work ridiculous hours and we won't make you feel stupid, ever. What we will do is offer you support, care, collaboration and an ear whenever you need one. You will feel included, valued, recognised and respected.

Our Ops Manager Paps Happy, Sean not so much : (

Poor quality picture, good quality night!

It's so friendly & involved. People always ask "what are you doing for lunch, where are you going on a Friday, do you want to come to the pub?" It's just a great place to work. - Laura

It was a blurry kind of night...

Why our people stay at Cognitive

Our culture is one of the main reasons people state for joining and staying within the business. It’s highly supportive and collaborative, but with freedom for you to make the role your own, and bring your style to how things are achieved - including flexi-time working to ensure your professional life compliments your real life!

Some of our lovely ladies!

The lovely Megan and Jon

What do we look for?

When hiring we look for three things: Drive is the most important characteristic – you will be tenacious, hungry, and passionate, with a background of wanting to be the best. You will set yourself challenging goals and will do what it takes and don't like to fail! How you interact with others is also important. You will be persuasive, you like to influence, convince, cajole, and don't take ‘no’ for an answer. You thrive when building relationships and you are a great team player. Self Management needs to be high – you will always meet commitments, you are well planned, organised, with high integrity and very reliable.


Investment in Tech

We understand the importance of innovation and apply the following products to improve our recruitment process: * Hinterview * Doodle *

10th Birthday Celebrations

I've progressed faster in 3 months than I have in 3 years else where - Ross

High performance coaching

You will be enrolled in a continuous and personalised training programme that will result in you billing 48% higher than the industry average. Yes, really! We take training seriously at Cognitive and we mean it.. You won't be trained by ‘Dave’ who learned his trade donkey’s years ago and is full of out of date stories! 'Telling' you how you should do your job. But rather, last years, yes, only last years, £1m biller who has moved into a dedicated training role because he believes he can train you to be even better than him. If you have ever thought about billing over £500k, not only do we have the formula but someone who is now in a dedicated training and performance role, helping you master the art. As always, you've got a choice, do what you've always done. Or maybe it's time to up your game?

We like to break the rules for exceptional people

We have seen back to back promotions, double promotions, jump a-grade promotions and this makes us really happy. Your career and how fast you progress is ultimately down to you. We will offer all the tools, support, training and a dynamic environment that you need to succeed.

Cognitive Group

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters London
Company Size 51-100

Recruitment Sectors
Technical Technology


  • Award Winning
  • Birthday Off
  • Early Friday Finish
  • Clear Progression Structure
  • Female Leadership
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Great L&D
  • Linguistics
  • Breakout Area
  • Established 10+ Years
  • Visible Commission Structure
  • Meetups or Events
  • Beer Fridge
  • Friday Drinks
  • Business Equity
  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Recruiter Licence
  • Back Office Support
  • International Relocation
  • Recruit to Music
  • Investment in Tech

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