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

LocationLondon
Size51-100
IndustryRecruitment/Search

Recruitment Sectors
TechnicalTechnology

Our CEO Jon. Loves the camera.

Laura's resting smile face...

Sunglasses game strong for the ladies.

Why are we the best for Microsoft?

* As a Microsoft Partner, the credibility it brings - you get a different response from candidates and clients. * Being so well networked in Microsoft UK, we know and meet the leaders in the cloud business, and customers they’ve won, so knowing where to focus is powerfully simple. * Delivering to your roles is just a bit easier with 47,000 registered Microsoft candidates on our database, all the phone numbers, notes and background from 11 years of working in this space. * 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. * Microsoft is the ‘main event’ at Cognitive, so each conversation, lead, referral, training, and every penny of marketing budget is linked to the area you focus on.

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

We plan to open a New York office in late 2019/early 2020. Fancy going out there?

Who are we?

We are a team of energetic and vivacious business people who happen to work in recruitment and absolutely love it. Don't believe us? Ask any one of our 40 people (soon to be 50!). Yes, we know it's a massive jump, but the industry is exploding and we have the foundations in place to not only facilitate a growth of this size, but to flourish. "How?" we hear you cry... We have hired the best possible people to support our core values - care, commitment and collaboration and have a solid business plan in place to support them. Having been described as: "a breath of fresh air" by both candidates and clients alike, we are a in a unique situation where we are actually liked... a rarity in recruitment.

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

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

Our Talent Manager Berker

Our Company Values

Nick trying his best to ignore Faye ; )

What our people say about us...

Benefits

* 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 (as well as easy to understand!). * 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. Other benefits include: * 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.

What our clients say about us...

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

What our candidates say about us...

Glassdoor Reviews

We have a 4.6 star rating on Glassdoor. Let's face it, that's rare in recruitment! https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Cognitive-Group-Reviews-E1278349.htm

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Microsoft - It's ALL we do! More specifically MS Dynamics

Very competitive and clear commission structure...

Poor quality picture, good quality night!

Why are we here and what is our purpose?

We have two WHY's; Become the most recommended international Microsoft Staffing business. We want to empower our teams, understand their purpose and passions and give them a career that leaves them happier and more successful by working with us.

Our 10th Birthday Celebrations

Joe loves a pose. Absolute natural!

Some of our lovely ladies!

#Lads

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.

Mentoring at Cognitive

Our recently launched mentoring programme has the goal of ensuring you feel happier inside and outside of work and more successful in your career and personal life. We put all our employees at the heart of everything we do, we want you to feel good about yourself and your achievements and remind you of how great you are when you might forget!

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

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.

10th Birthday Celebrations

It was a blurry kind of 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

Why join? Why now?

We know exactly where we want to go, and we know exactly how we are going to get there... but we need the right kind of people to do it. We have a two-year and five-year business plan, that introduces brand new roles, opportunities to all our people, including fast progression and personal development plans. By joining us now, you will be a big part of a big success story.

The Impact we have made on some of our team

I was promoted five times in 2 years! This helped me grow my confidence and my bank balance! - Chris I've developed my leadership skills and impacted my team in a really positive way - Zak I purchased my first home and paid for my wedding :) - Liz The relationships with Microsoft have meant we have more buy-in with clients and candidates, making what can be a challenging job at times a lot easier! - James I feel like I have become a better version of myself in just 6 months and I love coming to work! - Effi I am constantly challenged and put out of my comfort zone, that has helped me grow as a person - David feel like I have learned more here than I ever have, and I'm a better recruiter - Chris I multiplied my billings x5 working here and had the autonomy to choose my market focus with a lot of support - Dave

The lovely Megan and Jon

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.

Nick having some "me" time...

Festive...

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!

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?

Cognitive Group

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters London
Company Size 51-100

Recruitment Sectors
Technical Technology

Badges

  • 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

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.

Why join? Why now?

We know exactly where we want to go, and we know exactly how we are going to get there... but we need the right kind of people to do it. We have a two-year and five-year business plan, that introduces brand new roles, opportunities to all our people, including fast progression and personal development plans. By joining us now, you will be a big part of a big success story.

Benefits

* 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 (as well as easy to understand!). * 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. Other benefits include: * 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.

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.

Who are we?

We are a team of energetic and vivacious business people who happen to work in recruitment and absolutely love it. Don't believe us? Ask any one of our 40 people (soon to be 50!). Yes, we know it's a massive jump, but the industry is exploding and we have the foundations in place to not only facilitate a growth of this size, but to flourish. "How?" we hear you cry... We have hired the best possible people to support our core values - care, commitment and collaboration and have a solid business plan in place to support them. Having been described as: "a breath of fresh air" by both candidates and clients alike, we are a in a unique situation where we are actually liked... a rarity in recruitment.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

Mentoring at Cognitive

Our recently launched mentoring programme has the goal of ensuring you feel happier inside and outside of work and more successful in your career and personal life. We put all our employees at the heart of everything we do, we want you to feel good about yourself and your achievements and remind you of how great you are when you might forget!

Nick having some "me" time...

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

Laura's resting smile face...

Nick trying his best to ignore Faye ; )

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

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

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

Joe loves a pose. Absolute natural!

Sunglasses game strong for the ladies.

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

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

It was a blurry kind of night...

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

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

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 10th Birthday Celebrations

The lovely Megan and Jon

Our CEO Jon. Loves the camera.

10th Birthday Celebrations

Some of our lovely ladies!

#Lads

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

Poor quality picture, good quality night!

Festive...

Why are we here and what is our purpose?

We have two WHY's; Become the most recommended international Microsoft Staffing business. We want to empower our teams, understand their purpose and passions and give them a career that leaves them happier and more successful by working with us.

The Impact we have made on some of our team

I was promoted five times in 2 years! This helped me grow my confidence and my bank balance! - Chris I've developed my leadership skills and impacted my team in a really positive way - Zak I purchased my first home and paid for my wedding :) - Liz The relationships with Microsoft have meant we have more buy-in with clients and candidates, making what can be a challenging job at times a lot easier! - James I feel like I have become a better version of myself in just 6 months and I love coming to work! - Effi I am constantly challenged and put out of my comfort zone, that has helped me grow as a person - David feel like I have learned more here than I ever have, and I'm a better recruiter - Chris I multiplied my billings x5 working here and had the autonomy to choose my market focus with a lot of support - Dave

Microsoft - It's ALL we do! More specifically MS Dynamics

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!

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

Our Talent Manager Berker

What our clients say about us...

What our candidates say about us...

What our people say about us...

Glassdoor Reviews

We have a 4.6 star rating on Glassdoor. Let's face it, that's rare in recruitment! https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Cognitive-Group-Reviews-E1278349.htm

Our Company Values

We plan to open a New York office in late 2019/early 2020. Fancy going out there?

Very competitive and clear commission structure...

Why are we the best for Microsoft?

* As a Microsoft Partner, the credibility it brings - you get a different response from candidates and clients. * Being so well networked in Microsoft UK, we know and meet the leaders in the cloud business, and customers they’ve won, so knowing where to focus is powerfully simple. * Delivering to your roles is just a bit easier with 47,000 registered Microsoft candidates on our database, all the phone numbers, notes and background from 11 years of working in this space. * 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. * Microsoft is the ‘main event’ at Cognitive, so each conversation, lead, referral, training, and every penny of marketing budget is linked to the area you focus on.

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

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