Aquent | Vitamin T

What Hunted Says

There's something to suit everyone at Aquent. They have a service and delivery model AND a 360 team. They offer you a choice of hours to work. Each consultant gets £5k per year to spend on Learning and Development and your commission is tailored to the team and style of recruitment you're on! Your recruitment career is completely tailored to you at Aquent. Read on below!

Key Info

LocationLondon
Size21-50
IndustryRecruitment/Search

Recruitment Sectors
Creative & DesignDigital & MediaMarketing

Aquent and VitaminT 101

We have 38 offices, across 7 different countries and are still privately owned by the people who set us up, over 30 years ago. That's a long time to be working in the digital, marketing and creative space both sides of the pond and into ASPAC! Because we have a service and delivery model plus a 360 team - so that means we have roles to suit every recruiter, whether they love the buzz of sales, building talent relationships or a mix of the two. Want to work with THE biggest brands out there? We count Facebook, Microsoft, Google, MTV, Sony and Disney and many others on our client list, plus great agencies, start-ups and SMEs. There are about 30 recruiters in London a growing team of 3 in our new Reading office. Plus, our awesome finance, HR, marketing and office support people to keep us all organised!

Service and Delivery specialists in digital, marketing and creative for THE biggest global brands, start-ups and agencies

Our Mission

Customer service is one of our core values, to our clients, candidates and each other. We work really collaboratively and support each other, so you need to be a nice person to work here! Our team has a great mix of experience from recruitment, sales and many are ex-creatives themselves so we really know our market and are genuinely excited about the work our clients and candidates create. We are so confident in doing a great job for our clients, that we are the ONLY company to offer a 110% refund if they're not happy. And it's not a rebate fee we pay out often!

A Career with Us

We firmly believe in our work-life balance. Usual office hours are 8.30am - 5.30pm or 9am - 6pm (you choose) and you WILL be herded out of the door at 6.05 because we want to go out and explore the latest pop-up bar, west-end show or just catch up with our friends and families. We're super passionate about learning and development too. Everyone gets a £5k L&D fund every single year! Our team has learnt LinkedIn Recruiter tricks, the digital marketing skills our talent use, team management and progressing to senior leadership - in fact, one of our team went from Account Director to Head of Aquent in 5 years!

The Day Job

We've all heard horror stories from those recruitment agencies...the ones with no chairs during sales calls, who keep you in the office past 8pm to make up call time, the one Ed Hunter works at right?! That's not us. Many of us have been there, done that and have the scars to prove it! We know that to get the best out of ourselves we need time to switch off from work and do what we enjoy whether that's working on our own creative projects, sampling craft beers or even popping into the giant Primark opposite our office straight from work to 'quickly pick something up' (Note: No-one 'quickly pops' into that Primark. It's massive.) The point is, we want you to come to work and love it and do a great job and then go home and enjoy whatever you want to do so you come back the next day feeling happy to be there and wanting to do it all again. We know that only comes by letting you manage your own desk, your own time and encouraging you to switch off after the working day!

Where we Recruit

Creative: Graphic, Digital, 3D and Presentation Designers, UX, UI, Artworkers, Illustrators, Motion Graphics, Copywriter, Art Director, Creative Director, Photoshop Visualisers and everything in between. Marketing: Marketing Execs, Managers and Directors, Content Creators, Editorial Assistants, Communications Managers, SEO and PPC Specialists, Social Media Producers, CRM Managers and Web and Data Analysts Tech and Digital: Front End/Back End Developers, Scrum Masters through to support covering Java, Python, C++, NET, Javascript, SQL, PHP, Ruby and Mobile. Agency: Account Management, Client Services and Business Development, Creative Teams, Traffic and Studio Managers and Project Managers. All of these we do freelance, contract and perm.

Bill £175k in a year and go on an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip with a friend or partner. Last year Mexico, this year Vegas!

KPI-don't think so

Calling your own voicemail to get call time up? Phone interview of Susan down-the-road for the Marketing Manager role? Friday afternoon panic sending any CV you can find to that client who never picks up? There is no point in doing this to tick a KPI box. But you already know that, its why you're on Hunted checking out our profile. We won't ever make you do dumb stuff to hit a KPI target. Our network and relationships are too important to us. We meet our candidates face to face to understand their motivators and go through their work in detail, and so we only want you to meet three a week. That way you have enough time to tell your clients how awesome these candidates are. And clients? No point in calling 50 voicemails a day. Work out who you want to work with based on a genuine hiring need, use every way you can to reach them and have a conversation in person (not with their answer machine!)

Our Values (paraphrased)

1. It's all about the people 2. We work holistically 3. Teamwork to provide consumer value and competitive advantage 4. Continual learning and development

Perks and Quirks

* £5k training and development fund for every person * 23 days holiday (plus an additional day every year) * Birthday off, cake and a present! * Private medical and dental care, life, critical illness and income protection * Company contributed pension * Monthly team breakfasts * Casual dress (Hipster attire optional) * Coffee machine, speciality teas, dairy-free milk and fresh fruit every day * Official Christmas and Summer parties, plus we host our own hen, stag, halloween and any other excuse we can think of parties! * Monthly prize giveaways from £50 vouchers to Beats headphones and smartwatches, extra days off and theatre tickets or dinners up to £150 * Plus be one of our top billers and go on an all expenses paid trip with a friend or partner.

Money Talks

Because we're not like everybody else, we don't have a one-size fits all commission scheme. It depends which team you're in and whether you work in sales, delivery or 360. If you love the buzz of helping candidates into their dream roles, but don't want the pressure of BD, sales calls and juggling client relationships our Delivery Agent role is best for you. Agents earn between £10-15k per annum in commission. If you want to chase down deals, bring new companies in and work on strategic hiring plans for global brands, you're a Sales Account Director. Typically Account Directors earn £15k per annum in commission, plus bonuses for growing accounts. If you like being in control of the whole shebang then our 360 team is best for you. Anything up to our £6k threshold is £300, between £6k & 10k get 15% and anything over £10k is 20% to you. How much you earn depends how hard you work, but you already knew that right?!

Looking for training and development? We give everyone £5k every year to spend on training of their choice.

Global mobility

One of the great things about being part of a global sourcing company is the opportunity to work with our other offices. There is 38 of them, in 7 different countries, including America, Canada, Japan, Australia, France and the Netherlands. We regularly work from each others' offices - it's the perfect way to sneak in a weekend minibreak without taking extra holiday days AND getting to know our teams in Europe.

Helping the Creative Community

We're more than just a recruitment agency, we genuinely care about the industry we work within and give back to the creative community with initiatives like Gymnasium and the Talent Awards. We created Gymansium, an online portal with various courses in creative, digital and design taught by industry leaders that anyone can take part in, absolutely free! We're working to bridge the skills gap identified by clients and from our job placement analytics. We also host the annual Talent Awards for digital and creatives across Europe. Categories include Content and Copywriting, Illustration, Design, and Motion Design. We know freelancers have often moved on to their next great role before their work makes it to traditional awards submissions so this is the chance for them to shine.

Tools of the Trade

* Individual LinkedIn Premium account * Team LinkedIn Recruiter account with job slots * Broadbean job posting with sector specialist job board ads * CV database searching * Our own, customised database * Salesforce * Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs etc so everything is stored in the cloud) * MyAquent - candidates can update availabilty, contact info, bank details and it automates timecard approvals * TalentPool - our online portal where Agents submit candidates to be reviewed by clients for an upcoming project and shortlist those they're interested in * Macbook * iPhone (Sales and 360 teams) * Internal training programmes and continual professional development * £5k annual training and development fund for every individual * Internal and external networking events * Work from our Paris and Amsterdam offices * Our own dedicated marketing team to help get the Aquent and VitaminT brand out there (they'll even host a Cream Tea Social for you and your clients if you ask them nicely!)

Monthly Win or Win Big

Each month we get together over tea and cake to go through how we've done for the past few weeks and celebrate our successes. Our top performers from each team go into a hat (well, bowl actually because we don't have an office hat) and are picked at random to choose a box. Each box contains a prize. Prizes are gold, silver or bronze and you get to choose from a list of presents for being a fab team member! At the time of writing this (helpfully straight out of one of our monthly meetings) we gave away; * Ice skating for 2 at Somerset House * £100 trainers * 2 days extra holiday * £150 Selfridges vouchers * Go Pro Camera and memory card * West-end theatre tickets for two

Fully Branded

One of the things that really sets Aquent and VitaminT outside of your regular creative recruitment agency is our client list. We don't know of any agency out there with a black book quite like ours (and challenge you to tell us otherwise!) A snap shot of our hot list of clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Google, TFL, Expedia, Ford, Accenture, Disney, Sony, River Island, Tesco, M&S, Arcadia, MTV, Turner Broadcasting, Vice Media, Channel 5, JCDecaux, Shortlist Media, HSBC, Gap, News UK, Press Association, Accenture and PA Consulting, among others. On the VitaminT side, we work top agencies including AMV BBDO, Publicis, Tag Europe, Cheil, Havas People, M&C Saatchi, Grey London, Dentsu Aegis Global, McCann-Erikson and RAPP plus many others.

We are no. 8 on LinkedIn's 2017 Socially Engaged staffing agencies :)

Aquent | Vitamin T

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters London
Company Size 21-50

Recruitment Sectors
Creative & Design Digital & Media Marketing

What Hunted says

There's something to suit everyone at Aquent. They have a service and delivery model AND a 360 team. They offer you a choice of hours to work. Each consultant gets £5k per year to spend on Learning and Development and your commission is tailored to the team and style of recruitment you're on! Your recruitment career is completely tailored to you at Aquent. Read on below!

Service and Delivery specialists in digital, marketing and creative for THE biggest global brands, start-ups and agencies

Aquent and VitaminT 101

We have 38 offices, across 7 different countries and are still privately owned by the people who set us up, over 30 years ago. That's a long time to be working in the digital, marketing and creative space both sides of the pond and into ASPAC! Because we have a service and delivery model plus a 360 team - so that means we have roles to suit every recruiter, whether they love the buzz of sales, building talent relationships or a mix of the two. Want to work with THE biggest brands out there? We count Facebook, Microsoft, Google, MTV, Sony and Disney and many others on our client list, plus great agencies, start-ups and SMEs. There are about 30 recruiters in London a growing team of 3 in our new Reading office. Plus, our awesome finance, HR, marketing and office support people to keep us all organised!

Our Mission

Customer service is one of our core values, to our clients, candidates and each other. We work really collaboratively and support each other, so you need to be a nice person to work here! Our team has a great mix of experience from recruitment, sales and many are ex-creatives themselves so we really know our market and are genuinely excited about the work our clients and candidates create. We are so confident in doing a great job for our clients, that we are the ONLY company to offer a 110% refund if they're not happy. And it's not a rebate fee we pay out often!

The Day Job

We've all heard horror stories from those recruitment agencies...the ones with no chairs during sales calls, who keep you in the office past 8pm to make up call time, the one Ed Hunter works at right?! That's not us. Many of us have been there, done that and have the scars to prove it! We know that to get the best out of ourselves we need time to switch off from work and do what we enjoy whether that's working on our own creative projects, sampling craft beers or even popping into the giant Primark opposite our office straight from work to 'quickly pick something up' (Note: No-one 'quickly pops' into that Primark. It's massive.) The point is, we want you to come to work and love it and do a great job and then go home and enjoy whatever you want to do so you come back the next day feeling happy to be there and wanting to do it all again. We know that only comes by letting you manage your own desk, your own time and encouraging you to switch off after the working day!

A Career with Us

We firmly believe in our work-life balance. Usual office hours are 8.30am - 5.30pm or 9am - 6pm (you choose) and you WILL be herded out of the door at 6.05 because we want to go out and explore the latest pop-up bar, west-end show or just catch up with our friends and families. We're super passionate about learning and development too. Everyone gets a £5k L&D fund every single year! Our team has learnt LinkedIn Recruiter tricks, the digital marketing skills our talent use, team management and progressing to senior leadership - in fact, one of our team went from Account Director to Head of Aquent in 5 years!

Money Talks

Because we're not like everybody else, we don't have a one-size fits all commission scheme. It depends which team you're in and whether you work in sales, delivery or 360. If you love the buzz of helping candidates into their dream roles, but don't want the pressure of BD, sales calls and juggling client relationships our Delivery Agent role is best for you. Agents earn between £10-15k per annum in commission. If you want to chase down deals, bring new companies in and work on strategic hiring plans for global brands, you're a Sales Account Director. Typically Account Directors earn £15k per annum in commission, plus bonuses for growing accounts. If you like being in control of the whole shebang then our 360 team is best for you. Anything up to our £6k threshold is £300, between £6k & 10k get 15% and anything over £10k is 20% to you. How much you earn depends how hard you work, but you already knew that right?!

Our Values (paraphrased)

1. It's all about the people 2. We work holistically 3. Teamwork to provide consumer value and competitive advantage 4. Continual learning and development

Perks and Quirks

* £5k training and development fund for every person * 23 days holiday (plus an additional day every year) * Birthday off, cake and a present! * Private medical and dental care, life, critical illness and income protection * Company contributed pension * Monthly team breakfasts * Casual dress (Hipster attire optional) * Coffee machine, speciality teas, dairy-free milk and fresh fruit every day * Official Christmas and Summer parties, plus we host our own hen, stag, halloween and any other excuse we can think of parties! * Monthly prize giveaways from £50 vouchers to Beats headphones and smartwatches, extra days off and theatre tickets or dinners up to £150 * Plus be one of our top billers and go on an all expenses paid trip with a friend or partner.

Where we Recruit

Creative: Graphic, Digital, 3D and Presentation Designers, UX, UI, Artworkers, Illustrators, Motion Graphics, Copywriter, Art Director, Creative Director, Photoshop Visualisers and everything in between. Marketing: Marketing Execs, Managers and Directors, Content Creators, Editorial Assistants, Communications Managers, SEO and PPC Specialists, Social Media Producers, CRM Managers and Web and Data Analysts Tech and Digital: Front End/Back End Developers, Scrum Masters through to support covering Java, Python, C++, NET, Javascript, SQL, PHP, Ruby and Mobile. Agency: Account Management, Client Services and Business Development, Creative Teams, Traffic and Studio Managers and Project Managers. All of these we do freelance, contract and perm.

Monthly Win or Win Big

Each month we get together over tea and cake to go through how we've done for the past few weeks and celebrate our successes. Our top performers from each team go into a hat (well, bowl actually because we don't have an office hat) and are picked at random to choose a box. Each box contains a prize. Prizes are gold, silver or bronze and you get to choose from a list of presents for being a fab team member! At the time of writing this (helpfully straight out of one of our monthly meetings) we gave away; * Ice skating for 2 at Somerset House * £100 trainers * 2 days extra holiday * £150 Selfridges vouchers * Go Pro Camera and memory card * West-end theatre tickets for two

Tools of the Trade

* Individual LinkedIn Premium account * Team LinkedIn Recruiter account with job slots * Broadbean job posting with sector specialist job board ads * CV database searching * Our own, customised database * Salesforce * Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs etc so everything is stored in the cloud) * MyAquent - candidates can update availabilty, contact info, bank details and it automates timecard approvals * TalentPool - our online portal where Agents submit candidates to be reviewed by clients for an upcoming project and shortlist those they're interested in * Macbook * iPhone (Sales and 360 teams) * Internal training programmes and continual professional development * £5k annual training and development fund for every individual * Internal and external networking events * Work from our Paris and Amsterdam offices * Our own dedicated marketing team to help get the Aquent and VitaminT brand out there (they'll even host a Cream Tea Social for you and your clients if you ask them nicely!)

Fully Branded

One of the things that really sets Aquent and VitaminT outside of your regular creative recruitment agency is our client list. We don't know of any agency out there with a black book quite like ours (and challenge you to tell us otherwise!) A snap shot of our hot list of clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Google, TFL, Expedia, Ford, Accenture, Disney, Sony, River Island, Tesco, M&S, Arcadia, MTV, Turner Broadcasting, Vice Media, Channel 5, JCDecaux, Shortlist Media, HSBC, Gap, News UK, Press Association, Accenture and PA Consulting, among others. On the VitaminT side, we work top agencies including AMV BBDO, Publicis, Tag Europe, Cheil, Havas People, M&C Saatchi, Grey London, Dentsu Aegis Global, McCann-Erikson and RAPP plus many others.

Bill £175k in a year and go on an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip with a friend or partner. Last year Mexico, this year Vegas!

KPI-don't think so

Calling your own voicemail to get call time up? Phone interview of Susan down-the-road for the Marketing Manager role? Friday afternoon panic sending any CV you can find to that client who never picks up? There is no point in doing this to tick a KPI box. But you already know that, its why you're on Hunted checking out our profile. We won't ever make you do dumb stuff to hit a KPI target. Our network and relationships are too important to us. We meet our candidates face to face to understand their motivators and go through their work in detail, and so we only want you to meet three a week. That way you have enough time to tell your clients how awesome these candidates are. And clients? No point in calling 50 voicemails a day. Work out who you want to work with based on a genuine hiring need, use every way you can to reach them and have a conversation in person (not with their answer machine!)

Looking for training and development? We give everyone £5k every year to spend on training of their choice.

Helping the Creative Community

We're more than just a recruitment agency, we genuinely care about the industry we work within and give back to the creative community with initiatives like Gymnasium and the Talent Awards. We created Gymansium, an online portal with various courses in creative, digital and design taught by industry leaders that anyone can take part in, absolutely free! We're working to bridge the skills gap identified by clients and from our job placement analytics. We also host the annual Talent Awards for digital and creatives across Europe. Categories include Content and Copywriting, Illustration, Design, and Motion Design. We know freelancers have often moved on to their next great role before their work makes it to traditional awards submissions so this is the chance for them to shine.

Global mobility

One of the great things about being part of a global sourcing company is the opportunity to work with our other offices. There is 38 of them, in 7 different countries, including America, Canada, Japan, Australia, France and the Netherlands. We regularly work from each others' offices - it's the perfect way to sneak in a weekend minibreak without taking extra holiday days AND getting to know our teams in Europe.

We are no. 8 on LinkedIn's 2017 Socially Engaged staffing agencies :)

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