Investigo Reviews

Updated June 16, 2014
Updated June 16, 2014
14 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Investigo full-time

    Pros

    If you work hard you will be rewarded well. Good teams and some great recruiters

    Cons

    Suited to more experienced recruiters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Successful recruiters at the heart of this highly successful business

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Having worked with Investigo for over 5 years I have seen the business evolve from a 40 person business to approximately 170 people. With this type of growth in a relatively short period of time (through a recession) it can prove difficult to maintain the culture, values and attractiveness of a small business, though this is something which Investigo did with great ease.

    Investigo provides excellent levels of autonomy and entrepreneurialism. The Directors and Managers remain hands on recruiters, leading by example and in many cases are the largest billers in the firm. I believe that anyone looking to begin or further their career in recruitment should look no further than Investigo.

    Cons

    A difficult question to answer as there are very few cons which come to mind. I believe it's essential to give Consultants a fair amount of time to be successful, something which Investigo are very generous with however there are a handful of consultants who take advantage of this, don't put in the minimum levels of effort and decisions on these people need to be made more quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigo is a unique business, never lose sight of this. People enjoy coming to work and employees have a perfect blend of work hard/play hard mentality. I wish you every success moving forward!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unique business with excellent leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unique culture of support which creates a family atmosphere. Everyone works hard with great support great leaders. Even after 10 years, the founders, directors and staff have the same drive and enthusiasm to drive and grow the business. I always felt like I could discuss my career or any issues I had in a confidential manner,

    Cons

    The only con is that the infrastructure hadn't quite kept up with the fast growth although this is now being rectified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep what you're doing and communicate from the top down all the great ideas you have for the business. This will continue to keep the staff retention rates high!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyed my time but........

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There were some seriously talented recruiters in the company and I always enjoyed the social events organised by the senior management, especially Ibiza!

    Cons

    There has been a shift in management style and having worked at larger firms before joining Investigo I feel the USP has disappeared and they are beginning to work and look like a Michael Page. Now sitting in-house I also feel they are very aggressive and market about their recent MBO and profit margins, when really they should concentrate more on delivering high candidate and client service, which I'm afraid hasn't been the case recently...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock of you market position, unfortunately you are not seen as the specialist recruitment firm you once were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Investigo Response

    Mar 25, 2014Marketing Manager

    Posted on Behalf of Gary Watson, Investigo, CEO.
    Thank you for your constructive and candid comments. On the one hand, it is always reassuring to hear how highly you rated some of our people and
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    All the below feedback is faked my senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Heavily KPI driven culture with poor management and questionable leadership. Senior team are heavy drivers and users of recreational drugs

    Cons

    Don't join this firm, especially not now. It showed sign's of promise in 2010.

    Disapproves of CEO

    Investigo Response

    Mar 4, 2014Marketing Manager

    Posted on Behalf of Gary Watson, CEO, Investigo.

    Please be assured that each of the reviews have been given freely and without any involvement from the senior management team.

    Having joined
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  7.  

    Great company with bright future

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Throughout the company the people at all levels in all roles are passionate, enthusiastic, hard working and a great group of people to work with

    Cons

    Non really but if I had to comment - Lack of women in senior roles but I know as a business they are encouraging cultural shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hands on with recruitment and the market and keep having fun whilst delivering great results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Investigo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Investigo have grown substantially over the four years I have worked here whilst maintaining a meritocratic culture which rewards consultative behaviors and honesty. The executive team and directors are genuinely interested in my career, how I develop and enable me to be more successful. I can honestly say I enjoy coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    I have no concerns as I enjoy coming to work everyday. The environment enables me to be sucessful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly recommended firm!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    This environment simply breeds success. I've never met a more impressive senior leadership team, which inspires confidence throughout the business. Gives you the freedom to make your own decisions while offering support if needed. Investigo is surely going places.

    Cons

    Would suit a more experienced recruiter with the confidence to go out and create business/reputation. Shrinking violets will struggle in this environment - a draw card for the personalities they hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply to continue on the same path. I was impressed by the quality of consultant throughout the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of a kind recruitment company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people, culture, and overall healthy environment to work in.
    Recruitment is a difficult industry, and can be volatile, but they will always support individuals who want to be a success.
    In an industry where the norm is to reward only the high achievers, Investigo pay for the whole company to go away to Ibiza (or whichever destination wins the company wide poll).

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. If I had to say something I'd say there are a few employees who have seen the growth and think the culture has shifted slightly, but this is inevitable when you get to the size of Investigo now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to your original vision for Investigo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best Contingency Recruitment Firm in London

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Investigo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent levels of autonomy, entrepreneurialism and support to grow a business. Directors remain hands on recruiters, leading by example is evident from Director level down.

    Cons

    My only negative was the cultural change from going from a 10 man business to a 200 man+. However Investigo ensured that the entrepreneurial essence was not overly diluted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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