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Bowdoin Group Overview

Waltham, MA
1 to 50 employees
1994
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Founded in 1994, The Bowdoin Group is an award-winning executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep ... Read more

Mission: The Bowdoin Group is an award-winning executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion.

Company Updates

  • We had a great summer outing last week, taking the team to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor. We were very lucky in that the weather was perfect, and we all got to enjoy a Backyard BBQ and lawn games! Thanks to the staff at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center for hosting us!

  • #TBT to when some of us did Escape the Room Boston a few weeks ago! Our communication and clue-finding skills were on point and both teams were able to get out. Great job, all!

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Bowdoin Group – Why Work For Us?


Check out our awesome lobby!

You’re a professional that delivers on the expectations set for you daily, and you’re committed to getting the job done. Our flexible work options and generous vacation and benefits is for those who strive for the best in and out of the office.

We love to make a splash at Bowdoin!

Every employee at Bowdoin is a highly valued member of the team, come grow with us in a dynamic culture of learning and development. You want to make a difference for people and businesses, and we enable you to do just that. We’re constantly growing, and we want you to be a part of it.

Always make room to golf for a good cause.

Work with smart, driven people who want to win while doing the right thing. We collaborate, trust each other, take pride in our work, and always motivate our colleagues to be their best selves.   


                                                                            

We love to hang out, in and out of the office!

We’re always moving. Whether you’re on your way to a client meeting or you’re joining the company at a Red Sox game, you’ll never be bored. You’re day will fly by as you meet high expectations, and you’ll have fun along the way. But we do more than just have fun; with 20 hours of paid volunteering each year, we take the time to give back.

Employee Spotlight - Caroline Leonard

Check out our employee spotlight and Bowdoin Banter series to learn more about the people who make up The Bowdoin Group!

Bowdoin Group Reviews

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  • "Launched my Career in Staffing! Highly Recommend!"

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    Former Employee - Consultant/Recruiter in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant/Recruiter in Wellesley, MA
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    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Fantastic Culture
    *Uncapped earning potential
    *Genuine people/the ability to be your true self at work
    *Constant feedback and investment in ongoing training
    *Annual incentive trips and quarterly award dinners
    *Company actively gives back to the community

    I now work for a very large Fortune #15 company and to date have not met another Recruiter that seems to have had such a positive experience working for a staffing firm. This is a company that truly invests in people and in shaping raw talent. I was hired into my next job lacking 5+ years of the experience required for the position because I was exposed to very sophisticated clients across multiple industries for all levels of positions at a very young age. You will never be viewed as a number or solely for the revenue you are able to generate. My experience with Bowdoin exposed me to recruiting for the first time and has lit a passion within me for the industry that will never die.

    If you are on the fence about accepting an offer or apply to Bowdoin Group, take the leap of faith. It may be one of the best decisions you'll ever make.

    Cons

    Compensation was fair but base salary guarantees were quite low compared to the Heidrick, Korn Ferry, Egon Zehnders and most corporate salaries in the space. However, most do cap total earning potential which Bowdoin does not and most do not hire entry level talent. It's still hard to pass up on guaranteed compensation similar to average total earning in commissions.

    Otherwise, no cons from my end. I found the culture transparent and if issues ever came up, I felt comfortable talking them through and that I was heard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. I can't thank you enough.

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Bowdoin Group Photos

Bowdoin Group photo of: Some of the team on the Ferry to Thompson Island!
Bowdoin Group photo of: Volunteering at Women's Lunch Place
Bowdoin Group photo of: Halloween 2017!
Bowdoin Group photo of: Volunteering at Rosie's Place
Bowdoin Group photo of: Gold Club Q1 2017
Bowdoin Group photo of: Red Sox 2017!
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Bowdoin Group Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

     

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Bowdoin Group (Waltham, MA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    The recruiter first reached out via phone to set up a skype interview/conversation in the next few days, then sent me an online personality test. After the completion of those, I was invited for a face to face interview at their office in Waltham, MA. At the face to face interview, I spoke with first the research manager, then a member of the research team, both of which asked me similar questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewer asked me wide ranging questions about my data skills, decision making process, and past work experience in research projects. They also asked about the work settings I do my best work in, as they kept referring to their open atmosphere/culture and rather cliche "work hard-play hard" approach.

      After about a week I got a call back from the recruiter saying they decided to go in a different direction, but seemed open to reaching out in the future if a position opened up.   Answer Question
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Bowdoin Group Awards & Accolades

  • Best of Staffing(Client), Inavero's, 2015
  • Best of Staffing(Talent), Inavero's, 2015
  • Best of Staffing Talent & Client, Inavero, 2016
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