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Phaidon International Overview

New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Phaidon International is a global staffing group with 5 micro-specialist recruitment brands.

We help organizations identify, attract, and secure the best talent for their requirements across 5 key market verticals:
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Mission: Our vision is simple: 100% organic, enabling exceptional careers.

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  • We’re proud to announce that our social recruiting app, Phaidon Reward, has been awarded at the Global Recruiter Awards 2019!

    Phaidon International recognised for our innovative social recruiting app

    London, 21/06/2019] - We are proud to announce we have been recognised for our marketing achievements, winning the award for the Best Candidate Attraction Through Social Media at The Global Recruiter UK Awards .

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Phaidon International – Why Work With Us?

Phaidon International is the parent company of five award-winning micro-specialist recruitment brands. We value our clients and help them to grow by finding rare, senior, business-critical talent through a model of long-term partnership and thorough understanding of our verticals.

We are a values-based company and are passionate about what we do. Ability, character, and loyalty are at the heart of our strong, meritocratic, organic culture. This has ensured over 90% of our leadership gained promotion from within. We are relentless in finding and then ensuring smart people with choices join our clients. This has enabled us to achieve sustained superior financial performance by consistently delivering results for our clients and ourselves.

Last year we helped over 2,150 professionals make permanent, interim and fixed-term career moves across 60 countries. Approximately 50% of this talent held a Masters, PHD or above and 90% a Bachelor or above, their average salary being above $USD 100,000 per annum.

Our integrated network of 10 global hubs ensures our specialist consultants within each brand can identify the right talent for you from a local, regional, and global perspective. They have a unique understanding of their market in the context of their area of niche specialism. This, combined with an excellent appreciation of a selection process assessing behavioral, competency and cultural fit ensures superior results.

80% of the candidates we helped move last year were proactively approached by us.  Of these, about 40% were not considering a career move until we presented them with an ideal opportunity. Where these Professionals embraced the career opportunity, nearly 50% relocated either regionally or internationally, a reflection of the global nature of the STEM landscape.

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The recruitment market is highly commoditised. While there appears to be little scope for differentiation, Phaidon’s culture and our "Golden Thread" ensure that we stand out from the crowd; to deliver a number of value-added benefits to our clients from day one. At the heart of our organic culture are three characteristics which underpin and drive the superior market performance we enjoy across the group. We call them “The Golden Thread”.


Our ability is what makes us market leaders and sets us apart from the competition. As a business, our ability ensures our consultants can channel their relentless commitment and energy to deliver superior results. Across the group, our micro-specialist brands are able to demonstrate a complete understanding of what our clients and candidates consider essential. It is our ability to combine passion, expertise, interest and understanding in our chosen sectors that enables us to deliver efficient superior services.As a people based business, we consistently invest in the ability of our people to ensure they have a progressive career that develops and enhances the abilities essential to thrive in our culture. 

We respect that each client we serve and each candidate we place has a unique character. 
As an organically grown business, we are attracted to hire those individuals with the strength of character, commitment, personality, independence of mind, and individuality of working to a common purpose. These are qualities that help us challenge convention whilst solving problems and delivering superior solutions on behalf of our clients. 

Phaidon International values loyalty and believes it significantly contributes to our ability to achieve superior market performance. We are passionate about our business, our culture and our purpose in society. We overtly demonstrate loyalty to clients and candidates who themselves value loyal, intimate partnerships. Loyalty is the essence of our organisation and at the heart of our culture. Within our business, our allegiance is demonstrated by a relentless commitment to our employees.  We invest time, energy, and unwavering support to develop and enable our own people to achieve world-class careers with us. We believe being loyal requires unconditional honesty. We actively encourage an environment of openness that enhances sincere, earnest relationships throughout our organisation.

Learning and Development is huge at Phaidon International. The development of our employees is a cornerstone of our business; whichever team they’re in or stage they’re at in their careers. We are seriously committed to making our team brilliant at their jobs, and we do our best to ensure they have the right skills and knowledge at the right time to succeed.

Recruitment is not an exact science. Every successful recruiter has their own individual style, and as such our training programmes are designed to introduce different approaches. We help to uncover our employees individual talents and styles, which suit their clients & candidates and the markets they operate in. Together, we ensure our employees are supported and receive the best possible development at the start of and throughout their careers at Phaidon International.

Our People Development Strategy

Our talent strategy places internal talent development as the corner stone of our business strategy and employment value proposition.

With huge growth, our organically grown organisation needs employees to continuously step up and be ready for their next role.  From the on-boarding of employees into the business the job description and competencies for every role are accessible to all employees to allow them to plan their personal development.

Using our competency frameworks and development frameworks this allows managers and their employees to define their own development needs and provide both bespoke and structured training to ensure every consultant is being trained for their next career move.

Our “Learn-To” Programmes


Our “Learn-To-Earn” programme focuses on trainees coming into the business ensuring they have the skills to become a successful consultant which includes understanding what the role of a recruitment consultant is whilst exploring the three core areas of a 360 consultant, the candidate cycle, the client cycle and the vacancy cycle.  By the end of the programme each consultant has the knowledge of developing new clients, key marketing techniques and becoming a trusted partner for both candidates and clients alike. 


Our “Learn-To-Leap” programme focuses on transitioning employees from consultant level to principal consultant.  This programme is designed as a fast track to the next opportunity within Phaidon.  At the heart of the programme we aim to ensure our consultants are working smarter and not just harder.  They are empowered to take control of their business and drive profitability utilising advanced sales skills as well as neuro-linguistic programming, SWOT analysis and the PARETO principal.  Consultants completing this programme have a global view of their role in the business and embark on a programme of mentoring and coaching trainees coming into the business.


Our “Learn –To-Lead” programme is a management training programme. For those who want to go into management, we also provide structured training to help the future leaders of the company.

All consultants on succession to management receive a maximising performance folder which supports upcoming managers through all the steps of managing a team.

In addition, the “Learn-To-Lead” programme is supported by a series of CPD certified courses such as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Phaidon International Reviews

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    I've been working at Phaidon for a year now and having left my previous employer after 10 years, I've learned more under the roof of PI than in a decade+ with my prior company. It's ambitious, challenging, opportunistic, and has a meritocratic environment that's tough not to love. It cares about you being a part of it, so it repays the favor. Very thankful to have taken the leap of faith into a new company and career and it wouldn't have been right if not for Phaidon.


    Communication can be a challenge. It's a global company, expanding fast and applauding the creativity so time zones and geography can cause a limited time to collaborate and because it employs intelligent people who care about those things the same, you can have a lot of ideas coming from a lot of different areas. It's going through a lot of the fun nuances involved with a fast-growing company so been fun to watch the transition.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping a strong focus on the current employees & up and coming managers is equally as important as the new employees joining.

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Phaidon International Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Phaidon International (Chicago, IL).


    Consisted of 4 separate interviews. One phone screening, one formal phone interview, one Skype interview with 3 separate people and one in person interview. Overall the process went incredibly smoothly. My contact was excellent with keeping me up to date during the process.

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Phaidon International Awards & Accolades

  • Sunday Times Fast Track 200, The Sunday Times Fast Track League, 2019
  • Innovation of the Year, Recruitment International, 2018
  • National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, 2018
  • Best Staffing Firms to Work For, Staffing Industry Analysts Awards, 2019
  • The Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade, The Queens Award for Enterprise, 2017
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