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Spencer Ogden Overview

Houston, TX
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Spencer Ogden has been recognised for two successive years in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100.

Accredited with The Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade and ISO 9001.

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Spencer Ogden – Why Work For Us?


Energy, engineering and infrastructure industries are ever-changing landscapes. We recruit the best international talent across all sectors, providing industry-leading services to our clients and candidates that they won’t find elsewhere, for any stage of the project lifecycle.

In short, we’ve put our big industry experience and forward thinking where the action is.


At Spencer Ogden we specialise in global energy, engineering and, infrastructure recruitment and are looking for talented and driven graduates, experienced recruiters and managers to join our internationally award winning business.

As one of the fastest growing recruitment companies in the world, and one that covers many energy, engineering and infrastructure sectors, there are opportunities for ambitious graduates and experienced recruiters alike to learn and succeed in a fantastic working environment. 

At Spencer Ogden we give our employees the opportunity to work in a unique office environment, where brand values and culture are at the heart of the business. Each office has been designed with Spencer Ogden trademark features, such as AstroTurf flooring throughout the sales floors, and American-styled diners. Subtle influences from the local culture, a souk-themed meeting room for Dubai, and London Underground booths in London, reflects Spencer Ogden’s culture of being able to service local clients on a global scale. The office spaces are designed to energize and encourage movement, collaboration and interaction at all levels, and ultimately increases productivity.

Our secret weapon is our Academies, where we provide an intensive training ground for the world’s top graduates. Career progression is a top priority for us, and several of the company’s Directors started the company as graduates, coming through the Academy. It is this innovative culture and way of thinking that has got the company to where it is today.

At Spencer Ogden, we know our people are central to our success. To help you harness your potential, we have a team of experienced in-house trainers to support your journey and growth with us. Our world-class programmes consist of modern-age recruitment modules ranging from live activities, through to advanced 360-degree reviews - all with a blended learning approach.

Life at SO is more than recruitment. Our vibrant culture is a crucial aspect of our success and while we do work hard, we also know how to have fun along the way. Our ability to be truly international by offering our clients and candidates a global service is crucial to our business. We believe that providing our staff with an inspiring and invigorating environment supports the work they provide. We also celebrate our grequent success with regular competitions, incentives and parties.

Sunday Times Best Company to Work For

This prestigious list ranks the UK’s best companies to work for, evaluating gender splits, training opportunities, and careers progression. Spencer Ogden has ranked in the Top 100 Best Companies list for two consecutive years, with our Academies receiving special recognition.


As the industry grows and evolves, the skills of its workforce have to follow suit. We specialise in knowing the right people for the job and our candidates have the unique experience and expertise that makes them an invaluable part of this evolution. 

Working across a wide range of sectors is a significant advantage too. We identify the skills that are transferable, which means emerging industries get the full benefit of candidates who have honed their talents in more established markets. 

And whether you’re thinking about contract positions, permanent roles or executive search, we lead the market when it comes to placing talent where it’s needed.

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    Spencer Ogden is an awesome place to work. Having worked at more than one recruitment agency in the past, I'm able to compare it with multiple other environments.

    Spencer Ogden is definitely a people business vs. a numbers business. I've had times at the company where I've had challenging months or quarters and I always felt supported and as if the company had my back and would work with me to get back on track. I have always wanted to take on feedback and adapt my approaches, and the response to this attitude within the business has always been incredible.

    I've been fortunate enough to be presented with some many different opportunities and market focuses at Spencer Ogden. We also have a program which supports you relocating to one of our many offices worldwide (if you hit your targets), which I have taken full advantage of!

    Our Learning and Development team are best in class, when I first started recruiting at a different agency, I had no support, no training and no structure. This is so common for most of my other friends in the sector. Spencer Ogden invest weeks in training graduates and new starters, we have some of the best trainers in the business. We also have regular temperature checks and call coaching from our trainers as you progress through the business. Even the leadership team gets regular training - we always want to keep improving!

    Spencer Ogden New York is one of SO's most promising offices, its going from strength to strength and is one of our top performing office across the Americas. We are getting repeat business from huge clients and are truly going from strength to strength.


    It's one of those jobs where you get out what you put in. You need to put in the hard work, longer hours, go the extra mile to really set yourself apart from the competition. But this is the same with any recruitment agency.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting and developing juniors coming up in the business, there's nothing better than seeing folks in their early twenties taking home 20,000 commission checks in a month!

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Spencer Ogden Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Spencer Ogden (Houston, TX) in January 2018.


    Interview was very in-depth with a lot of questions. Be prepared to answer questions across the board, from personal to professional. The office was a very fun, open concept room and everyone I met was extremely nice. Unfortunately, they gave the position to someone internally instead. Seems like a great company though!

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Spencer Ogden Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (Small), The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, National Business Awards - UK, 2013
  • Best Recruitment Company to Work For, Recruitment International Awards, 2013
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2014
  • International Track 200, Sunday Times, 2013
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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