This time Stuart Thomson gives us an overview of why he joined us, and what it’s like to work for European Recruitment.
Stuart is based in our central Brighton office, and joined us in the June of 2015 as a Research & Recruitment Consultant. After joining Chris Canneaux‘s team, Stuart has since developed into a key specialist in the Semiconductor and Automotive Sectors. With a wealth of knowledge in these areas he has now diversified into other areas of the technology industry, now focusing on niche roles within Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Embedded Software in the disciplines of NLP, C++, and Deep Learning.
How long have you been working at European Recruitment for?
Almost 3 years.
What attracted you to accepting a position at European Recruitment?
The interview style was focused, but laid back, and I immediately felt very comfortable in the office.
The clients I was going to be working with were also involved in some genuinely interesting technology, and the office generally had a young culture with a lot of people actively playing sports and living nearby. It made for a good atmosphere that I was keen to be a part of.
Can you describe a typical day at ERL?
Getting stuck in at a pace after deciding what tasks you’re looking to achieve that day (big fan of lists). Your day is whatever you want it to be though, be it new-business focused or working specifically on contracts. After a point you’re able to manage your own time. It normally ends with an unnecessarily heated discussion about the pros and cons of cryptocurrency.
What do you love about working at ERL?
Having the freedom to plan my own days from very early on in my career, coupled with the chance to work with a relaxed but very motivated team. Consultants are also invested in, be it through training days away or increased responsibility, and it’s good to feel valued. Still being a relatively small company, everyone here is very accessible regardless of their seniority, and it’s easy to share ideas and roll them out quickly. Also the freedom to rock my Birkenstocks in the summer.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your role?
There’s lots about the nature of the job that you can’t control, which can be frustrating at times. It can make for a thick skin though, and a good testament to hard work paying off.
What’s the management style like?
Supportive and relaxed
How are you rewarded for your work at European Recruitment?
Company holidays (Berlin, New York, and this year Chicago) and lunch clubs work as good rewards and incentives, as do various competitions throughout the year. We also have a strong, uncapped commission structure, and no desk-fee.