Client & Candidate Testimonials

“When I first connected with Stanford Black, I was not looking for new opportunities. They gracefully accepted my situation at the time and told me if I ever wanted to see what opportunities were out there or generally ask any career advice, they would be happy to have a conversation with me with no further expectations.  Their recruiter’s empathetic, low-pressure and personal approach made me feel really comfortable, so when I decided to explore, he was the recruiter I reached out to. Within no time he dedicated an hour out of his schedule for a personal meeting to discuss the market, my experience and what I was ideally looking for. We ended up getting me an interview that fit all my requirements. Despite me being very selective, he still managed to find me a position I was very excited about.  Once the offer came, I received very helpful that helped me secure the package I was happy with. At the offer stage, the team were keeping me informed, giving me pointers and honest feedback on where we were during the negotiations . There was even support ironing out things even after I joined. At no point did I feel pressure to accept what I didn’t feel comfortable with instead I felt like they had my back and we were all working together to get me the best possible offer.

It can be very difficult to trust someone other than yourself to have your best interests in mind, not only in terms of money but also the opportunity itself. However, after working with Stanford Black  I feel like the team have my interest in mind and when I work with them again in future I know they will consider my wishes and my experience to get me the work I would be very happy with.”

Gaukhar – Vice President – JP Morgan 

“After engagement, Stanford Black quickly established themselves as one of the highest performing vendors for Front Office and Operations Engineering Technology. Our data points showed they were the top performer for introducing and placing diversity talent and their CV to interview and placement ratios are exceptional. Even when the hiring volumes were at its peak, the level of service remained consistently high and they were able to deliver at the same standard with the same focus on diversity. A true recruitment partner!”

Head of Front Office Technology Recruitment – Top US Investment Bank

“I have worked with Stanford Black as part of a recruitment process last year. The company have been very helpful in matching exactly my expectation in terms of job criteria but also compensation. Working with Stanford Black to build up this understanding has been very constructive and led to a precise match. I was given help with preparing for the various interviews and gave valuable inputs in terms of how to deal with the hiring company and how to answer their questions.

Stanford Black’s experience in recruitment and their understanding of the current market was key in directing me to the right position and team, and truly understanding my situation to best accommodate my needs. I would highly recommend.”

Software Engineer – Morgan Stanley 

“Stanford Black found me a great position in 2019 and supported me well throughout each step of the interview process. Stanford Black are committed to their mission of achieving equal treatment for all candidates and does not deliver anything less than excellence. They found me a job that satisfied both my immediate and future ambitions”

Vice President Technical Lead – JP Morgan

“Working with Stanford Black was by far one of the best and most professional experiences I have had with a recruitment agency. They offered me some interesting job applications and always discussed the interview process with me before the interviews, so I knew what to expect. In comparison with other companies, they took the time to explain all of this, plus how to get prepared for the interviews. They asked me what I was looking for and they tried their best to deliver that. Stanford Black is a company that I will happily contact in the future when a new change to my career is needed.”

Amelia – Software Engineer – Leading Data Analytics Company for Top Asset Managers

“Stanford Black helped me get a new job after I had been made redundant and had lost some confidence. Interviewing did not go as well as I would have liked to begin with and most recruitment agents would have given up on me. Mario was supportive and continued to put me forward for quality jobs. In the end it all worked out when I was offered and accepted my top pick of the lot. I have been in the job for 3 years now and counting. Without Mario’s help it would have been a much harder process and no doubt I would not have ended up with such a great job.”

VP Software Engineer – Front Office Tier 1 US Investment Bank

“I’ve been working with Mario and the team at Stanford Black for just over a year, we asked them to help scale a brand new team of engineers based from London as part of a high growth digital initiative. In that time they have been one of our strongest performing vendors, suppling exceptional and diverse engineers into a very high performing development team where the standards are higher than most. Mario and the team know their stuff and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”

Lead Technology Recruiter (in-house) – Global leading Tier 1 Investment Bank

“I came across Stanford Black via LinkedIn, they had a Greenfield digital project on their books and thought I matched the profile. I had recently relocated to London and my new job was not what I was expecting. Even though the new opportunity Stanford Black had seemed a great fit for me I still had doubts as I wanted to make the absolute right decision. They patiently walked me through every step, making sure I understood what was asked and if I felt like it was a job I’d be happy at.

It was pleasure to work with Stanford Black, always keen to keep you in the loop and have your interests as a priority. Always polite, friendly and enthusiastic, they are there for any questions or doubts you might have. Stanford Black are one of the reasons I landed a job in a great place to work, amazing salary and benefits and it aligns with all the specs I was looking for. 

Even after getting the offer, they always make sure you are happy and it was everything you expected. I highly recommend Stanford Black as they go above and beyond to make your job hunt as smooth as possible.”

Amanda – JavaScript Engineer – JP Morgan 

“Stanford Black are Tier 1 suppliers for technology/engineering divisions. We have worked extensively with the team on all technology recruitment and they are our preferred suppliers when we need additional support on any external recruitment. They have good talent pools and the whole team are always professional with the stakeholders and supply a good mix when it comes to diversity. They have supported us on a number of technology recruitment drives/projects, and performs exceptionally well under tight deadlines. I would highly recommend them as one of the top performing suppliers with in DB.” 

Talent Sourcing Lead (HR) – Tier 1 German Investment Bank

“Stanford Black know the industry very well and especially know how to move it forward in a way that develops all talent. They have helped me find and create roles to grow my career – at multiple different stages in my life, even when my requirements weren’t particularly well articulated or ‘standard’ for the industry. They are a supportive partner in actively moving my career forward and do this through understanding where my career is and where I aspire it to go.”

Head of Business Analysis and DevOps – NatWest Markets

“SB is my agency of choice whether I am looking for a position for myself or for my hiring needs. Finding a work place that embraces diversity is very important and SB paved the way, you can count on that. Moreover, as a start-up and business owner who supports women in tech and encourages girls in STEM, SB offers the same values. Together, we are trying to understand the problems of women in tech and data industry, and how best to support and facilitate them. SB has made it part of their mission to introduce diversity in every organisation they work for.”

Head of Data Science – Well known FinTech Start-up (Google Sponsored)

I have had a great experience with SB. I ended up obtaining a position I wouldn’t have considered applying for if I hadn’t been encouraged to do so by SB. I was very well informed throughout the process which made interviewing a lot less stressful. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and would be happy to work with them again in the future.

Julianna – Associate Java Developer – Nomura International 

“Stanford Black are my go to agency for hiring women into our technology function. They seem to have an amazing network and an ability to find top female engineers that no one else can find and with impressive speed. I can always trust them as they are committed to finding the rare talent which is much harder to source and they always go the extra mile to deliver. Over the years they have made many successful placements and had a positive impact on our gender balance across markets technology. They also advised us on our recruitment methods, offering innovative solutions to ensure a more balanced ratio of women vs men through the interview process.”

Global Head of Global Markets Technology Talent Acquisition – Bank of America

Stanford Black is one of the best agencies I’ve worked with! They took care to find out exactly what I was looking for in my next role and made sure to only put me forward for roles which closely matched my preferences. Their recruiters always provide honest unbiased advice and are great at keeping in touch with updates and provides excellent advice at every stage. Stanford Black will be my first recommendation for anyone looking for London opportunities.

Jennifer – Senior Java/AWS Engineer