Life at TEC

What life is like working for TEC

Set up in July 2017 CRG TEC is still a relatively new business but we’re going from strength to strength, punching well above our weight in terms of the types of clients we work with and attracting great technical Recruiters to come and work for us.

How have we done that so quickly? Underneath the sales spiel what’s it actually like to work here?

Calling it out at the start I’ve known Neil and Stephen, our Directors and fearless leaders, for years.

They were top billers at another recruitment agency I worked for and when they left to set up CRG TEC, then needed to expand, there was no way I wasn’t throwing my hat in the ring for that job. Having been here a year now with front row seats to that continued growth and evolution of the business there’s no doubt I made the right choice.


CRG TEC was founded by Stephen and Neil off the back of their 30 years combined experience in the recruitment industry. They know what both good and bad agencies are like to work in and wanted to emulate the success stories, but with their own twist. With the backing of our investment company HCRG Group (£400 million turnover) and advice of industry leaders including Ian Munro, Tristan Ramus and Jamie Webb, in less than 2 years CRG TEC now has 6 technical divisions and are looking to continue expanding.

Working for CRG TEC is different to most recruitment agencies. You’re not hit over the head with KPIs, call times aren’t logged, no “power hour” for business development, you’re not chained to your desk – basically you’re treated like an adult. Everyone here has joined to work hard and make success of themselves and TEC, so what matters to us is the end result, finding the best candidate for our client.

This shows in the quality of work. Our client and candidate base trusts us because they’re not just a name on a database or a cold call on a list, our specialists understand their industry, take time to get to know the people their speaking to and work hard to find them the right solution.

Across the board our Consultants work to a CRG TEC methodology which gets results. We’re not pretending its rocket science, but it is thorough, flexible and a proven success with start-ups to blue chips. So if you’re looking for a company where you can be yourself, work closely with clients and candidates and have a good time without being micromanaged TEC could be the option for you.


There are lots of opportunities to develop here, and not just the normal REC or IoR courses the world and his dog have been on. CRG TEC have the backing of the wider HCRG Group and it is a big advantage to have access to their in house “Development Academy”. So if you think a leadership and management course is going to help or you would love the chance to do a PRINCE2, put a good business case forward and we can help with that.

CRG TEC is a technical recruitment agency and we work with a lot of techie start-ups and SMEs. We’ve seen that the best of those clients, take people’s skill set and passions, outside of their day-to-day work, and where possible try and incorporate those into our daily jobs. We are pretty much aiming to build divisions in the same view as the clients we support.

This means that if you want to, alongside recruitment which is always going to be your main role, you can get involved in areas such as marketing, contract management, tenders and operations behind running a successful agency. You get the chance to really get involved in the 360 operations of being a successful recruitment business. Not pigeon holed into a slot and told not to lift your head until you hit targets!

We’re still a growing organisation so there’s lots of scope for you to make your mark in here.


I’m fully aware every workplace says this but, genuinely, everyone in CRG TEC gets on really well. Recruitment is a pressured job but what makes it easier is knowing that the person opposite you is willing to crack a joke when that placement’s pulled out, rally you round, and help you start again.

We celebrate as a team; whether that’s impromptu Friday night drinks, more formal affairs like Ladies Day or even the annual company holiday (which is not dependent on targets hit!) everyone enjoys spending time with each other out of work. It’s not just about hitting the bar either – we do Tough Mudders, half-marathons and TEDx Talks together so there’s something for everyone.


It’s important to us your able to enjoy working here, feel like a valued member of the team from day one and have something to work toward. Alongside the generous monthly commission structure each year, you and our Directors will sit down and set individual annual incentives that are personal to you, and rewarded as an additional thank you for doing your job well.

Your wellbeing is important to us so, as standard, you get 25 days holiday and private healthcare (after your first year) to make sure you’re healthy and happy working with us.

CRG TEC was set up to be different from your run of the mill recruitment agencies.

The way we interact with our clients and candidates, the flexibility you’re given as a Consultant to build and manage your workload and the way you’re looked after have all been put together by people who understand what it’s like working as a Recruiter – not just a manager – because we all still recruit.

If you want to join a team like that and continue helping us grow get in touch on or call 0300 030 1024.

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Stephen / CRG Tec recently supported me into a new role that I have now started. Right from the start I was impressed by the amount of time and support Stephen provided me with. There was lots of specific information to guide me through the different interview stages, which was extremely helpful. Stephen was regularly in contact with me throughout, keeping me informed and updated. I would recommend Stephen / CRG Tec to anybody seeking a new opportunity as I have not received a comparable experience with anybody else.
Neil has been a key agency supplier throughout my 8 years at Virgin Media, he is a go-to for difficult to fill Tech and Telco vacancies. His passion for what he does and his expert industry knowledge makes working with him and his team effortless . I always find Neil and the team to be honest, reputable & passionate about service that they deliver.
Deborah helps us recruit the best candidates for our growing business. We rely on her for finding candidates at different levels and competencies. Deborah is a true professional with dedication to her customers.
I recently worked with Stephen and CRG TEC as a candidate for a role I’m about to start, he was very helpful, supportive and informative. His professionalism was very exceptional and I’m highly impressed. I have dealt with many recruitment agencies, one thing I noticed he was genuinely interested in not only my career but also my personality.
Liam is one of the most knowledgeable consultants we’ve ever worked with and has become the only person we want to deal with in our field of hydraulic engineering.
I'm very happy with the service I received from my recruitment consultant Deborah, she was very helpful and friendly throughout the process. If I need to change job anytime in the future, I would definitely use her again.
We’ve worked with Neil Crudden since 2006 and he’s genuinely an extension of our business and someone who is as passionate as we are when it comes to sourcing the best people.
I was in a very good role but looking to move on. I knew what I wanted from a new position and had the bar quite high. I had several positions on the go but none of them were looking up to the challenge in terms of location, tech or type of workplace but Deborah managed to jump my high bar.
From the start to the end of the process Alex took the time to get to know me, understand what I was looking for and help me secure my new role. She was professional and honest, knew her client inside out, took the time to answer all my questions and thoroughly prepare me for interviews. Even after I started in my new job she’s kept in touch to make sure I settled in the role.
Dealing with Stephen I knew straight away he was interested in my career and how the role presented to me would help further myself professionally. We had very in depth conversations about the role and the company which helped settle my nerves. Stephen and CRG TEC know who they are as a company and are probably the best recruitment agency I have dealt with in my career.
We have worked with Deborah on numerous occasions and always found suitable candidates. Her approach is professional, yet friendly. Would recommend them to anyone who is looking for that little bit extra.
I worked with Stephen and CRG TEC as a candidate for a role I am about to commence. From the initial contact, through to successful completion, I found Stephen helpful, informative, supportive and professional. He provided solid advice throughout, was always available, and provided honest and open feedback. It was a good and positive experience. Highly recommended.
Alex was professional, informative and spot on with the client requirements, understanding my previous skills and experience. Throughout the process, Alex communicated thoroughly and accurately in setting up the contract. I would highly recommend Alex!
From start to finish the whole process of working with Stephen at CRG TEC was a pleasure. I submitted my CV on Tuesday and by the following Tuesday had the job! I was constantly updated about the process and the interview preparation was second to none! It gave me the edge and helped me greatly in the interview. A fantastic recruitment process!
Deborah made the whole recruitment process an absolute breeze - she proactively found suitable roles, arranged all the interview and follow up briefings - and managed to help me find a new job very quickly. Really happy to have worked with her, and would definitely recommend her!
Alex was incredibly professional and accurate with her description of the role. She made the whole interview process quick and chased up on information. She is thorough in making sure the role is ideal for both parties and incredibly helpful the whole way through.
Neil at CRG Tec is knowledgeable and incredibly well connected. Having worked with him very closely over the past 5 years, we have together conquered some tricky and fast paced hiring in which Neil’s passion and energy never waivers. Confidential, loyal and above all a true gent, he thrives on any challenge given, ensuring 100% that both the client and candidate experience is unrivalled.
Stephen got in touch with myself regarding a role at a Software Support Company having found my CV online. Over the years I've dealt with a wide variety of recruitment companies and you tend to think they're all the same, however the level of service I received from Stephen and CRG TEC was second to none.The entire service was thorough and professional.
My experience with CRG TEC has been brilliant. The guidance I received during the recruitment process really helped me ace the interview. It has been a pleasure to work with Stephen and his dedication and support was key to achieving the best outcome for all parties.
Deborah is an excellent Consultant. She managed the process perfectly from start to finish. I am so pleased with my new job, Deborah really listened to what I wanted and delivered. Thank you.
Alex contacted me when I was starting to get close to the end of my previous contract with an opportunity that has turned out to tick all of the boxes. She was very informative and knowledgeable about the role and guided me through the interview process and unlike some other recruiters I have come across she seemed to have actually done her homework and made sure the role was relevant to my skill set.
After feeling like a battery hen with many so-called recruitment firms, Neil was a breath of fresh air. Neil took his time to find what I was looking for and matched me with job that suited my personality, location and skills. I couldn’t recommend Neil any higher, a truly professional and personal service.
I worked with Stephen and CRG TEC as a candidate for a role I am currently working within. He offered me a lot of tips and information required to be successful in my interview and his professionalism was highly exceptional. I’ve dealt with a lot of recruiters in the past but took note of his genuineness, not only in my career but also my personality. He is a resourceful individual would highly recommend anytime.
Deborah has been so dedicated throughout the hiring period for our two developer roles. She's in constant communication with me, doesn't push us, but keeps us informed at all times. It's taken us some time to get the candidate we want, specifically for our needs and Deborah has been super patient with us at times. I'm glad to have someone who has provided that main point of contact for the whole cycle.
Alex has been awesome in guiding me through successfully gaining my next role in FM. It's been a particularly challenging adventure due to a relocation as well as a period of time when I was out of the country. Alex took it all in her stride and made me feel very relaxed. Nothing fazed her and she kept in regular contact with me through the whole process. This really is the first time I feel as though a recruitment consultant has not spun me a line or tried to 'sell' a role to me. She knew her client very well, which really helped me to pitch myself correctly at interview stage. Alex really 'gets it' and more importantly, really gets people, which is instrumental in this business. Alex has been a star and I hope we can work together again at some point.
After applying to a role online, I got a pleasant call from Stephen and straight from the off I could tell that Stephen had read through my CV and was invested in me. Stephen sorted my interviews impeccably and guided me fully throughout the whole process. I would fully recommend Stephen and thank him for all his help!

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