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Life at Evolved Search.

An agency that's doing things differently. No, really.

As seasoned industry professionals who’ve done their fair share of roles in digital agencies, our Senior Leadership team wanted to create the agency they’d have loved to work at as an employee. We’re completely independent, which means we can roll out office perks, on-the-job development initiatives and employee benefits without incident or fanfare: we just keep trying to make Evolved Search a great place to work and are striving to be THE employer of choice for digital professionals in the North East.

Our culture is all about frank honesty, transparency and equal opportunities for all. All we ask is that our people do the best job they can and we’ll provide them with the freedom to succeed, with a heap of sweeteners to make the daily grind a more pleasant experience, the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading brands, attend industry conferences and awards and much, much more.

“It’s refreshing to work for a company that genuinely puts people first and operates in a flexible, collaborative and supportive way.

A real friendly and creative culture runs throughout Evolved and that really is a rare thing!”

Ryan McElderry
Ryan McElderry Senior Digital Designer
Joined Jan 2019

As part of the Evolved Search team, I’ve never had a dull day at the office – there’s always been plenty of variety in the campaigns I’ve worked on and lots of opportunities to challenge myself and progress my career.

In my experience there aren’t many workplaces that value their staff as highly, offer the same level of flexibility and trust people to manage their own time as completely. This, plus the strong social links between the team and amazing group getaways (Amsterdam for a Christmas party? Yes please.) create a fantastic culture you’d struggle to find elsewhere.

John Patterson
John Patterson Senior Content Marketing Manager
Joined Jul 2017

“Evolved Search is a fantastic place to work and I’ve learnt and grown so much in the (almost) two years I’ve been part of the agency.

Everyone in the team really recognises and respects each other, which makes you feel really valued.”

Lydia Booth
Lydia Booth Content Marketing Manager
Joined Jul 2018

“I joined Evolved Search pretty much fresh from University and haven’t looked back.

It’s a supportive, exciting and rewarding place to work and I’ve been offered fantastic opportunities, including a recent promotion!”

Bekki Ramsay
Bekki Ramsay Digital PR Manager
Joined Jan 2018

‘Working at Evolved is hard work but rewarding. Being surrounded by teams of really knowledgeable and experienced experts in each department is strong motivation to excel and push yourself.

The culture is very friendly down to a relaxed office setting and a number of company perks such as flexible working, social calendar, remote working & Friday drinks, which make it a great place to work!”

James Brown
James Brown Senior Technical SEO Consultant
Joined Dec 2017

One of the best bits about working here is how the Senior Leadership team aren’t shy about their commitment to employee happiness  – which stands out against most agencies!

By caring about us, our wellbeing and how we can develop and enjoy our roles, we in turn care more about the work we do and it shows when you look at some of the incredible work coming out of the agency.

Lou Crane
Lou Crane Digital PR Manager
Joined Jul 2018

“I’ve worked my way up the ladder in a few local agencies and working at Evolved Search has shown me what it’s like to work for a genuinely conscientious and caring organisation – it’s not just lip service.

I love it!”

Hayley Fell
Hayley Fell Head of Client Services
Joined Oct 2018

“It’s great to be surrounded by such passionate colleagues that work together so well and celebrate the success of individuals, teams and projects.

Senior management are also very transparent and genuinely care about the team.”

Ami Littlefair
Ami Littlefair Digital Graphic Designer
Joined Mar 2020

“From my first day at Evolved Search, I knew I’d made the right decision in joining them.

Every day is different, with exciting client campaigns to manage, challenges that help us all grow as individuals and as a business, plus a relaxed, open culture where everyone’s voice is heard.  I feel really lucky to be part of a company doing such great things.”

Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones Account Manager
Joined Apr 2019

“I’ve never worked somewhere that holds such a high importance on employee wellbeing like Evolved Search does.

I’m lucky to work with ambitious, skilled and innovative people and I feel valued in all aspects of working there.”

Beth Watson
Beth Watson Digital PR Manager
Joined Mar 2020

“One word to describe Evolved? Genuine.

A 100% transparent company which offers the work life that people actually want, including flexibility, balance, support, growth and lots of laughs, too.”

Lucy Dodds
Lucy Dodds Content Marketing Manager
Joined Jan 2019

“I’ve never worked at a place that values the team as much as Evolved does. There’s not one person I wouldn’t go to for help – I can count on them all.

Plus, they are always up for lunch at the pub on a Friday afternoon…”

Lauren Green
Lauren Green Content Marketing Manager
Joined Dec 2018

“Evolved Search is an ambitious, fast-paced company with a relaxed, fun-loving atmosphere.

We’re doing some great things in the industry and it’s not hard to see why when team members are so supported and empowered.

I love coming to work every day and genuinely feel valued as a person and an employee.”

Jordan Frazer
Jordan Frazer Senior Sales Consultant
Joined Jan 2020

“Working at Evolved has been the best job I’ve ever had. I’ve seen us grow and learn as a team and there’s a shared sense of pride in how we work and the campaigns that we work on.

I feel like everyone’s contribution is  valued and we’re treated like human beings (with all our ups and downs), not robots.”

Danielle Pegg-Mowbray
Danielle Pegg-Mowbray Senior Content Marketing Manager
Joined Jul 2016

“Flexible working hours, a laid back culture and a great group of people make it almost not feel like work!”

Dan Davies
Dan Davies Technical SEO Consultant
Joined Nov 2017

It’s all about the Benjamins Benefits, baby…

Premium Private Health InsuranceRelax, we have healthcare covered with a 24/7 employee assistance program & premium health insurance plan with a leading private provider.

Food for thoughtOur central Ouseburn office comes packed with a range of snacks and drinks to be enjoyed by all. We offer fresh fruit, a selection of hot and cold drinks, healthy (and not so healthy!) snacks and from time to time, office pizzas and beers. There's also a weekly street food vendor every Thursday, arranged by the Toffee Factory management.

PerkboxWe subscribe to Perkbox, giving our team members access to nationwide shopping discounts, gym memberships, insurance deals, holiday offers, a wellbeing forum, learning tools and much more.

Enhanced holiday packageWe love what we do but we also understand that personal life comes first. Our generous 36-day holiday offering gives you the time you need to make memories with the people you love most.

Work hard, play hardOne of the benefits of having great colleagues who work extremely hard is being able to enjoy each other's company at the end of a busy week. We’re always up for fun and games, and if we can get out of the office and have fun together, all the better. Our annual summer & Christmas socials have taken us across Europe so far, where next?!

Paid Learning & Development opportunitiesWe’re at the top of our game because of our intelligent, collaborative and passionate people. They’re the best investment we can make. We value continuous learning and build development plans into each role to help our people progress their professional skills further. Enjoy a personal training budget, mentorship, conferences, professional subscriptions & more.

Family-friendly BenefitsWe recognise that bringing a child into your family is one of the most special events in life. We give our employees the time they need to take care of themselves and their child(ren) with our enhanced new parents time off packages.

Flexi-timeWe operate a flexi-time policy because we trust our team to manage their own working hours. Aside from core service hours, we allow staff to design their own working day and take time off when they feel it is appropriate, as well as earning time off in lieu.

Paid corporate volunteering hours As a successful agency, we feel we have an obligation to give back to our local community, help others and empower our team to do the same. At Evolved Search, everyone gets 14 hours of paid “giving back” time, and we match all charitable donations raised by employees.

Awesome central-Newcastle officesWe've been based in the Toffee Factory, Newcastle, since 2015 and in that time have grown our space to fit our growing team. Today, we have the biggest gaff in the place and boast cool, comfortable offices, meeting rooms, an ideation area, lunch tables, video games, appliances & more, as well as the beautiful Ouseburn/Quayside right on the doorstep.

It's good to give back.

We’re proud supporters of a range of fantastic causes, both nationally and regionally, taking the lead of our team members to contribute towards the things they care most about. We’ve taken on physical challenges, arranged bake sales, volunteered our time and are always planning more ways to do our bit and give back to the community.

Below is a selection of the charity, community and environmental initiatives we’ve been part of:

Our Senior Leadership Team

Ian McIntosh
Ian McIntosh
Managing Director
Tom Etherington
Tom Etherington
Operations Director
David Watts
David Watts
Strategic Projects Director
John Ridley
John Ridley
Head of Content & Digital PR
Hayley Fell
Hayley Fell
Head of Client Services
Sinead Halliwell
Sinead Halliwell
Head of People
Martyn Addison
Martyn Addison
Head of Strategy & Performance
Louayy Haqqi
Louayy Haqqi
Head of Paid Marketing

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