Recruitment firm CML was awarded Top Employer of the Year in the small business category, at the top employer awards, held earlier this year and organised by the Cayman Islands Society for Human Resource Professionals. The Journal speaks with employees at the firm to appreciate why CML is worth the top spot.
PCML’s CEO Steve McIntosh says the success of CML can be directly linked to the hard-working and charismatic recruitment consultants who place ambitious candidates with notable employers every day. CML provides staffing support in the areas of legal recruitment and accounting & finance.
He furthers: “The legal team includes qualified lawyers and administrators with extensive legal recruitment experience. Our offshore and field experience is unrivalled in the industry allowing us to fully understand the needs of our clients and match the right candidates to their requirements. This knowledge also makes us experts in offshore legal recruitment, providing up-to-date industry advice and forecasts to both clients and candidates. “
Steve says that CML’s accounting and finance team is equally dynamic, with qualified accountants, seasoned recruitment consultants and other industry professionals, who work closely together, sharing industry knowledge and experience.
“This unique combination provides our clients and candidates with exceptional recruitment services for the financial services industry, placing professionally qualified accountants, trust and corporate finance professionals, administrative staff and IT professionals in both temporary and permanent positions.”
Simon Scott, a CML legal recruitment consultant and qualified lawyer
“We have good relationships with and receive instructions from all of the leading offshore firms. My job is to give honest and realistic advice to candidates about their prospects, while at the same time being persuasive when advancing their application to my clients.”
Chris Turrell, recruitment consultant and IT specialist
“I’m responsible for all of the offshore jurisdictions that CML cover. I enjoy the wide variety of industries that I have exposure to at CML, and will be overseeing the IT recruitment requirements of clients based in Cayman, Bermuda, and the BVI. It’s a lively and enjoyable office environment; furthermore, there aren’t many companies where you can line up against the MD in a game of football (soccer) on your first day!”
Antoinette Williams, office manager
“In 2008, I decided to make a career change from the medical field, to the financial sector, and in September of that same year, I was presented with an opportunity at CML. The CEO, Mr. Steve McIntosh, met with me and gave me a brief insight into what was expected from me as an employee and what the company offered to many private and public businesses in the Cayman Islands. During the early months of my employment, I began to realise the magnitude of work that went into being an employee of this firm. It is not simply a name and a few employees which make up this business but there must be drive, charisma, loyalty and dedication of all members of staff. We all want to see progress and development within our company and its success means that all these qualities are quite present at CML.
As a company that was developed in 2004, CML has overcome the odds of being categorised as a ‘small fish in a big pond’ to proving that we are the number one offshore recruitment company in the Cayman Islands! We see the need of maintaining a positive work-relationship with both our existing and potential clients and prospective employees. We uphold the highest level of professionalism and this is displayed by each member of our staff. In addition to being a recruitment company, CML also gives back to the local community in many ways. We are involved in numerous charitable events such as football programs, youth sponsorships, etc…
But most importantly, we have created a programme called ‘Coffee, Cake & Careers’, which allows Caymanians the opportunity to come out and speak with our qualified recruiters about things such as updating their CVs, so that they are more marketable and getting advice about potential placements. The Cayman Islands, like many countries, has felt the hardships from the recession, but we want to show that with all the difficult times ahead, one cannot lose sight or give up hope. There are companies that are willing to look beyond their own drive for success and lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, and at CML, we are doing just that.
Our drive to be the best at what we do is a mere glimpse into how this company is operated. Steve McIntosh is one boss that I really enjoy working for. He is a down-to-earth kind of guy, who doesn’t make you feel inferior because of your personal ideas. In fact, he welcomes each individual employee’s thoughts on how we can make this company better. My co-workers are just as approachable and the work environment is friendly. One can most definitely say that once you become a member of CML, you have become an addition to ‘a family-unit’.
Thanks to CML, I can honestly say that I have grown in many ways and should I decide in the future to change careers, my chances out in the work force will be greatly improved from this experience. The knowledge and experiences gained over these few years (at CML) are very substantial and I wouldn’t trade them for anything else.
Louise Reed, recruitment consultant
“Working in the administration and support services recruitment team allows me to work with a large, loyal network of clients across a wide range of sectors and requires me to go beyond the traditional recruitment practices. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of talented support services professionals in an environment were building relationships with motivated candidates is seen as a key to our success.”
Laura Munyard, recruitment administrator
“I felt welcome the moment I started working at CML. After three years away from home I thought it may not be smooth settling back into work and life in Cayman but the affable team at CML made it extremely easy. Every person I work with is the sort of person I would socialise with outside of work and they are also the best at what they do, having arrived at the top of their profession through many different routes. I am in an environment where I can learn from them by watching their business acumen in each of their specific fields of recruitment. Under Steve’s leadership there is always an opportunity to learn new things and challenge oneself. I have been trusted with new projects, given training and the freedom to make the assignments my own.
There are no closed doors at CML. I have never felt hesitant to ask for help or to bring up any concerns I may have. There is an atmosphere of camaraderie and happiness, we are all working together to help our candidates and clients.”