Escient has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2023. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations that develop workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices which demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

We are thrilled to be recognised as an Employer of Choice in the Australian Business Awards for the fourth year. At Escient, our people-first culture is fundamental to who we are and is what we believe truly sets us apart. We show this from the outset in the way we recruit our talented team, to our focus on continual learning, and the fostering of professional and social networks that allow our team to share, grow and experience all that Escient is. We believe that better experiences really do drive better results – for our clients and our team. We accept this award with pride.

Stephen Mabbs, Chief Executive Officer, Escient

From its inception in October 2016, Escient has developed its brand into one of Australia’s most trusted advisors in professional consulting services. Escient is on a strong growth trajectory, with 140 employees supporting over 150 clients across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.

Escient provides a broad range of professional services under the four key pillars:

  • Dealing with change
  • Becoming more human
  • Delivering on purpose
  • Navigating complexity

Over the last six and a half years, they have built a “uniquely Escient” culture. The company believes a combination of diverse backgrounds, experiences and skillsets sets its people apart.

Escient is committed to measuring success based on its impact on its clients’ success, and the company strongly emphasises social value creation. They continue to strengthen their relationship with Black Dog Institute and support them to continue leading medical research into mental health solutions and suicide prevention.

A major key to the organisation’s success is its diversity – the company prides itself on being gender-balanced with multi-generational representation: over half the team was born overseas, and their collective professional experience spans over 25 professional disciplines. Escient believes its diversity of experience and cultural perspectives give its consultants better insights that inspire creativity and help drive innovation. Its diversity is reflected in its clients and the community, helping Escient build trusting relationships with clients and deliver purpose-fit value with real, sustainable outcomes.

Another key success factor is alignment. Escient has ensured that clients, the company, and employees win together through innovative commercial arrangements and an employee share scheme. The company has developed and evolved an Employee Value Proposition that it benchmarks performance against via staff surveys and other feedback forms.

Finally, Escient is wholeheartedly committed to always acting with trust and transparency. Company results and growth plans are shared regularly with the entire team. Through a Client Advisory Board, Escient holds itself accountable to strategic clients who gain insight into all aspects of company performance and have a say in the company’s strategic direction.

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