Hydrogen Group plc Reviews

Updated 19 March 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    A company with structure and vision. Great workplace!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was headhunted into Hydrogen. What impressed me from day one was that unlike the other recruitment companies I have worked for, Hydrogen did not oversell and underdeliver. It was rather the opposite. They have stuck to their word and from day 1 they have worked with me towards achieving my career goals.

    This is a highly ethical recruitment business with structure and vision and although we may make some mistakes, they are always for the better.

    When I look at some of the cowboys out there, it makes me feel proud I work for Hydrogen.

    Cons

    Working hours are longer than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Put more team based incentives in place.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Excellent company with great opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great talent across all teams
    - Lots of backing for growth, development and to develop your desk
    - Tight teams
    - Some very positive changes recently in senior management
    - I have been here for over a year now and I can honestly say joining Hydrogen has been a great decision

    Cons

    - It's sad to see that there are consultants in the company that do not appreciate the opportunity on offer

    Advice to Management

    - Very pleased with the new CEO!

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding culture - even on the worst days (which are rare) I enjoy coming to work here. My colleagues are friendly, supportive, and generally good fun to be around
    Good commission scheme for strong performers, and a totally transparent formula so you always know where you stand
    Good reputation in the market and generally one of the more successful agencies in our sector
    Hydrogen was my first "proper" job after university, and it's allowed me to build the foundations for what I hope will be a successful career, and earn great money while I'm still young enough to enjoy it, and buy my own flat in London within 3 years of joining

    Cons

    Basic salaries are on the low side, however the strong commission scheme more than makes up for this

    Advice to Management

    The company has gone through a few changes over the last few months, but stick with it and help us to move forwards.
    Try not to lose the culture and feel that makes this such a great company to work for.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity (for those who want it)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Taking ownership of your own work is encourage, leading to the opportunity to develop accounts
    - Strong team culture and friendly environment
    - Fair holiday allowance (increasing with service)
    - Support and advice available when required
    - Good Learning & Development Manager who is very approachable and creates bespoke course on request
    - Clear communication from Senior Management
    - Great environment to learn
    - Ethical workplace
    - Comfortable chairs!

    Cons

    - Database compliance can be slack, more onus should be placed on consultants to keep up to date
    - Contracted working hours are the longest I've come across in the industry

    Advice to Management

    - More focus on team based incentives

  6. Helpful (3)

    Honest review after 2 years service in London office (Life Sciences Practice)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have a great manager (best I have had) who listens to what I have to say and pushes me to be better. Recruiting can be a really tough line of work at times and my team make it good fun a lot of the time. I am older than most of my colleagues but never feel left out. I am given achievable pay rise targets and my salary is at market rate. Hydrogen is the first recruitment firm I have worked at where I feel there is a career to be had rather than just making some money while you develop your escape plan.

    Cons

    Having worked in a few agencies over quite a few years I believe that the majority of the negative reviews on this website have been written by people who aren't cut out for this job. Lets face it - leavers don't write positive reviews so its best to read them with a big pinch of salt. No company is perfect and the sudden changes over the last year have been tough to deal with but in all reality they haven't affected me personally.

  7. Tough times, but coming back stronger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There have been a number of changes at the company over the past 12 months, but this has created a much leaner company full of top quality recruiters with clear career paths in an environment which offers numerous opportunities as the company is now in heavy growth mode.
    It now has the right people in the right roles (the new CEO is a breath of fresh air), in the right markets and has embarked on it's next stage of development.
    IF you've got the stomach for it, you will fly.

    Cons

    The environment has become more demanding now as the quality and results per head has increased. Not a place for someone who wants to hide.
    Also, not for the change-averse. Hydrogen will make the changes they feel need to be made.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the promises made to your employees and the results will continue to improve

  8. Helpful (4)

    Company fell apart in 2014. CEO should resign to let a more capable Leader take over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many! So many good people got out last year when it became clear that the senior management team had lost the plot and started panicking with mass redundancies and a soviet style purge of management

    Cons

    Crap IT really makes it hard to do the job properly. Database a total joke really difficult to find CV's on and lots of your colleagues out to rob you of jobs if you're not on the ball.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should resign. His style of management is out of date and limiting to the business. Senior management should get out of the 4th floor bunker and start leading on the floor again!

  9. Helpful (4)

    Don't waste your time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office
    A lot of banter (if you're with in crowd)
    Big company, well known brand

    Cons

    Don't expect any real training
    Clique culture (in crowds & outsiders)
    Commission structure isn't great
    Failed promises
    Low basic pay

    Advice to Management

    Improve the commission structure
    Set out a training programme

  10. Helpful (1)

    Rewards high performers very well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic rewards and incentives for high performers including a clear un-capped commission scheme. Most of my colleagues and I get on very well and I would consider them to be friends. Good opportunities for career progression from graduate level to team leader and above. Structured and thorough training at the junior level. Very supportive of flexible working arrangements for proven high performers.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency between what good looks like between different areas. Some parts of the business seem to tolerate low performance and lack of bilings/delivery and this can negatively impact the whole business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep incentivising your high performers and don't tolerate lack of performance just to keep someone in their seat.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None - They have no commitments to any employee, you are seen as a lapdog and expected to work day and night for no extra money

    Cons

    Everything from IT to the coffee machine breaking

    Advice to Management

    They have started to make the right moves but may be too little too late.

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