Hydrogen Group plc

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Hydrogen Group plc Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewards high performers very well.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyable place to work and moving in the right direction

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    My experience of the business has been really positive and I genuinely enjoy being at work. The company has grown quickly over the last couple of years and the culture is evolving with this growth which I feel is positive and necessary but I know some people have sruggled to adjust to this change. Having worked in a large recruitment agency it is refreshing to work somewhere where you ideas are taken on board and you feel less of a number and more valued within the organisation.
    Friendly and approachable senior management
    Black and white commission structure
    Nice balance of work hard and play hard culture
    Best training I have seen in recruitment
    Good reputation on the market place
    Strong business relationships and PSL's in place.

    Cons

    Need to continue to recruit strong people to move the business forwards.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was good when I was there!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    "Be the best" culture
    transparent career progression
    ability to get market share quickly
    Some very high performing teams - best I've seen in recruitment

    Cons

    Very KPI focused business, often distracting from quality
    changed strategy too frequently
    Teams didnt work the well together, but relationship function was addressing that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the old trainers back - they made us better recruiters then the competition, the "in house" training was too standard with the rest of the industry.
    Hire better quality - like when the company was Finance Professionals and Project Partners ect, and far less average grads.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Something to avoid

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Some brand has left in the name - that is all really.
    Good location also - in the City.
    They talk a good story which could last 1-2 years depending on team/manager.

    Cons

    Dog eats dog culture.
    Management - senior and middle alike are absolute amateurs. Their total inability to manage people, encourage favoritism, unprofessional often very selfish behaviour.
    Totally oblivious to the changes in the market - still emphasising on hard sales culture, cold calling and stupid incentives.
    Base salary, commission, overall benefits - all poor for rather long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All senior management must resign - they are incapable of managing themselves let alone the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    An out of control Sixth Form, with too much money and cocaine.

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Assuming you made friends with the right people, Hydrogen can offer a good social environment. Many of the existing employees are in cliques, with new-comers rarely welcomed.

    Basic salary is poor and the ability to bill can be difficult if you are on a new business desk.

    Cons

    Basic salary is poor and the ability to bill can be difficult if you are on a new business desk.

    People can get away with murder with HR very rarely, if ever, informed of the goings on in this zoo-like call centre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No structure, horrible culture, bad remuneration

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    there is nothing nice to say

    Cons

    Structure, management, lack transparency, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not applicable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Miserable working culture; young uneducated dimwits running the show

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc

    Pros

    -Good Database
    -Non-management level colleagues
    -Some good perks - if they actually follow through with their promises
    Struggling to find more pros I'm afraid. Basic advice - don't work for this company.

    Cons

    -Horrific working environment; nothing you do is ever enough, extremely stressful even if you are doing well
    -Highly political
    -Long hours with no flexibility
    -Appalling commission structure
    -Low salaries
    -Very little training for junior consultants
    -Greedy, egotistical team leaders
    -Money grabbing CEO and MDs
    -Management is a joke. Most of the seniors got promoted simply because they moved over when they set up the office, not because they have ever produced anything. Most of them don't even have basic intelligence
    -Favoritism - some make it to the top because they are friends with the boss, even if they are stepping over colleagues who have more than proved their worth
    -Untrustworthy - watch out for their contract. They don't have to pay you your hard earned commission if they don't want to!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff like human beings and not just money making machines.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out great - went rapidly down hill

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    When I joined I was attracted by the passion and energy of the directors. Good brand ad high growth.

    Cons

    It soon became apparent that unless you were one on the old faces (i.e. been there from the beginning) you had no hope of being recognised, whatever your results were. There was a core group of managers that had the ear of certain directors who would throw you under a bus at the first opportunity to make themselves look good. Not what I expected from a PLC. Then came the change (which was needed) but the person making the decisions had no guts and just kept the same poisoned leadership team in place. If you talk about change and opportunity, at least make honest changes rather than pandering to certain people - its so obvious!!! Glad to have moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and make decision for the business rather than ones to please the old timers and friends of the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great for someone starting in recruitment but definitely not for the long term.

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Good starter training.
    - Enjoyable culture if you like to party.
    - Something to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    - You are just a number; no one cares about your progression as long as you're billing.
    - Terrible management.
    - Salary is poor for the considerable amount of hours.
    - Favouritism is high; sleep with a manager and you will progress to consultant level/senior consultant!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Extremely horrible working culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good learning ground, good database system

    Cons

    Hydrogen Singapore:

    It's all about sending spec CVs to clients. Management does not bother to understand their staff on an individual basis. Everything is about KPIs KPIs KPIs. The attrition rate is very high and the management does not look into it as the common believe is that only the fittest will survive and the weak will leave.

    You are constantly expected to be on the phone and lunch for an hour is frowned upon. Good sales people are promoted as managers and most of the time these are young aggressive boys who have no management skills whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into your working culture. Start a warm and friendly culture. Get more locals to start managing or hire good local talent. You are in Asia not in UK!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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