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27 April 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Hydrogen Group plc?

Pros

Has improved and become better over the last years in most areas. CEO is friendly. COO has improved and is a man who tries his best. People who work there are amazing and there isn't much issues. There are really good career opportunities for people. Its not that bad compared to other recruitment companies.

Cons

They don't care much for operations team, low salaries, hardly any incentives. They focus on sales more than operations which is a shame as they do so much! Too much changes without thinking about the consequences which puts pressure on people. Merge with Argyll Scott was a mistake. Flexible working? What flexible working?

Advice to Management

Think of ways to improve the atmosphere as it is very low at the moment. Many operations staff are leaving because of low motivation and low pay. Get people interacting more. Listen to people more and act on it!

There are really good career opportunities for people.

27 April 2018

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11 November 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Hydrogen Group plc?

Pros

Minority interest scheme is great opportunity

Cons

Recruitment is tough and cyclical

Advice to Management

Be consistent

Minority interest scheme is great opportunity

11 November 2019

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7 April 2019

Does Hydrogen Group plc have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

I have been in Hydrogen for close to 1.5 years now and am very pleased I chose to carve out a career in Recruitment in this office. The type of support and guidance I was fortunate to be given by the management has built the right foundation for me to be where I am. I first started out as a Researcher with zero experience in (1) Recruitment and (2) Compliance in Financial Services which was what I was assigned to, and my Senior Manager helped build the right footing for me; provided sufficient training and proper guidance before I saw myself consistently supporting him with at least 2 placements a month by my second month in Hydrogen. Both the Director and Senior Manager acknowledged and fully supported my goal to become a Consultant within a year, and it showed through our monthly review sessions where I would be given advice on how to achieve it; the opportunities I was offered including co-managing their jobs and hiring managers; and consistently taking me out for client meetings to get more exposure instead of being desk-bound most of the time. True enough, I was able to get my promotion to become a Consultant with over 36 deals in a year and it would not have been possible if not for the right mentorship and backing from the bosses. I used to think that when it comes commission driven jobs, you are expected to be on your own; it is actually quite the contrary in Hydrogen, as there is plenty of team work not just within SG but beyond into the HK office, and I really like the idea of that. The team would collaborate closely together be it for BD, or sharing candidates across or when they come across job leads etc. You are not exactly on your own, and it also helps when you know you can rely on your managers anytime. The working environment has been really enjoyable - our current team of 10 has really good rapport, and the experienced Consultants are always ready to support or guide whenever required. Due to circumstances in which case my partner is in US, I have been given the opportunity for an international transfer to the San Diego office. The Director and Senior Manager are fully supportive of it and have given me an introduction to a few key managers in the US offices to get a concrete arrangement for the relocation - I am due to start in a month's time. It has been a great 1.5 years in Hydrogen SG, and I am excited for the new opportunities in Hydrogen US.

Cons

We are currently on Selective Licensing, which can be rather restrictive to jobs we can do. Will be good to get all Recruiters on Comprehensive Licensing instead.

Advice to Management

I like how the senior management started in Hydrogen from the bottom and worked their way up to be where they are today. It gives me a lot of encouragement and reassurance that efforts in Hydrogen do not go unnoticed. Such has made me hopeful and optimistic about having a long term career in the organization. Whatever you guys have been doing has been working, and is still working. Keep going!

True enough, I was able to get my promotion to become a Consultant with over 36 deals in a year and it would not have been possible if not for the right mentorship and backing from the bosses.

7 April 2019

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20 January 2020

How are promotions handled at Hydrogen Group plc?

Pros

It's easy to say "all recruitment firms are the same" or that you will deal with the same issues if you stay in this industry, but this is not the case at Hydrogen. The leadership here goes out of their way to ensure the teams are engaged and have tons of incentives. There are clear expectations for success in your role, as well as a pathway to growth. Monthly reviews are consistent to ensure you have the support you need. Benefits are top notch and great work/life balance. They embrace internal promotions and diversity in the workplace. Easy for anyone to succeed here as long as you put in the work.

Cons

It's a fast growing company with an ever expanding market. Be vocal on your needs and you will be supported to achieve your goals here.

Advice to Management

It's great to be in a company where I am valued and supported from every level of leadership. Keep it up!

They embrace internal promotions and diversity in the workplace.

20 January 2020

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30 October 2019

What is the feeling of job security at Hydrogen Group plc?

Pros

This is a very big pressured environment which forces you to learn a lot quickly. If you dont learn you're fire within the month.

Cons

Very high pressured. I started as a research as didn't have previous experience in recruitment. You report to a manager who's commission is based on your performance. This make it very hard to step out of a researcher position, as the better you are at this job the more your manager will earn. The turn over in staff is outrageous, in the time i was there the majority of the team was let go, from director level down. Even employees which have been there 5 yrs, as soon as they have a bad month or 2 then they are out the door pretty quickly. The incentives are good, but again unless you have been in the company for over 5 yrs its unlikely you will become a top biller. It seemed that the market is now saturated and only the individuals who had been with the company for over 5 years could make any real money. They also changed the commission structure while i was there meaning it was even harder to achieve a good salary.

Even employees which have been there 5 yrs, as soon as they have a bad month or 2 then they are out the door pretty quickly.

30 October 2019

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