Hydrogen Group plc Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 11 Nov 2020

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Hydrogen Group plc Chief Executive Officer Ian Temple
Ian Temple
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  • "Hydrogen invest a lot of time and money into their employees, good training on offer with clearly define career paths(in 14 reviews)

  • "Dynamic work environment with a commercial mindset(in 13 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "Hard but rewarding, experience needed."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Edinburgh office is a smaller team when compared to other parts of the business, they have created a collaborative environment between consultants which is a nice change in recruitment. Plenty of support is offered for those who are willing to use it and ask for help. During the Pandemic the upper management was extremely transparent about all decisions being made and how they would impact us. If you have the drive to sell and can manage candidates and clients this is a great opportunity to earn good money and develop new skills but comes at the cost of long hours Even when handing in my notice to return to university the management was extremely supportive and understanding.

    Cons

    Long hours, as expected with the recruitment industry you need to be ready for long weeks and calls in the evening to support candidates and clients when needed. Very heavily targeted, lots of pressure to sell and hit targets. Can be stressful

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    Hydrogen Group plc Response

    November 16, 2020CEO

    Thanks for your feedback - this is really useful. Wishing you all the best in your new adventure. Ian

  2. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good brand and market position

    Cons

    Long hours but this is expected if you’re to succeed in recruitment

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    Hydrogen Group plc Response

    September 28, 2020CEO

    Many thanks for spending the time to leave a review. It's great to hear this feedback. Best Ian


  3. "1 year at"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really good peers To work with Paid on time

    Cons

    Long hours and Monthly payments to candidates

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    Hydrogen Group plc Response

    January 7, 2020CEO

    Thanks for leaving a review. It’s great to hear that you valued your colleagues here at Hydrogen (and I agree, they’re a brilliant bunch of people!) I’d like to understand what you mean by ‘taking all deals from consultants’. I’m very proud of our team culture where we split fees between business winners and researchers and pay bonus accordingly. We operate at a senior level and pay over 1,000 contractors a month and people paid far less are paid monthly in most walks of life and most prefer having 4 times less admin. Feel free to email me with more details about any deals you feel you have had taken from you (iantemple@hydrogengroup.com). Best, Ian

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good grad Job"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time

    Pros

    Fun, good training Good starter training for anyone entering sales. OK benefits package. Good location.

    Cons

    Long hours with average days 8am to 7pm Target driven, with a lot of micro management Management heavy, not always needed.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid this place!"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc

    Pros

    Good company culture - fun work environment

    Cons

    Middle management have no clue what they are doing! Managers are not trained on people management and have no ability to lead and motivate a team. 'Team Leaders' and 'Directors' are completely incompetent and quite frankly, a bit of a joke. The place is falling apart from the top down and should be avoided at all costs. Long hours mean you are constantly drained, 8.30am - 6.30pm is far higher than industry average!

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Enjoyable experience so far..."

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    Pros

    Good work culture Teams all get along well Good training structure

    Cons

    Long hours so can be poor work/life balance Some teams seem to have much better training in place than others.

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Something to avoid"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time for 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.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Miserable working culture; young uneducated dimwits running the show"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Anonymous in Singapore
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Do not join and if you are in H2 leave for better options!"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people are ok

    Cons

    Low % model, stack them high and sell them cheap model, which means very low earnings for consultants coupled with very long hours. Several examples of woman sleeping there way to the top. Very much a blame culture. Most of the people who work there are either completely untrustworthy or a green at the gills grad. They claim to be what they are not, specialist, expert and thriving.

    Hydrogen Group plc Response

    July 30, 2014Digital Consultant

    Thank you for your review of Hydrogen. As a matter of course, anybody that leaves the business is offered an exit interview so that we can continually learn and improve. If there was anything you feel you could not cover in the exit interview, please feel free to contact us confidentially at: hr@hydrogengroup.com

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company ... but lots of pressure"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Young, dynamic environment - Buzzing atmosphere - Good incentives - Strong social aspects - Great training - Good team spirit - Some excellent managers & directors who keep you motivated in the right way and are keen to see you develop your skills

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is poor - Long hours, expected to come in early, work late AND work through luch - Office conditions weren't great: cramped, untidy, really hot or really cold, bit bleak in general - Some of the management team could be improved - i.e. some are far too pushy & don't listen to you - Salary and benefits aren't great - Not open to you having time off for sickness (I took 1 day during my year there and got shamed in front of the team!)

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