Hydrogen Group plc
2.4 of 5 25 reviews
www.hydrogengroup.com London, United Kingdom 150 to 499 Employees

Hydrogen Group plc Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2014
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2.4 25 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

Hydrogen Group plc CEO Tim Smeaton

Tim Smeaton

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Really good experience thus far

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsUpon finishing university, I had no idea what I wanted to do. In an ideal world, I would have entered academia. However, the anaemic pay and poor working conditions (even at many top universities) were enough to put me off this route. Unlike most of my university friends who chose banking, consultancy, the Big 4 and law conversions, I really had no interest in pursuing these options either. I found them generic (and still do).

    So, it was by complete chance that I applied to Hydrogen. As luck would have it, I couldn't have picked a better place to start my career. Instead of dull and menial tasks, I felt like I was given responsibility from the very beginning. In fact, every month at Hydrogen thus far has been a great learning curve. I work with some great colleagues. They're supportive, witty and, most importantly, work hard.

    I'm constantly given new targets and regularly receive feedback from my management team. As a result, I know exactly where I am in terms of my progression and what I should be doing in order to improve. I've learned that time-management is key to everything and to keep pushing even when you feel you're getting nowhere. Compared to my friends in larger corporates, I know that I've learned a lot more and have actually enjoyed the content of my work.

    Will I stay at Hydrogen forever? Who knows, but I do think the company has a great culture and an ambitious vision of what it wants to be. So, to conclude, I'm happy with my time here.

    ConsThere needs to be more emphasis on people using the Hub. Too often candidates are added and left completely or partially unskilled (having said that, the Hub training is pretty comprehensive and organised).

    More company-wide competitions to encourage a sales culture should take place.

    If people have to hit certain KPIs, for example, then this should be more standardised i.e. everyone HAS to make 40 calls per day irrespective of your practice.

    I find the cultures between various desks and practices vary quite a lot. Some desks and practices are great. Some have really good team leaders and a mature atmosphere. Others, however, do not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget that the growth of APAC is also due to the economic growth of many emerging markets. It's no surprise that we're experiencing a boom there due to the disparity in talent between home-grown recruitment firms, with far less experience and capital, compared to foreign recruitment firms, like ourselves.

    Get your act together when it comes to taking new consultants onboard. The gap between one consultant and the next is, at times, ridiculous. Be as picky with the sourcing of our consultants as we are with the sourcing of our candidates. Much more discrepancy is needed when trying to find consultants who actually have a decent work-ethic and who can quickly understand what their candidates do.

    Get rid of certain team leaders. Far too many loud-mouthed consultants seem to have been promoted to positions of authority purely because they've billed respectably for a few quarters. Fortunately, my team leader is more mature, has a lot of experience and commands respect because he's actually good at managing people. However, this does not seem to be a company-wide phenomenon.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good but makes some obvious mistakes.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraining, vision for future, career opportunities.

    ConsCommission scheme is average, work life balance is quite poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLonger hours based on fear does not make your people more successful or keep the business joined up - keeping them social and motivated will. Listen to them from time to time - its not all about stats. Management by KPI is just lazy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hydrogen Group plc Digital Consultant responded to this review May 8, 2014 EditDelete
    Many thanks for taking the time to review Hydrogen. Ideally, it would be great to discuss your concerns with your Line Manager, however, if this is inappropriate, or you feel unable to do so, please ... More
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    Good company, great vision

    Trainee Recruitment COnsultant (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Pros- Great training, and they pride themselves on it
    - Management understand where the company's heading, and consequently, what they want out of their team
    - Good atmosphere
    - Incentives clearly spelled out so you know exactly what you have to do to achieve in the job

    Cons- Little work/life balance, but that's pretty common in that industry
    - Management sometimes do not listen to idea's from lower levels as much as they could do

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hydrogen Group plc Digital Consultant responded to this review May 8, 2014 EditDelete
    Many thanks for taking the time to review your time at Hydrogen. It's wonderful to hear you had a great experience with us. We wish you the best of luck in your career after Hydrogen.
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    Different environment, energetic!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCulture is different and everyone is helpful

    Consnone at the moment, everything is still good

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    It's wonderful to hear you are enjoying your career at Hydrogen. We always welcome feedback and observations to ensure we are offering our staff the best possible experience. Many thanks for taking ... More
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    Good Company ... but lots of pressure

    Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    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!)

    Advice to Senior ManagementHydrogen have a really good foundation and many positive aspects. You strive to be competitive which is essential in the recruitment industry, but sometimes this pushes your employees slightly too far. Management need to listen to their teams a bit more and understand that working 24/7 with intense pressure is going to push people to the edge.
    I would recommend Hydrogen to others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good graduate opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly team, good pay, quick start

    ConsEntry not so competitive, but a good start

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    Excellent place to learn the trade, earn good wedge, but dont drink the cool aid for too long!

    Recruiter (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsTraining, pay is competitive, speed at which you can progress

    ConsThey are good at dangling the carrot of progression and keeping you just wanting more. If you are young you can stay a little too long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on doing as you are doing, but like all recruiters you need to keep the senior management happy, also there is a lot of low hanging fruit in more senior placements if some the TL's/Managers were braver to call an MD or SVP.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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