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Updated Feb 14, 2014

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3.1 14 reviews

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Nicolas Economou

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work, but company security is unknown

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart people, interesting work, flexible hours

    ConsCompany seems in constant danger of failing, not many opportunities for advancement or salary increase

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ...if there are no other Options

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPays well, for contractors at least

    ConsH5 is lost in space. The company is a doc review team, hidden behind the moniker of high-tech edisco, but its just a lot of smoke and mirrors, IMO. (It can be difficult to be on calls with clients, even, listening to the mumbo jumbo thats code for what are pretty routine methods of doc review.) Anyway, don't have much hope for this company growing and being a leader or even a middle-of-the-packer.

    The central team has been there so long -- and this company so insular -- they seem a bit unaware of what else is out there in the industry. People are constantly referring to slow times on the market; but, really, the market is only slow for H5. Perhaps it would be better served by innovating internal technology or getting to a business model that can sustain new and fresh employees (which they currently can't afford). But, this place seems really stuck in its ways and its un-exciting to be there.

    Speaking of slow times, the company is heavily dependent on contract staff that comes in and out, and are recruited with exaggerated claims of possible future employment. The shocking reality hits everyone in their first days or weeks (that there are zero jobs available) and many leave resentful (and suddenly, too, when let go without warning or even basic manners) and left feeling like the company is deliberately dishonest about the prospects.

    And this brings up the final point, and thats the company culture. Even though a lot of people are _great_ on an _individual_ level, the group dynamic is awful. Sad contractors aside, you walk into the room and can feel the heavy apathy in the air: no one chats, says "hi!" in the morning, and the office is permanently quiet like a nunnery. Its indescribable. Its probably the oddest work environment I've ever stepped into.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop: (1) A company culture; (2) A better application <--- yeah, its not good

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some ups and downs over the years, but now moving in the right direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsReally smart, dedicated co-workers who never let me down
    Making an impact on a system that needs improvement
    Blazing new trails technologically
    Respect for the individual
    Entrepreneurial, can-do attitude from management

    ConsEbb and flow of work can be taxing
    In previous years, stress that comes with business volatility
    Hard to win hearts and minds of a market that is slow to adopt technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should continue to invest trust in your people -- they've seen ups and downs and are wiser as a result.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very fair

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosthe company is small and very level minded ,

    Consyou work very hard , but that why we do will

    Advice to Senior Managementslow down on the work ,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some great people and great ideas, but terrible management and inept leaders

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsH5 has some of the brightest and most creative employees I have ever met anywhere. The work can be interesting and things are usually not dull, and it's a great place to pick up some job skills if you're fresh out of school.

    ConsManagement already picked their favorites years ago, so there is little room for any new person to advance in the company. And sadly, those picked to manage were chosen because they wouldn't rock the boat and could speak the manager lingo, not because of their intelligence or any sort of managerial ability. It's also not clear that any of the execs know how to run a business at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to people even if their opinion contradicts your plans. Talk to people who have been there for years and take them seriously. Outsourcing to India hasn't ever worked for the RMA, and dealing with India takes far too much time away from your brightest workers in SF.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    awesome potential with strong need for strategic planning!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThis company is so close to having such a powerful impact on the world of information retrieval and search with regards to document review. They have the ability to build highly educated, talented unique teams, and have had success proving their process is second to none.
    The professional team really acts like a community where intellect, knowledge sharing and innovation is a must.

    ConsUnfortunately the skills of the talented employees are not always utilized as much as they could be by senior staff. At some point these employees need to be empowered to do what they know how to do best, and there should be a better support structure inplace to support them in their ambitions rather then all major decisions and plans coming from the top executives. At the end of the day, they do an awesome job attracting and hiring highly educated, motivated staff... set them free and see what they can do...

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your teams to develop and implement plans and let go of some of the control. The team are dedicated and motivated for success and are treating this company like their own... best interest of the company are forefront in their minds.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No real opportunities for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company is cutting edge in the field of information retrieval, and changing the way people think about the industry. They do a lot of thought leadership and outreach.

    ConsManagement does not promote individual growth. Individual strengths are not considered when projects come up. Politicking is common. Lower management is promoted from within with no actual training or management experience, so that inexperience trickles down to the workforce. Growth was too rapid early on - you don't double your workforce when you have only one real client. It is difficult to be promoted if you don't explicitly fit in with the culture of the organization. Expected work hours are unreasonable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the strengths of people who work for H5. Positions may have been "entry level" when people started, but prior experience shouldn't be ignored.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you know what's going on, fix it - if you don't, find out!

    Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIt's in a great location in San Francisco. Linguists are well utilized at H5. So if you're a linguist and want to use your background, this might be a good fit. The money is decent too. Peers are engaging and smart overall.

    ConsVery slow adoption of technology, especially for a "tech" company. Management does not not state expectations until after they have decided whether they're met or not. Management is very cliquish and prone to shutting out those seen as challengers to the status quo. CTO was only a figure head, with no authority or valuable experience to H5's mission. The primary client is big tobacco, which for many is an ethical non-starter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate! Lateral and vertical communication was largely absent when I was there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    crash course in personal and professional development

    Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Proslearning - great, fun, smart coworkers (including the people at the top!)

    Conslife-work balance - some project management is disorganized, leading to unnecessarily long hours

    Advice to Senior Managementthe life-work balance stuff is too important to let slip to the bottom of your priority list!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Absolutely the best - great people, work and culture!

    Analyst (Current Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsGood pay, mentoring and coaching, work-life balance, managers that care!

    ConsThe ebb and flows of client projects, late-night calls with the US, cost reduction measures

    Advice to Senior ManagementAP should start exerting greater autonomy and freedom to take on projects outside the US

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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