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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, but company security is unknown

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at H5 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, flexible hours

    Cons

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


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really 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

    Cons

    Ebb 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 Management

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


  3. very fair

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    the company is small and very level minded ,

    Cons

    you work very hard , but that why we do will

    Advice to Management

    slow down on the work ,


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    H5 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    Listen 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.


  6. awesome potential with strong need for strategic planning!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Unfortunately 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 Management

    Empower 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.


  7. No real opportunities for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Very 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 Management

    Communicate! Lateral and vertical communication was largely absent when I was there.


  9. crash course in personal and professional development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Absolutely the best - great people, work and culture!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at H5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    AP should start exerting greater autonomy and freedom to take on projects outside the US


  11. Interesting people, difficult staffing/work flow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They recruit very smart, fun people It is located in San Francisco The projects change and are varied Very little micromanagement

    Cons

    Job instability- hard to know when you job will be gone, or when/if you are returning Lack of benefits Communication not always prized or a core concept More flexibility in general structure or tasks could be an asset The work flow is inconsistent

    Advice to Management

    You need to diversify your portfolio and client base by "thinking outside the box." There must be other opportunities out there considering the uniqueness of what you do, and the amazing employees you have.



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