Mission: To give everyone the opportunity to be brilliant at work.
I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time (More than a year)
As a few other reviews make clear, Chemistry isn't perfect. However, I can confidently say that we've learned from the mistakes of the past and are doing our best to use those lessons to improve our ways of working. While there were pains in the latter half of 2017 (for various reasons), the business has made huge strides to understand the state of the business and is now reasonably and responsibly growing to best serve both employees and our clients.
Personally, I saw the drastic improvements when I left Chemistry to go to a Big 4 firm and came back 3 months later to what was effectively a different company (in terms of finances and operations).
I love working at Chemistry. My work has value. I'm heard, appreciated and supported by my colleagues. Our culture is unparalleled. I'm completely confident in the tools our science and delivery teams build, and have seen this evidenced by our clients.
I have the freedom to pursue avenues that interest me for development and have opportunities to grow in ways that I've not experienced elsewhere. Honestly, it's a rare morning when I get up and don't want to come into work.
Bonus: a million vacation days :)
Work/life balance can be more greyscale than black and white, and some days can be quite long. I generally don't mind, but it is important to understand.
The normal pains of a growing company - there can be a lot of change, and with that, a variety of pace in adopting those changes.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Chemistry Group (New York, NY) in December 2016.
Despite not being offered the position, this was by far one of the best candidate experiences I've ever had. The process included a number of values and motivations assessments which really provided insight into your workplace style preferences. In the end, it was deemed that I would not be a best fit for the company at the moment. The consultant who interviewed me on the phone was very pleasant, and great at providing in-depth feedback. I would certainly apply again just based off this experience.
Today, we are not only celebrating another wonderful Chemistry woman, but also celebrating our latest starter. Welcome, Deborah Smith!
Armed with a PhD in Genetics, Doctor Deborah joins Chemistry as our Interim Resource Manager, and is here to make sure that everyone's workload is manageable and efficient. Quite frankly, she's our hero!
In doing her PhD, Deborah's eyes were opened to gender discrimination in the workplace, and so made sure she did what she could to achieve equality for everyone.
"Throughout my PhD I was made acutely aware of it [a time in your career where you felt being a woman has held you back], when I’d never considered it at all previously, having worked as a scientist. It was a shock, and one I never expected to face. I realised it wasn’t just me facing prejudice, so campaigned for equality, and was elected to the Union Council where I gave a voice to, not only women, but everyone."
To read more of what Deborah has to say on women in the workplace, click here:
Deborah, you rock!
#InternationalWomensDay #TimesUp #MeToo #GirlPower
Let's kick off the week by celebrating another one of our awesome women! Today we're shining the spotlight on Lara Osborne.
Hailing all the way from sunny down under, Lara's role as a Lead Consultant in our New York office means she helps our clients achieve sustainable success through people.
Having specialised in her industry for 15 years in Australia, Lara came to the US having worked hard to earn, and command, respect in the most hardened ‘boys’ clubs’ in Australia; Financial Services and Sport. She was used to being treated as an equal in all respects. However, Lara's experience after moving to New York was someone eye opening:
"Within twelve months, I had experienced more misogyny, and witnessed more dismissive behaviour toward women and diverse groups than I had in my entire career in Australia."
These experiences are what have spurred Lara on to be far more vocal about equality for women, and all minority groups.
Tonight Lara is hosting, alongside Carol Rosati OBE, a Chemistry Diversity and Inclusion , event at our NY office. You can find more details about that here: