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Hydrogen Group plc Reviews

Updated October 6, 2017
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  • Commission structure isn't great (in 9 reviews)

  • Very immature working environment from 'Digital Researchers' to the 'Senior Management' (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hydrogen is still a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic people, a vibrant high performing culture with some excellent leaders in certain Practices.
    - Unrivalled commission scheme where high performers are frequently earning + £30k per quarter
    - Fantastic training and support for new starters
    - Hard working consultants who are driven to succeed and progress
    - Ambitious strategy and clear direction of where the company is going

    Cons

    Hydrogen has recently undergone a restructure which has probably caused a bit of uncertainty. However, It’s been the right decision for the business and should have a positive impact in the medium term. Every organisation goes through something like this very couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Approach promotions consistently and fairly and continue to reward high performance. In the past I feel we've been too tolerant of mediocre performance.

    Hydrogen Group plc Response

    Jul 30, 2014 – Digital Consultant

    Many thanks for your response. It's great to see you understand the longer-term view for Hydrogen and how with us all working towards this, combined with the attitudes of people like yourself, we... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Rewards high performers very well."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic rewards and incentives for high performers including a clear un-capped commission scheme. Most of my colleagues and I get on very well and I would consider them to be friends. Good opportunities for career progression from graduate level to team leader and above. Structured and thorough training at the junior level. Very supportive of flexible working arrangements for proven high performers.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency between what good looks like between different areas. Some parts of the business seem to tolerate low performance and lack of bilings/delivery and this can negatively impact the whole business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep incentivising your high performers and don't tolerate lack of performance just to keep someone in their seat.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Consultant (Singapore)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Opportunities to think for yourself, be entrepreneurial and get rewarded for it
    - After a a few wobbles, now a great culture with everyone here focused on getting on, providing an excellent service and making good commission
    - Strong management team who provide real leadership who are not afraid to make changes (particularly here in APAC)

    Cons

    - The IT systems are poor although not so bad it really slows you down
    - Basic salaries are not that great, however the commission scheme is excellent so if you don't back yourself to be a strong sales person then best not apply (but if you do, then do!)

    Advice to Management

    Admit the recruitment system installed last year is not (yet) fit for purpose and spend the money in getting a project team to sort it out.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "brilliant. best time of my life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    culture is fantastic. everyone is encouraging of each other. training is the best for starting a career in recruitment.

    Cons

    none none none none none

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to step down and let the COO take over


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Excellent company with great opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great talent across all teams
    - Lots of backing for growth, development and to develop your desk
    - Tight teams
    - Some very positive changes recently in senior management
    - I have been here for over a year now and I can honestly say joining Hydrogen has been a great decision

    Cons

    - It's sad to see that there are consultants in the company that do not appreciate the opportunity on offer

    Advice to Management

    - Very pleased with the new CEO!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture. Training. Commission. Opportunities. Location.

    Cons

    Lazy people who insist on trying to drag the company down.

    Advice to Management

    Train all teams like legal train.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Tough times, but coming back stronger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There have been a number of changes at the company over the past 12 months, but this has created a much leaner company full of top quality recruiters with clear career paths in an environment which offers numerous opportunities as the company is now in heavy growth mode.
    It now has the right people in the right roles (the new CEO is a breath of fresh air), in the right markets and has embarked on it's next stage of development.
    IF you've got the stomach for it, you will fly.

    Cons

    The environment has become more demanding now as the quality and results per head has increased. Not a place for someone who wants to hide.
    Also, not for the change-averse. Hydrogen will make the changes they feel need to be made.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the promises made to your employees and the results will continue to improve

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding culture - even on the worst days (which are rare) I enjoy coming to work here. My colleagues are friendly, supportive, and generally good fun to be around
    Good commission scheme for strong performers, and a totally transparent formula so you always know where you stand
    Good reputation in the market and generally one of the more successful agencies in our sector
    Hydrogen was my first "proper" job after university, and it's allowed me to build the foundations for what I hope will be a successful career, and earn great money while I'm still young enough to enjoy it, and buy my own flat in London within 3 years of joining

    Cons

    Basic salaries are on the low side, however the strong commission scheme more than makes up for this

    Advice to Management

    The company has gone through a few changes over the last few months, but stick with it and help us to move forwards.
    Try not to lose the culture and feel that makes this such a great company to work for.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A company with structure and vision. Great workplace!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was headhunted into Hydrogen. What impressed me from day one was that unlike the other recruitment companies I have worked for, Hydrogen did not oversell and underdeliver. It was rather the opposite. They have stuck to their word and from day 1 they have worked with me towards achieving my career goals.

    This is a highly ethical recruitment business with structure and vision and although we may make some mistakes, they are always for the better.

    When I look at some of the cowboys out there, it makes me feel proud I work for Hydrogen.

    Cons

    Working hours are longer than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Put more team based incentives in place.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A great home for ambitious recruitment professionals"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit. Management are not afraid to really back top performers and a completely meritocracy culture.

    Highly rate new CEO

    Client and candidate focused and not KPI for KPI sake

    Good commission structure for high performance

    Strong team ethic and very little ego centric recruiters

    Great fun. Various incentives, people generally make close friends during their time here and it is in general a very welcoming and warm company

    Cons

    CRM still needs a lot of tweaking

    Senior management trying to change / implement too many things at once with little follow up or purpose

    Lack of structured personal development plans, especially for experienced staff

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what you are good at

    Listen and ask the right questions to all levels of staff

    Further investment into marketing and L&D

    Be harder on disengaged employees


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