Hydrogen Group plc

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Hydrogen Group plc Reviews in London, England

Updated 9 February 2015
Updated 9 February 2015
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewards high performers very well.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company fell apart in 2014. CEO should resign to let a more capable Leader take over

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Not many! So many good people got out last year when it became clear that the senior management team had lost the plot and started panicking with mass redundancies and a soviet style purge of management

    Cons

    Crap IT really makes it hard to do the job properly. Database a total joke really difficult to find CV's on and lots of your colleagues out to rob you of jobs if you're not on the ball.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO should resign. His style of management is out of date and limiting to the business. Senior management should get out of the 4th floor bunker and start leading on the floor again!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Hydrogen Group plc

    Pros

    Nice office
    A lot of banter (if you're with in crowd)
    Big company, well known brand

    Cons

    Don't expect any real training
    Clique culture (in crowds & outsiders)
    Commission structure isn't great
    Failed promises
    Low basic pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the commission structure
    Set out a training programme

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    None - They have no commitments to any employee, you are seen as a lapdog and expected to work day and night for no extra money

    Cons

    Everything from IT to the coffee machine breaking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They have started to make the right moves but may be too little too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful recruitment firm

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc

    Pros

    None none none none none

    Cons

    juvenile culture, middle management have no people skills, quick quid culture, little or no client development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Something to avoid

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some brand has left in the name - that is all really.
    Good location also - in the City.
    They talk a good story which could last 1-2 years depending on team/manager.

    Cons

    Dog eats dog culture.
    Management - senior and middle alike are absolute amateurs. Their total inability to manage people, encourage favoritism, unprofessional often very selfish behaviour.
    Totally oblivious to the changes in the market - still emphasising on hard sales culture, cold calling and stupid incentives.
    Base salary, commission, overall benefits - all poor for rather long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All senior management must resign - they are incapable of managing themselves let alone the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was good when I was there!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    "Be the best" culture
    transparent career progression
    ability to get market share quickly
    Some very high performing teams - best I've seen in recruitment

    Cons

    Very KPI focused business, often distracting from quality
    changed strategy too frequently
    Teams didnt work the well together, but relationship function was addressing that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the old trainers back - they made us better recruiters then the competition, the "in house" training was too standard with the rest of the industry.
    Hire better quality - like when the company was Finance Professionals and Project Partners ect, and far less average grads.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    An out of control Sixth Form, with too much money and cocaine.

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Assuming you made friends with the right people, Hydrogen can offer a good social environment. Many of the existing employees are in cliques, with new-comers rarely welcomed.

    Basic salary is poor and the ability to bill can be difficult if you are on a new business desk.

    Cons

    Basic salary is poor and the ability to bill can be difficult if you are on a new business desk.

    People can get away with murder with HR very rarely, if ever, informed of the goings on in this zoo-like call centre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyable place to work and moving in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    My experience of the business has been really positive and I genuinely enjoy being at work. The company has grown quickly over the last couple of years and the culture is evolving with this growth which I feel is positive and necessary but I know some people have sruggled to adjust to this change. Having worked in a large recruitment agency it is refreshing to work somewhere where you ideas are taken on board and you feel less of a number and more valued within the organisation.
    Friendly and approachable senior management
    Black and white commission structure
    Nice balance of work hard and play hard culture
    Best training I have seen in recruitment
    Good reputation on the market place
    Strong business relationships and PSL's in place.

    Cons

    Need to continue to recruit strong people to move the business forwards.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great - went rapidly down hill

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England

    I worked at Hydrogen Group plc full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    When I joined I was attracted by the passion and energy of the directors. Good brand ad high growth.

    Cons

    It soon became apparent that unless you were one on the old faces (i.e. been there from the beginning) you had no hope of being recognised, whatever your results were. There was a core group of managers that had the ear of certain directors who would throw you under a bus at the first opportunity to make themselves look good. Not what I expected from a PLC. Then came the change (which was needed) but the person making the decisions had no guts and just kept the same poisoned leadership team in place. If you talk about change and opportunity, at least make honest changes rather than pandering to certain people - its so obvious!!! Glad to have moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and make decision for the business rather than ones to please the old timers and friends of the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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