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The Chemistry Group Reviews

Updated 22 November 2017
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  1. Helpful (17)

    "Overall a really great business"

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

    I worked at The Chemistry Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every business has two elements:

    The unique bit in the IP, the story, the 'why, and

    The standard bit, the bit thats the same in every business, the business operation.

    Chemistry has a great intent, a great 'why'. It was light years ahead of the competition and invested in technology when everyone else was napping. We ate our own dog food on hiring too which meant you would rarely work in a place with so many great and talented people.

    Responsibility - For those of you at the beginning of your career you will rarely find an organisation that will give you as much latitude as Chemistry does. If you want to be way ahead of your peers in other consultancies in terms of responsibility, including the big 4, then Chemistry is one of the few places you will get that.

    Flexibility - It's also an output focussed business. There is mention of the lack of work life balance in other reviews but, if you deliver, you can pretty much choose how and when you get stuff done. It's a flexible environment and one where you can truly be yourself.

    Culture - yes it can be described as cultish, but thats a good thing. Wishy washy cultures have no meaning. Clearly defined cultures have something that you can align to and have strong employer value propositions. If the culture fits you as an individual you will love it and you will be surrounded by like minded people.

    Cons

    The operational bit - Chemistry is an ambitious organisation and unlike many others, we invested every penny back in the business. Progress was more important than profit. The ambition has at times stressed the business financially as the investments got bigger and this has led to some fall out which is a shame. How you run a business is separate from the business that you run and the ops side and its issues detracts from the great business that Chemistry is.

    Advice to Management

    Focus - there is magic in that intent but it gets diluted by "possibilities" which end up distracting resources and energy. Stay focussed on the core magic because it works.

    Execution - separate the running of the business from the intent. Get great operational people in to run the business and leave them to it whilst everyone else focusses on delivering the magic that Chemistry is so good at.


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Poorly managed company where pay is missed often"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Collaborative culture

    Cons

    - Business is poorly managed
    - Pay is frequently missed and some months missing entirely

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees on time and stop misleading them


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Brilliant people, pathological leadership."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    - Outstandingly smart, hard-working and passionate individuals who flourished despite imposed constraints.
    - At at time had excellent individuals on the Leadership team.
    - Exposed to incredible opportunities for development and experience.
    - Interesting and highly challenging work.
    - Ambitious.
    - Fantastic perks prior to around 6 months ago.

    Cons

    - Leadership favours young individuals who they can underpay and more easily manipulate through flattery.
    - Delusional intent and over-valuation of the business lead to embarrassingly naive decisions and the collapse of the company.
    - Hired expensive, big-name experts in the field and opened as many offices as possible to give the illusion of success.
    - Fails/Failed to listen to the advice of the expensive, aforementioned experts, confirming their presence as nothing more than a marketing piece.
    - Unsubtle use of financial coercion to convince remaining employees to stay.
    - Laughable application of values at senior level - with shockingly un-Human decisions and communications, and total lack of Bravery. However, I'll give them Passionate.
    - Total misalignment between words and action.

    Advice to Management

    For once, listen to what is being said by those around you. But if you won't listen to 6-figure industry experts, then there is nothing that anyone can say that will help you.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Ruining lives since 2008"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Chemistry Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The vision and concept is just brilliant. The way they create excitement is amazing, despite it being unachievable. A free lunch!

    Cons

    You will be expected to work in a way that challenges your moral standing. This will be either because you are lying to clients about the dream they have been sold and you can’t deliver or you are watching colleagues being bullied through the ‘feedback culture’.

    You won’t be paid on time, their science isn’t what they say it is and their technology doesn’t work.

    Advice to Management

    Roger, have your own consultancy helping other people to set their vision and don’t employ anyone else.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Definitely not a #greatplacetowork"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    - some great colleagues
    - you'll have access to projects and clients that you don't get anywhere else

    Cons

    - too ambiguous- no process, procedure or structure
    - you have to work for free! Payroll is late or sometimes doesn't come at all. Bonuses are promised but not paid
    - very junior staff are given responsibility far above their pay grade with no direction or support
    - managers don't know how to manage
    - senior management rely on staff to build strategy during whole-company brainstorming sessions as no one has a clue what they are doing
    - the company is built on doing good but is actually there only to make crazy money for the CEO and senior management
    - the CEO promotes a culture of bullying disguised as 'feedback'
    - the science and data isn't valid. No-one in the science team has a PhD
    - there is no transparency about what is actually happening. Lies are openly told to staff
    - the huge problem with stress is written off as people 'not being able to handle it'
    - senior people are recruited to get access to their network
    - inexperienced staff are given grossly inflated job titles

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you want Chemistry to be a great place to work and get your house in order. No one wants tshirts or phone covers- people want to get paid and treated with respect.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Owes a lot of it’s employees money."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    - Hires smart and inspiring colleagues.
    - Used to provide free lunch but they stopped being able to afford it.

    Cons

    - Has missed multiple monthly payments and owes a lot its employees money.
    - Downsized by 75% in one month and has no plan to pay those employees.
    - Willing to tell multiple lies to survive. A company with no ethics.

    Advice to Management

    It is not legal to not pay your staff.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Not the best work enviroment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Product Intern in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Chemistry Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting work
    - Complete projects for huge companies
    - Gym subsidy
    - Free Lunch

    Cons

    - Undervalued
    - You're not allowed to be yourself in the workplace
    - People are hired based on what possible business leads they can provide
    - Underpaid
    - Overworked
    - A lot of nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Create a work environment in which people are valued.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Pretty lame interview process"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    Motivation and value based questionnaires were fun to fill

    Cons

    If the idea to is allow people to be brilliant at what they do, the interview process needs to be catered to the role, the seniority level , cultural , ability based. At chemistry group it is one-size-fits-all questionnaire and process. Pretty under-whelming

    Advice to Management

    Take a deeper look at your differentiation


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Stretching, empowering and great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast learning. Fast responsibility. Encouraged learning. You can talk to anyone. You're given very clear feedback on where you need to be, and how you can get there. Everyone wants to help you get there. It is difficult to get there. Never been in an environment where people enjoy working as hard. Fun. Inspiring. You lead your own direction.

    Cons

    If you don't like working late, or hours eating into yours, it may not be for you. It doesn't happen to me often, but it does every now and again; and i often think about work at home. I don't mind that, and in fact think it's important to remain sane (I don't buy the idea of trying to get away from work, why would you work there if you don't enjoy it?).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on solid process as we expand, to ensure the culture remains as productive.


  11. Helpful (14)

    "The Opportunity to be Brillant..."

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

    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    From the moment you meet anyone working at Chemistry you know there is something special happening there... No matter what team, whether it be Product, Consulting, Sales, Tech or Lab -everyone is highly engaged and loves coming to work. Chemistry really live and breath their values of Passion, Bravery and Human. The simple ethos is that they want to give everyone the opportunity to be brillant at work...

    Cons

    It can be daunting when you first start when seeing all the incredible minds at work, but don't worry - their academy will get you up and running in no time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, and don't lose your culture / dynamic it's your DNA!


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