ghd Reviews

Updated 7 Jan 2021

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3.4
61%
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ghd CEO Jeroen Temmerman (no image)
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5 Ratings
  1. "Fantastic place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ghd full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty much everything! Great benefits, great team and lovely working environment. Felt like a home away from home.

    Cons

    Just lack of progression in my particular role.

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  2. "Lovely company not bad to work for"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at ghd full-time

    Pros

    50% off discount on ghd products. Free ghd products once in a while. Staff are like family. Sociable events

    Cons

    Not great pay compared to other companies. Too many responsibilities for one individual at times. - some departments urgently need support. Not much room for progression unless you are favourited by management.

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  3. "Great employer"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I have been working at ghd full-time

    Pros

    great employer, office in the centre of london

    Cons

    lots of respsonsbility on individuals

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ghd full-time

    Pros

    Great progression within all teams

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tricky

  5. "Best job so far"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ghd full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    From a perspective of an engineer ghd is an excellent company to work for. The work is fast paced as you would expect in consumer product development environment. This creates good opportunities to learn new skills and technologies as you can expect to work on more than 1 project at the same time, which are usually at different stages of development. Apart from pure engineering there are opportunities to expand on soft skills while working with vendors, suppliers and other third parties. The major projects tend to be complex and highly integrated which creates an interesting challenge for everyone. Work is interesting, mentally engaging and objectives are clear. As the development teams tend not to be very large, everyone is expected to have a meaningful and valued contribution. This is important at any stages of career but especially for young engineers as it allows to gain crucial experience. *The company will provide you, within reason, with any tools, software, equipment, training or support you need to do your job. *Ability to gain in-depth knowledge about full life cycle of product development. All the way from supporting feasibility work to mass manufacturing and support post release. *Supportive management *Friendly and inclusive work environment

    Cons

    The company is on its way to modernize itself and since I have joined there have been major improvements. However, it could certainly go further in the following areas: *Flexible working, working from home policies (both are present in some capacity). *Better, more inclusive bonus structure for all employees *Pay and career progression policy should be more clear

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    ghd Response

    April 9, 2020People Team

    Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences of your journey with ghd. It's great to hear that you've had the opportunity of professional growth and breadth within your role. We recognise that as a business there are still more areas to develop and improve on, particularly around people policies including flexible working, people development and compensation. As such these will be key areas of focus over the coming year. Thank you again for sharing your opinions.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely Abysmal"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Based in London, England

    I worked at ghd full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None what so ever. Awful company to work for

    Cons

    Where do I start.. Management are disgraceful, senior management and line managers often heard speaking ill of employees, making fun of people’s health conditions and weaknesses in an open planned office. All management work on a do as I say not as I do attitude. Unable to approach line managers with problems as there is no professionalism at all. HR is awful also, very cliquey with management. If you raise an issue with them they will always try and manipulate your way of thinking to bring the problem back to you. Have no faith in HR as they like to discuss personal problems with other employees, nothing is confidential what so ever. It is known that higher levels of HR have inappropriate relationships with employees who then find out other employees problems over a drink at the pub. HR and management are also very good at pushing people out of the company, if your face don’t fit or you ask for too much help they will find a way of getting rid of you. No training received, you are very much self taught with no support. Management have no respect and don’t appreciate the effort and hrs that you put in. Bark orders and micromanage you, not allowing you to use your own brain to approach tasks. I feel the company hasn’t moved with the times, their management style is very outdated. Promotions are rare, and the only way you will get promoted is being within the “clique” management are often inexperienced and are unable to manage people, they want mouldable people who won’t question morale. Employees are constantly under review and management aren’t. Higher management and line managers need to be reviewed alongside their morale, ethics and how they treat people. The staff turnover is ridiculously high and higher management need to ask themselves why so many people leave, it’s not the company it’s the management. They think everyone is replaceable, they’re not...

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  7. "working for ghd"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cluster Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ghd full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    amazing company benefits. 50% discount on products, ghd scheme which offers discount on gym, cycle schemes days out etc. health cover and pension. great opportunity to progress with company.

    Cons

    none that i can think of some people might find the work quite demanding around peak season e.g. Christmas

  8. "ghd account manager"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Account Manager 

    I worked at ghd full-time

    Pros

    There is good discount on there products and wages aren't bad.

    Cons

    really poor management and unprofessional attitudes

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Destroyed my mental health"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ghd full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Central London location, free product..

    Cons

    It's taken me exactly one year to have the courage to write about my experience at ghd. I joined a confident, bright young person and after 6 short weeks I was signed off with severe stress and anxiety. I'll keep it to the point: - no flexible working - expectations to work long hours with no time back in lieu - unrealistic expectations and pressure in work production - toxic management culture (bad mouthing colleagues, moaning) - everyone around me was unhappy and stressed - no structure or formalities in place for new starters in the way of 1-1's, expectation management - I was told I wasn't allowed to take my pre planned annual leave in my 6 month probation period - I was asked to work during the time I was signed off with stress - when invited to attend an exit interview, the HR representative failed to turn up which further lead to my stress. If I had to conclude my experience I'd say that ghd just hasn't moved with the times. My manager was more process/sales driven than people focussed which was ultimately the failure of my experience. The business feels like it still operates in a start up manner despite it's large/credible reputation.

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    ghd Response

    March 20, 2020People Team

    We appreciate you taking the time to outline your experience with ghd, and we can see this has taken great courage. We would not want any of our employees to feel this way so if you would want to discuss further please do contact us at careers@ghdhair.com

  10. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Sales 

    I have been working at ghd full-time

    Pros

    The managers are great and friendly, good discounts too

    Cons

    6 month probation period

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