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The Chemistry Group Overview

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London, England (UK)
1 to 50 employees
2003
Company - Private
Business Services
€5 to €10 million (EUR) per year
McKinsey & Company, CEB, Accenture
The only people consultancy in the world that definitively predicts performance at work by designing What Great Looks Like on a role-by-role basis for your organisation.

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Mission: We exist to "Give People the Opportunity to be Brilliant at Work"

The Chemistry Group Reviews

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Roger Philby
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    "Work = Life"

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    I have been working at The Chemistry Group full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic people - they hire to a cultural fit and it shows, everyone is on board and sold on the product, and wants to have fun along the way. There is a stress on personal development that is rare to find in any other company. Everyone is open about their working methods and allows for a very seamless workplace. This is the one workplace where it is entirely okay for YOU to be YOU, which is especially rare given the high caliber work we do.

    - Fantastic work - tons of exposure to senior management, internally as well as externally to client companies. The work you do will have a direct impact on the bottom line.

    - Some benefits are a plus - lots of paid time off

    Cons

    - W/L balance - overall it would have been 5 stars for the fantastic people and work, but -1 star for the insane work load. You're expected not only to work hard, which is totally fine, but for extended hours almost every day. This includes working late at the office, answering emails in the evening and over weekends. Your average day will be 12 hours long. It's so draining, especially because the leadership team has convinced themselves that it doesn't happen and won't take criticism around this. It's so bad that although the work and people are so good, I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone.

    - The company is still finding its footing - I've witnessed dramatic product cuts that completely change the way the company does business, as well as cultural shifts over my time in the company. The company prides itself on being transparent with its employees but the leadership team works behind closed doors and major announcements come as a shock to most employees. You don't know what's going to change one day over another, and not one single thing is set in stone.

    - Pay is average.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourself about your company. You want people to stay on board - involve them in the company workings (in both good and bad times). You half-heartedly say you want people not to work overtime - show it, act on it, model it. At the very least, hire based on the reality and what you expect of your employees, not based on what you claim you want your employees to do. Remember, it's what you will do, not what you can do.

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The Chemistry Group Interviews

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    Application

    The process took 3 days. I interviewed at The Chemistry Group.

    Interview

    I applied through Workable via their website after doing some research about what the company does. I was really enthusiastic about their product and their company ethos so spent quite a long time writing a cover letter as well as providing an extensive and thoughtful answer to the question 'Why do you want to work for Chemistry?'

    I sent all this through at midnight on a Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, had an email thanking me for my application and sending through an online Culture Fit assessment link. I was of two minds about this - was it a bad sign that someone in HR was working on a Sunday afternoon? But as I was keen, I looked at it as 'at least I don't have to wait until Monday to hear'. I completed the online assessment which didn't take too long and it posed some interesting work/colleague scenarios. You receive a report immediately giving you the results which I enjoyed reading and found interesting. I also felt that the report results did accurately reflect my personality (I came out very high on flexibility, transparency and curiosity).

    I received a generic email Monday morning saying: "After reviewing your application, we don’t feel we have the right opportunity for you in the business at the moment." While grateful that the process only took a few days, it struck me that the response wasn't reflective of the role that I had applied for (I had applied for a specific job they posted and the reply didn't fit). I came away thinking that they are taking a sort of 'fast food' approach to hiring and in hindsight, I can see that it is not the company for me.

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Company Updates

  • What's it like to apply to Chemistry? One of our recent grads sheds some light on the process: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIKMr

    What's it like to apply to Chemistry!? - Chemistry Group

    At Chemistry a phrase you will often hear is 'We drink our own champagne". This doesn't mean that we like to crack open champagne in the office on a Tuesday afternoon; instead it's something that runs through the core of everyday working at Chemistry.

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The Chemistry Group Awards & Accolades

  • Employer of the Year, European Business Awards, 2013

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