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  1. Hilfreich (5)

    „A company that allows you to thrive personally and professionally”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Executive Business Executive in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Executive Business Executive in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group (Weniger als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    I was originally brought into Chemistry on a Temp to Perm basis, the reasons for me wanting to be made permanent and see a future within Chemistry is because:
    - The team atmosphere is one of support and fun, they're here to do a job and they get their heads down but they don't let the fun get sucked out of work. I thoroughly enjoy coming into work every day just to see everyone.
    - Passion, I have never met employees and senior management who are so passionate about what they do, love what you do and you never work a day in your life and all that jazz
    - As a newbie I was fully embraced, I have been brought on to support the executive team and lend hand to all and I couldn't have done that without the friendliness shown
    - The current office is in a WeWork, which I love. It is so sociable, they do free breakfast on a Monday, Free Fruit on a Wednesday, Free coffee by a barista, Free Alcohol (prosecco, cider, ale, beer), events for the WeWork community that allow you to meet all sorts of companies you never knew existed.
    - I have fully utilised my gym membership benefit, and love walking round Chancery Lane on my hour break to enjoy the London Sun while it lasts
    - I read the negative reviews and my heart sunk, when you see the people who these comments are meant to reflect, there's such a disconnect I felt I was reading a completely different companies profile.

    Kontras

    - WeWork doesn't allow us to spread out as much as we'd like but hopefully as we grow and expand so will our office

    Rat an das Management

    Keep the passion that you all have and I truly feel all companies/people make mistakes and past mistakes shouldn't deter people from looking to work for or hire Chemistry. If anything this company has learnt from their mistakes and it's only up from here.


  2. Hilfreich (5)

    „Great when it stays focused.”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    Pro’s:

    A powerful and distinct set of values.

    I’ve read the word cult in a number of previous reviews. A cult implies that no independent thought is encouraged or even allowed. That’s definitely not true. It is true that it is a passionate and emotional place that has really distinct values and a very powerful vision about people at work.

    Amazing client relationships.

    Clients love what Chemistry does and how its people go about delivering. Because of how it feels to work with Chemistry and how it engages stakeholders, you get to have really personal, fulfilling relationships with senior people at amazing organisations.

    The ability to explain and bring science to the top table of business strategy and decision making.

    Some recent posts imply that Chemistry’s science isn’t robust. That’s not true. What is true is that Chemistry doesn’t obsess about the science first - it obsesses about client problems, and explains how business psychology can be applied to solve those problems.

    Kontras

    It’s a maturing business.

    In the recent past, it was missing solid experience in business management. It still carries the legacy of that in that some things could be simplified and done with less effort, and last year it made some naive and very painful mistakes trying to reach too far too fast. Which is why I think you’re reading some negative posts recently. But the business is now intently focused on its current mission and has taken on some serious investors and executives who are operating very effectively as checks and balances to the enthusiasm of the CEO and founder.

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    Keep the renewed focus going.

  3. Hilfreich (2)

    „Wonderful Experience”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Project Manager in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Project Manager in New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    As a few other reviews make clear, Chemistry isn't perfect. However, I can confidently say that we've learned from the mistakes of the past and are doing our best to use those lessons to improve our ways of working. While there were pains in the latter half of 2017 (for various reasons), the business has made huge strides to understand the state of the business and is now reasonably and responsibly growing to best serve both employees and our clients.

    Personally, I saw the drastic improvements when I left Chemistry to go to a Big 4 firm and came back 3 months later to what was effectively a different company (in terms of finances and operations).

    I love working at Chemistry. My work has value. I'm heard, appreciated and supported by my colleagues. Our culture is unparalleled. I'm completely confident in the tools our science and delivery teams build, and have seen this evidenced by our clients.

    I have the freedom to pursue avenues that interest me for development and have opportunities to grow in ways that I've not experienced elsewhere. Honestly, it's a rare morning when I get up and don't want to come into work.
    Bonus: a million vacation days :)

    Kontras

    Work/life balance can be more greyscale than black and white, and some days can be quite long. I generally don't mind, but it is important to understand.
    The normal pains of a growing company - there can be a lot of change, and with that, a variety of pace in adopting those changes.


  4. „I just don’t know where to start. Don’t work here!”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Pros

    The vision is amazing. The possibilities and what could be. But it just isn’t a reality they can uphold.

    Kontras

    - there is a bullying culture - you are made to work whenever and if you don’t, ‘managed out’
    - unfortunately the science is terrible. Endless bits of data sent out with mistakes and clients are using it to make big decisions
    - you can’t predict performance in the way that they promise. It doesn’t take an experienced psychologist to know that, just no one listens to the ones that are voicing this
    - the ceo needs to control his ego as it is driving the business in the wrong direction

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    There is no point


  5. Hilfreich (5)

    „Business Psychologist”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Business Psychologist in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Business Psychologist in London, England (Vereinigtes Königreich)
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    Ich arbeite in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group (mehr als ein Jahr)

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - although no longer the case, there was once a good pool of talent
    - good clients

    Kontras

    -very poor business / financial management
    -emotional leadership that is very rarely pragmatic about their decision making
    - very poor methodology / science
    -looking to sell promises and not deliver them
    - toxic political environment that alienates people who don't "fall in line"
    -inflated view of themselves and significance in this space
    - no real long-term strategy

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    - Be honest with yourselves, you're not who you pretend to be. Stick to what you can do, stay small and lean, and maybe the business will find a way to sustain itself.
    -Be realistic with your vision, you're not going to be "the next big thing" it's delusional and puts unnecessary pressure on employees.


  6. Hilfreich (13)

    „If you know what's best for you, avoid this company.”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Consultant
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    Negative Prognose
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group gearbeitet

    Pros

    - There were once some nice people
    - Lunches (though only on Mondays)

    Kontras

    If you are serious about pursuing a job in Industrial/Organizational Psychology please know that nothing about this business model is scientifically sound, nor based upon any rigorous research. The "IP" was drawn up by an individual with no credentials. Though there was once a great group of scientists in the business who were trying their hardest to validate this model, the work was being done as an afterthought. It’s not possible, even for the most skilled practitioner, to validate a framework in reverse.

    If the fallacy of their product is not bad enough, their capacity as a business adds insult to injury:
    - Financial ability and operational knowledge is zero to none, profit and loss is hardly monitored, and frivolous spending is bread & butter for this company (for example, in a period when the company was going through extreme financial difficulty the CEO went on a lavish “sales” trip around the US, on company money, and came back with no leads).

    - In 2017 three pay checks were missed, and although people did finally get paid it was after a seriously long and embarrassing delay.

    - Managers are incompetent and micromanage their employees.

    - Leadership readily lie to employees about the state of the business.

    - The culture is that of a cult, and your performance is often based by how much you are liked, as opposed to how well you perform.

    - If this is still not enough, you will likely be paid below market standard for your role (that is, if you get paid at all.)

    - Beware also of fake reviews and coercion – it’s common practice for management to write fake Glassdoor reviews and appeal to employees to do the same.


  7. Hilfreich (26)

    „Overall a really great business”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group gearbeitet (Über 5 Jahre)

    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.

    Kontras

    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.

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    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.

    Antwort von The Chemistry Group

    24. Nov 2017 – Founder

    Thank you for the review, got to say the dog food is great and the team work super hard on ensuring that our own people get their opportunity to be brilliant. Yeh, the operational bit we are really... Mehr

  8. Hilfreich (9)

    „The place where I positively learned more than any other employer”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group gearbeitet

    Pros

    I joined Chemistry because I admired their intent to genuinely help people have careers that enable them to be the best they can be. As a former client of the product, I found them to be sincere, abstract in their thinking, and determined to truly change the world of work.

    I believe there are, very broadly, two types of organisation. Those that border on Nihilism, where structure, bureaucracy, and safety are the way, and those that flirt with being fanatical. Both are needed in the world, and they key of course is to never tip the balance so far that you allow safety to stifle growth (which is why most die), or, to let the fanatical become a cult.

    For me, Chemistry always towed this line perfectly. It was the most exciting, engaging, and passionate place I have ever worked. I learnt more from the CEO, Roger, than any other leader I have worked with. Many of the leadership team were the most courageous, unique, insightful, and brilliant people I have ever worked with. It is no fluke to have such a buzzing and connected team as to what Chemistry, in a least three phases of the company, have built. Never have I seen a workplace be so focused on an intent and set of values.

    Above all, what Chemistry enable is people to think differently, and learn more than they probably will elsewhere. That doesn't mean it's not without bumps, but then that's life! I have seen truly amazing relationships and other businesses be born from people working together at Chemistry.

    Kontras

    For me, it's not that Chemistry have overt 'cons' per se, rather, as a place centred on such a strong intent, it required people of a certain mentality, namely being able to manage uncertainty, and unpredictability. I believe almost every person at the company had this mentality (a truly amazing group of people). However it's inevitable that to maintain keeping people happy as you expand, puts untold pressure on a culture built on these foundations.


  9. Hilfreich (11)

    „Great on paper, poor in practice”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter
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    Negative Prognose
    Negativ Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group gearbeitet

    Pros

    - Healthish lunches
    - Gym subsidy
    - Great colleagues

    Kontras

    - Expectation that you are available all the time (you will be told you can carve out a work/life balance - this is a lie)
    - Poor support from management when things go wrong
    - Operationally a mess


  10. Hilfreich (31)

    „Motivation for control that strangles the business”

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    Negative Prognose
    Negativ Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe in Vollzeit bei The Chemistry Group gearbeitet

    Pros

    Chemistry’s greatest strength is the air of optimism that floats around the business. It is an organisation that is full of smart, hard-working and passionate people and if you are below the age of 30, you can gain a level of responsibility that you simply wouldn’t receive in a larger business. There is an infectious positivity to everything that is happening, a youthful naivety if you will. The diversity of people and thought that you are exposed to from those of different ages, races, sexual preferences and nationality’s creates a genuinely thought-provoking atmosphere and will put you out of your comfort zone.

    I can honestly say that during my time with Chemistry, I understood more about who I am as an individual and what I want out of my work. Both mine and my colleagues learnings from our time with Chemistry resonate more than most at work.

    Kontras

    Reading through other reviews and having conversations with current and former employees, it is difficult not to refer to Chemistry as a workplace cult. There is a bait and switch process when joining Chemistry and those who join Chemistry, regardless of level, have no idea what they are getting involved in. Unfortunately, it is mainly young, hard-working, passionate people that get caught up in this ideal of ‘giving people the opportunity to be brilliant’ and they continually put the interests of the group and its founder ahead of their own. Employees are almost martyrs to the Chemistry cause and I personally know of several people who have taken stress-related leave and/or had it adversely affect their relationships at home.

    The young people within the business are given levels of responsibility that are way past those that can be deemed as ‘stretch-goals’. There are both individual contributors and managers that are accountable for things well above their level of capability and experience and throughout the business you get a sense of too much too soon.

    The young-first hiring mentality is driven by the founders motivation for control. Their belief is that by hiring younger people, they can take advantage of their naivety as to what constitutes right and wrong in the workplace in order to get unhealthy levels of output out of them. This approach embeds the founder as the absolute authoritarian leader who is completely in control of the group, which has resulted in a continuous loop of decisions across the business for the past 13 years being made to allow the founder to continue to lead the business at the expense of increasing its value.

    The founder has the delusion that only they can lead this business to success and it is safe to say they have become too emotionally attached. Throughout Chemistry’s time as an organisation the business has been vastly overconfident about its prospects and continue to be naïve about the problems they face. I believe that the founder is beginning to realise that their financial resources, ability to inspire people and passion are not enough to enable Chemistry to succeed and judging by the spiteful replies to these reviews, I am happy to be outside of the business rather than in it right now.

    Rat an das Management

    Perhaps it can be construed as overly optimistic to say this, but I do believe that the original intent of the business was to simply show that there is more to people than just their education and background, which is a noble thing. However, over the course of the 13 years Chemistry has been in business, the temptation of growing publicity for its founder and making money has outgrown this. The business has now become an elaborate ruse to line the pockets of the founder and their inner sanctum.

    To Roger, the founder, I advise you to read through your replies and really think about the statements you have made. Think about the turnover of the business and the well-documented financial struggles over each of those 156 payrolls. Now think about your own compensation package and whether you have truly compensated every single person that claims to be out of pocket. If you honestly believe those statements then you are more deluded than those around you give you credit for.

    To the senior team, it is time to understand that the founder is only motivated by control and making money for themselves and those closest to them. To truly embody Chemistry’s purpose it is time to move forward with a new management team. Now I appreciate that this is no easy feat and market evidence backs this up with four out five entrepreneurs forced to step down from the CEO’s post.

    To the individual contributors, really think about whether Chemistry is the right place for you and your career, and ensure you have interests outside of the all-encompassing machine that is Chemistry. Trust me, there is a clarity of thought when you leave the business, initially you feel as though you’ve failed or haven’t lived up to expectations, but I assure you, it isn’t you.


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