The first coffee beans were given by the neighbor
Already at the beginning, the history of HRpepper is marked by a lot of passion, the desire for future and courage to do things differently.
The story of HRpepper begins on a cold winter’s day in 2012, with five men and women sitting in a 400 square meters of sparsely heated office space in a backyard in Kreuzberg. The furniture is from the insolvent mail order company Neckermann. There is no internet and telephone, a lot of unexplained, never-ending bureaucratic procedures, but also a lot of desire for the future. The first coffee beans were given by the neighbor of the restaurant “Wirtshaus am Ufer” from diagonally opposite. And the first prototypes of the new desks are stored in the garage of one of the founders, Matthias Meifert. Together with his team, he dares to set off on a new start, wants to make consulting different, fresher and more experience-oriented. They want to shed the traditional consulting business of the classic renowned consulting firms, which has shaped the career of the founding team for so long. Although small and medium-sized orders from clients arrive early, they are not an established consulting firm – and that is what they don’t want to be, they remain a real start-up that is looking for its own way. The DNA of a startup has remained the same despite all its growth. The more than 30 permanent employees think and act as entrepreneurs – some of them are de facto involved in an equity investment. Silo thinking and insistence on adhering to rigid processes do not exist. Our actions are characterized by customer focus and appreciative cooperation. That was the case in the beginning, and it is today.
From Human Resources to Human Relations
What has changed, however, is HRpepper’s alignment and customer structure. At that time, the five of them were still regarded as pure HR consulting, whereby the acronym HR stood for what most people probably see it as: Human Resources. Today Peppers have moved beyond human resources management, and customers are all those in companies who want to make a difference and are looking forward to the future – whether it’s business management, sales or human resources management. The customers are not primarily functions, but people, people who are courageous and want to change something. In any case, the borders have become more permeable. Today, HR stands for human relations rather than human resources. The management and the personnel function become relationship promoters and creators. The ultimate goal is that talented people work together effectively in the interests of corporate success. At least that’s how we at HRpepper see it. For us, HR is primarily about human relations.
The office in the Kreuzberg backyard is not just a commercial space, but true happiness and part of Pepper’s identity. The listed historical shed spreads a very special flair and hosts the now legendary HRpepper court festival once a year. Quite a few fall in love with the unique courtyard atmosphere at first glance.
The history of HRpepper in pictures
June 2012: Foundation of HRpepper GmbH & Co. KGaA.
December 2012: Moving into our office premises.
April 2013: Opening ceremony under the motto 'The why of work'.
September 2013: Recognition of the Supervisory Board Member Prof. Dr. Ruediger Kabst and Managing Director Dr. Matthias Meifert as the '40 leading heads of human resources management' by the 'personalmagazin'.
May 2014: First court festival on the topic “The War for Hearts and Minds”.
May 2015: Second court festival on the topic “Beautiful New Working World and No One wants to be Part of it”.
September 2015: Recognition of the Supervisory Board Member Prof. Dr. Ruediger Kabst and Managing Director Dr. Matthias Meifert as the '40 leading heads of human resources management' by the 'personalmagazin'.
February 2016: Premiere of the second film 'Augenhöhe' (eye-height) presented by HRpepper in a cinema at Potsdamer Platz.
May 2016: Third court festival on the topic “Responsibility”.
Juni 2016: Summit meeting of people-oriented consultancies on HRpepper's initiative on the topic of Consulting 4.0.
December 2016: Reorganization of the shareholder group and broad participation of HRpepper employees.
January 2017: Renting of additional office space in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
February 2017: Award from Great Place to Work as one of the best employers in Berlin-Brandenburg for its exceptionally good corporate culture.
March 2017: Appointment of Christian Völkl and Matthias Larose as partners or authorised signatories.
May 2017: fourth court festival on the topic “Desire for the future”.
May 2017: HRpepper is awarded by brand eins and Statista in the areas of HR and organisation as one of the best consultancies in Germany.
June 2017: HRpepper's 'Design thinking to go' fan is the first-ever sale of an innovative, consultancy-independent product.
July 2017: Opening of the Beletage as a rentable, experience-oriented conference and work area.
November 2017: Award for Fast Growing Consulting Firm by the American magazine 'Management Consulting'.
November 2017: Time to dare something new. The new website www.hrpepper.de goes online.
November 2017: Recognition of the Supervisory Board Member Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kabst and Managing Director Dr. Matthias Meifert as the '40 leading heads of human resources management' by the 'personalmagazin' for the third time.
Januar 2018: Ownership Thinking @ HRpepper
March 2018: Awarded as one of the 'Best Employers in Berlin-Brandenburg' in the Great Place to Work® competition.
April 2018: Awarded as one of the 'Best Employers in the consulting industry'.