Hays plc

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Hays plc Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
183 Reviews
3.7
183 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The weeks are long as we work 8:30-6, however the recruitment industry has the reputation work hard play hard so the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • Reasonable salary & good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer (in 26 reviews)

  • Work-life balance balance can be difficult to adjust to if your not used to office life (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fullfilling Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    I have been working at Hays plc as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience to learn how to deal with pressure, in a very good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    As an intern, you don't get paid that well...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good people poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hays train their staff well and for a young recruiter starting out in their career are certainly a good option. The company's size and reach ensures that they always have business on the go and that business development, while important, is not as pressing as with smaller companies.

    Cons

    The company, despite efforts, is still primarily a volume recruiter, focusing on lower end business. They do well in the bottom reaches of the market, competing with the likes of Michael Page and Robert Walters. Like those companies however they find it very hard to break into the more senior, and lucrative, parts of the market. This is reflected in the staff and there are very few Hays recruiters who really understand their business and can offer anything to a client except for CVs.

    The company has very high overheads, with a large support and administration staff and, as a result, both base salaries and commissions are very low. To ensure that costs are met the company is very KPI driven and does not encourage personal flair or creativity.

  3.  

    Excellent company with endless opportunities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have had the opportunity to gain alot of exposure to various facets of the business. Managment and my team are extremley supportive and involve me in various projects. Fantastic culture promoting best practice.

    Cons

    Is a demanding and challenging job which requires long hours at times, however the rewards that follow and knowledge gained makes it worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training, terrible rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company provides great training and there is a chance to progress quickly and be rewarded for your performance.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very dog-eat-dog, and the pay is below industry standards, alongside very long working hours. A lot of your success is dependent on the desk you are put on, other than your own personal talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees more! Don't hire good consultants to management positions. A good recruiter does not make a good manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning place for worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Fast dynamic environment.
    -inspiring colleague's.
    -the bonus can be very rewarding when times are good.
    -teamspirit among consultants and crc's

    Cons

    -little management capabilities at business unit manager level.
    -Due to the poor management there is a lot of turnover, in the Netherlands a lot of employees resigned recently. To give you an estimation of their capabilities. They are working for companies like Ernst and Young, Nike, Philips, Daf and Capgemini at the moment
    -As a CRC it is hard to make steps forward. Employees are still at the same paygrade after 3 years for instance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honoustly have the idea that the upper management has no idea what business managers are doing at Hays. I always thought leading by example was a great way to guide your employees, my manager is not capable of that.

    I am aware that a lot of your working experience is depending on your direct manager. The manager at my unit is not an example of how it should be done. A new face could change this shipwreck to a yacht.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company claiming to be the best, but failing miserably

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money and friendly people with in the organisation and social aspect Money and friendly people with in the organisation and social aspect

    Cons

    cut throat, chances of progressing are based on blood and sweat... working crazy hours and hitting unrealistic kpi's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to staff

  8.  

    Offer lots of opportunities to pro-active employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Resourcer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Resourcer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The variety of roles are fantastic. Always opportunities for internal moves.

    Cons

    Old processes, and senior people who fight change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to mid-level people who do the job daily

    Recommends
  9.  

    Excellent career opportunities and superb training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined Hays because of the training and career opportunities that they could offer me and I definitely haven't been disappointed. I regularly receive training, feedback and reviews and this has meant that I have been able to progress through the company in different roles and geographical locations. I am able to run my desk as if it were my own business but with the help and support of the PLC structure and I am rewarded well.

    Cons

    We expect the best from our new associates so it can be hard for them entering the business initially due to the amount of information there is to learn, however, the training and coaching is designed to support them and see them through some of the more stressful days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great back office team who work hard, your co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

    Cons

    Lack of training provided or updates on industry changes. Often hires people based on culture fit more than actual qualifications. Double standards, it all depends on which manager you are friends with at the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time in your teams and i would suggest more specific payroll training and memberships to payroll assocications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sub-par

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had plenty of interviews, got a few assignments.

    Cons

    They are not very good at a few things. First, I submitted vetting documents and was placed in Government, then sometime later (after about 7months, found I had no clearance.

    I felt I was just there to help score a bonus for consultants. No real personality or support (briefing of assignments) before placement. Unfortunate, as I had high hopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your candidates goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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