Hays plc
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www.haysplc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox

Alistair R. Cox

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Poor Company

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood at managing employees out of the business. Good at oursourcing

ConsPoor management, Poor commission schemes

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible Management and a sinking ship

IT Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsWorked with some great people when I first joined who realized things were going downhill and left.

ConsCurrently managed by some monkeys who dont have a clue on what theyr doing. Dumping all the costs into CAPEX from OPEX is not reducing the overheads. A bunch of con artists currently running the company into the ground and milking it for everything its worth.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet somebody to manage IT who actually have some technical knowledge.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Backward relic of a bygone age

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNone at all, really. If you're a consultant you can make a fair whack of money but the stress aint worth it.

ConsYou're expected to work 12 hour days. Very target driven company, you're encouraged not to care about the jobseekers coming through the door. Some members of management can be rude and bolshy and don't won't speak to people who they see as 'inferior' ie receptionists and admin staff. Very b*tchy place, everyone seems to have 2 faces.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful who you stand on on the way up because they might be waiting for you on the way back down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dissaster - constant mistakes and errors

Onsite Recruiter (Former Employee)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

ProsFind it very hard to think of any to be honest. Only that the client they put us on site with was great.

ConsGetting paid correctly and on time, no training, no real idea what their employees do, constant mistakes.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your HCA business

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Completely unprofessional company

Waste of My Time (Former Employee)

I worked at Hays plc

ProsIf you need a job and can't find anything else, work here. Pay is acceptable if you're willing to work long hours and give up a personal life.

ConsWhere to start? It's easier to just say this company is awful in every respect. Outdated business approach, useless management that will hinder your every good idea.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour company needs a complete overhaul. A modern business model and a refresher course in business ethics would be a good start.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a good company to work for

Xyz (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hays plc

Pros1. You get lunch from the company
2. You get cab from the company
3. Salaries are ok

Cons1. Unprofessional work environment and poor middle and higher management's skills
2. Access of rules and restrictions
3. Inexperienced management team
4. Favoritism promoted
5. Traditional working style and policies
6. Long working hours

Advice to Senior ManagementCompare the work environment with other companies...and make changes in the current culture and environment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Having this company on your resume can damage your future career.

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I worked at Hays plc

ProsIf you are willing to work all the hours that God sends then you have potential to earn good money at Hays. In commission payments, not as a salary. That is the only reason that you should consider Hays as an employer.

ConsAppalling work life balance. You will work 55 hours a week here. Fact. You will not be able to afford not to.
Very poor management. Managers are promoted on their sales ability, not their management ability.
Non-existent benefits package.
Generally uninspiring and not particularly intelligent colleagues.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up to the fact that your reputation in the market is very poor. You are recognised as providing one of the lowest levels of service in the industry. One of the reasons for this is that you employ people who will only ever reach the mid point of the industry at best. You dont offer enough to attract the real talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working for this large company may not be as glamorous as it seems.......

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I worked at Hays plc

ProsHays plc is a large company so opportunities to move within the company say, interstate/overseas are limitless. Also the brand recognition in the market place is a benefit. Most people know who Hays are so it makes it easier to do business and business development. Also due to the size of the company there are always new opportunities arising and these can be easliy capitalised on by performing employee's. It is aslo a good feeling to have a large company backing you so you know have some job security and they will aslo back you with any disputes that may arise with clients/candidates etc.

ConsHays are not known for paying very well, in fact it is a sink or swim environment with very little or ongoing training particularly on the job training to help you suceed. The business model is to bring in people fresh to recruitment, throw them in the deep end and see what happens. Another major problem is their branch managers are expected to bill which in itself is a full time job. It is very difficult to do the two jobs at once which means one of them has to suffer. If a manager wants to make money they need to bill which in turn means failure for the new and inexperienced recruits.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest taking some of the billing pressure of managers and allow them to concentrate on building a successful office full of high billing successful consultants. The difference it would have made having a manager spending an 2-3 hours a week with employees at their desk would have been phenomanal.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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