Hays plc

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Hays plc Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
183 Reviews
3.7
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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.  

    It is a good place to get recruiting experience but it is best to leave once you get to Senior Consultant level.

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY

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

    Pros

    Good training. Good commission plan. A lot of nice employees in Canada.

    Cons

    In North America, managers have zero decision making power. The President's yearly messages contradict each other and he has no loyalty to his staff. Turnover is high because of this. Back office rule with an Iron fist and actually hamper sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people who have performed well for you for several years rather than discarding them to focus on new starters. Live up to what you have promised your staff. Don't lie to people. Treat people with respect. I'm at a recruiting agency now that does this, and it's awesome!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Ridiculous Employer

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - training programme is outstanding. (albeit often delivered by extremely underqualified 'managers'.

    Cons

    -Long work hours - the expectation you will work through your lunch doesn't even allow you to finish early if needed for any kind of appointment. (bank, medical, estate agents etc) ... and when you work 8:30-6 everyday - this doesn't leave much room for organising your life.
    - Meritocracy allows for people who have NO people skills to become 'people managers' - resulting in poorly managed teams and awful moral in said teams.
    - They could not care about you as a person. Just whether they can mould you into some Hays clone. Despite the fact the interview process is rigorous and they meet you on numerous accasions - they still attempt to turn you into an exact replica of their other consultants; no personality, no real relationships with candidates OR clients, and no real personalities in the office.
    - The worst though, is despite all of this treatment, they expect you to kiss their feet and be extremely grateful that you work for 'HAYS'.... yeah right!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company claiming to be the best, but failing miserably

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    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

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    Discussed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    There was nothing I liked about this place.

    Cons

    Very rude management team and reception staff. Most of the staff are so stuck up. (Darwin Office)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Truly horrific

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits package
    - Outstanding Training
    - Good incentives

    Cons

    - Very little support for new employees on the job
    - Ignored unless you are an immediate superstar
    - Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer
    - Really poor commission structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your staff, be a little nicer about your clients and stop treating people like a number. I.e stop recruiting ten associate consultants with the expectation you'll keep two

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recruitment Consultant

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

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team of work colleagues and supportive to the nth degree , good brand name

    Cons

    Senior Management are appalling I have never seen such a turnover of staff as I did at Hays, the leadership skills in my office were not existent and the director and senior manager were in constant "meetings" for no reason,. No real work done by these two. Attrition rate so high and no one at the top bothered at the way people were treated albeit people complained, if Hays really is Passionate about People they should start with their staff or loose the logo. I saw practices taking place which were abhorrent to me and quite frankly very dubious and totally against company policy. No one did a thing it was aloud to continue outrageous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nigel Heap you need to sort this out as you have a lot of unhappy people who have left been pushed out due to nothing being done. The talent that has left is overwhelming and they are all at competitors. I did not want to leave but was left no choice with the behavior of my director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Low salary and hard to earn commission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

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

    Pros

    Looks good on CV and good training. Global presence so there is the opportunity for international transfer

    Cons

    Management are good recruiters but terrible team leaders. In my office alone 12 people have left in the last 12 months due to poor management. The commission structure is awful and so is the work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not impressed with the company at all.

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    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    They answer their phone on a timely basis..

    Cons

    ..but do not give any pertinent info to would-be applicants. For example, when aked what industry sector this role is in, the answer was they are not at liberty to say.
    When asked what is salary range... same answer. Exclusivity? again, same silliness.
    Write-ups are not fully informative, Makes one feel that one is simply populating their databases.
    Not a big fan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, be honest, have integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good training VERY boiler room

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    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The training at Hays is unrivalled and the doors it opens for your next role is great too.

    Cons

    Very boiler room and kpi driven. Not a great commission structure and you are lost amongst loads of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and show some compassion. When you invest so much money in each recruit it seems pointless not to help them grow. There is no sympathy for potential without results. If you are the best you are well looked after but having ok figures makes you invisible. I am billing more than some of the top billers when I was there. This is mainly down to the support I was shown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you want to recruit good recruiters, don't micro manage them incessantly

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    Former Employee - Practice Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Practice Lead in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Honestly, I thought long and hard about this and I cannot think of one thing they offer that I would recommend - well maybe their salary surveys.

    Cons

    If you want to be driven into the ground following their KPI's join. When one of the KPI's is 8 CV's per vacancy! then you have an idea of the calibre of the people you are working with. Managers spend all their time running searches on your activity and send you inane emails asking you whey your temp only put in 36 hours of timesheets last week!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to demonstrate that they can work under their own steam if given half a chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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