Hays plc Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Debilitating, political and a negative environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company if you're new to recruitment as there is decent training provided

    Cons

    Lack of progression, north south divide in culture/equipment/inclusion. Fear culture.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise employees are people and can work in different ways but still achieve excellent results

  2. Low Salaries, no interest in staff retention

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    excellent team environment, some good big name clients

    Cons

    Do not value staff, do not pay market average salaries, do not promote within

  3. Stable job if you want stability rather than big pay checks!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Less cut throat than other agencies
    Good career progression
    Lots of companies use Hays so less cold calling
    Good office environment- lots of banter
    Encourage social activities
    Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    You'll never earn decent commission unless you're a top biller
    Low basic salary
    Your just a number in a seat
    Difficult to specialise in any area, as its a generalist agency

    Advice to Management

    Either pay low basic OR low commission not both!!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    If you´re a consultant ....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Backoffice in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Backoffice in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    big company
    opportunity to move to other countries

    Cons

    hard work
    the values they promote are not reflected with their staff

    Advice to Management

    consider both your front office and back office staff. Consultants may make the money but without back office staff to support them they would find it difficult to do their day to day work!

  6. Helpful (3)

    Work life, culture, & Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay was good.

    Cons

    If you work smart like me then you can achieve what you need to for your role and more within a working day. It was frowned upon to leave on-time? Awkward to ask for flexibility.

    There was also an acceptance for certain manager to be rude. Just because they seem to be doing a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you get more from empowering your workforce not suppressing them, with the fallacy that working late means you are working better and harder.

  7. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good career progression if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Long hours, not very good work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great training, terrible rewards

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    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Training, Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The training structure is amazing and supportive. The training staff are really engaging and the stay in London is all covered by the company. Commission is good ONCE you have billed the minimum amount required to qualify.....which was £5k per month when I was there

    Cons

    Management. All about being on the phone making sales. Not enough emphasis on relationship building. No incentive to pass leads between teams to build stronger business with organisations.
    Hours were far too long and inflexible

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hours required. Allow for more flexible working. Encourage teams to work together more to build a better long term strategy.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Difficult not to be just a number in this big, faceless corporate monster.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    It's a well-known company so often work just landed in your lap.

    Cons

    A 'restructure' (mass redundancies) was handled very insensitively and with little genuine concern for people's feelings. If you are a woman working at Hays and want promotion, say goodbye to the idea of having a family or work/life balance. The only woman who progressed far (that I knew) behaved like a man - aggressive, hard nosed, with very low emotional intelligence. I suspect there was great inequality in pay in terms of gender too.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to understand that often people are motivated by things other than just money. Hays seemed to have a very one dimensional strategy to get the most out of its employees. I see from other comments the culture of 'presenteeism' is alive and kicking, promoting the ridiculous notion that if you work longer hours, you must be more productive. Team work (sharing and supporting co-workers) is actively discouraged.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Sub-par

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

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

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

    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 Management

    Get to know your candidates goals.

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