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Hays plc Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
160 Reviews

3.8
160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible approach to work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great training, International opportunities, good commission scheme (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Have to work really long hours, and leaving at 5 is almost unacceptable (in 8 reviews)

  • When I left the senior management were not of this ilke and valued stats above all else (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Satisfied

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

    Pros

    good work ethic
    Good experience

    Cons

    stressful
    working late
    competitive atmosphere that can be hard to deal with on occassions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staying calm
    work-life balance to be taken into account more
    promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Head office roles at Hays

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

    Pros

    It is a small head office with a relatively good atmosphere and can do mentality. It is not an hours for the sake of hours mentality.

    Cons

    It is an unforgiving company and there is a high attrition rate in the first year for al lfunctions. Most of the head office functions are relatively small so opportunities outside of finance can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Everyone knows the score. Its a typical sales company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Brand, Terrible Management

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

    Pros

    Strong branding and marketing. Great industry presence.
    Fun people, transparent payout of incentives.

    Cons

    top down management with very little for local personnel to move.
    management team is rigid and organization brings in foreign personnel instead of promoting internally. (typically a problem for local employees as you do not see any in the management level)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on your cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Recruiter=Good Manager?!

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

    Pros

    Great training and a fantastic opportunity for those straight out of University to develop their knowledge of the Recruitment industry.

    Cons

    Those managing are appointed on the basis of being good recruiters, rather than good managers. Salaries are not the greatest at Hays, and the commission structure is poor- "Advise your clients they need to be competitive in this market"!!!

    £16.5k basic for Associates
    £22k basic for Recruitment Consultants
    £24k basic for Senior Consultants

    More leavers in 13/14 than any previous years. There will always be a higher turnover of staff in the recruitment industry, but Hays are losing quality staff and need to work on retaining them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be a good manager you need to be adaptable as each employee will have a different learning style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your sales career

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

    Pros

    Great training, International opportunities, good commission scheme

    Cons

    Average benefits, transactional culture at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    money comes first, very much team driven

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

    Pros

    team driven,some management support, non management staff is very good and supportive.

    Cons

    Old technology, doesn't match up against competitors
    not much scope for progression and increase in salary for non fee earners
    management focused on fees rather than development of individuals who can bring in new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on new ideas and technology
    fee earners are important but non-fees earners do the background work which should be recognized.
    senior management wants to hit their targets even if they have to step over others.
    favouritism is all over the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Average Prospects

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

    Pros

    If you do well and your face fits and the right people like you, they will make a job for you if you don't make it as a recruiter, they are actually quite patient and understanding in that sense. Also quite understanding in times when you need them to be, after a family bereavement they helped me out with counselling etc. Decent bunch of people as well.

    Cons

    Salaries are pretty average, commission is only good if you are a huge biller, 20K+ per month also regardless of their corporate nonsense that they feed you the market you recruit in is hugely determinant of your success, some of the biggest billers had one client of which they did not obtain themselves.... easy life for some... stupid number of KPI's... really stupid and largely pointless. they have a bad name in many markets they work in, there is a lot of infighting over accounts they have an immense amount of poor people employed there as well who make clients view them even worse, and they insist on using e-shots to pepper their clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to change your strategy and get out of the dark ages of recruitment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Profit Obsessed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities. Good name and reputation (often confused with Hay)

    Cons

    Profit and sales are all Hays cares for. Long term stability means nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get another Diane King to run the business or someone who knows the recruitment business and cares for people. Look around and see who are the people who stay longer than a year. They are either ruthless bullies who have no friends or spineless, untalented sticklers who have nowhere to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Better in the old days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager
    Former Employee - Business Manager

    Pros

    They reward success. I found the bonus scheme was very geared towards commission, but for me this worked and motivated me. They had great training which set me up for life. Long hours didn't bother me, if you did a good job there was latitude.

    Cons

    Very much a place where if your face fits you do well. When I joined the directors had all progressed from the bottom upwards. When I left the senior management were not of this ilke and valued stats above all else. Not well liked by clients in general (in my specialism).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop judging people on the amount of spreadsheets produced each day, start talking to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Recruitment Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    There is an entrepreneurial culture, if you want to try something you are encourage (just make sure you are right). Fun, young work environment and social activities are encouraged.

    Cons

    Have to work really long hours, and leaving at 5 is almost unacceptable. Micromanagement for the smallest tasks, although that changes heavily based on manager. High turnover, but that can be accredited to the entire recruitment industry. Lots of office gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers. Stop bringing people in from the UK in manager positions when you can promote from within or hire locally. Hiring strategy seems to be inconsistent as there is a lot of turnover which leads to low employee morale. Due to micromanagement almost every team is different.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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