Hays plc Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    great place to work, excellent supervisor

    Cons

    demanding, work life balance is not great

  2. Probably one of the better recruitment firms to work for, but as with all recruitment can be cut throat.

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

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

    Pros

    Great training scheme. Perfect for new recruiters.
    Advice:If looking in London, Cheapside (Private Sector) is a much better location to work from than Ebury (Public Sector).

    Cons

    Senior management can be petty. Treat staff who choose to leave very poorly, banning them from incentives etc. One of the reasons why I wanted to leave.

    Pay is lower than competing agencies. Base salary for associate consultant is £5000 less than Michael Page and Reed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you give. If you treat staff poorly, and as disposable then don't expect a high level of loyalty in return, and especially don't be shocked by your high staff turnover rates.

  3. Good business, but is struggling to adapt to the modern world of recruiting

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

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good training (for the sector, could be better).
    Good benefits
    Regional coverage
    International opportunities
    Some innovative products such as the digital section.

    Cons

    Suffers from the same issues as most recruitment companies: can be extremely KPI-focused and short-termist at times.
    Work-life balance poor (par for the sector however).
    High turnover, skill-base / commitment to most markets relatively low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting good consultants into management posts just because of high billings / long service: the attributes needed for a good leader / manager and a good consultant are frankly not the same, and in many cases opposed. Move the focus of your business further towards niche sectors and away from 'high street'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Aggressive sales environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Chance to get good bonus, worked with some good clients. Well known in the market referral rate is high on candidate and clients

    Cons

    Competitive, all the good clients are already pre-owned by other consultants. high turn over rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give them motivation rather than just incentive that you guys think so highly of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 year experience

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Raffles Park (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Raffles Park (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    alot of freedom in work

    Cons

    alot functions can be improved on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Recruitment Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are eager and driven.

    Cons

    as the roles involve both sales and recruitment it is important to be able to deal with high demands in both sides.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    expected better

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Hays plc as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Had a placement in an investment bank by Hays. At first stage the experience was perfect - the agent I worked with provided the job specs asap, arranged the interviews, etc. However I wish other sides of the process were more organised.

    Cons

    Pre-employment screening process was horrible. I had to upload a lot of documents into the slowest application in the world which kept crushing. The screening officer kept losing the filled forms and asked me e-mail them again and again.

    Submitting electronic time-sheets (technical issues) and communication with payroll department - total nightmare, would avoid working for them again just for that reason. As a result, wrong tax code used, holiday pay delayed for weeks, late payments, etc.

    When my assignment was coming to the end none of the agents approached with another contract opportunities.

    You have to make sure you use all your holidays by the end of the year, otherwise you won't be paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better staffing, communication within and between departments and effective screening system.

  9. Good people poor management

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    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Okay but very restricted in terms of earning!

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Good training programmes and support for newer people into recruitment

    Cons

    Not very good potential to earn decent money despite being in a sales environment
    Very much a transaction based recruiter with no emphasis on relationships
    Not a good place to join if you are an experienced recruiter because it is too restrictive and not that well respected as a senior/exec level recruiter
    High turnover of staff members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better commission and basic pay for high performers would prevent such high turnover
    Less restriction in terms of the geography you can work in
    Better reward for team management
    Visibility to what non-fee earning managers actually do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Passing through

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    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    great team spirit, opportunity to earn commission

    Cons

    too much management, too boring, too doll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let your birds free, focus on ttheiir interests as well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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