Hays plc Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
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Pros
  • Reasonable salary & good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • good training for new consultants, fast paced (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • It is a hard role with very long hours (in 26 reviews)

  • The job is all encompassing so it is hard to strike a good work/life balance if you are a parent or work part time (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Office mgr

    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. Great company

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

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good teamwork good national presence great training all round good place to work if you dont mind being battered for KPIs all the time

    Cons

    KPI orientated business treat everyone the same wherever they are based you will have the same targets and promotion criteria


  3. Pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Fun Culture, young company always activities planned for outside work for socialising. Great Career progression available.

    Cons

    The hours can be long at times.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice.


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  5. Desk dependent

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good office environment and most colleagues willing to chip in and help where necessary.

    Cons

    Incentives and SR should be desk dependent opposed to being across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Assist employees when requested opposed to ignoring.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Satisfaction in the work place needs to be for ALL!

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

    I worked at Hays plc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional, corporate and lots of incentives. There is so much opportunity here and excellent tools to expand and learn on your skills. Impressive front facing company- fantastic reputation!

    Cons

    Despite the fantastic opportunities, this company is not tailored to all and every individual personality. The company very much have a mould that you "must" fit to or you're not doing it right. Lots of consultant rules and regs were unclear and consultants tended to do as they wanted rather than working in a fair environment for all. And while it is more than understood that this is a money driven industry some of the drives shown for money were slightly insensitive and greedy and not traits I would be happy to work with. A more open mind is needed and to be flexible to work in a style that suits each person.

    Advice to Management

    Management style was generally good however not all managers were as capable as others and this reflected throughout the branches fee outcomes, attitudes and work environment. Some management style was very passive aggressive; this needs to be fixed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    International Environmnet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support Administrator in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Sales Support Administrator in Tokyo (Japan)

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

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

    Pros

    -Friendly work place.
    -Back office staff are in a secure - safe position.

    Cons

    -Not all consultants come with full academic background. Meaning, higher education is not necessary.
    -Some staff lacked common sense.
    -Not much career path, advancement if you are in the back office part of Hays.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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

    I worked at Hays plc

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

    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 Management

    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'.


  10. Aggressive sales environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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 Management

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


  11. 1 year experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    alot of freedom in work

    Cons

    alot functions can be improved on



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