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Hays plc Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
160 Reviews

3.8
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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.  

    Fullfilling Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    Pros

    Great experience to learn how to deal with pressure, in a very good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    As an intern, you don't get paid that well...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    There is an entrepreneurial feel with no limits to your career opportunities, fun, open and excellent training.

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

    Pros

    Open communication with all senior leadership, meritocracy meaning you can monitor your own career steps. Clear and well organised training schedules when you first join which really coincides with what you do in the office. Lots of support but also the ability to run our own mini business and be responsible for your your successes and loses. Respect from all managers and colleagues. Excellent benefits which you can choose from to suit you.

    Cons

    Long hours, leaving on time is almost frowned upon. Low salaries in comparison to other companies and low commission structures unless you have been with the company for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication from senior managers/directors. One particular example is as recruitment has a high staff turnover we had a bout of over 10 people leaving in one month. There was no communication from directors as to what was going on, only Chinese whispers. Some Directors tend to sit in an office all day and don't interact with colleagues in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work Hard - Big Rewards

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Hays is the people you work with and the truly world class training and personal development available. The high performing culture suits anyone who is ambitious, task and people orientated and willing to learn and get stuck in. The is a very fast pace and the expectation is you work hard to gain all the monetary and reward benefits.

    Cons

    There are long hours and you have to be committed to work longer than your contract, there is no immediate financial reward in recruitment as success is made form long term relationships and repeat business which takes time to build. It can also be very stressful, the demands come from everyone you interact with, our customers, your colleagues, your management but most importantly yourself, you have to be prepared to be resilient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the years the management interaction with all level of employees has improved dramatically and you can see the values and culture throughout the whole organisation, keep it up and keep listening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A successful organisation with great values

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

    Pros

    Clear, realistic promotional opportunities are outlined from day one. Success is rewarded and widely recognised and the company values can be evidenced internally as well as externally.

    Team working is encouraged just as much as the development of independent expertise. The prescence of the organisation in the market across so many different specialisms, combined with excellent training and the fact that Hays is Passionate about People (clients, candidates and consultants alike) make it possible for people to succeed not only financially, but also in terms of job satisfaction.

    In a nutshell, a great place to work.

    Cons

    The role of recruitment consultant is a challenging one. This isn't really a con, just the nature of the beast. There are many ups and downs. However, Hays offers plenty of training and support, ensuring more ups and less downs the more your expertise develops.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work with a really good company culture, in an environment where people want to succeed.

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

    Pros

    Your hard work is recognised and you are praised for when the results come in. There is excellent career progression with a structure that enables you to work your way up through the ranks. Always support around you for when you need it and lots of experience colleagues for you to get advice from. The social aspect is great and incentives really motivate you to smash your targets.

    Cons

    As it is a young, sociable work force, pub culture can sometimes cross over into the office making it unprofessional at times and a little bit uni like. Also the unflexibility with the working hours is very frustrating. I understand why they are so strict and rigid but for Consultants who work over and above their expected hours anyway, to come in a little later or leave a little earlier to make up for it would make a great deal of difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the micro-management in regards to possibles and interviews. You set yourself up for the day but you end up repeating yourself dozens of times to several different managers and directors across the floor. The amount of repeatition is counter productive and not a good use of your time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    The people, the training and the opportunities

    Cons

    High targets, long hours, fluctuating salary (due to commission) but can also be a positive as well!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun but hardwork!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Training is excellent, I can understand why they say it is the best in the industry, as an associate they put a lot of emphasis on training you to do your job well.
    Really fun environment to work in, lots of young like-minded people.
    Fair with the promotion from Associate to Consultant (Even if you don't hit your billing targets if they see you are trying hard you will get promoted).

    Cons

    Long hours!
    Fewer incentives,/perks compaed with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Arrange more office competitions or associate competitions with big prizes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging but fun, friendly people to work with, positive environment.

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

    Pros

    The people that you work with are lovely, they are very accepting and encouraging and always have a positive can do attitude. The role itself is challenging, but a good challenge with fantastic future prospects.

    Cons

    I have hit a few challenges with working here so far, one mainly being, sourcing my candidates, but I have been working on different methods to overcome this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on with the encouragement and good training. Notice when workers are struggling and try help them find a way round it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A very good learning experience with a friendly environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Researcher  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Anyone who is looking for a challenging work profile and has a knack of sales, should definitely consider working with Hays Plc. The work environment is excellent in terms of cohesion, the company values are practiced with utmost discipline and allows to enjoy a wonderful work-life balance.

    Cons

    The cons are only if the employee is under-productive. For everyone who performs well and basically, does what they are supposed to do and attain their committed goals, will not be able to find any cons about the company. The benefits are excellent, growth is excellent and the office culture is to fall in love with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It has been excellent working with Hays. Thank you very much!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    recruitment consultant

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

    Pros

    great perks an people fun fast paced environment

    Cons

    alot of pressure to hit targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open to everyones individual strengths and set realistic targets to make work not stressful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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