Hays plc

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Updated Jul 24, 2014

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3.1 90 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox

Alistair R. Cox

(51 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • They had great training which set me up for life(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 6 reviews)

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    New to recruitment, glad I'm with Hays

    Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee) Chelmsford, England (UK)

    ProsI've never worked in recruitment before so to have such an in depth training program and constant contact with a manager is a plus. Also being rewarded on success which brings out my competitive natue, which is then reflected in my progress and recognised by the whole office.

    ConsSometimes things are not explained clearly enough or you will be told conflicting things by different people within the company. At the end of the day you have to go with whoevers opinion you think is best and be able to explain why.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clearer with expectations and consequences. Explain benefits better, rather than a hazy picture that we then realise we can't reach.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic place to work - suits progressive and career driven people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBest training in the business, complete career path which is well structured and defined to encourage you to strive to the best of your ability. Strong team environment with the ability to run your own business within the remits of a large corporate that supports you. Strong supportive teams that take pride in training new starters and seeing them succeed.

    ConsHigh expecatations from the start - tough interview process but this is to ensure that people that that get through have the drive and ambition to succeed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, world class training, fantastic company.

    Senior Manager/Business Director (Current Employee) Bristol, England (UK)

    ProsOpportunities for talented people are endless, truly inspriational bunch of people. I am challenged and cry with laughter most days.

    ConsThe job is difficult and those who don't give their all / see early success tend to get found out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaving had recnet visits to our office from the CEO, FD, MD and other Senior Board members I can honestly say that the leadership is consitent and clear in the ambitious goals for the organisation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent place to work

    Internal Recruitment (Current Employee) Chelmsford, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent career opportunities with great benefits if you are like me and love to go on holiday I have been able to buy a extra 5 days. No only is the the job rewarding Hays also have great incentives I have been to Malta and Lisbon all paid for via Hays. Hays is a very sociable place to work with great management support.

    ConsChallenges understanding your market but with the support from the region you soon become an expert, Hays offer the best training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead from the front

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable, fantastic training and development!

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsExceeded my expectations working at Hays, the support you receive from management and colleagues is overwhelming and really makes you motivated to achieve more. The work environment is fun and young, and there are loads of social activities. As long as you work hard and achieve your results, there are clear steps to achieving career progression. I have learnt a great deal about myself, recruitment, and the market I am recruiting for and look forward to the future!

    ConsHours are rather long but the demand of the business does require such input from the employee. The rewards make up for it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent place to work

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Ipswich, England (UK)

    ProsOffice atmosphere buzzing every day. The calibre of staff is excellent with everyone helping to push each other on to achieve goals every day. Helpful and friendly culture which promotes best practice.

    ConsSomewhat restricted with involvement in back-office process which can cause a back-log of paperwork and administration. Sometimes this can cause time to be wrapped up in sorting this out which detracts from sales activity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline admin as it piles up and takes up a lot of time that could be better spent elsewhere. It would be useful if staff were in place specifically to deal with these issues. It would allow us more time to generate placements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An amazing time with amazing people - loved my job!

    Receptionist (Former Employee) Guildford, England (UK)

    ProsI worked with really great people over a number of years with Hays and made some fabulous friends.

    ConsShame it all had to end ! :(

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the fabulous work promoting HAYS plc :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great business. An ethical recruitment firm.

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsCompetitive pay. You really directly influence what you earn. With time you will find yourself sitting down with really senior people to understand the direction of the business and how you, as one operational person, can influence it. Training is given at all stages of your career.

    ConsThe only thing I would say about this company is that it is not for coasting. If you want to do a 9-5, I'd do it somewhere else, less demanding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegional and sector responsibilities could be defined more clearly. Especially in tough times, it would be best not to spend energy on arguments with colleagues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced and exhilarating

    Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee) Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    ProsFor the workaholics it is perfection, the ideal job. The job satisfaction is great when you've placed a candidate in their dream job.

    ConsLong hours, hard work and sometimes frustrating. You will know in the first year if this job is for you. High turn over of staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great organisation and career progression

    Director (Current Employee) Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    ProsOpen communication with Senior Management, excellent training and career progression. Clear understanding of performance expectations and support to receive this. Flexible approach to work life balance.

    ConsCompared to other industries benefits are ok. A reasonable proportion of pay is commission based which can be challenging as people mature and want to buy a property.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider what can be done to ensure longevity of top perfomers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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