Hays plc

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Recruitment Dinosaur

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Hays plc

Pros

Hays is a great starting point in your carrer there are lots of high calibre individuals working within the organisation who have long service record. Thes people are excellent at bringing you into recruitment and showing you the ropes. You will make good money and progress quickly.

Cons

The stumbling block at Hays comes when you devlop as a consultant. There is no room for fresh ideas. The recruitment world is dynamic and ever changing this is not reflected in teh management of this global beast. Hays have been very sucessful for a long time sticking to the same old formula and they are reluctant to change. Recruitment at Hays is a numbers game, there is no time for quality. You either swallow the bitter pill and are indoctrinated to the process, if this is you you will be rewarded with a micro managemnent position until you hang around long enough to make director.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management at hays need to evolve. They need to genuinely embrace ideas and stop focusing on tired and tested methods and develop some new ideas relevant to the modern recruitment market.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working here can be likened to a recruitment battery farm.......

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Global company that offers the opportunity to work in different locations across the globe. Clear career progression / promotion structure. Clear and regular performance review system in place. Despite everything they manage to employ some great people who are really up for making it work.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Immature work force and management style. Outdated 'gun ho' senior management style - don't seem to move with the time or appreciate the needs of employees. I worked for them for 8 years and they are still using the same tried and tested formula that isn't consultative and is all about making money. The constant focus on dollars undoes genuine innovation as there's no room to do anything different. Micro management is rife and people get to senior management roles from hanging around the longest. They lock their poorly educated old school senior sales managers in so that they commit to Sydney mortgages and kids in private schools and can't afford to change jobs - so they just hand around like dead wood because they know they don't have the skills to be able to go and do anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the stale message that you send to the consultants - the constant KPI focus drives a numbers game and stifles innovation. Future business will be built on relationships and consultation, not short termism. Get rid of the dead wood in the senior management levels, there are some great people and skills that you could harness if you looked in the right places. Don't be scared of change and move with the times. Lose the 80's 'We are the Champions' sales message - your employees aren't stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Training, for a career head elsewhere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good spirit and morale betweeen colleagues. Good people work there and I have made some great, life-long friends.

    Cons

    Favouritist towards certain members of staff, rewards based on length of service, not skill. Bad management style and strongly in denial towards the staff about any threat of credit crunch/recession. Very long hours and often it seems that if you don't stay late most nights you are scowled at and it is noticed.

    Also as the workforce is quite young there is a lot of immaturity and inappropriate behaviour in what is meant to be a professional environment. Very poor comission structure in relation to others in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To listen more to your staff, congratulate us when we do well and stop removing incentives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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