Hays plc Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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Hays plc CEO 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. Fantastic company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company offers market leading training at all levels from Associate through to Director alongside real career opportunities in the UK and internationally. As an organisation they really believe in investing in their staff and offer some amazing incentives for high performance alongside clear promotion targets. There is real passion and drive within the company to provide real customer service and to be the best at what you do.

    Cons

    After 15 years with Hays not sure I would be here if there were any cons. Market leading company with a great culture

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make it a great place to work by investing in the development of staff at all levels.


  2. A great place to work, working with great people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career Opportunity The People To earn reflectively of the effort being put in Training and Development The Culture Market Leader

    Cons

    Perception as a "blue chip" recruiter

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  3. contract worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc as a contractor

    Pros

    ability to try different companies and experience the culture within

    Cons

    your just a number but no surprise whoever you work for these days

    Hays plc Response

    Aug 17, 2015 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your review. I would like the opportunity to discuss your comments if you are confirmation discussing them in more detail. Jenna Alexander 0203 465 0202.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great start in recruitment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you decide recruitment is the career for you, then Hays is a good place to start. The training is great and there are always social events to get involved with. You should not expect to earn as much money here as you would in other recruitment firms, but use it for what it is: Get your training here and make some connections, then move to a boutique firm and get a hefty package or move abroad with the firm.

    Cons

    Won't challenge you mentally, but will certainly test your stress management. Incredibly KPI-driven and a big hire and fire culture - but that's what you should expect from working for a large recruitment firm.

    Advice to Management

    In order to retain key talent, consider challenging them beyond KPIs.


  6. A good place for a Graduate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Take a chance on graduates. Excellent training structure. Well organised company. Good incentives to perform. Clear progression outlined.

    Cons

    High staff turnover. Micro management. 'Just a number' feeling. Long hours mistaken for good work.


  7. Hays

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, very successful business. under rated as a specialist recruiter. good training at all levels.

    Cons

    lots of young kids and lack of grey hair. market perception is still that of a generalist recruiter. hard to make a significant impact on such a big business

    Advice to Management

    one size fits all doesnt work in a business that is uk wide. salaries out of kilter with market rate at a junior level.


  8. 12 years and counting...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays plc (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined Hays after a year of travelling while I worked out 'what I really wanted to do'. The coaching, training, mentoring and support offered means that almost 13 years later, I'm looking forward to the next 12 years. Fantastic organisation with a management team that invests, listens and rewards.

    Cons

    If I think of any, I'll come back and update this section later...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and investment in our business.


  9. Managing Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training & Progression have to top the bill here. Not to mention the perks

    Cons

    Consistency between divisions can be poor

    Advice to Management

    It seems praise/rewards can be too little too late.


  10. Perfect place to build a successful career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic training for newcomers to the business and recruitment in general Excellent career progression with a structured programme to move up quickly Great environment to work in, a real work hard play hard culture

    Cons

    If I am being honest - none. Everything is put in place for you to succeed but you do have to work hard and be determined to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work investing in your people.


  11. Great Scope to Learn and progress

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Internal Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Internal Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, dynamic business. Great structure and leadership. Fantastic offices in Central London - great sell to customers and candidates.

    Cons

    If you are not a high performer then you are likely to struggle to stand out in the business.

    Advice to Management

    Important to bring in additional people leaders to support the ambitious growth plans



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