Hays plc Reviews

Updated July 2, 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. Challenging but Rewarding

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A Clear Career path is in place
    Regular incentives and rewards
    Support and Feedback from Managers

    Cons

    Long working hours
    No flexible day structures


  2. Great working enviroment

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

    I have been working at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced and challenging
    Clear Career Progression
    Chance to move internally around the world
    Good work culture

    Cons

    Might not suit someone who doesn't like working in a fast paced challenging environment.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  3. Great Experience & Fantastic Culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The training is second-to-none, culture & benefits are great also.

    Cons

    High pressure job with lots of competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to be given petty cash/card for networking/client visits instead of claiming back later.


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  5. Recruitment consultant

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

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

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

    Pros

    hays is a really good company to work for they offer a lot of training and support and the incentives are really good. I would not work for another recruitment company.

    Cons

    Commission structure was not great but they have recently improved this to make it as good as competitors

    Advice to Management

    no advice needed. They are really supportive with both work related and non work related issues. The directors door is always open.


  6. Internship which gives you the opportunity to flourish

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

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

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

    Pros

    Hays is a meritocratic culture which rewards your for all your hard work. You are given a large amount of responsibility even as an intern with the opportunity to get bonuses and even promoted during your Internship! You get the opportunity to liaise and work with Senior members of staff every single day as well as with a supportive team.

    Cons

    Long working hours however this is part and parcel of the job - working hard will see benefits!


  7. Work hard and enjoy the rewards!

    • 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)

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

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

    Pros

    Hays celebrates success and I'm not just saying that to draw your attention to this review.

    Whether it be a small fee or a huge client win I have seen some great incentives offered during my time at Hays. Employees have the opportunity to enjoy all expenses paid holidays, spa treatments, day experiences, top notch lunches/dinner and so on. That is of course as long as you're a top performer!!

    Cons

    Nothing comes for free. If you want to earn big or go on an all expenses paid trip with Hays Elite, you need to work for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  8. Without a doubt would recommend Hays as a company you would want to work for!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Worked for Hays now for over 10 years and will always recommend this as a place to work. Outstanding training provided for all new people to the business but also continued development at all levels ensures that everyone lives and breathes the Brand Values. You reguarly hear how important a companies brand values are for employees to match, but i can confidently say that all employees at Hays use these in everything they do to remain leaders in their specialism.

    Hays is always looking to invest and develop their own people and therefore the opportunities are vast. Whether that is a move based on location both un UK or Internationally or actually a change in career the business is always looking to use individuals expertise to better itself.

    Work Hard - Play Hard = Everyone work's hard at Hays but the culture across the business is fantastic where people are to able to let their hair down socially and benefit from regular financial & non-financial rewards / recognition.

    Without a doubt would recommend Hays as a company you would want to work for!

    Cons

    Over 10 years experience, business has changed alot and all for the good during that time, therefore cannot think of a negative thing to say.


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    Fantastic Company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    Industry Leading Training throughout your career
    Well trained managers (as a result)
    Collaborative team environment
    Fun!
    Focus on quality of service and becoming a real consultant in specialist area

    Cons

    Nothing specific to Hays - recruitment requires resilient individuals as the nature of the job can be up and down (but there is sufficient support to get through the downs!)


  10. Endless Opportunities and Development

    • 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)

    I have been working at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Hays is a meritocratic business that offers genuine fast track career progression to high performing individuals. It is an exceptional place to work, that has training, learning and development at the heart of the business. The company genuinely cares about's it's employees and the opportunities are unlimited.

    Cons

    In a commission driven environment the hours can be long, however expectations are managed well.

    Advice to Management

    There is "no one size fits all" and we need to be quicker to adapt to change to stay ahead of the competition. The greater flexibility and autonomy the more empowered everyone will be. We need to review the pay of our staff and offer longer term incentive plans.


  11. Work Hard Play Hard

    • 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)

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

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

    Pros

    Work hard play hard culture - lots of parties and trips out when things are going well.
    They will help you progress if you really work hard and put the hours and effort in - I was promoted 3 times during the 3 years I was there.
    Genuinely hard recruiters - no tricks of the trade or false promises to clients - you're not encouraged to be anything but honest with clients which is different to some agencies who lie, cheat and steal.

    Cons

    ery target driven - daily, weekly, monthly, year long targets in place, normally achievable but only with constant hard work and long days.
    A normal work day would be 9 or 10 hours long (some people working even more than this) - it is said that if you want to do well you work the hours to achieve this. If you leave the office at 6pm (the contracted end time) you will be frowned upon and be spoken to by management.
    No over time is paid and the basic salaries are very low.
    There can be a favouritism / bullying atmosphere in some cases - if you fit then great but if you don't they will manage you out.

    Advice to Management

    Line managers are generally capable and genuinely care about their team's welfare however senior managers and executives are the ones promoting the very long work days and lack of work flexibility. Hays are a massive employer and have forgotten that employees are people.



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