Hays plc Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
171 Reviews
3.8
171 Reviews
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The weeks are long as we work 8:30-6, however the recruitment industry has the reputation work hard play hard so the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • Reasonable salary & good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer (in 21 reviews)

  • The commission structure is awful and so is the work-life balance (in 6 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

    I have been working at Hays plc as an intern (less than an year)

    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.  

    Office mgr

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    great place to work, excellent supervisor

    Cons

    demanding, work life balance is not great

  3.  

    It is a good place to get recruiting experience but it is best to leave once you get to Senior Consultant level.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY

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

    Pros

    Good training. Good commission plan. A lot of nice employees in Canada.

    Cons

    In North America, managers have zero decision making power. The President's yearly messages contradict each other and he has no loyalty to his staff. Turnover is high because of this. Back office rule with an Iron fist and actually hamper sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people who have performed well for you for several years rather than discarding them to focus on new starters. Live up to what you have promised your staff. Don't lie to people. Treat people with respect. I'm at a recruiting agency now that does this, and it's awesome!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Offer lots of opportunities to pro-active employees

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

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

    Pros

    The variety of roles are fantastic. Always opportunities for internal moves.

    Cons

    Old processes, and senior people who fight change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to mid-level people who do the job daily

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good culture, good place to work as long as you toe the line in terms of activity/KPIs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great bunch of people, everyone pulls together and shares the ups and the downs of working in recruitment. Good career progression if you meet targets.

    Also - for a recruitment company - I was surprised at the attitude to office hours. Office hours are 8am-5.30pm, but that's not lip-service - as long as you're getting the work done, nobody bats an eyelid if you leave at 5.30pm on the spot. No expectation to stay longer to make it look like you're working hard. Office was normally practically empty by 6pm.

    Cons

    While I was working there, the default non-financial reward for achievement was free alcohol. Great if you're in your 20s, got a little bit tedious as I was approaching my late 30s...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use Hays' position and name in the market to do things differently - marketing, bus dev, lead generation etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay but very restricted in terms of earning!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Good training programmes and support for newer people into recruitment

    Cons

    Not very good potential to earn decent money despite being in a sales environment
    Very much a transaction based recruiter with no emphasis on relationships
    Not a good place to join if you are an experienced recruiter because it is too restrictive and not that well respected as a senior/exec level recruiter
    High turnover of staff members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better commission and basic pay for high performers would prevent such high turnover
    Less restriction in terms of the geography you can work in
    Better reward for team management
    Visibility to what non-fee earning managers actually do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Passing through

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great team spirit, opportunity to earn commission

    Cons

    too much management, too boring, too doll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let your birds free, focus on ttheiir interests as well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent career opportunities and superb training

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

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

    Pros

    I joined Hays because of the training and career opportunities that they could offer me and I definitely haven't been disappointed. I regularly receive training, feedback and reviews and this has meant that I have been able to progress through the company in different roles and geographical locations. I am able to run my desk as if it were my own business but with the help and support of the PLC structure and I am rewarded well.

    Cons

    We expect the best from our new associates so it can be hard for them entering the business initially due to the amount of information there is to learn, however, the training and coaching is designed to support them and see them through some of the more stressful days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great back office team who work hard, your co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

    Cons

    Lack of training provided or updates on industry changes. Often hires people based on culture fit more than actual qualifications. Double standards, it all depends on which manager you are friends with at the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time in your teams and i would suggest more specific payroll training and memberships to payroll assocications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sub-par

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

    I have been working at Hays plc as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had plenty of interviews, got a few assignments.

    Cons

    They are not very good at a few things. First, I submitted vetting documents and was placed in Government, then sometime later (after about 7months, found I had no clearance.

    I felt I was just there to help score a bonus for consultants. No real personality or support (briefing of assignments) before placement. Unfortunate, as I had high hopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your candidates goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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