Hays plc Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
166 Reviews
3.9
166 Reviews
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great training, International opportunities, good commission scheme (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 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fullfilling Experience

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    I have been working at Hays plc as an intern for less than a 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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    Former Employee - Business Manager  in  Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, people and rewards - but a challenging and demaning job

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent personal development and training opportunities. You are able to set your own goals and manage your own work load. Although targets are high, the rewards are good. Regular incentives are set, as well as having the opportunity to earn uncapped commission. Great people and team atmosphere and a fun environment to work in. Good opportunity to progress with the organisation and after longer term employment, there is an opportunity to relocate worldwide.

    Cons

    Is a demanding and challenging job. Targets are set high and everyone is expected to exceed those targets soon after joining the organisation. Hays focus heavily on KPI's and fee targets - which are reviewed regularly. It is a difficult industry to make a name for yourself, so you need perseverance and consistency to earn the top level of commission and promotion. If you are looking for an easy 9 - 5 job this isn't the right position for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Further support could be given to help new employees develop their skills - more on the job coaching by managers for new team members and regular refreshers courses for experienced hires would be good. Less focus on KPI's for experienced hires and more motivation and encouragement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The team atmosphere and friendly competition makes it a really fulfilling place to work. Excellent opportunities for socialising in and out of work, and great earning potential. There is loads of experience in the office to draw on so you never feel like you don't know what to do. As you are with the company for longer you have lots of autonomy to manage your business in the most effective way. Excellent specific training for staff at all levels.

    Cons

    It can be a challenge managing time effectively and making sure that work is done pro-actively rather than reactively. There can be a danger that people get too caught up in what they are doing and loose sight of the fact that nothing is life or death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to offer some more flexible working opportunities and the ability to work remotely for more junior members of staff. Clear communication is vital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent career opportunities and superb training

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Sub-par

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

    I have been working at Hays plc as a contractor for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best overall job grounding a graduate can receive.....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Some of the most fun & skilled people I have ever worked with
    - There are some oustanding mentors in the business. If you can grab one, you will have support for life
    - Great chance to take responsibility early on for your own business
    - Opportunity to become a real specialist in your area of business
    - Diverse portfolio of clients
    - Extensive internal support
    - IT database & systems
    - Extensive UK & global network of offices
    - Brand name
    - Training programme for new starters

    Cons

    - You have to be super resilient, otherwise you will not fall in love with this job
    - Day to day decisions can take too long to be approved by senior management, and job opportunities can often be lost
    - Business strategies can get lost in translation
    - Constant target and KPI pressure is not to everyone's liking
    - True flexible working is not available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Hays Recruitment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Inspirational Leaders
    - The week fly bys
    - Obtainable promotion criteria
    - Scope to earn brilliant cash based on how hard you work personally
    - Hilarious colleagues

    Cons

    - Not really a con but advice that new starers understand the job is tough but worth it after the steep learning curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great organisation with fantastic career prospects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant  in  Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great career progression, benefits and commission structure
    Brilliant culture with clear career progression paths
    Exceptional training
    A great place to work.
    Hays is meritocratic that awards based on performance.
    Work hard play hard culture

    Cons

    The hardwork is worthwhile - through the commission structure, benefits and career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide support and training by managers which has helped me be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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