Hays plc Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
166 Reviews
3.9
166 Reviews
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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.  

    Discussed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    There was nothing I liked about this place.

    Cons

    Very rude management team and reception staff. Most of the staff are so stuck up. (Darwin Office)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Truly horrific

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    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great benefits package
    - Outstanding Training
    - Good incentives

    Cons

    - Very little support for new employees on the job
    - Ignored unless you are an immediate superstar
    - Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer
    - Really poor commission structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your staff, be a little nicer about your clients and stop treating people like a number. I.e stop recruiting ten associate consultants with the expectation you'll keep two

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Recruitment Consultant

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team of work colleagues and supportive to the nth degree , good brand name

    Cons

    Senior Management are appalling I have never seen such a turnover of staff as I did at Hays, the leadership skills in my office were not existent and the director and senior manager were in constant "meetings" for no reason,. No real work done by these two. Attrition rate so high and no one at the top bothered at the way people were treated albeit people complained, if Hays really is Passionate about People they should start with their staff or loose the logo. I saw practices taking place which were abhorrent to me and quite frankly very dubious and totally against company policy. No one did a thing it was aloud to continue outrageous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nigel Heap you need to sort this out as you have a lot of unhappy people who have left been pushed out due to nothing being done. The talent that has left is overwhelming and they are all at competitors. I did not want to leave but was left no choice with the behavior of my director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Low salary and hard to earn commission

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

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

    Pros

    Looks good on CV and good training. Global presence so there is the opportunity for international transfer

    Cons

    Management are good recruiters but terrible team leaders. In my office alone 12 people have left in the last 12 months due to poor management. The commission structure is awful and so is the work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good training VERY boiler room

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    Former Employee - Junior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The training at Hays is unrivalled and the doors it opens for your next role is great too.

    Cons

    Very boiler room and kpi driven. Not a great commission structure and you are lost amongst loads of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and show some compassion. When you invest so much money in each recruit it seems pointless not to help them grow. There is no sympathy for potential without results. If you are the best you are well looked after but having ok figures makes you invisible. I am billing more than some of the top billers when I was there. This is mainly down to the support I was shown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not impressed with the company at all.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Director  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    They answer their phone on a timely basis..

    Cons

    ..but do not give any pertinent info to would-be applicants. For example, when aked what industry sector this role is in, the answer was they are not at liberty to say.
    When asked what is salary range... same answer. Exclusivity? again, same silliness.
    Write-ups are not fully informative, Makes one feel that one is simply populating their databases.
    Not a big fan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, be honest, have integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    If you want to recruit good recruiters, don't micro manage them incessantly

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    Former Employee - Practice Lead  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Practice Lead in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Honestly, I thought long and hard about this and I cannot think of one thing they offer that I would recommend - well maybe their salary surveys.

    Cons

    If you want to be driven into the ground following their KPI's join. When one of the KPI's is 8 CV's per vacancy! then you have an idea of the calibre of the people you are working with. Managers spend all their time running searches on your activity and send you inane emails asking you whey your temp only put in 36 hours of timesheets last week!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to demonstrate that they can work under their own steam if given half a chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate machine with terrible retention and lack of discipline.

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training, good social life. Never a boring moment.

    Cons

    Experienced sexism and racism, issues raised were not dealt with effectively by senior management. Persistent micro-managing and being threatened with my job until I eventually quit. Commission structure is also terrible in comparison to other recruitment companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is truly worrying how many managers who are not good managers seem to be protected for some reason. This company has a terrible reputation amongst every other recruitment agency I've spoken with and all for the same reasons I have listed above - too much micro-managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company with no Ethics

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some very good people work at Hays and are very sociable. The management have no interest in maintaining a team and are more geared towards a factory model to make money. Would suit any managers working in this sort of an environment.

    Cons

    No direction from management. Self preservation attitude everywhere you turn. Mostly firefighting throughout rather than analyzing the actual problem.No company ethics towards employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to treat you employees better. You fired some of your most loyal and long serving employees which is disgraceful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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