Hays plc Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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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 26 reviews)

  • Work-life balance balance can be difficult to adjust to if your not used to office life (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Debilitating, political and a negative environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company if you're new to recruitment as there is decent training provided

    Cons

    Lack of progression, north south divide in culture/equipment/inclusion. Fear culture.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise employees are people and can work in different ways but still achieve excellent results

  2. Great place for an intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Hays plc as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how to be a recruiter. My supervisor was very helpful. As an intern, you have lots of opportunities to talk with senior candidates and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    The salary for intern was quite low.

  3. An amazing journey!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Travel Administrative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Travel Administrative in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, good career opportunities and lots of support

    Cons

    No cons really. Longer than normal hours but I enjoy being busy.

    Advice to Management

    None. Very good management structure. Keep doing it :)

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  5. Low Salaries, no interest in staff retention

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    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    excellent team environment, some good big name clients

    Cons

    Do not value staff, do not pay market average salaries, do not promote within

  6. Helpful (1)

    Supportive culture - if you work hard, you will be rewarded.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Top training and good management that is invested in you

    Cons

    Stressful at times but that's the nature of recruitment -I wouldn't want to be a recruiter for anyone else

  7. Excellent place to work of you're career driven and ambitious

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    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

    Excellent opportunities to progress your career, 'build a business', earn lots of money AND attend lots of fun incentives. You can double you're salary in a year plus and keep going, you're in control of what you earn. Its also really good to work for a leading recruitment company recognised within the market and you're seen as a specialist in what you recruit for.

    Cons

    very long hours and the role can be stressful and quite up and down. One day it feels like the best day of your life and the next is pretty bad. The main thing is if you're ambitious, confident and a people person who is motivated by money and success they're a fantastic company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps make the basic for the associate programme and the consultants a bit higher.

  8. Global company with some excellent and inspirational leaders

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    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

    Great training ground. Offers excellent development opportunities -especially opportunity to work internationally.
    A really credible business that drives you to be an experts.
    Knowledge tools such as journal and indicator are great.

    Cons

    For every inspirational leader there is an opposite and can often be a case of if the face fits in some departments rather than capability and potential.
    Salaries not strongest in market place

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in approach and delivery.
    Remember to look out wards and not just inwards.
    Salaries / promotions need to be aligned better
    In general a great company to work for

  9. Worst place I've ever worked!

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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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office location.... but that's all

    Cons

    A depressing atmosphere where they try and bully people into doing long hours and not taking a lunch break. If you develop an account well enough it will be taken off you and given to a specific handler!!! Cop on!!! Said manager was a product from long term exposure to this environment and felt very sorry for that person. They are just a large machine that throws enough stuff at the wall and hopes for the best. Having an insane turn over. Do not be fooled by there values and statistics that they bombard you with. In short.... controlling, brainwashing, cheap and long hours with no lunch. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!

    Advice to Management

    Get out now.

  10. Stable job if you want stability rather than big pay checks!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

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

    Pros

    Less cut throat than other agencies
    Good career progression
    Lots of companies use Hays so less cold calling
    Good office environment- lots of banter
    Encourage social activities
    Relaxed working environment

    Cons

    You'll never earn decent commission unless you're a top biller
    Low basic salary
    Your just a number in a seat
    Difficult to specialise in any area, as its a generalist agency

    Advice to Management

    Either pay low basic OR low commission not both!!

  11. Helpful (1)

    If you´re a consultant ....

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Backoffice in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Backoffice in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    big company
    opportunity to move to other countries

    Cons

    hard work
    the values they promote are not reflected with their staff

    Advice to Management

    consider both your front office and back office staff. Consultants may make the money but without back office staff to support them they would find it difficult to do their day to day work!

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