Hays plc

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Hays plc Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
196 Reviews
3.7
196 Reviews
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good business, but is struggling to adapt to the modern world of recruiting

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

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good training (for the sector, could be better).
    Good benefits
    Regional coverage
    International opportunities
    Some innovative products such as the digital section.

    Cons

    Suffers from the same issues as most recruitment companies: can be extremely KPI-focused and short-termist at times.
    Work-life balance poor (par for the sector however).
    High turnover, skill-base / commitment to most markets relatively low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting good consultants into management posts just because of high billings / long service: the attributes needed for a good leader / manager and a good consultant are frankly not the same, and in many cases opposed. Move the focus of your business further towards niche sectors and away from 'high street'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Aggressive sales environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Chance to get good bonus, worked with some good clients. Well known in the market referral rate is high on candidate and clients

    Cons

    Competitive, all the good clients are already pre-owned by other consultants. high turn over rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give them motivation rather than just incentive that you guys think so highly of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing company to work. Number 1 recruitment agency in APAC for a reason

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

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, career opportunities and training

    Cons

    A lot of politics involved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    1 year experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Raffles Park (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Raffles Park (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    alot of freedom in work

    Cons

    alot functions can be improved on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to develop your career

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

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Dynamic environment a meritocracy. Expect to be challenged, high expectation and reward for high results and hard work, you have to be committed.

    Cons

    Promotion criteria built around results, not much lateral thinking. Can feel like you are being managed by numbers but everyone has to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff managers need more time to manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice opportunity, but high pressure

    Former Intern - Researcher in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Intern - Researcher in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at Hays plc as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great career advancement opportunities both within the company and outside
    Clear targets
    Incentives provided to reach certain targets
    Good, quality work is acknowledged

    Cons

    High pressure from the management
    You are valued only until you bring stable outstanding results
    Sometimes more focus on revenue than quality of candidates and long term relationship with clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Recruitment Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are eager and driven.

    Cons

    as the roles involve both sales and recruitment it is important to be able to deal with high demands in both sides.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work life, culture, & Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay was good.

    Cons

    If you work smart like me then you can achieve what you need to for your role and more within a working day. It was frowned upon to leave on-time? Awkward to ask for flexibility.

    There was also an acceptance for certain manager to be rude. Just because they seem to be doing a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that you get more from empowering your workforce not suppressing them, with the fallacy that working late means you are working better and harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good company to work for... but need to be able to fit in with culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    decent base for new training consultants, good training program, large corporate events, financial resources, great brand in singapore and easy to make money, monthly commission with low threshold. generally nice people and good culture if you are a social person. good reward incentives

    Cons

    office is a little cramped, are expanding aggressive forcing consultants into highly specialised verticals making it harder to make money. generally a very hierarchical structure and top down. a bit of a heavy drinking click which is ok, but you need to get involved if you want to progress in the company, socially and professionally.

    commision structure is quite weak compared to toher companies

    will not hesitate to let you go if it suits them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are promoted on performance but not necessarily on aptitude for management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IT Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Hays plc as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a consultant, it is earlier to change industry. Hays provided me such an opportunity.

    Cons

    It took several years to change to the normal career path. As IT consultant, even you can prove to you employer your value, it is likely difficult to be recognized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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