Hays plc Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Stable job if you want stability rather than big pay checks!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Either pay low basic OR low commission not both!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. If you´re a consultant ....

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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)

    Pros

    big company
    opportunity to move to other countries

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Probably one of the better recruitment firms to work for, but as with all recruitment can be cut throat.

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training scheme. Perfect for new recruiters.
    Advice:If looking in London, Cheapside (Private Sector) is a much better location to work from than Ebury (Public Sector).

    Cons

    Senior management can be petty. Treat staff who choose to leave very poorly, banning them from incentives etc. One of the reasons why I wanted to leave.

    Pay is lower than competing agencies. Base salary for associate consultant is £5000 less than Michael Page and Reed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you give. If you treat staff poorly, and as disposable then don't expect a high level of loyalty in return, and especially don't be shocked by your high staff turnover rates.

  8. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Good business, but is struggling to adapt to the modern world of recruiting

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    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
  10. Great place to develop your career

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    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
  11. Positive culture, industry leading training and plenty of opportunities to develop.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Guildford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Guildford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    Training, development, progression, uncapped commission, ownership of your business

    Cons

    Basic salary, long hours as you would expect in recruitment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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