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Hays Companies Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Hard work and success is rewarded (in 6 reviews)

  • Fast paced client focused company with an entrepreneurial spirit that enables employees to make decisions that are in the best interest of our clients (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance is non-existent with leadership setting the example- difficult if not impossible to take a day off (in 5 reviews)

  • Hays is located downtown Minneapolis and the work from home opportunities are limited (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Vice President/Producer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President/Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President/Producer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best Group of People I have every worked with and I have worked for some of the largest Brokers in the area. Nobody says no to helping with a client or prospect meeting and "team" is a verb here. Management is client focused and the resources they allow us to bring to our prospects and clients significantly increases our opportunities. I have never seen a more proactive group of sales and service consultants working together towards a common goal. The local and national culture are unbelievable and highly ethical, they actually put their employees and clients first....

    Cons

    The constant and fast growth can burn out some of our employees, however, management is constantly making adjustments to address this the minute they view a problem...it may seem as though they are "slow" to move and that perception can be aggravating, but I believe their pace is methodical and laser focused.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting your people first, keep addressing the team structure to support growth, its working you guys are doing a terrific job.


  2. "Great company and great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at Hays are amazing, everyone from the top with Jim Hays to the frontline. Everyone's willingness to help wherever and whenever is truly something I have never experienced at this level.

    Cons

    Being in a different time zone than home office has posed a small number of challenges when working in the late afternoon/evening when team members at home office have gone home for the day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

  3. "Culture issue"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays Companies full-time

    Pros

    There are some nice people.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunity. Lack of training/overall direction offered. Uncompetitive salaries.


  4. "Sr. Benefit Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays Companies full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing.

    Cons

    Being at the mercy of the commuter rail.


  5. "Business Development, Producer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hays has grown a lot in 20 years. I've been here for 8 and believe it's growing at the right speed and direction. Executives are investing in new technology and are open to new ideas that will help our clients and help us consult and sell more. They are attracting new younger talent which is refreshing to see the investment and the new energy and ideas they bring. Our communications team is first class and helps us differentiate ourselves with new materials.

    Cons

    Work from home varies from office to office, but would be nice to announce it as an option and have managers set what is appropriate for dept.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in volunteer opportunities so it keeps us connected to community. Internal resources are key to help us differentiate and adopt and learn new technologies to help us sell more.


  6. "Work Hard Play Hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive team members, no cliques can hang out after work with coworkers
    Practice Leader seems to really care.
    Casual Dress Code
    No Micro-managing
    For those that want a senior role, leadership will help get you there
    Pay is very good, PTO is very good if you can take the time

    Cons

    Not much support.
    Heavy workload, long hours.
    Management is slow to hire new people or make changes to their rules/process.... which resulted in a lot of people leaving
    No work from home
    Work Life balance is non-existent with leadership setting the example- difficult if not impossible to take a day off
    Senior staff takes on management type role which results in different rules applying to different employees, some people are on a team of 5 and seem like they are never working and other teams have 2 or 3 people and are totally burned out.
    Office is marketed as philanthropic but management doesn't participate in events

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to balance of workload between senior staff and junior staff. Help senior staff develop management skills. Encourage better team work. There should be a way to make sure one team isn't working weekends while another is on Facebook all day.


  7. "Hays review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard working team, great management, laid back, and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Could have better benefits/vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  8. "Two Thumbs Up"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Personal Development, Advancement Opportunity, Flexibility, Camaraderie, Support

    Cons

    Formal training is lacking


  9. "Not at all what I was told, in a good way!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong Leadership always available always engaged, fast paced, fun, caring employee first atmosphere ... innovative and exciting seems like what we do here is truly help our clients, the insurance we place is secondary.

    Cons

    Fast growth fast paced especially 4th quarter creates some long days, but management does participate in the trenches and hard work is rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what your doing great place with great training, and a clear path to promotions and career growth , thank you for putting people first


  10. "Excellent Workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment, collegiate, collaborative, good mentorship

    Cons

    Colleagues had to move around to other companies for significant pay increases.


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