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Updated August 8, 2017
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  • Long hours can be a struggle but the rewards are great (in 325 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 88 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    People are mostly nice

    Cons

    It's all about money

    Hays Response

    May 23, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Hi - it's incredibly difficult for me to provide a constructive response when you provide no detail about why you rated your time with us as poorly as you have. If you are open to a phone call to... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in China, ME
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in China, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International Brand;
    Good global presense.

    Cons

    Messy management in China. Recruited lots of the senior levers from outside, forced lots of old employee quit from hays, very tough culture. They recruit lots of ACs and laid off most of them .

    Advice to Management

    Stick to one culture, decrease the turn over rate.

    Hays Response

    Jul 4, 2016 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your comments from Asia - your review has been passed onto Hays China senior leadership[ team.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Losing its way...."

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Wakefield, MA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Wakefield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big brand, initial training, that's it...

    Cons

    Basic salaries, bonus structure, internal hiring strategy, senior leadership (Directors)

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing on KPI's, start making staff feel more valued in every way. MD for the region needs to be more visible.


  4. "Nice work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, young team.

    Cons

    The level of stress and how challenging your job is depends highly of the team you are a part of.


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide over time for extra hours/weekends.

    Cons

    Appraisals without discussion.

    It seems no HR exists.

    If you knows how to create a P1 ticket and solve it after 3-4 hours, then you can become a Manager/Solution Architect........ while in different organisation there is root cause analysis.
    In Hays if you generate P1 and solve it then definitely you will get at least a award.

    Good Appraisals only for specific set of people.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep watch on Top Level management in Noida.

    Take one to one feedback for managers from employees else in which speed you grows in India you will go down with double speed.


  6. "Senior Business Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training initially is good but then you rely on managers who don't always have the time for you.

    Cons

    If you're not a line manager then you are ignored in terms of your opinions and value to the business. You have to be part of "the in crowd" to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    talk to and listen to individuals and not just managers. As an individual you rely an our manager to speak for you - this isn't always healthy.

    Hays Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    As a senior manager you'd have at least 5 years experience in our business so I dare say it's certainly not as bad as you've listed above.

    As a senior business manager your career can move in a... More


  7. "Good training, great for building confidence, bad harassment by senior managers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great training in the Sydney office. Loved the professionalism when meeting clients. Liked the office. Can have a good team culture

    Cons

    My first month was great. I loved it so much however I was sleezed on by a senior manager at one of the awards nights very early on in my employment. I tried to talk to my manager who brushed it off as normal. Basically it's a bit of a dating ground if your single and drinking causes this I was told. However the manager that hit on me was married. Yet another outing the same thing happened. Tried to advise my manager but it was brushed off. Other coworkers also said it was normal.
    A lot of favoritism.
    Pay was very low.
    Hours were way to long
    Like a cult with not much flexibility
    Drinking was very much encouraged
    Complaints were ignored

    Advice to Management

    Young employees are vulnerable when starting a new job. Senior managers need to be aware of behaviors that can affect a new person. There needs to be processes to handle this instead of saying it's normal because people were drunk.

    Hays Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    We take this type of feedback very seriously and we would urge you to get in contact with us to discuss this further. Please contact our Head of HR on 02 8226 9716.

  8. "V Partner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Great way to meet new people
    Can't get better than Hays in terms of recruitment great on CV

    Cons

    - Management awful
    - Do not appreciate staff for their efforts
    - No incentives

    Advice to Management

    None

    Hays Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Hi,
    Can you please provide me with more information, namely:

    - Your location
    - Specifics examples of management being "awful".

    Without the above detail I will struggle to provide feedback. I... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "nice team, super colleagues, boring work with a lot of pressure"

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - young and cool brand
    - cool teams who hang out together during work and after work
    - special company events and summer party

    Cons

    - pressure, pressure, pressure
    - many managers are only managers because they sold good not because they are qualified being a "real" manager
    - some rules are more suitable for school children or kindergarden kids

    Advice to Management

    Have a closer look about who is going to be announced as "manager". Show more empathy for your employees. If you would do that there won´t be so many leaving the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter - Typical Agency"

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

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Contract team has competitive salary
    If you're in the right line of business, good money to be made

    Cons

    Some backstabbing personalities
    Perm team pay isn't competitive
    Very high school type issues

    Advice to Management

    Not much. Fairly standard for agency.

    Hays Response

    May 23, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Could I ask for us to have a more detailed conversation about your comments and experience? You can reach me on 0203 465 0202.


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