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Hays Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • The recruitment industry is long hours (in 333 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 90 reviews)

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  1. "senior recruitment consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    excellent training, social culture, good development opportunity

    Cons

    commission structure could be more competitve

    Advice to Management

    more leadership training for upper management

    Hays Response

    Sep 10, 2017

    Thanks for your review.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Human company culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Belgium, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Belgium, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hays is an International company but it feels like working for a SME with a direct line to the management/CEO.
    Human oriented, a consultant gets enough time to learn and to grow. No agressive salesapproach. Interesting bonussystem and incentives. At a seniorlevel you get a lot of autonomy. The job is great, you have a lot of contacts with clients, candidates, it's an advisory role. If you're result oriented, then this job is great.

    Cons

    -Limited careerpath possibilities, you can grow to senior consultant and then teamleader (and maybe office manager). As a teamleader, you have to work as a senior consultant and at the same time you have to manage your teammember(s). But if you're not interested in becoming an office manager, you don't have much possibilities to grow. There are no extra dimensions that you can add to your current jobcontent, so you can not really evolve in a horizontal sense.

    -There are very few external trainings, trainings are given by Hays employees.

    -Maybe the traditional way of working: for ex employees have a fixed PC, fixed desk, no working from home...However there's a mindshift going on.

    Conclusion: You can learn everything about recruitment&selection, soft skills, sales and at the same time you can earn a good salary. But you have to be ready to leave your comfort zone if you want to lift your career to the next level. But for those who love R&S, and you keep on being productive, you can stay in your job untill retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Hays has a human oriented culture, that's great. I recommand Hays.
    Some advice:
    More external trainings
    Introduce the 'agile' working methods (not only a laptop for teamleaders for ex)
    Maybe give possibilities to give that extra intellectual dimensions for those consultants that want to grow on the contentlevel

    Hays Response

    May 23, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for completing a glassdoor review. Your advice to management has been passed onto EMEA.

  3. "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Recruiter in Howard Beach, NY
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Recruiter in Howard Beach, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, fun places to work!

    Cons

    Open Offices setting, Merging with other Company


  4. Helpful (1)

    "researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    competitive yet very good mentor to learn from

    Cons

    stressful and lack of work life balance


  5. "Going places"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ambitious company with strong market offering and demonstrable global growth in past 5 years.
    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Internal communication can be an issue.
    Some inconsistencies in working environment and reward globally.

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication would make a massive difference to our global connectivity and increase our ability to adequately service our global clients.

    Hays Response

    Aug 17, 2015 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your comments and I will ensure your advice is passed onto management to review and action.


  6. "Fullfilling Experience"

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    Current Intern - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Intern - Recruitment Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hays as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience to learn how to deal with pressure, in a very good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    As an intern, you don't get paid that well...


  7. "Resourcer"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays (More than a year)

    Pros

    good team and support structure

    Cons

    None, enjoyed my time with the company

  8. "Trainee Recruitment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Recruitment COnsultant in Stoke-on-Trent, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Recruitment COnsultant in Stoke-on-Trent, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is fantastic
    Part of the team from day one
    Run your own desk
    Great colleagues
    Brilliant incentives

    Cons

    Long working hours (THE JOB WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE ON ANY LESS)
    It's so busy at times I don't want to ask questions, as a newbie that's difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    Possibly more flexibility on working hours. Maybe allow "unpaid annual leave". The hours can be overwhelming to begin with and more focus should be put on that so that new associates know its okay to feel exhausted at the start. But overall I couldn't be happier. This job is hard, but its worth it.

    Hays Response

    Oct 15, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  9. "Team Manaer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    tech, salary, parking, phone, people

    Cons

    work life balance needs to be better.

    Advice to Management

    pay your staff more than 10k less than everywhere else

    Hays Response

    Oct 10, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  10. "Structured Working"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Hull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Hull, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Management and Structure and benefits, you also have a recognised name in the industry behind you

    Cons

    Did not like you taking holidays

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff mores and retention within the company will be better

    Hays Response

    Sep 28, 2017

    Thank you for your review.

    We definitely encourage people to take holidays as it's important to have a work/life balance and we give people the opportunity to purchase additional leave as part of... More


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