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Updated November 21, 2017
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  • The recruitment industry is long hours (in 341 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 92 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "It is a good place to get recruiting experience but it is best to leave once you get to Senior Consultant level."

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Canada, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training. Good commission plan. A lot of nice employees in Canada.

    Cons

    In North America, managers have zero decision making power. The President's yearly messages contradict each other and he has no loyalty to his staff. Turnover is high because of this. Back office rule with an Iron fist and actually hamper sales.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people who have performed well for you for several years rather than discarding them to focus on new starters. Live up to what you have promised your staff. Don't lie to people. Treat people with respect. I'm at a recruiting agency now that does this, and it's awesome!


  2. "Last Resort for Construction Work."

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    Former Employee - Operations in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Operations in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company has been established for years.

    Cons

    Hard work for low pay.
    Seasonal

    Advice to Management

    Quit thinking you know it all.
    Pay your employees what they are worth.

    Hays Response

    Sep 17, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your time as a temporary worker

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Working for this large company may not be as glamorous as it seems......."

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hays plc is a large company so opportunities to move within the company say, interstate/overseas are limitless. Also the brand recognition in the market place is a benefit. Most people know who Hays are so it makes it easier to do business and business development. Also due to the size of the company there are always new opportunities arising and these can be easliy capitalised on by performing employee's. It is aslo a good feeling to have a large company backing you so you know have some job security and they will aslo back you with any disputes that may arise with clients/candidates etc.

    Cons

    Hays are not known for paying very well, in fact it is a sink or swim environment with very little or ongoing training particularly on the job training to help you suceed. The business model is to bring in people fresh to recruitment, throw them in the deep end and see what happens. Another major problem is their branch managers are expected to bill which in itself is a full time job. It is very difficult to do the two jobs at once which means one of them has to suffer. If a manager wants to make money they need to bill which in turn means failure for the new and inexperienced recruits.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest taking some of the billing pressure of managers and allow them to concentrate on building a successful office full of high billing successful consultants. The difference it would have made having a manager spending an 2-3 hours a week with employees at their desk would have been phenomanal.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Having this company on your resume can damage your future career."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are willing to work all the hours that God sends then you have potential to earn good money at Hays. In commission payments, not as a salary. That is the only reason that you should consider Hays as an employer.

    Cons

    Appalling work life balance. You will work 55 hours a week here. Fact. You will not be able to afford not to.
    Very poor management. Managers are promoted on their sales ability, not their management ability.
    Non-existent benefits package.
    Generally uninspiring and not particularly intelligent colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the fact that your reputation in the market is very poor. You are recognised as providing one of the lowest levels of service in the industry. One of the reasons for this is that you employ people who will only ever reach the mid point of the industry at best. You dont offer enough to attract the real talent.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Xyz
    Current Employee - Xyz
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. You get lunch from the company
    2. You get cab from the company
    3. Salaries are ok

    Cons

    1. Unprofessional work environment and poor middle and higher management's skills
    2. Access of rules and restrictions
    3. Inexperienced management team
    4. Favoritism promoted
    5. Traditional working style and policies
    6. Long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Compare the work environment with other companies...and make changes in the current culture and environment


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dissaster - constant mistakes and errors"

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

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

    Pros

    Find it very hard to think of any to be honest. Only that the client they put us on site with was great.

    Cons

    Getting paid correctly and on time, no training, no real idea what their employees do, constant mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your HCA business


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Title"

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    Current Employee - Associate MDM in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Associate MDM in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    nothing there as pro or good

    Cons

    Very less pay and intensive work

    Advice to Management

    Grow UP kids!!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Backward relic of a bygone age"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None at all, really. If you're a consultant you can make a fair whack of money but the stress aint worth it.

    Cons

    You're expected to work 12 hour days. Very target driven company, you're encouraged not to care about the jobseekers coming through the door. Some members of management can be rude and bolshy and don't won't speak to people who they see as 'inferior' ie receptionists and admin staff. Very b*tchy place, everyone seems to have 2 faces.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you stand on on the way up because they might be waiting for you on the way back down.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Management and a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some great people when I first joined who realized things were going downhill and left.

    Cons

    Currently managed by some monkeys who dont have a clue on what theyr doing. Dumping all the costs into CAPEX from OPEX is not reducing the overheads. A bunch of con artists currently running the company into the ground and milking it for everything its worth.

    Advice to Management

    Get somebody to manage IT who actually have some technical knowledge.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "It was not the worst one"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They are famous in recruiting industry

    Cons

    People are not friendly, management style is bad. Too much office politics

    Advice to Management

    None


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