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Hays plc Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Work hard play hard-with plenty of opportuites for socialising (in 108 reviews)

  • Great opportunities for career progression (in 103 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours can be a struggle but the rewards are great (in 309 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in Pearland, TX

    I worked at Hays plc (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, competitive pay, quality managers and recruiters

    Cons

    No known cons as of this writing


  2. "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 plc 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. "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 plc (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, fun places to work!

    Cons

    Open Offices setting, Merging with other Company


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  5. 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 plc (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.


  6. "Wonderful place to work where the sky is the limit"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    No ceiling on earnings, supportive upper management that want their employees to excel and succeed.

    Cons

    At this point, I don't have any cons

    Advice to Management

    The management team is strong here.

    Hays plc Response

    Nov 12, 2015 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your review from Dallas! It's great to hear you're enjoying your career at Hays and experiencing all the benefits that support Hays being the employer of choice in the recruitment ... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "An insider's perspective"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The magic of this organisation lies within its people. If you want to be part of something bigger, if you are seeking out a career that allows you to reach your full potential than this is place for you. High energy, focused but fun environment for those that love to make a difference to the people they work with both internally and externally. Loads of training and support, career progression based on merit and performance and the opportunity to transform the success of companies and peoples lives...including your own!

    Cons

    You will encounter many challenges and experience failure on a regular basis. Your ability to learn from the setbacks, overcome adversity and stay the course will deliver rewards that most only dream of. To be successful, you will need to bring all your discipline, resilience, optimism and hard work to the table.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hays is a fantastic place to develop a career path and build up your experience and expertise in recruitment and specific markets that you can take with you anywhere you go. The culture and people and what makes coming to work every day a positive experience. Providing solutions to your clients and getting that candidate their dream job, is the reason after 8 years, I still love my job.

    Cons

    There are long hours associated with recruitment, but you get the rewards and the payoff makes up for it.

    Hays plc Response

    Aug 17, 2015 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your honest and accurate review from Orlando. We're very glad to hear you're enjoying your job after 8 years in the business. Here's to another 8.


  9. 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 plc 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!


  10. "Trades assistant / Labour"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays plc part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, plenty of overtime

    Cons

    not steady, work in poor conditions at times

    Hays plc Response

    Mar 6, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Hi, please can you give me a call as I do not believe we hire trade assistants / labourers into our business so need some clarification as to if you're a temp on site with our clients / your employer ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Caring recruiters and good support from the management"

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

    I have been working at Hays plc (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am proud to work for a company which has such a great work ethic and really care about their clients and candidates. I think it's one of the best place to work for as a recruitment consultant.

    Cons

    Hays offers a very corporate work environment and sometimes you wish you could have a little bit more flexibility on the way you work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging your best talent and let's them express their creativity as much as they can!

    Hays plc Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you very much for taking the time to share your Hays story with us. I am delighted to hear what you have to say and yes, I agree, we are a very corporate working environment but do encourage ... More



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