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Hays plc Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
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  • Long hours can be a struggle but the rewards are great (in 319 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "Great Training, Outstanding Management, first few weeks"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is outstanding, giving me constant constructive criticism while ensuring that I feel welcome and appreciated. Top notch training process and great benefits

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment

    Hays plc Response

    May 10, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    That is great to hear and I will be sure to pass your comments onto the team. All the best in the future.


  2. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent career pathway and development opportunities locally and globally.
    Great team environment
    Great commission structure.

    Cons

    location of office in Maitland. It should be downtown.

    Hays plc Response

    May 8, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thanks for your comments, I have passed them onto our USA management board.


  3. "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 plc 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 plc Response

    May 23, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

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


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  5. "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.


  6. "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Great company"

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    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


  8. 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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


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