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Updated May 25, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "A Long Term Career"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for a great company like Hays gives you unlimited career development, learning opportunities and earning potential. You'll get world glass training from your first day and throughout your long term career, which can provide you with the opportunity to work anywhere in the world!

    Cons

    You're responsible for how successful you are and you've got to be committed, hard working and more importantly consistent with the effort you put in. Recruitment has a reputation for long hours and hard work, which can be true but if you listen, learn from the experience around you and work smart you can be very successful personally and financially.

    Advice to Management

    System issues locally can be a real problem over the last 12 months we've had numerous problems with slowness, network/ server issues which can take a lot of time out of the working day - especially when you have deadlines for tenders, CVs submissions, Interviews etc.


  2. "Hays is a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development, fun working atmosphere, recognition

    Cons

    life work balance can be challenging


  3. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best sales/work environment, with the best training provided in the whole recruitment industry. Your salary is related to your results, and career development is based on transparent meritocracy.

    Cons

    Sometimes you need to manage the pressure, like in every sales environment.


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  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're rewarded for the work you put in, the training is fantastic, the management are really supportive and you are in control of your own career progression

    Cons

    There aren't any cons to describe

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding great performances and encouraging our new starters to reach their full potential


  6. "12 Weeks In and Loving It"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work as a part of a great team who provide me with support and encouragement. The office is very lively and driven and I enjoy this type of working environment. Since coming away from self-employment, regular money has been great and the commission has been better!

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any. I would like to have more people in the office to grow the buzz.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be supportive and encouraging. Discuss 5 year goals regarding Hays career with people or business management goals.

    Hays plc Response

    May 22, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    What a great read on a Monday morning! Thank you for sharing your Hays strong on glassdoor and even more so for the 5 stars you have it. All the best moving forward.


  7. "Recruitment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Bath, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding career, recognition when doing well, very good communication from all departments, very friendly and get to visit clients outside of the office which I really love doing!

    Cons

    Have not come to any yet.

    Advice to Management

    Really Good at what they do and this puts more faith in me to achieve more.

    Hays plc Response

    May 22, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your 5 star review from Bath - great to hear!


  8. "Offering new challenges"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the great things about working with Hays is that they will open the door for future opportunities for staff, who want to stay within the business whether this be moving to a different specialism within the same office, different office or perhaps abroad. The business will support your growth and progression and plans and ultimately leave it in your hands as to how successful you are.

    Cons

    At times, the business can be quite focused on activity numbers as opposed to the relationships that are being built as a result which eventually convert to revenue.

    Hays plc Response

    May 22, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    You're right when you say we look at activity because we're a performance based business after all. I do think however that we manage our relationships with clients and candidates well too because ... More


  9. "Great team, hard work, fantastic career development"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Cardiff team are fantastic and have the perfect balance between wanting to individually be the best but recognise the importance of working as a team to get there. You are in control of your destiny. Career path and promotions are clearly defined as well as the opportunity to increase earnings quickly. Superb training from team supported by strong regional and national training and development focus. Oh and the team like to go out and celebrate success in style!

    Cons

    It is hard work, there are ups and downs and the reality it's not for everyone. You have to commit to it 100% particularly in your first year. Everyone started as an associate and we all remember going home exhausted in the first few weeks particularly ... but if you get it, commit to it,the pros outweighs the cons!

    Advice to Management

    The structure is solid and the opportunities are there for those who want it but always but keep investing in ongoing people development.

    Hays plc Response

    May 22, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you from the Director level team in Cardiff - I appreciate it takes time out of your busy day to write a review on Hays and it's greatly appreciated. All the best.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, offers lots of opportunity to progress, great culture.

    Cons

    Long hours, no office in my home town.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the opportunity to progress.

    Hays plc Response

    May 8, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your 5 star review from Reading!


  11. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent progression, training, culture and people! The commission structure is good and uncapped so you really get back what you put in.

    Cons

    Working hours are longer than other industries and sometimes with a long commute can be tiring.

    Hays plc Response

    May 10, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Thank you for your comments. If your commute is long, is it worth considering taking advantage of relocating to offices closer to you? We do have many offices in/around Leeds and the North East so ... More


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