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Updated Nov 29, 2021

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Hi! I am on a delicate situation in my career right know and I would like some advice. I joined my current company 4 years ago as HR Generalist through Hays working part-time while studying my Masters and I was hired full-time in 2020 with a different title as HR support Specialist. 11 months after, my FTE reduced to 70%. My senior colleague by then working part-time requested becoming full-time again and promoted to Director. Would you leave in my situation if I dont have any offer yet?



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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

  • "2. Excellent training provided to both new employees and also 'veterans' of the business who need refreshers etc.(in 478 reviews)
  • "Most of the teams have a great culture and it’s a very success driven company.(in 220 reviews)
  • "I worked with really great people over a number of years with Hays and made some fabulous friends.(in 188 reviews)
  • "I was lucky to be part of a great team who weren’t cut throat and were caring.(in 131 reviews)
  • "Great support and colleagues.(in 96 reviews)
  • "Long hours and often expected to stay behind which can lead to burn out very quickly.(in 290 reviews)
  • "Industry has low salaries for junior staff and Hays is no different(in 219 reviews)
  • "Poor management and system.(in 126 reviews)
  • "KPI's are really high and no work life balance(in 97 reviews)
  • "Some managers do micromanage staff(in 73 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years


    Apr 8, 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England
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    - my immediate team were great


    - low pay and long working hours - commission structure is not competitive with wider market. It is worth me pointing out here that I was successful and well regarded in my role - I made very little on top of my base. - awful management, there are individuals who are good at being recruiters who are put into management roles, when they are awful at managing. My first manager bullied me and nothing was ever done because they were a high earner - lad culture and misogyny are commonplace - Employees are treated like children and there is an extremely rigid working structure, if you were ever not at your desk by the time you were meant to start, logged on with phone in hand - this was an issue - lack of benefits - no private medical etc. You do get a piece of fresh fruit though if you hit target! - there is this mindset that is drummed into you from day 1 that you are SO lucky to work at Hays, and that you should never leave. One of my colleagues had worked there for over 10 years and left for a career break - we were not allowed to even give her a card to say goodbye

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  2. 2.0