Hays plc
3.0 of 5 61 reviews
www.haysplc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Hays plc Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014

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58% Approve of the CEO

Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox

Alistair R. Cox

(31 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible approach to work life balance"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Great training and a fantastic opportunity for those straight out of University to develop their knowledge of the Recruitment industry"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Deceitful/underhanded mid and senior management"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Long hours, presenteeism culture , can be a "face fits" atmosphere"
    in 5 reviews
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Poor

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Hays plc

ProsMeritocracy
Fun
International Opportunities
Comission
Recognition for success
There's not many more pro's, was quite a difficult place to work especially with the high staff attrition.

ConsBeurocratic
Lack of Respect
Graduate business model

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect staff more

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No longer a market leader

Business Manager (Former Employee)
Peterborough, England

I worked at Hays plc

ProsEveryone knows Hays and they are an established player in recruitment

ConsHays is stuck in the past with its pricing and customer and candidate development

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management don't know how to do the job and are changing and moving the goalposts all the time, hence high staff turnover

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Employee managment, not great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Hays plc

ProsFew exceptional people work there

ConsHayspharma: consultants afraid of competition and hardwork.
Manipulation and underhand work prevelant at all levels

Advice to Senior ManagementComment directed to Hayspharma, Meritrocracy needed.
Need to make a huge efforts in promoting professional behavious toward colleagues and candidates

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Battery Farm

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Belfast, Northern Ireland

I worked at Hays plc

ProsGood benefits, similarly minded colleagues, database excellent.

ConsPoor Management, unfair promotions, general feeling of depression.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open minded, ensure that skill is identified and used appropriately - less micro management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nice to start, not to stay

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Birmingham, England

I worked at Hays plc

ProsBig brand
Good way to start a career

ConsPoor careers reviews
Not great benefits

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Good Training, for a career head elsewhere

Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Hays plc

ProsGood spirit and morale betweeen colleagues. Good people work there and I have made some great, life-long friends.

ConsFavouritist towards certain members of staff, rewards based on length of service, not skill. Bad management style and strongly in denial towards the staff about any threat of credit crunch/recession. Very long hours and often it seems that if you don't stay late most nights you are scowled at and it is noticed.

Also as the workforce is quite young there is a lot of immaturity and inappropriate behaviour in what is meant to be a professional environment. Very poor comission structure in relation to others in the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo listen more to your staff, congratulate us when we do well and stop removing incentives

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hays is a dynamic company with a huge success story and continuous growth and development.

Regional Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Hays plc

ProsHays is a very focused company where personal growth as well as successes are rewarded.

ConsThere aren't any really Hays is a good company to work for.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt was good to hear from the new CEO at a recent meeting of all the changes that are taking place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

ProsThere is an entrepreneurial culture, if you want to try something you are encourage (just make sure you are right). Fun, young work environment and social activities are encouraged.

ConsHave to work really long hours, and leaving at 5 is almost unacceptable. Micromanagement for the smallest tasks, although that changes heavily based on manager. High turnover, but that can be accredited to the entire recruitment industry. Lots of office gossip.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many managers. Stop bringing people in from the UK in manager positions when you can promote from within or hire locally. Hiring strategy seems to be inconsistent as there is a lot of turnover which leads to low employee morale. Due to micromanagement almost every team is different.

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Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Tokyo (Japan)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for less than a year

ProsHays is one of leargest recruitment company in the world. They are strong for mid to senior positions. Consultants are usually professional.

Consas it is learge organization, they can not make decition quickly. or jsut top down management style. People sometime gets lot of stress.

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bad culture but good training for consultants

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at Hays plc full-time for more than a year

Prosgood training for new consultants, fast paced.

Conssleazy working culture across the globe especially in Singapore office and unprofessional working environment. cold and arrogant colleagues.

Advice to Senior Managementlearn to empower your employees, they are the heart of your business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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