Hays plc

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Hays plc Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
196 Reviews
3.7
196 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The weeks are long as we work 8:30-6, however the recruitment industry has the reputation work hard play hard so the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • Reasonable salary & good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer (in 26 reviews)

  • Work-life balance balance can be difficult to adjust to if your not used to office life (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to develop your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Dynamic environment a meritocracy. Expect to be challenged, high expectation and reward for high results and hard work, you have to be committed.

    Cons

    Promotion criteria built around results, not much lateral thinking. Can feel like you are being managed by numbers but everyone has to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff managers need more time to manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good business, but is struggling to adapt to the modern world of recruiting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good training (for the sector, could be better).
    Good benefits
    Regional coverage
    International opportunities
    Some innovative products such as the digital section.

    Cons

    Suffers from the same issues as most recruitment companies: can be extremely KPI-focused and short-termist at times.
    Work-life balance poor (par for the sector however).
    High turnover, skill-base / commitment to most markets relatively low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting good consultants into management posts just because of high billings / long service: the attributes needed for a good leader / manager and a good consultant are frankly not the same, and in many cases opposed. Move the focus of your business further towards niche sectors and away from 'high street'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work life, culture, & Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay was good.

    Cons

    If you work smart like me then you can achieve what you need to for your role and more within a working day. It was frowned upon to leave on-time? Awkward to ask for flexibility.

    There was also an acceptance for certain manager to be rude. Just because they seem to be doing a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that you get more from empowering your workforce not suppressing them, with the fallacy that working late means you are working better and harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester City Centre, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester City Centre, England

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

    Pros

    The company is a meritocracy

    Cons

    You can work long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent company with endless opportunities!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Hays plc as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have had the opportunity to gain alot of exposure to various facets of the business. Managment and my team are extremley supportive and involve me in various projects. Fantastic culture promoting best practice.

    Cons

    Is a demanding and challenging job which requires long hours at times, however the rewards that follow and knowledge gained makes it worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Recruitment Consultant at Hays

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training, decent pay. Fantastic social culture!! I had lots of good times at Hays...Used inter-brand to globally re-brand which really freshened up their employer brand and corporate image.

    Cons

    Can micro-manage and take a one size fits all approach to business development/ KPI's. Long working hours and never managed to offer work-life balance like some other recruitment firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tailor business development and KPI's specific to divisions. Working smarter is often more effective than working harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Good career progression if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Long hours, not very good work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training, terrible rewards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    The company provides great training and there is a chance to progress quickly and be rewarded for your performance.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very dog-eat-dog, and the pay is below industry standards, alongside very long working hours. A lot of your success is dependent on the desk you are put on, other than your own personal talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees more! Don't hire good consultants to management positions. A good recruiter does not make a good manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely Ridiculous Employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    - training programme is outstanding. (albeit often delivered by extremely underqualified 'managers'.

    Cons

    -Long work hours - the expectation you will work through your lunch doesn't even allow you to finish early if needed for any kind of appointment. (bank, medical, estate agents etc) ... and when you work 8:30-6 everyday - this doesn't leave much room for organising your life.
    - Meritocracy allows for people who have NO people skills to become 'people managers' - resulting in poorly managed teams and awful moral in said teams.
    - They could not care about you as a person. Just whether they can mould you into some Hays clone. Despite the fact the interview process is rigorous and they meet you on numerous accasions - they still attempt to turn you into an exact replica of their other consultants; no personality, no real relationships with candidates OR clients, and no real personalities in the office.
    - The worst though, is despite all of this treatment, they expect you to kiss their feet and be extremely grateful that you work for 'HAYS'.... yeah right!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Training, Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England

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

    Pros

    The training structure is amazing and supportive. The training staff are really engaging and the stay in London is all covered by the company. Commission is good ONCE you have billed the minimum amount required to qualify.....which was £5k per month when I was there

    Cons

    Management. All about being on the phone making sales. Not enough emphasis on relationship building. No incentive to pass leads between teams to build stronger business with organisations.
    Hours were far too long and inflexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce hours required. Allow for more flexible working. Encourage teams to work together more to build a better long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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