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Hays Reviews

Updated 18 April 2018
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  • The only bad thing here is *long hours*, but I don't feel like it's that bad (in 353 reviews)

  • work life balance if you work here (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Training"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic and first class training

    Cons

    No cons at all so far

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    Hays Response

    5 Feb 2018

    Thank you for your review


  2. "Inspiring company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Brighton, England
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training you receive upon joining Hays is second to none. You have two fantastic weeks of training in London and exceptional mentoring from managers and directors who have been in the business a long time. The team I have joined is really friendly and make each day very enjoyable. Each day I get to meet more people and learn from experts in my industry. The opportunity for career development and progression is fantastic and means that your career is in your own hands and up to you to push and develop.

    Cons

    There are few cons but the hours are longer than other professions. There is a lot to learn at first so you need to be resilient but if you are willing to learn this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!!

  3. "A very supportive company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Southampton, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been with Hays for 8 years now and I can honestly say that this is by far the best company that I have worked for. It's an excellent working environment with a good mixture of people who are fun and equally motivating you to do the best you can. I've been given the opportunity to work in different markets and experience the variety of clients and candidates. Hays offers great career progression with the ability to relocate to other countries in the world and that's definitely something I might consider in the future.

    Cons

    The hours are long so it's hard to maintain a healthy work life balance, especially if you have children but other than that I can't fault Hays in any wa.


  4. "Awesome training!"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Cardiff, Wales
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Cardiff, Wales
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Training was great to kick start your career in recruitment
    Opportunities to progress
    Opportunities to earn a lot of money

    Cons

    High pressure, KPI driven rather than revenue driven


  5. "Associate Recruitment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Kingston, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Kingston, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training and Support, emphasis on promoting internally and working towards employee progression

    Cons

    Micro-management, pressure to hit targets -

    Advice to Management

    Give junior members of the team the opportunity to structure their own days as per their knowledge of desk - every desk is different.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Clear duties of responsibility for each campaign

    Cons

    Occasional lack of funding for new staff


  7. "It's an OK company to work for. Would be a good company to start your career off on."

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Southampton, England
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Lack in communication and too much work load

  8. "Expect alot very quickly!"

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    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved my job so much and the specialism i was working in, overall the team and office was full of great people

    Cons

    - Low starting salary - they need to keep up with the market and minimum wage!
    - Really Long Hours, I did 8.15 til 6.30ish most nights..
    - Working here made my anxiety/depression 10x worse than it has ever been, constantly stressed and paranoid and had to go back on medication.
    - Very Corporate - I have worked in corporate environments but Hays is very very corporate, liked a friends post on linkedin (works at a competitor agency in a different sector) and was basically told to remove my like as i was making myself look bad....
    - Probation was ended early despite making 300% effort. I went into this role fresh from uni with not alot of sales exp, plus was brought in to help expand into a new area so was really thrown in at the deep end. Was told after 4 months of working super hard (considering having no previous sales experience), bringing on 5/6 new clients and a large number of candidates.. that it wasn't working out and they were letting me go. Completely ruined my self-confidence and nearly quit recruitment entirely. But now im in a new recruitment role which has restored my faith in recruitment and massively boosted my confidence. Definitely a blessing in disguise!

    Advice to Management

    Be more reasonable and flexible


  9. "Associate Recruitment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    The training and support given to you is fantastic.

    Cons

    The hours can sometimes feel a bit long but normally you are so busy that the day goes very fast.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Life @ Hays"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community culture, tight knit teams, very positive mental attitudes, great work ethic

    Cons

    None so far I'm afraid!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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