Hays Reviews

Updated 13 May 2021

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3.7
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Pros
  • "Fast career progression, rewarding position, great people(in 161 reviews)

  • "There are lots of incentives to work towards eg race days or office parties, very sociable and young working environment 'work hard play hard'(in 157 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Certain times of year bring long hours(in 495 reviews)

  • "Not much flexibility around working hours(in 141 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good training

      11 May 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in Exeter, England, England
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      Pros

      good training, good systems, lots of PSL clients

      Cons

      KPI driven, process driven, bureaucracy

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Avoid

      8 Apr 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - my immediate team were great

      Cons

      - 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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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Toxic work environment. No work/life balance at all! Micro management.

      30 Mar 2021 - Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good training, Looks good on cv

      Cons

      Long days, Awful pay, Micro management, Zero job perks!! Your role in the company means nothing as you are easily replaced, they are just looking for robots. I would avoid working for this company for longer than a year. Get your training and experience and get out of there. The Kingston, Richmond, Hammersmith Branches are for sure the worst and there is a reason why so many of their directors have jumped ship and left. They will make you believe that there is lots of room for progression within the company, but the reality is you wont. You will get to senior consultant and thats it and the pay is not much different even with commission, they will also make you believe that you are at best company and make you feel like there is nowhere else to go and work but Hays!

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Hays - great first job

      5 May 2021 - Managing Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Training, management, professional development, minimal entry requirement

      Cons

      Some successes are not as celebrated compared to others and fee’s will always be prioritised

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work!

      9 May 2021 - Vice President in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, good Wright opportunities

      Cons

      Performance based remuneration for nearly all employees

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good working environment

      5 May 2021 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      (Tokyo Office) IT contract team was like a big family, everyone was close and very enjoyable environment.

      Cons

      (Tokyo Office) They changed the compensation scheme and it was announced last minute

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      What it's like to work for Hays

      7 May 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great working environment, it is very inclusive

      Cons

      long hours, very pressured, sometimes stressful

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Poor management and too target driven

      13 May 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good salary, opportunities if in right team

      Cons

      Poor management and too target driven

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great training

      5 May 2021 - Recruitment Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      training is brilliant supportive team

      Cons

      Senior workers in the office can be competitive and lack support of new starters.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fun

      5 May 2021 - Receptionist in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working was great with people

      Cons

      Busy days hard to function

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