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Hays Reviews

Updated 19 September 2018
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  • "A career in recruitment can be demanding and require long hours" (in 369 reviews)

  • "Trying to find the right work life balance" (in 108 reviews)

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  1. "You are in charge of your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My role being a regional one I see quite a few of our offices around the West and Wales and I can say we work with great people. The environment is competitive but also very supportive and here is always someone to turn to if you need advice or just a bit of a laugh. Training is the best you can get in the industry and the opportunities are there for you if you want to make a difference and build a career.

    Cons

    The hours are longer than a 9-5 and the job itself is harder than it first might seem. It is not for everyone but if you want recruitment Hays is a great place to work!


  2. "Work hard play hard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of incentives, good culture and people.
    Rewarded for your work
    Clear progression

    Cons

    Low basic pay and not the best commission
    Long hours, even for recruitment

  3. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    The people really make the place what it is, if you’ve a high enthusiasm it will be matched and I was lucky enough that the team beat our previous bests twice and were rewarded with nights out on the house.

    Cons

    Cold calling of candidates and clients, very little warm sales calls. In some areas very tough KPIs and the need to hit so many minutes call time. In other areas candidates are shared and so micromanaging your own candidates becomes a needless factor.

    Advice to Management

    As per the people I reported too they were very pleasant and enjoyable to work for. Keep up with the enthusiasm


  4. "Brilliant training"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wanting to straight work straight after graduating, training was vital for me. The training Hays offers is absolute brilliant. The mixture of on the job training, training sessions with different managers across the business and classroom based learning has been amazing so far. Hayley Southward is an absolute credit to the team and her thorough approach on my first week long training solidified my knowledge and has made me even more motivated to succeed. If you want a job where you are rewarded for the effort you put in, Hays is a company to work for. I never wanted to work for a big corporation but I absolutely love it and quickly realised how supportive Hays are, and my desk have been amazing at helping me succeed. I still have a long way to go and so much to learn, but I am confident, that if I continue to put the effort in, the rewards will come.

    Cons

    Coming straight out of university, the hours were long to begin with but I've now realised there's not enough hours in the day to get everything done!


  5. "A good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Sourcing Partner in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of rewards for hard work

    Cons

    The pay wasn't the best whilst I was there.


  6. "Great Training and opportunities to make money."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training and access to Sr management. Rewards and incentives.

    Cons

    Offices are a little dated


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Peterborough, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Peterborough, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training
    Support
    Progression
    Good Benefits
    Good commission structure
    Great People

    Cons

    Long working hours depending on your specialism

  8. "Great career progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career progression is based on your performance and not on the length of service!! you earn what you put in. Work hard play hard!

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure on KPI's but you don't become a ftse 250 by having no KPI's

    Hays Response

    6 Sep 2018 – National Internal Recruitment Coordinator

    Thank you for your 5 star review!


  9. "Consultant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full Autonomy of Job and Work

    Cons

    Low commission structure compared to other


  10. "2 different offices, 2 different experiences"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hays part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hays London, fantastic competent consultants, They have their fingers in a lot of pies around in and around London - mostly good schools.

    Cons

    Hays Wolverhampton - polar opposite in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    who's watching the watchmen in your offices?


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