Hays plc Reviews

Updated 25 August, 2014
Updated 25 August, 2014
163 Reviews

3.8
163 Reviews
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible approach to work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great training, International opportunities, good commission scheme (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Have to work really long hours, and leaving at 5 is almost unacceptable (in 8 reviews)

  • When I left the senior management were not of this ilke and valued stats above all else (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard and you'll be well rewarded

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -great people, very social atmosphere
    -successes are celebrated
    -meritocracy - hit your goals and be rewarded
    -very capable managers who lead my example
    -everyday is different, lots going on
    -clear feedback on your performance
    -great parties - annual sales conference is amazing!

    Cons

    -it is a sales environment. true salespeople do extremely well and make a lot of money, those who aren't may feel stressed by constant targets and KPIs
    -support staff are not fairly recognized or appreciated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not impressed with the company at all.

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    Current Employee - Credit Director  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They answer their phone on a timely basis..

    Cons

    ..but do not give any pertinent info to would-be applicants. For example, when aked what industry sector this role is in, the answer was they are not at liberty to say.
    When asked what is salary range... same answer. Exclusivity? again, same silliness.
    Write-ups are not fully informative, Makes one feel that one is simply populating their databases.
    Not a big fan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, be honest, have integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Profit Obsessed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities. Good name and reputation (often confused with Hay)

    Cons

    Profit and sales are all Hays cares for. Long term stability means nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get another Diane King to run the business or someone who knows the recruitment business and cares for people. Look around and see who are the people who stay longer than a year. They are either ruthless bullies who have no friends or spineless, untalented sticklers who have nowhere to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Recruitment Consultant

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Have 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disorganized and not interested in long-term investment in staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Training provided to new recruiters is very good

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible custom-built recruitment tool, metrics driven results in "garbage-in = garbage-out" in their database, to eager to reorganize and shuffle staff rather than develop their talent in any area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an SaaS recruitment tool rather than wasting more money on the absolutely terrible system that is in place. The puppy-mill approach of getting people in and not carving a career path means high-turnover and high-employee dissatisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Do Not Work Here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Like any other large recruitment firm, it's a structured place to get your recruitment career started

    Cons

    Company culture
    Nobody watching managers
    Deceitful/underhanded mid and senior management
    Very few Canadians make it to management level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good job if you don't mind working 60+ hours a week.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant In Training
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant In Training

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, internationally recognized name. They have a good training program for new recruiters. You can be very successful and make a lot of money.

    Cons

    - Micromanagement to the extreme
    - Prepare yourself for a high stress environment
    - Almost unachievable goals unless you are willing to work a 60+ hour week and only get a nominal salary for 40 hours
    - If you want to be in the top percentage and make a lot of money, give up your personal/family life and devote all your time to your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Pyramid Scheme Hidden in Fake non-monetary rewards..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    - Alot of young people
    - Collaboration (due to the shared misery and lack of money)
    - Training

    Cons

    - Only care about top 5% of the fee earners
    - The rich get richer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and put them in their place of strength not necessarily where the company needs them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best overall job grounding a graduate can receive.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Some of the most fun & skilled people I have ever worked with
    - There are some oustanding mentors in the business. If you can grab one, you will have support for life
    - Great chance to take responsibility early on for your own business
    - Opportunity to become a real specialist in your area of business
    - Diverse portfolio of clients
    - Extensive internal support
    - IT database & systems
    - Extensive UK & global network of offices
    - Brand name
    - Training programme for new starters

    Cons

    - You have to be super resilient, otherwise you will not fall in love with this job
    - Day to day decisions can take too long to be approved by senior management, and job opportunities can often be lost
    - Business strategies can get lost in translation
    - Constant target and KPI pressure is not to everyone's liking
    - True flexible working is not available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, people and rewards - but a challenging and demaning job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent personal development and training opportunities. You are able to set your own goals and manage your own work load. Although targets are high, the rewards are good. Regular incentives are set, as well as having the opportunity to earn uncapped commission. Great people and team atmosphere and a fun environment to work in. Good opportunity to progress with the organisation and after longer term employment, there is an opportunity to relocate worldwide.

    Cons

    Is a demanding and challenging job. Targets are set high and everyone is expected to exceed those targets soon after joining the organisation. Hays focus heavily on KPI's and fee targets - which are reviewed regularly. It is a difficult industry to make a name for yourself, so you need perseverance and consistency to earn the top level of commission and promotion. If you are looking for an easy 9 - 5 job this isn't the right position for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Further support could be given to help new employees develop their skills - more on the job coaching by managers for new team members and regular refreshers courses for experienced hires would be good. Less focus on KPI's for experienced hires and more motivation and encouragement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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