Hays plc Reviews

Updated 13 April, 2015
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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. Helpful (2)

    Work hard and you'll be well rewarded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Not impressed with the company at all.

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Credit Director in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Be open, be honest, have integrity.

  3. Profit Obsessed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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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 (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Do Not Work Here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (More than a year)

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

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant In Training
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant In Training

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.

  9. Pyramid Scheme Hidden in Fake non-monetary rewards..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Great place for an intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Hays plc as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how to be a recruiter. My supervisor was very helpful. As an intern, you have lots of opportunities to talk with senior candidates and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    The salary for intern was quite low.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Supportive culture - if you work hard, you will be rewarded.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top training and good management that is invested in you

    Cons

    Stressful at times but that's the nature of recruitment -I wouldn't want to be a recruiter for anyone else

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