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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. Helpful (1)

    "career consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    competitive, merit based. work hard earn more.

    Cons

    toooooo competitive. managers are on your neck despite our anything

    Hays Response

    20 Nov, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  2. "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Great training offered to give you all the tools.
    Very knowledgeable on the industries they work in.
    Big recruitment brand.
    Large database of candidates.
    Great place to go as a new graduate with limited sales experience because they will train you well.
    Get to have beer at the end of each month during monthly debrief presentations and get praise (if you've performed and hit your numbers).

    Cons

    The downfall with Hays is that management will create specialisms within specialisms, limiting recruiters to only focus on a small niche of one market. I understand the benefits of having such specific focus such as mastering the industry, knowing the roles inside/out and being the "go to" in that space but this is a long term game. If you're expecting new employees to produce fees with these limitations, then the chance of success is low. This is one of the reasons why the turnover is so high. Extremely low base salary with an okay commission structure. Not everyone gets LinkedIn recruiter which is limiting and gives an advantage to those with the account.

  3. "Feedback"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Experience
    Sales Driven
    Work Life Balance
    Great Team
    Lots of diversity
    No Micromanagement

    Cons

    None at the moment still new

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Hays Calgary - Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once upon a time hays had a very good commission scheme, (terrible base but decent commission for the senior people)
    They do have a good training program for junior recruiters getting in to the market.
    Good club trips for those of us who bill well.
    Good CRM, and good company intranet.

    Cons

    Aggressive and condescending Vice President and Senior Management
    Long hours - feeling scared to be the first out the door - inflexible hours unlike the majority of the rest of Calgary
    Old School KPI's
    Cult like mentality with in the office and feeling pressure to fall in line with that lifestyle
    Crazy amounts of back stabbing
    Very little support from management with the exception of micro management
    Hays Calgary will make you question your self worth and really grind you down, having spent a longtime in recruitment you can understand it is a numbers game but the VP from the Calgary office makes you feel like no matter how well you do or try nothing is good enough for them.
    Hays Calgary has a blame culture not a fix it lets work together culture.

    Advice to Management

    Freshen up Senior Level Management and bring the office back to being grounded, make it a more open environment rather than one of fear. Take a look at what other successful recruitment agencies are doing and stop the clock watching, you can be just as successful (if not much more) working flexible hours in recruitment and the odd day from home at any level of seniority as you can from being stuck in an office having every breath monitored.

    Hays Response

    22 Mar, 2018 – HR Generalist

    Hi. Thank you for your review. I am sorry for the experience you had, as this is typically not the type of feedback we receive from our consultants. We pride ourselves on providing support and world... More


  5. "Great company culture for Sales professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    If you like sales and want to excel your career, you have the potential to do incredibly well at Hays.

    Cons

    Work life balance and sales focused.


  6. "Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros of this company are without a doubt the positive corporate culture, unlimited earning potential and career progression. There is a wealth of recruitment expertise and management/colleague support in this organization, from the President and VP to Business and People Managers. It isn’t common to have such seasoned experts who day in and out are there to support your continued success and growth. This is a large contributor to the success of the consultants and the business as a whole.

    Cons

    The recruitment industry in general is not for everyone. All the tools, training, and support are provided at Hays for you. The rest is up to your own positivity, commitment and work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    Hays Response

    5 Feb, 2018

    Thank you for your 5 star review


  7. "Great company to be part of"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a company to invest in you and get you to the next level. That is it. There are bad people everywhere. Yes some people are rewarded and don’t deserve it but so is life. If you work hard and know how to maneuver the hierarchy - you’ll win.

    Cons

    People who get rewarded and are actually a waste of life.

    Advice to Management

    Support your team. Support your people. And have an open door policy if you actually believe in it. Or don’t promote it and get people in trouble for using it.

    Hays Response

    5 Feb, 2018

    Thank you for your review

  8. "Income and career have no ceiling at Hays. Work hard and you'll want for nothing"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started working here about 5 years ago and have been promoted 5 times. If you work hard, you get rewarded - simple as that. The earning potential is limitless and the opportunities for career advancement are endless. I've never seen someone who put the work in, and didn't enjoy it. Fact is that if you work hard, you'll make 6 figures in your second year. There aren't many companies who can offer you that in your second year out of college.

    Cons

    It's a tough job. Not because it is is Hays specifically, but the industry itself is incredibly competitive. Hays has cracked the code to success and its very much a case of 'follow our lead to succeed'. I've seen loads of people over the years think their way is better and inevitably they miss their targets and end up on glassdoor talking about what a bad place to work it was!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. The negative feedback on here is certainly from consultants who just couldnt cut it......and how dare you suggest it was their fault!!! ;)

    Hays Response

    29 Dec, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  9. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good training, can be financially rewarding.

    Cons

    Large corporate, decisions made at a PSL level have a knock on effect on staff/morale.

    Hays Response

    29 Dec, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  10. "Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Toronto, ON
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They promote everyone, it's based on targets achieved. Club trips twice a year for top performers. Leave early Fridays if you meet the billing requirements. Very laid back, everyone swears which is not really a pro but that's how it is. Salary is a joke as is the commission.

    Cons

    Very senior management including president Vice President and President are obviously of basic education which means they hire people with little to no experience. No one is this company has any business degree or background which shows in behaviour and lack of professionalism. They put people in PIPS and leave them to fail.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional, it's obvious that you lack basic business principles. The top people shouldn't swear nor should they gossip. You will not get professional employees because you are not professional and an English accent doesn't mean that you are.

    Hays Response

    29 Dec, 2017

    Thanks for your review


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