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Updated 22 February, 2018
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  • Consultants work long hours but the rewards are worth it (in 353 reviews)

  • Maintaining good work-life balance can be a bit challenging at times (in 102 reviews)

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  1. "Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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


  7. "Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "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


  9. "Fulltime"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment for employees

    Cons

    provides Low Salary and benefits

    Hays Response

    15 Oct, 2017

    Thanks for your review


  10. "Senior Recruitment Consultant"

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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

    Hays supplies many tools to be successful such as great training and a great marketing department. It is one of the most sophisticated recruitment companies in the industry.

    Cons

    The management style in general involves micro-managing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback.

    Hays Response

    20 Aug, 2017

    Thanks for your review

    Management is very hands on - we feel it's important for new people to be supported but as you progress and prove yourself you become more autonomous

    Thanks for your... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Each individual specializes - become expert in your area
    Vibrant culture - young and young at heart
    Approachable senior managers

    Cons

    Too transactional... in a relational business
    Short term thinking leads to candidates feeling abandoned
    Too much reliance on cold calling for business development
    International transfers are given more promotional opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Provide equal opportunity to locally educated employees when it comes to promotions, etc.
    Put more emphasis on marketing to gather leads vs. cold calling.... it is hurting your market image.

    Hays Response

    28 Jun, 2017 – Head of Internal Recruitment

    Appreciate your comments and your review has been sent to the Canada business to respond to. Thank you and good luck in your future career.


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