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Hays Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2019

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Hays CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
1180 Ratings
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  • "Long hours and hard work but it's all worth it(in 405 reviews)

  • "Working hours are industry standard, but that does not mean industry standard is the right way to go(in 121 reviews)

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  1. "Best recruitment firm"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great career growth opportunities Global mobility High earning potential

    Cons

    The job can be very monotonous at times

    Hays2019-04-01
  2. "not again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    they tried to be always nice and helpful

    Cons

    the company is very unorganized

    Hays2019-05-12
  3. "The Wolf of Wallstreet, PG-13"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Training program In-house tools 4 weeks' vacation

    Cons

    Management KPI vs result-driven business Benefits package is mediocre Company culture

    Advice to Management

    Not just anyone can be a manager.

    Hays2019-03-21
  4. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Hours can be flexible. Lots of vacation time and can be very rewarding if you work hard. Large company but feels like a family owned business. Your concerns and thoughts are always listened to!

    Cons

    Low base salaries as well as some city markets can be tough and can relate back to your success depending on what city you are in

    Hays2019-02-23
  5. "Only if you are a go getter .. solid CEO in Canada"

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    Former Employee - Experienced Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Exposure to a global management team, which is fairly involved and approachable - Global mobility opportunities - Broad client base in Canada and global leverage off global connections - Successful business in Canada, enjoys an overall good reputation amongst clients. - Meritocratic environment, lots of rewards and incentive - Earning potential is high - Investment in technology and digital marketing

    Cons

    - Training and development scope is lesser for more experience consultants. Has to be a better way to continue enrich them - Target driven environment, its not for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Personally have high regards for the present CEO as well as regional leaders. As one of the leading global firms the management should actively promote recruitment as a long term career choice and make efforts to promote the overall recruitment industry in the Canada.

    Hays2019-02-19
  6. "Great job global company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Global relocation for employees over 2 years

    Cons

    Office is a bit old

    Advice to Management

    Promote information transparency and encourage more rather than saying no to many things

    Hays2019-02-09

    Hays Response

    February 11, 2019National Internal Recruitment Coordinator

    Thank you for your 5 star review!

  7. "Sales recruiter"

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

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Fun and everyday is different

    Cons

    Interview process is too much for entry level

    Hays2019-01-31
  8. Helpful (4)

    "A revolving door"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are young and green this will be a fun place for the first few months until you realize that it is back breaking work for very little compensation.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, little or no confidentiality regarding HR conversations. When you leave you are essentially bad mouthed and forgotten. Management will not pay out owed salary/ commission due to arbitrary reasons. Making minimum wage for the first year and propping up senior consultants. Party culture that can be very alienating for people. Not somewhere that you can grow your career unless you drink the kool-aid.

    Hays2019-01-21
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poor culture and work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    The company seemingly has good potential for career development, but it depends heavily on how the business is doing as a whole. They will hire individuals with little to no experience or credentials.

    Cons

    Poor office culture and and work environment. Many of the employees who are non-management are constantly worried about being let go, as there is a culture of fear and reprimand. You cannot feel safe in your position as you are an expendable piece that can be let go for little to no reason at any time. The Vice President is an aggressive individual who is large in part responsible for creating the culture of fear....

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    Advice to Management

    Shake-up senior management and bring new individuals into management positions, as many of the current managers have been working with Hays for years, and are used to and accepting of the current culture. They are unaware of how negatively their employees feel about the organization and its culture. They do not realize that employees are afraid to speak out about issues of concern, for fear of being let go. New management...

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    Hays2018-12-19
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Do NOT apply for a job here!"

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

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

    Pros

    None, I feel really sorry for the current employees.

    Cons

    Everything! Management are not approachable in any way, you're walking on eggshells to ensure you don't get fired for no apparent reason. They don't need to give a reason for the loss of job, they like to employ on contract so they can get rid of you before you decide to leave on your own accord. Whilst I was there the turnover of staff was extortionate. Not enough encouragement, all about doing better than your best....

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    Advice to Management

    Do a course on people and management skills! Whilst I was there the managers running Calgary were some of the most arrogant, cold people I have ever encountered in a working environment. They think you owe them everything because they've employed you. As long as they are getting the commission in the door, that's all that matters. Shame on the President ignoring some serious issues.

    Hays2019-01-07
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