Hays Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2020

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3.8
76%
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91%
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Hays CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
1,357 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are lots of incentives to work towards eg race days or office parties, very sociable and young working environment 'work hard play hard'(in 148 reviews)

  • "Brilliant opportunities for career progression(in 143 reviews)

Cons
  • "Developing a successful career as an agency Recruiter does require long hours at times(in 462 reviews)

  • "long working hours, set targets(in 130 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    fast growing company amazing benefits great team culture clear path to success and rewards, big on promoting from within. longterm career plan

    Cons

    long hours but only if you want. if you want to outperform everyone else.

    Hays2020-04-16
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to get some experience, not the best for a long term career."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hays

    Pros

    Decent company culture, good location, good amount of vacation days.

    Cons

    Management at all levels is terrible. The company promotes unqualified people into management level roles when they are not cut out to be managers. Way too much micro-managing, no flexibility, feels like managers are constantly breathing down your neck. Salaries that they pay do not match the salaries that are reflected in the salary guide that they give to their clients. Most consultants and other staff are highly underpaid. A pretty unprofessional environment to say the least. It’s quite a cliquey environment as well, kind of feels like a high school at times.

    Hays2020-03-06
  3. "Accounts Payable administrator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Associate in Etobicoke, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, close to home

    Cons

    This was a contract position

    Hays2020-02-17
  4. "Nauseatingly Bad"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The air you breath in the office is free

    Cons

    Hay's offices's are set up like a call center. Row's of desks with computers where you slave away under the watchful and judgmental eye of management. They encourage you to "'make mistakes while you're learning" but then criticize and critique you for doing so. One of the main problems is that management genuinely believes they are beyond reproach and have a mentality of working against you, rather than with you. Worker's are often critiqued and belittled which only helps to zap any motivation there might be. Monthly meeting's are held to try and rally the troops by awarding dollar store trophies to top performers while reminding everyone that "we can and should all do better." There are very few redeeming qualities that are accompanied with working at Hays. Brutal pay that's barely survivable. Complex commission structure that is created to squeeze every last dollar out of its workers while making the false promise of "one day you will move up." Realistically only a handful ever do. Hay's has a lot of potential, however, managements stubborn unwillingness to realize their own shortcomings are the problem with a lot of the issues will eventually lead to their demise.

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    Hays2020-02-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Salary Details"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and good team leads.

    Cons

    Senior management has weak business skills. Lack long term vision which is sacrificed for short term gains.

    Hays2020-02-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor direction from executive leadership"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent database management system Great marketing team and resources Great international work program Good commission plan Decent benefits, 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Huge staff turnover & low staff morale Poor executive leadership Toxic, fear based culture Below market base salaries

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    Hays2020-02-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "The most honest review you will ever read"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hays full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working at Hays, specifically the Calgary office can be a roller coaster. They hire people who do not have recruitment experience and give them a chance to really develop a career. The first few months are really tough. You will be thrown into uncomfortable situations and be forced to find your way out. You will probably cry, get angry and frustrated, even have to leave to blow off some steam sometimes. However after you get past that initial few months, you will start to have some wins. Your wins will be celebrated and acknowledged - they have monthly presentations that shout out all the wins of the people working there and recently made some changes so the wins dont have to be focused solely on profit. You will most likely make some really good friends while working there. There is this sense of "we are all in this together" and you can take comfort in knowing that everyone around you knows what it is like to have a bad day, or be disappointed by a manager, or be put in impossible situations. You will also have people around you who know how special even the small wins are so they will celebrate those with you as well. Everyone is pretty young and almost everyone is really helpful/ open to teaching new people. It is a great place to start a career and you will learn so many lessons working there, both professionally and personally. If you show interest in them, they will show interest in you.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job just sucks, but that is recruitment in general. You have to be able to handle the highs and lows of the job without breaking to the pressure. There is no real flex times or days and that is not going to change. They are an old school business who sees the benefit of your typical 8-5 job. There will also be lots of hours outside of work that you will need to be working. If you are looking for something that is 9-5, with an hour lunch, do not work in agency recruitment! You have to make your own success. There will be times where things are unfair. There are some people in the management team who are not the best leaders, they can be unfair and biased and all of those things that you are not supposed to be as a leader. But, there are also great leaders there who will help you to succeed and give you the advice and support you need - as long as you ask for it. Things will be unfair at times and you just have to be able to role with the punches. If you are looking for a trendy company that is all about that work/life balance, this is not the place for you. They have a strict dress code, no remote working, and are KPI based. Imagine what a job looked like 20 years ago and that is what you should expect. This isn't really a "con", it is just the way they work and if you go into the role with other expectations you will be disappointed.

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    Hays2020-02-06
  8. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Since joining I have felt supported and driven to get to my next promotion. Overall a good work environment and glad I came to work here.

    Cons

    In recruitment the work never stops, always something to do but that’s what makes it rewarding.

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    Hays2020-02-05
  9. "Great company and great culture"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Marketing 

    I have been working at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people and culture. Love working here!

    Cons

    No cons to comment right now

    Hays2020-01-31
  10. "Sourcing for top talent through various resources for our dedicated accounts."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Sourcing Partner 

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to advance and grow in career

    Cons

    Expectations are high but they are reasonable compared to the industry

    Hays2020-01-31
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