Hays Reviews

Updated Feb 28, 2021

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3.8
73%
Recommend to a Friend
88%
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Hays CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
1,592 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast career progression, rewarding position, great people(in 161 reviews)

  • "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 157 reviews)

Cons
  • "Certain times of year bring long hours(in 495 reviews)

  • "Not much flexibility around working hours(in 141 reviews)

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  1. "It's great - but not for everyone"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -3 month training - Long-term career path - Interesting commission structure (eventually) - Great benefit package - Team spirit (if you fit in) - Good place to acquire experience for sales, recruitment, business development - Work from home

    Cons

    Low base salary - however that can be fixed You are expected to be very autonomous (not for juniors) Getting your promotions can be daunting but it's doable

  2. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great training - Support from management - Give you the tools to succeed

    Cons

    Like any sales jobs, there are highs and lows


  3. "Sort of okay"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    Flexible pay periods, and placement was ok

    Cons

    It was temp, not enough pay

  4. "Good to start but not for long-term"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Recruiter in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, energetic culture, good for beginners to get in the recruitment field

    Cons

    Pay is low, favoritism, no structure

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  5. "Ok to start"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    good friends and nice location

    Cons

    the management and the culture

  6. "Good for the best of the best"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    commission payout on placements right away

    Cons

    aggressive company culture and KPI's

  7. "Positive Atmosphere"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Talent Broker/Recruiter 

    I worked at Hays full-time

    Pros

    high energy, fun and social atmosphere. Made life long friendships but also learnt a lot.

    Cons

    It can be high-stress. If your not tough, you will need to learn to be.

  8. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Make money, fun colleagues and great work environment

    Cons

    Working long hours is expected by management

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving door of employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Good downtown Ottawa location easily accessible.

    Cons

    Favoritism by Regional Manager. If you’re not cosying up to them you won’t last long. Poor team support, they create competition between team members instead of collaboration. Friday night drinks are expected to be part of the crowd. Lots of tension and high turnover of staff.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "It’s a Joke!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None, Zero, Nada, Nothing, N/A

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Worked here for a couple of months and was let go (trust me the happiest day). It is worst company I’ve ever worked for try to stay as far as you can. The name still brings nightmares. From being bullied by the senior account managers to racial discrimination this place has all of it. I’m a person who would work even after hours happily but this place made me hate the job, environment is the worst it can give you mental breakdowns. Managers want us to be a “yes sir” attitude. It has a shameful and disgusting culture that people breathe in you cannot answer back to these account managers “or else”. Please stay away from this place.

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