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Hays Reviews

Updated Oct 14, 2019

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Found 2368 reviews

3.8
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79%
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94%
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Hays CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
1,238 Ratings
Pros
  • "Career progression are very transparent(in 139 reviews)

  • "It is definitely a work hard play hard type of company and colleagues quickly become friends(in 137 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours but can be rewarding(in 431 reviews)

  • "Only con is that it can sometimes be long working hours however you find that you are so busy you need them(in 128 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. "Poor Experience"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    -Organized Training -Friendly staff -Office is in a good location

    Cons

    -Poor management - Pay structure - Team leads are somewhat unqualified to manage

    Advice to Management

    -Improve communication

    Hays2019-06-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "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
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. "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
  7. "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!

  8. "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
  9. 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.

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    Hays2019-01-21
  10. Helpful (6)

    "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.... He is not approachable at all, and often sends out negative and almost threatening emails to the entire office to try and increase performance. Certain managers discourage working with some candidates as they are "too old." This is not a rare practice in the organization either. Any candidate above 60 may have a hard time being considered for a role. It often feels as though the organization does not really care about their candidates, but rather they just want to make money out of them. If they believe they can't make money out of them, they often completely discard the candidate. Once you leave or are let go from the organization, they don't really want anything to do with you. It is very difficult at this point to have any questions or concerns answered. Upper management will let employees go with seemingly little consideration for them. Employees have been laid off right before Christmas, before their own weddings, and before vacations. Many employees are unhappy here, and turnover is very high.

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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 personal would help to bring fresh and new ideas that may help to quell the culture of fear.

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    Hays2018-12-19
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