Hays plc
3.0 of 5 62 reviews
www.haysplc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Hays plc Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014

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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox

Alistair R. Cox

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible approach to work life balance"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Great training and a fantastic opportunity for those straight out of University to develop their knowledge of the Recruitment industry"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Deceitful/underhanded mid and senior management"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Long hours, presenteeism culture , can be a "face fits" atmosphere"
    in 5 reviews
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Great opportunities to develop and progress... with a lower salary

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Leicester, England (UK)

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

ProsSupportive environment to both work and learn, chances to move around globally, progression if you put yourself out there

ConsSalary is low, secrets sometimes kept from employees (but this will be for all large corps)

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication (not from management but the culture in the workplace)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Do Not Work Here.

Recruiter (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

ProsLike any other large recruitment firm, it's a structured place to get your recruitment career started

ConsCompany culture
Nobody watching managers
Deceitful/underhanded mid and senior management
Very few Canadians make it to management level

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Director (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMeritocracy, financial reward, influence careers, first class training, culture, fun, outstanding people, flexibility when needed, global opportunities, loyalty, no shortage of social opportunities and exposure to blue chip clients.

ConsThere can be long hours - this is/was never hidden from me, take it or leave it - the Aus/NZ MD always spoke openly about this. It is why we make money, but not for everyone.
hard work is rewarded, like other 'firms' this is/always will be the case.
Conservative strategies / management at times - embrace some flexibility.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep listening.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a fair place to work and you can be successful if you are still young and looking for structure.

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

ProsGood internal systems and management

ConsYou are not going to enjoy working hours , it is tough

Advice to Senior ManagementTheir approach seems to work. However generally when people leave they are totally burnt out

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor Company

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGood at managing employees out of the business. Good at oursourcing

ConsPoor management, Poor commission schemes

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Work hard and you'll be well rewarded

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Hays plc full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-great people, very social atmosphere
-successes are celebrated
-meritocracy - hit your goals and be rewarded
-very capable managers who lead my example
-everyday is different, lots going on
-clear feedback on your performance
-great parties - annual sales conference is amazing!

Cons-it is a sales environment. true salespeople do extremely well and make a lot of money, those who aren't may feel stressed by constant targets and KPIs
-support staff are not fairly recognized or appreciated

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGood recruitment trainings, great place to start your career in recruitment and competitive compensation package.

ConsLack of Flexibility and too metrics driven

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pyramid Scheme Hidden in Fake non-monetary rewards..

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hays plc

Pros- Alot of young people
- Collaboration (due to the shared misery and lack of money)
- Training

Cons- Only care about top 5% of the fee earners
- The rich get richer

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and put them in their place of strength not necessarily where the company needs them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Long hours

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hays plc

Pros, opportunities for progression if you are willing to work long hours and fit with company culture

ConsLong hours, presenteeism culture , can be a "face fits" atmosphere

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good training for a graduate.

Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

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

Prosgood balance of structured training and on the job training.
Well established business
enjoyable staff culture

Conslong working hours
Some parts of the business had a high turnover of staff due to pressure to meet KPI's

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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