Hays plc Reviews

Updated 11 October 2014
Updated 11 October 2014
171 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The weeks are long as we work 8:30-6, however the recruitment industry has the reputation work hard play hard so the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • Reasonable salary & good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and the expectation that you won't take a lunch break making the day even longer (in 21 reviews)

  • The commission structure is awful and so is the work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Assiociate Recruitment Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Culture
    - Fast paced and challenging environement= exciting
    - Support and Training network around you
    - Like running your own business- you make what you desire through hard work

    Cons

    - Nothing- FAB place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Good benefits to choose from.
    - Good comission structure.
    - Work-life balance hasn't been disrupted for me.... you are what you make of it. If you want to earn more you may come in early or stay late every now and again but it will eventually pay off so it is worth it but you are certainly not expected to stay late and not at all encouraged to work outside of work.

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  2.  

    Excellent Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, work hard, play-hard ethos, community feel where everyone will help, good incentives, relaxed approach to work but with a focus on hitting targets. Supportive environment with honest feedback from management.

    Cons

    Depending on the type of work/desk you inherit, the work can be quite cold and it takes a long time to begin making money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
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  3.  

    There is an entrepreneurial feel with no limits to your career opportunities, fun, open and excellent training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open communication with all senior leadership, meritocracy meaning you can monitor your own career steps. Clear and well organised training schedules when you first join which really coincides with what you do in the office. Lots of support but also the ability to run our own mini business and be responsible for your your successes and loses. Respect from all managers and colleagues. Excellent benefits which you can choose from to suit you.

    Cons

    Long hours, leaving on time is almost frowned upon. Low salaries in comparison to other companies and low commission structures unless you have been with the company for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication from senior managers/directors. One particular example is as recruitment has a high staff turnover we had a bout of over 10 people leaving in one month. There was no communication from directors as to what was going on, only Chinese whispers. Some Directors tend to sit in an office all day and don't interact with colleagues in the office.

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  5.  

    Great opportunities for entrepreneurial minded people who are comfortable in a people driven environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The progression opportunities are amazing and you have a good chance to make a name for yourself.

    Cons

    I don't have any as of yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

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  6.  

    Work Hard - Big Rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Hays is the people you work with and the truly world class training and personal development available. The high performing culture suits anyone who is ambitious, task and people orientated and willing to learn and get stuck in. The is a very fast pace and the expectation is you work hard to gain all the monetary and reward benefits.

    Cons

    There are long hours and you have to be committed to work longer than your contract, there is no immediate financial reward in recruitment as success is made form long term relationships and repeat business which takes time to build. It can also be very stressful, the demands come from everyone you interact with, our customers, your colleagues, your management but most importantly yourself, you have to be prepared to be resilient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the years the management interaction with all level of employees has improved dramatically and you can see the values and culture throughout the whole organisation, keep it up and keep listening.

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  7.  

    A successful organisation with great values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clear, realistic promotional opportunities are outlined from day one. Success is rewarded and widely recognised and the company values can be evidenced internally as well as externally.

    Team working is encouraged just as much as the development of independent expertise. The prescence of the organisation in the market across so many different specialisms, combined with excellent training and the fact that Hays is Passionate about People (clients, candidates and consultants alike) make it possible for people to succeed not only financially, but also in terms of job satisfaction.

    In a nutshell, a great place to work.

    Cons

    The role of recruitment consultant is a challenging one. This isn't really a con, just the nature of the beast. There are many ups and downs. However, Hays offers plenty of training and support, ensuring more ups and less downs the more your expertise develops.

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  8.  

    Great place to work with a really good company culture, in an environment where people want to succeed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your hard work is recognised and you are praised for when the results come in. There is excellent career progression with a structure that enables you to work your way up through the ranks. Always support around you for when you need it and lots of experience colleagues for you to get advice from. The social aspect is great and incentives really motivate you to smash your targets.

    Cons

    As it is a young, sociable work force, pub culture can sometimes cross over into the office making it unprofessional at times and a little bit uni like. Also the unflexibility with the working hours is very frustrating. I understand why they are so strict and rigid but for Consultants who work over and above their expected hours anyway, to come in a little later or leave a little earlier to make up for it would make a great deal of difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the micro-management in regards to possibles and interviews. You set yourself up for the day but you end up repeating yourself dozens of times to several different managers and directors across the floor. The amount of repeatition is counter productive and not a good use of your time.

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    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    I have been working at Hays for over a year and have had an amazing time, brilliant culture with great career prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Internal Recruitment Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - National Internal Recruitment Coordinator in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture within Hays with an evident work hard play hard culture.
    There is a clear career progression structure and Hays is a very meritocratic company that awards based on performance

    Cons

    The challenges at Hays are that the KPI's and targets set can be quite demanding however they are there to push you and ultimately help you succeed.

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  10.  

    Supporting Environment that gives you the tools to make what you want of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in King's Lynn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in King's Lynn, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time

    Pros

    Hays is a great company to work for as it already has the reputation and dominance in the Recruitment market. Having come from a smaller, boutique agency I was really taken aback at how well known Hays is with potential clients - cold calls are much easier! What impressed me more than anything with Hays was the training provided it really sets you up for running a desk. The atmosphere within the offices is lively with everyone being hardworking and competitive (in a friendly way!).

    Cons

    The one thing I have found hard to adjust to is how broken down specialisms are. On the one hand this is great as it allows you to build much more thorough relationships and know your market better on the other hand when you get a job in it can be frustrating having to pass it to a colleague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial if managers knew a bit more about all of the desks in the office as opposed to just their specialism. Each sector is quite different in how it needs to be run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Career progression, Benefits, Commission to those who are prepared to work hard to understand their market.

    Cons

    Challenges are around ensuring consultants have the right work ethnic and are aware of that to become an expert in their market takes dedication and inquisitive nature.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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