Hays plc
3.0 of 5 61 reviews
www.haysplc.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Hays plc Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014

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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox

Alistair R. Cox

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47% 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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Attractive global opportunities

Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee)
Leicester, England (UK)

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

ProsThe opportunity to move globally after working for the company for 2 years - movement - progression into other roles. I like the company.

Conssalary is not at a level I would expect given the nature of the work - the commission could be higher. The working hours are too long.

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

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Not for plodders, fantastic for the ambitious

Director (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGreat atmosphere, strong ethical values, high rewards for success, consultancy environment gives a variety of opportunities to learn and develop

ConsLack of strong central support functions sometimes lets the business down, braver investment would sometimes be of benefit.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focussing on the right balance between centralisation and delegation, and between systems and people

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

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Great, a totally learning oportunity

Human Resources Executive (Current Employee)
Santiago (Chile)

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

Pros- Team Spirit
- Sopport from central office
- Learning Oportinities

Cons- Leadership
- There´s no clear career path for the central office positions

Advice to Senior ManagementMuch more leadership training

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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Company offering career progression and new challenges / tasks

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsTrust and support given when needed
Open to hear views/ideas and to implement if possible
Variety of tasks

ConsWork - life balance difficult to accomplish at times

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

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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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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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