Hays plc Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
166 Reviews
3.9
166 Reviews
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Hays plc CEO Alistair R. Cox
Alistair R. Cox
75 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible approach to work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great training, International opportunities, good commission scheme (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Have to work really long hours, and leaving at 5 is almost unacceptable (in 8 reviews)

  • When I left the senior management were not of this ilke and valued stats above all else (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great opportunities, challenging but rewarding, long term career possibilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team, training for new staff is second to none, transparent and consistent salary and commission structure

    Cons

    Long hours, challenging job and not everyone is successful despite working very hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up most of what you're doing, moves towards more flexibility over recent years has been really well received.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Discussed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    There was nothing I liked about this place.

    Cons

    Very rude management team and reception staff. Most of the staff are so stuck up. (Darwin Office)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Recruitment battery farm

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by hard working colleagues, blue-chip clients, brand value of Hays makes business development easier

    Cons

    long working hours, not very supportive management that humiliate and intimidate to foster performance amongst team members, negative reinforcement, cutthroat, high turnover, favouritism, unhealthy competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a healthier, more supportive culture, less micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to build a long term career with high quality classroom based and on the job training. Strong brand, database and back office systems further help equip you to run a successful business. Global company so plenty of opportunities to travel; that said a strong network of local offices with local employees a major part of business. A lot of long term staff - both consulting and management - with a strong supportive culture.

    Cons

    If you want to be very successful then you have to put in the effort - but is that not true of every career!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be agile to take advantage of new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Honesty

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Meritocracy, 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst of the worst in recruitment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hays plc

    Pros

    None at all at this stage

    Cons

    Recruiters never return phone calls and use reception staff and automated software to short-list applicants. On the odd chance that you actually speak to a recruiter, they often have no specialist knowledge of the sector they recruit for. Reception staff act as gatekeepers and are rude and insulting at best. Recruiters should not list their contact details if they have no intention of responding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your act and train frontline staff in basic customer service skills. You provide a service to job seekers as well as your clients; we pay the bills!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    good training for a graduate.

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exceedingly professional

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    Former Employee - Trainer  in  Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Trainer in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Hays plc as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Responsive and dedicated recruitment consultants

    Cons

    No downside in my experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Fun but stingy and secretive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    working with fun dynamic people

    Cons

    bad pay and bad biscuits and lack or respect for support staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working here can be likened to a recruitment battery farm.......

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    Global company that offers the opportunity to work in different locations across the globe. Clear career progression / promotion structure. Clear and regular performance review system in place. Despite everything they manage to employ some great people who are really up for making it work.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Immature work force and management style. Outdated 'gun ho' senior management style - don't seem to move with the time or appreciate the needs of employees. I worked for them for 8 years and they are still using the same tried and tested formula that isn't consultative and is all about making money. The constant focus on dollars undoes genuine innovation as there's no room to do anything different. Micro management is rife and people get to senior management roles from hanging around the longest. They lock their poorly educated old school senior sales managers in so that they commit to Sydney mortgages and kids in private schools and can't afford to change jobs - so they just hand around like dead wood because they know they don't have the skills to be able to go and do anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the stale message that you send to the consultants - the constant KPI focus drives a numbers game and stifles innovation. Future business will be built on relationships and consultation, not short termism. Get rid of the dead wood in the senior management levels, there are some great people and skills that you could harness if you looked in the right places. Don't be scared of change and move with the times. Lose the 80's 'We are the Champions' sales message - your employees aren't stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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