Hays plc Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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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 26 reviews)

  • Work-life balance balance can be difficult to adjust to if your not used to office life (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Amazing company to work. Number 1 recruitment agency in APAC for a reason

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team culture, career opportunities and training

    Cons

    A lot of politics involved

  2. Helpful (1)

    Company claiming to be the best, but failing miserably

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Money and friendly people with in the organisation and social aspect Money and friendly people with in the organisation and social aspect

    Cons

    cut throat, chances of progressing are based on blood and sweat... working crazy hours and hitting unrealistic kpi's

    Advice to Management

    listen to staff

  3. Good culture, good place to work as long as you toe the line in terms of activity/KPIs

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great bunch of people, everyone pulls together and shares the ups and the downs of working in recruitment. Good career progression if you meet targets.

    Also - for a recruitment company - I was surprised at the attitude to office hours. Office hours are 8am-5.30pm, but that's not lip-service - as long as you're getting the work done, nobody bats an eyelid if you leave at 5.30pm on the spot. No expectation to stay longer to make it look like you're working hard. Office was normally practically empty by 6pm.

    Cons

    While I was working there, the default non-financial reward for achievement was free alcohol. Great if you're in your 20s, got a little bit tedious as I was approaching my late 30s...

    Advice to Management

    Use Hays' position and name in the market to do things differently - marketing, bus dev, lead generation etc.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

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    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Payroll Officer in Sydney

    I have been working at Hays plc full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great back office team who work hard, your co-workers keep you in the job, not the actual job itself

    Cons

    Lack of training provided or updates on industry changes. Often hires people based on culture fit more than actual qualifications. Double standards, it all depends on which manager you are friends with at the time

    Advice to Management

    Invest time in your teams and i would suggest more specific payroll training and memberships to payroll assocications

  6. Discussed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hays plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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)

  7. 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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  8. 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    Establish a healthier, more supportive culture, less micro management

  9. Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Need to be agile to take advantage of new opportunities.

  10. Honesty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep listening.

  11. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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