Hays plc

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Hays plc Reviews

Updated 9 December 2014
Updated 9 December 2014
183 Reviews
3.7
183 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning place for worse

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    -Fast dynamic environment.
    -inspiring colleague's.
    -the bonus can be very rewarding when times are good.
    -teamspirit among consultants and crc's

    Cons

    -little management capabilities at business unit manager level.
    -Due to the poor management there is a lot of turnover, in the Netherlands a lot of employees resigned recently. To give you an estimation of their capabilities. They are working for companies like Ernst and Young, Nike, Philips, Daf and Capgemini at the moment
    -As a CRC it is hard to make steps forward. Employees are still at the same paygrade after 3 years for instance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honoustly have the idea that the upper management has no idea what business managers are doing at Hays. I always thought leading by example was a great way to guide your employees, my manager is not capable of that.

    I am aware that a lot of your working experience is depending on your direct manager. The manager at my unit is not an example of how it should be done. A new face could change this shipwreck to a yacht.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Training, Poor Management

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

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The training structure is amazing and supportive. The training staff are really engaging and the stay in London is all covered by the company. Commission is good ONCE you have billed the minimum amount required to qualify.....which was £5k per month when I was there

    Cons

    Management. All about being on the phone making sales. Not enough emphasis on relationship building. No incentive to pass leads between teams to build stronger business with organisations.
    Hours were far too long and inflexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce hours required. Allow for more flexible working. Encourage teams to work together more to build a better long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult not to be just a number in this big, faceless corporate monster.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's a well-known company so often work just landed in your lap.

    Cons

    A 'restructure' (mass redundancies) was handled very insensitively and with little genuine concern for people's feelings. If you are a woman working at Hays and want promotion, say goodbye to the idea of having a family or work/life balance. The only woman who progressed far (that I knew) behaved like a man - aggressive, hard nosed, with very low emotional intelligence. I suspect there was great inequality in pay in terms of gender too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to understand that often people are motivated by things other than just money. Hays seemed to have a very one dimensional strategy to get the most out of its employees. I see from other comments the culture of 'presenteeism' is alive and kicking, promoting the ridiculous notion that if you work longer hours, you must be more productive. Team work (sharing and supporting co-workers) is actively discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Ridiculous Employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - training programme is outstanding. (albeit often delivered by extremely underqualified 'managers'.

    Cons

    -Long work hours - the expectation you will work through your lunch doesn't even allow you to finish early if needed for any kind of appointment. (bank, medical, estate agents etc) ... and when you work 8:30-6 everyday - this doesn't leave much room for organising your life.
    - Meritocracy allows for people who have NO people skills to become 'people managers' - resulting in poorly managed teams and awful moral in said teams.
    - They could not care about you as a person. Just whether they can mould you into some Hays clone. Despite the fact the interview process is rigorous and they meet you on numerous accasions - they still attempt to turn you into an exact replica of their other consultants; no personality, no real relationships with candidates OR clients, and no real personalities in the office.
    - The worst though, is despite all of this treatment, they expect you to kiss their feet and be extremely grateful that you work for 'HAYS'.... yeah right!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Offer lots of opportunities to pro-active employees

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

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

    Pros

    The variety of roles are fantastic. Always opportunities for internal moves.

    Cons

    Old processes, and senior people who fight change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to mid-level people who do the job daily

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay but very restricted in terms of earning!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Good training programmes and support for newer people into recruitment

    Cons

    Not very good potential to earn decent money despite being in a sales environment
    Very much a transaction based recruiter with no emphasis on relationships
    Not a good place to join if you are an experienced recruiter because it is too restrictive and not that well respected as a senior/exec level recruiter
    High turnover of staff members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better commission and basic pay for high performers would prevent such high turnover
    Less restriction in terms of the geography you can work in
    Better reward for team management
    Visibility to what non-fee earning managers actually do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Passing through

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Hays plc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great team spirit, opportunity to earn commission

    Cons

    too much management, too boring, too doll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let your birds free, focus on ttheiir interests as well

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent career opportunities and superb training

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

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

    Pros

    I joined Hays because of the training and career opportunities that they could offer me and I definitely haven't been disappointed. I regularly receive training, feedback and reviews and this has meant that I have been able to progress through the company in different roles and geographical locations. I am able to run my desk as if it were my own business but with the help and support of the PLC structure and I am rewarded well.

    Cons

    We expect the best from our new associates so it can be hard for them entering the business initially due to the amount of information there is to learn, however, the training and coaching is designed to support them and see them through some of the more stressful days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sub-par

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

    I have been working at Hays plc as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had plenty of interviews, got a few assignments.

    Cons

    They are not very good at a few things. First, I submitted vetting documents and was placed in Government, then sometime later (after about 7months, found I had no clearance.

    I felt I was just there to help score a bonus for consultants. No real personality or support (briefing of assignments) before placement. Unfortunate, as I had high hopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your candidates goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Office mgr

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hays plc

    Pros

    great place to work, excellent supervisor

    Cons

    demanding, work life balance is not great

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