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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best overall job grounding a graduate can receive.....

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

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

    Pros

    - Some of the most fun & skilled people I have ever worked with
    - There are some oustanding mentors in the business. If you can grab one, you will have support for life
    - Great chance to take responsibility early on for your own business
    - Opportunity to become a real specialist in your area of business
    - Diverse portfolio of clients
    - Extensive internal support
    - IT database & systems
    - Extensive UK & global network of offices
    - Brand name
    - Training programme for new starters

    Cons

    - You have to be super resilient, otherwise you will not fall in love with this job
    - Day to day decisions can take too long to be approved by senior management, and job opportunities can often be lost
    - Business strategies can get lost in translation
    - Constant target and KPI pressure is not to everyone's liking
    - True flexible working is not available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, people and rewards - but a challenging and demaning job

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent personal development and training opportunities. You are able to set your own goals and manage your own work load. Although targets are high, the rewards are good. Regular incentives are set, as well as having the opportunity to earn uncapped commission. Great people and team atmosphere and a fun environment to work in. Good opportunity to progress with the organisation and after longer term employment, there is an opportunity to relocate worldwide.

    Cons

    Is a demanding and challenging job. Targets are set high and everyone is expected to exceed those targets soon after joining the organisation. Hays focus heavily on KPI's and fee targets - which are reviewed regularly. It is a difficult industry to make a name for yourself, so you need perseverance and consistency to earn the top level of commission and promotion. If you are looking for an easy 9 - 5 job this isn't the right position for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Further support could be given to help new employees develop their skills - more on the job coaching by managers for new team members and regular refreshers courses for experienced hires would be good. Less focus on KPI's for experienced hires and more motivation and encouragement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The team atmosphere and friendly competition makes it a really fulfilling place to work. Excellent opportunities for socialising in and out of work, and great earning potential. There is loads of experience in the office to draw on so you never feel like you don't know what to do. As you are with the company for longer you have lots of autonomy to manage your business in the most effective way. Excellent specific training for staff at all levels.

    Cons

    It can be a challenge managing time effectively and making sure that work is done pro-actively rather than reactively. There can be a danger that people get too caught up in what they are doing and loose sight of the fact that nothing is life or death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to offer some more flexible working opportunities and the ability to work remotely for more junior members of staff. Clear communication is vital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Hays Recruitment

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

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

    Pros

    - Inspirational Leaders
    - The week fly bys
    - Obtainable promotion criteria
    - Scope to earn brilliant cash based on how hard you work personally
    - Hilarious colleagues

    Cons

    - Not really a con but advice that new starers understand the job is tough but worth it after the steep learning curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great organisation with fantastic career prospects

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

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

    Pros

    Great career progression, benefits and commission structure
    Brilliant culture with clear career progression paths
    Exceptional training
    A great place to work.
    Hays is meritocratic that awards based on performance.
    Work hard play hard culture

    Cons

    The hardwork is worthwhile - through the commission structure, benefits and career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide support and training by managers which has helped me be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic career progression and uncapped commission

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

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

    Pros

    The earning potential, commissions are uncapped so the more successful the more you earn
    The people, have made some great friends here, really friendly, positive, competitive but in a good way
    The training is brilliant, really practical and hands on

    Cons

    It is really, really hard work and can be long hours especially in the first few months, you have to put your all in
    But its worth it as you get rewarded for the hard work by commission and promotions, so you need to think long term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue developing and focusing on the training, as this is what has really helped me to be successful, and more incentives, we have lots already but perhaps a few more office/team specific ones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assiociate Recruitment Consultant

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    • 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and rewarding

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hays put a lot of focus into their training. I feel like a lot of time and effort is being invested in me and my future to help me in my job here at Hays as well as my future career. The company values and rewards hard work which shows in the work hard, play hard culture at Hays.

    Cons

    The nature of the job means that you have to be very resilient. Working with people results in unexpected events occurring which can make you feel like you have wasted a lot of your time on a specific candidate or client and nothing comes of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could help with further integration i.e. within specialisms, working closer with colleagues to understand their work, this could be achieved though brief weekly meetings. Prizes for hitting KPIs will increase work and ensure One Touch is kept updated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic experience in progressive career.

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

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

    Pros

    Support from higher management is superb and I feel very valued as an employee. All promises made to me at the beginning of my career have been fulfilled and I have found it to be an incredibly honest company. The training is fantastic and gives you the key skills to really progress through the company. Culture is very sociable with a work hard/play hard attitude. Lots of incentives and opportunities to get promoted.

    Cons

    It is a hard role with very long hours. Lots of small disappointments due to the nature of the industry and the unreliable nature of people in general. The industry attracts a few office gossipy types but no more so than any other large office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for mid level staff looking to progress would be good, but communication is already at a very high level. Flexibility with regards to promotions would be good so as not to hold certain staff back when they are in a position to manage early in their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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