Recruitment consultant for marketing professionals in the public sector
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Hays recruitment. I have had a hugely supportive team around me but also been given a large degree of autonomy to be independent. The culture at Hays is vibrant and highly social and the "work hard play hard" ethos is fully implemented here.
I am treated and valued as much as any full consultant at Hays. Senior management all know who I am and are aware of my successes. My billings this year contributed to over 10% of my teams fee's over the 12 months. At no point did I feel like an intern.
Hays have a strong belief in promoting consultants into managerial roles early on in their careers. The benefit of this to an intern is that there is no shortage of people to turn to when looking for help. I directly reported into my manager but also had the team manager and director to provide guidance.
Extremely. There is rarely a time at Hays where you have not got something to do. Everything is KPI driven and the bonus scheme for interns revolves around your ability to meet these targets. There is a strong proactive mentality around the company which means if business is quiet, this is an opportunity for create your own.
I was given full autonomy to build up my desk as I liked. There has been full trust in me to succeed. There is no element of micromanagement.
Busy and vibrant. There is 'Work hard, play hard' atmosphere across the whole office and the organisation.
Extremely well structured to begin with. Lots of training for the first months. This coupled with time sat at your desk with your team gives you a great start to your placement. You are treated as a full consultant and there isn't a sense of being an intern as such.
For the first month you get a full training schedule going through everything from good content/creative writing skills to negotiation/sales skills and business development. You will also have a week out of office with other interns on an intensive training course covering things like system navigation etc.
It is likely you will be offered a graduate role when you come back. However, you will still only come back as an associate (for 3 months) despite having completed a year with the organisation already.
If you are placed in one of the central London offices the social scene with other interns is fantastic. In my office there were 13 interns and we socialised together a huge amount.
Being base in Victoria on an interns wage made socialising in the area quite testing at times. Pints are minimum £5 - £6. However, that tends to be the standard price across London.
Good. We have a pub attached to our office...
we had regular team incentives where we would go for drinks/dinner etc.