Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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Pros
  • There is a good training programme in place, especially for people new to recruitment, which helps ease the process (in 5 reviews)

  • Team based structure, so very little of the backstabbing that happens at a lot of firms (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours- expect to be working til midnight Monday to Friday, weekends etc (in 5 reviews)

  • As with most sales roles, one has to sacrifice work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Fantastic new starter process and professionalism from start to finish during the interviews.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters

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

    Pros

    Great team environment that is refreshing in the recruitment industry. Genuine specialist professionals who care about their job and the candidates they are working with. Fantastic office culture with enough of a work life balance.

    Cons

    Like any sales/ recruitment role you have good and bad days. The best thing is to communicate with your manager and take advice where needed during the troughs.

    Advice to Management

    Very impressed by the recruitment process and induction. Having run my own business for 5 years I was pleased to see a business that cared so much about it's new starters.

  2. Real career development and support from senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Ambition and hard work are rewarded
    Social and team culture
    Training and actual career development
    Supportive senior management team

    Cons

    Like any sales environment it can be tough at times, but when you know hard work is rewarded it motivates you through those tougher times.

  3. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    You get the job you want (probably because you are qualified)

    Cons

    Dodgy Agents. Forgot to take care of expiring contracts. Once I have to tell them that my contract is expiring and the next is nobody remembered that my contract had expired. Pain. Agent even blamed me for not telling them.

    Advice to Management

    Train your agents to be diligent.

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  5. Business Analyst

    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Sydney
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in Sydney

    I have been working at Robert Walters as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Get you a role that pay

    Cons

    Dodgy Recuiters. They dont know their clients and just place candidates. They lied to the candidates. They are just a company that are making money and dont care about their candidates at all. Candidates will feel helpless when they have issues with their client because there are no hr.

    Advice to Management

    Even the director dont really care

  6. A bit ordinary

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at Robert Walters 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

    International opportunities, blue chip client base, social culture

    Cons

    Poor base salary and discretionary commission structure, very little additional training outside your initial 6 months, poor negative leadership

    Advice to Management

    invest in your staff and reward them better

  7. Know your company

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

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction. A surprise culture of "surprise you're actually not doing that well."

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate the people around you. Invest in those who are making the effort

  8. In the end it was hard to wake up in the mornings

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

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most of the systems and process are well organised and smooth. Although organising billing to clients and dealing with backend finance team can be tortuous.
    As a manager it is easy to motivate/demotivate your staff by paying them more/paying them less than they deserve in their bonus
    Decent training for staff, although most employees have previous recruitment experience
    Large numbers of staff to feed information off and big name in the market

    Cons

    Misogynist boys club
    Being "one of the boys" is viewed more highly than performance or general input to the business
    Client relationships are not very strong and PSA/SLAs are generally poorly negotiated
    Terrible staff retention and choice of new hires often very poor
    Aggressive and rude behaviour by management (and subsequently by staff) is only frowned upon
    Bonuses are rarely equivalent to what would be paid to a commission based consultant
    Generally very negative environment to work in - very very low staff motivation and happiness so very tough for managers
    Highly transaction based recruitment style

    Advice to Management

    Understand that treating your clients and staff so poorly will eventually mean loosing all client relationships
    Most should resign - others should go on leadership coaching courses
    Understanding recruitment without understanding business creates a transactional environment

  9. Great company for training and for a young consultant.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Youthful office, very good social life with colleagues, especially as most are expats.
    Great candidate/client management system
    Supportive management
    Feels like a real company in terms of professionalism and benefits compared to some other ones I have worked for.
    If you bill well and consistently you have nothing to worry about and it can be quite enjoyable with good career development

    Cons

    Discretionary team bonus - not transparent on what you will earn and also reliant on team members to perform well and management not being greedy ( can be an issue when a number are having babies that they need to support!)
    Broken promises (a running theme in recruitment)
    Some office politics, you need to have read Sun Tzu to get on top!

    Advice to Management

    If office isn't performing stop going out on Friday "management lunches" which are then expensed and stick with your teams until you are all performing again!!

  10. Senior Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company
    Good culture
    Flexibility to do whatever if you have proven yourself

    Cons

    Recruitment is just boring
    Not much direction given

  11. Helpful (1)

    I worked for this company pre 1995

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    In those days it was very work hard and play hard and good team spirit

    Cons

    In the 1990's there was low job security but this was before it became a global organisation

    Robert Walters Response

    Apr 15, 2015Talent Director

    Thanks for taking time to add a review - we’re pleased you remembered us from those early days! We hope some things from those days are still the same – a lot of employees tell us the team work and ... More

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