Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
83 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Even the director dont really care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    invest in your staff and reward them better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a tough job but with good reward if you are committed and goal orientated

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)

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

    Pros

    A well established system with good training and a good team based approach but also giving you the sense that you are running your own business.
    Good co-workers, everybody is really nice and get along well
    Nice office environment, clean and spacious
    Strong existing connections of clients and candidates in the region and the biggest foreign agency there. Seem to be well placed for further growth
    Fast paced and exciting
    Overall had a good experience working there and would definitely recommend it

    Cons

    The pressure of KPIs can sometimes really suck but it's a sales job so to be expected I guess
    Felt like some micro management when KPIs were low
    They use too many cliches like "time kills all deals", "you don't get if you don't ask" etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push KPI's too hard!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good values and working culture, plenty rooms to grow for a consultant career

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working culture, the people, team, support, training, motivation, mobility opportunity, it's all there for you if you enjoy a consultant/headhunt job. Plus, it is very rewarding if you put your heart into it

    Cons

    It's a life of a consultant, forever!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the business, bring the culture to other fields and more opportunities for consultant to stay as non-consultant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunities for career advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Robert Walters NY is a great place to work - lots to do and a lot of opportunity for growth. There is a good management team in place at the moment and transferring internationally within the group is supported and encouraged.

    Cons

    It is a challenging but rewarding environment and motivated sales people will thrive here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IT Service Desk

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    Former Employee - Service Desk in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Desk in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, freedom to do your duties as you see fit. Management seems very easy to deal with, and everybody on the team is eager to help. Also free beverages every other week (usually on a Friday and when the have their monthly "wrap up"). They also engage in departmental "bonding" activities.

    Cons

    Hours are very long; 9 - 6:30 is a standard shift and they expect you to wear full corporate attire. Management are obsessed with looking at stats from the team, and are not very engaging with the team "in real time". I didn't feel like my talents were rewarded effectively and I kept being pulled up "for a quiet word" because I didn't fit in with the management style even though nobody was complaining about my behaviour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to stop micromanaging, and coming up with irrelevant things that do not need to be done!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Robert Walters Response

    Feb 12, 2015Talent Director

    Thank you for your review, we appreciate your opinion and the time you've taken to add a considered review.

    It’s great to hear your positive comments regarding the office atmosphere, your team
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