Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
73 Reviews
3.6
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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 6 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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.  

    A bit ordinary

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Know your company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (more than an 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
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    limitless opportunities if your prepared to put the work in

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

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Robert Walters are a growing business and as such have a lot of opportunities for those willing to put in the hours. I like the fact the business is global, and that there are opportunities to travel and work with different cultures (like Japan for example). Overall I have found the business to be supportive and my career has certainly benefited from my time here.

    Cons

    Its recruitment - that means the hours are long (but not as long as some of the recruitment companies I have worked for) and there can be a lot of pressure. That means its not for everyone, but for those that enjoy the challenge its a head and shoulders above the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on going as you are!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company but was mismanaged at the time

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Very international, vibrant, worked with colleagues and clients, candidates from all over the world. Fun loving culture and the company provided Friday fresh fruits, weekly or monthly parties / recreational activities. High quality employees, smart people in the company. Very driven culture with regular all-staff meeting conducted to charge everyone up with go-getter energy

    Cons

    too KPI focused. Almost rigid about the number of phone calls made, meetings made. It sometimes made employees go for these metrics than going for final deals, which means people waste lots of productive time, just to get the stress off their mind. At the mid of 2012, many people resigned and the company suffered from low morale. Everyone felt they could be kicked out any point of time and the company did not treasure any individual. Another problem is their discretionary bonus which had no transparency. Consultants complain about that a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe the management has changed since 2012. Heard things are better now however the KPI driven nature is in its genes. It is important to make sure the culture is intact and people are happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Very challenging work and good team play.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be a bit stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Collaborative, Entrepreneurial Working Environment With Long Term Career Development Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The business is focused on developing and promoting long term careers but organically growing their management team from within. The team based approach create a collegiate working environment that is rare in wider the recruitment industry.
    Robert Walters hires top quality staff and working with industry leaders makes you continually challenge yourself and develop your skills.
    The meritocratic approach to developing people means that ambition is fostered and not blocked.

    Cons

    The working hours are long and clearly defined. There could be a shorter working hour definition to allow for people who need to travel to and from work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look to identify and develop top performers not just from a billings perspective, but people who can be long term business leaders for the group. Make sure that senior management are visible and approachable to all levels of staff to ensure that staff feel that they understand and empathize with their challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with the best people and reputation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The most important thing about this company is the people who work here. My colleagues are one of the reasons I have stayed here for such a long time (eight years). I work with ex-industry professionals, recruitment experts and people who genuinely enjoy what they do. Given the legacy Robert Walters has built, you have access to the widest range of clients, the best candidates and a great infrastructure which has been built to maximise your potential.

    Cons

    The hours can be long but that is an industry-wide issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good enviornment. Team atmosphere. Higher salaries than other agencies.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility and long hours. You need to work incredibly hard to get anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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