Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
66 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)

  • Great place if you are new to recruitment- and a graduate (in 3 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 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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    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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    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.  

    This is an outstanding firm to work for, where I really feel supported and pushed to reach my careers goals.

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary; above market rate. Supportive line managers. Pro-active approach to client development. Culture is very much one where you enjoy being at work - overall fantastic people who really love what they do.

    Cons

    Training is a bit sink or swim, but mentoring is in place to help you feel supported

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More woman in senior positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, hard work, good times.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    The people at Robert Walters are what makes them the best. Great fun with a healthy and fun bit of banter and competitiveness, which always pushes you to be the best you can be. Its a fun, fast paced environment. Working with the best in Japan is very inspiring as a newer consultant. Great training and support from management. If you do well, great financial benefits and good career opportunities, in Japan and internationally.

    Cons

    Quite process driven, which is good for learning the ropes and developing as a consultant.
    Hard work and very target driven, but good rewards when you hit/exceed targets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to work, great environment, working with fun, hardworking people and good salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    -what you put into the work you get out of it
    -team based environment
    -international opportunities
    -good location of office

    Cons

    -time management
    -missing targets/deadlines
    -sometimes the hours can be long but it's all about your working style and how effective you are managing things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing, keeping a positive attitude by motivating people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of growth and opportunity in a fun environment

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with individual and team goals
    Great managers who are available and helpful
    Fast paced office
    Fun team members and work events
    Ambition and tenacity are rewarded
    Corporate perks with a start-up feel
    No politics in this office
    Opportunity to work in international offices is very cool
    Diverse group of people!

    Cons

    Hours can be long but the return on the hours is directly correlated to your success so it's an individual decision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401K match

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work - long hours but the rewards are in line with this.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for promotion if you put the work in.

    Cons

    Long hours and competitive environment - you really need to be driven to go anywhere here but if you are you will see the returns both through renumeration and promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, good company but very little training / individual development which can leave frustration.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    International opportunities - both within Robert Walters and Resource Solutions.
    Great Brand
    Good team ethos (generally).

    Cons

    Very little training - only promoted through the amount of revenue you bring in. No consideration of other areas which may contribute to being promoted, therefore many leave through frustration and little support.
    No flexi working, working from home. No work life balance at all.
    Micromanagement.
    Repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to promote staff fairly and quickly to avoid people leaving through frustration.
    Allow flexible working, treat staff more like adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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