Robert Walters FAQ

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9 September 2019

What is health insurance like at Robert Walters?

Pros

Well supportive, able to find best matches based on skills

Cons

no benefits like bonus, medical insurance

Advice to Management

It would be better if at least medical benefits covered

no benefits like bonus, medical insurance

9 September 2019

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26 August 2020

What is the retirement plan like at Robert Walters?

Pros

There is simply no better place to launch a career in recruitment. Robert Walters SF is known on the market for their track record and rigor, with a laser focus on helping tech companies make difficult hires. To do so means producing some of the strongest and most well-rounded professional recruitment consultants in the Bay Area. RW takes a unique approach in hiring individuals with little to no experience in the field and they train you up to be an expert in your specialized function. As an employee who came in with no prior recruitment experience, it was an empowering journey to learn and grow at this company. Consultants at RW are hired for aptitude and potential, and brought into an on-boarding/training program that is best-in-class. You'll quickly learn the ropes of recruitment in a hands-on approach that gives individuals a lot of autonomy, fast. Management and senior staff are there to provide guidance, support, and all the tools you need, but ultimately your success is based on your own effort and drive. Those who are hungry to challenge themselves and develop professionally will thrive here. RW SF provides you the space to take on more responsibility from day one. You'll spend a lot of time upfront on candidate sourcing but will quickly take on a consultative approach with candidates and clients, responsible for everything that happens on your desk; from business development, contract and offer negotiation, to advising on interview processes or career moves. I was amazed how quickly I learned the market and felt confident having difficult conversations to wrangle even the most impressive and tenured candidates/clients - it's an incredible opportunity to build professional confidence in this way, especially so early in your career. You will be given clear metrics for what "success" looks like, as well as clear promotional targets. RW SF commits to "continued learning" in the form of offsite trainings for consultants at different stages in their career, management coaching, and collaboration with (and opportunities to visit!) other US or international offices. Last, but certainly not least - this is not just a job, and not just a career. This was a place I learned from some of the best mentors in the business and made some of the best friends in my life. The team that RW SF has built is the best you can find. Caring, collaborative, smart, fun, and driven… there is always someone to learn from and someone to lean on. All said and done, the people and team are what make RW SF what it is. Other pros: -Generous salary & additional incentives for success -Benefits: PTO/holidays; health; dental; increased emphasis on mental wellness; 401k match; commuter benefits, etc. -Flexible WFH arrangements (esp. since COVID, understandably) -Great office location (convenient and super nice space with gym access!) -International presence & ability to travel/transfer internationally -Training programs & continued education -Events: weekly team Happy Hour; quarterly celebration; annual Christmas party; etc.

Cons

You will experience times when the job can feel repetitive or in a "rut". Recruitment is cyclical so this is something that ebbs and flows. You'll always be busy and always feeling that there is something more that can be done - it's not a con, but it's important for consultants to understand the drive needed, and to find the work/life balance that works for them. Early on, KPIs and metrics are used to get consultants up to speed and on track for what a successful recruitment process looks like. This can be over-drilled on at times and is not for everyone, but ultimately I found this structure to be a benefit most of the time, and could be relaxed a bit at others. A few people have mentioned the technology. This has actually improved a lot as the leadership team listened to this feedback and have overhauled on that over the past 2-3 years. It's continuing to be improved upon, and a non-issue in my book.

Advice to Management

Continue asking your employees what they need, and listening! It's been fantastic to see how much has been implemented over the last few years - wellness programs, working flexibility, book clubs, more efficient training/performance reviews, etc. It made a huge difference to see how RW SF took in stride the suggestions and needs of the team. Many Bay Area companies think employee engagement means more snacks and PTO, but building an environment of learning and personal growth is ultimately what will attract and retain the right team. Transparency and feedback loops could be improved, as I think it should be more normalized and encouraged to give feedback to peers and to managers, rather than what we mostly see as "top-down" during 1:1s or quarterly appraisals.

-Benefits: PTO/holidays; health; dental; increased emphasis on mental wellness; 401k match; commuter benefits, etc.

26 August 2020

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17 January 2019

Does Robert Walters have a pension plan?

Pros

Lots of fun, good atmosphere and team building.

Cons

No real recognition for back office employees. The recruiters get all the glory. Poor pension.

Poor pension.

17 January 2019

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6 September 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Robert Walters?

Pros

As a former long term employee, having started at RW as a Consultant, I have seen the company more than double in size, to the current point in time where the company is the most successful it has ever been. A key element of that growth is the company policy to not make acquisitions in order to grow. The growth is organic, with Consultants being promoted internally and trusted to start new teams / offices / countries which means you can have a fantastic, long-term career with RW, with international opportunities should you wish. It's a genuinely stable company with exceptional training and plenty of support for those new to the recruitment industry, including a large back office to allow you to get on with your job. Due to the organic growth model, there's a brilliant culture which is carefully nurtured - It's team based which means it's a nice place to work and it's highly likely you'll make life-long friends here, as the vast majority are like-minded positive, ambitious people which is infectious. The offices are stunning, there's lots of incentives and recognition for a job well-done and you can earn good money too, while being involved in Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Prior to leaving RW, there was a focus on mental health and flexible working practices which was most welcome.

Cons

Robert Walters isn't perfect (I don't believe any company is), but it's run by good people so while there may be frustrations at times, it's important to trust that the company will have your best interests at heart and to go with the flow and stay positive. Those who have a negative attitude won't succeed at RW. In order to have a career at RW, you're going to need to work hard and long hours may be involved. This isn't a 'con' specific to RW, it applies to the recruitment industry as a whole as it's highly competitive and it's an industry where whatever you put in, you get out.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work!

The growth is organic, with Consultants being promoted internally and trusted to start new teams / offices / countries which means you can have a fantastic, long-term career with RW, with international opportunities should you wish.

6 September 2019

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3 December 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Robert Walters?

Pros

A world renowned firm with long standing relationships with top tier companies - it's easy to work here as people know and trust the brand. Excellent internal training programs which supports those who are new to recruitment. Fantastic opportunity to grow and move within the offices, something which is encouraged by management.

Cons

Extremely high attrition which can be really distracting and unsettling. It is recruitment, so it can be quite cut throat, I saw several instances of people being let go after only a few weeks because they weren't a "fit". Managers are typically top billers who get promoted into management, which doesn't always mean they are good at leading teams or helping others grow. Commission structure is famously quite bad

Advice to Management

Robert Walters himself is not really involved anymore, so my advice is to regional heads: Toby (APAC CEO) and Rob Bryson (Singapore MD) are both good, but one on one time is very limited. Nearly 1 year in the company and I never had a 1-1 with Rob, which is fine but doesn't necessarily make you feel valued.

Fantastic opportunity to grow and move within the offices, something which is encouraged by management.

3 December 2019

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