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49 English questions out of 49

28 September 2020

Does Robert Walters offer massages?

Pros

Good Training, Good people, Free drinks

Cons

Too much pressure, unreasonable KPI

Good Training, Good people, Free drinks

28 September 2020

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5 September 2019

Does Robert Walters offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Really progressive culture, with a management team committed to finding the best ways for you to progress in the way that you want. I joined the business as a Consultant with 2 years experience & have been given the opportunity to grow & establish my own team in a new market - which you just wouldn't get in a lot of recruitment businesses. Fantastic brand that's instantly recognisable An adult recruitment environment that isn't all about metrics & KPI's, but actually about output & billings A great marketing budget that gives you every tool to find common ground with clients & candidates & grow meaningful professional relationships Great overall salary package with lots of flexible benefits

Cons

Some people in the past have struggled with the lack of structure around Business Development & the amount of freedom given to consultants to run their own desks. To be successful you need to be really committed to success & disciplined to follow up leads & opportunities on your own steam.

Great overall salary package with lots of flexible benefits

5 September 2019

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10 January 2020

Does Robert Walters have a pension plan?

Pros

Company culture, some work flexibility, ongoing training, learning development and resources available, good progression opportunities, wellbeing and retention of staff seems important

Cons

Ambiguity around bonus scheme, Not very clear how employees can make suggestions or have a tangible impact on improving the workplace environment. Facilities (bathrooms/showers etc) could do with an upgrade. Pension scheme not great.

Pension scheme not great.

10 January 2020

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26 August 2020

Does Robert Walters offer a wellness program?

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 September 2020

Does Robert Walters offer malpractice insurance?

Pros

Plenty of incentives Good annual leave and employee's insurance package Well organized training sessions, great for the less experienced recruiters Lively company culture Very multicultural Colleagues do tend to support each other ie great team spirit Workload does come in waves from time to time, which is normal in a recruitment firm Company system is well structured, database is neat and well built in general, quite convenient in terms of daily operation

Cons

Life is hard if you are not your senior's favorite Was guaranteed a Discretionary Bonus, never receive one (mind: not that I did not perform well!) Total compensation is low in general compared to other commission houses, sometimes even considered unfair Typically very KPI driven in general, hence merciless micro management. This also leads to some individuals mass spamming emails to candidates with irrelevant job experiences or some even calling their private phones just to meet call time targets Long hours (not because of work load, but because the senior is still around, and you WON'T want to be the one leaving earlier even though it is way after work hours) Be ready to anticipate work-related messages from your senior at non-office hours/weekends Team culture and mentality is too diverse among different teams, more of like a heaven and hell kind of situation Seriously political among seniors across teams

Good annual leave and employee's insurance package

17 September 2020

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