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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2020

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4.3
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Robert Walters
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Totally not a traditional corporate; relaxed working environment & fun office(in 37 reviews)

  • "Good training programme especially for new people to the industry(in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Great career progression opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *clear career progression path *great culture, you are surrounded by motivated well performing consultants *great opportunity to learn *relocation opportunities

    Cons

    *discretionary bonus structure *big company - consultants need to understand there are processes to be followed

    Robert Walters2019-11-12
  2. "Absolutely love it!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    You're given freedom and trust to build your own desk how you want. If you're hired here, they believe in you and really want you to succeed. The team based structure really works and I've seen massive benefits for candidates and clients.

    Cons

    Standard working hours are quite long but there are good flexible working options available e.g. working from home.

    Advice to Management

    Consider revising the working hours.

    Robert Walters2020-01-08
  3. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Brisbane

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some nice people and tools

    Cons

    The manager treated people with hostility

    Advice to Management

    Do better

    Robert Walters2019-12-24
  4. "Not your typical global"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, excellent formal and informal training, significant tech and tools available to Consultants. Clearly defined career paths, extensive contribution to charitable causes, great engagement with industry, consultative approach to clients and genuine commitment to a strong candidate experience.

    Cons

    No cons in my opinion.

    Robert Walters2019-11-07
  5. "Great Culture and work environment"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Staff Good leader who is always happy to chat Good training programme especially for new people to the industry Very team focussed and everyone is really supportive Good culture and friendly fun work environment

    Cons

    more flexibility around work arrangements

    Robert Walters2019-11-06
  6. "RW"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Training, very friendly staff - results driven employees

    Cons

    Intense environment, although you do learn a lot

    Robert Walters2019-10-27
  7. "Big pockets to spend on client and candidates"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Incentives, team trips and other benefits for high performers - Since you spend many hours there it's inevitable to become good friends with your colleagues

    Cons

    - Long working hours - Discretionary bonus structure set by Manager or Director which is affected by likability

    Advice to Management

    Focus on promoting people to Managers with leadership experience

    Robert Walters2019-10-17
  8. "Amazing company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 10 years

    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.

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    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.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Robert Walters2019-09-07
  9. "Good for training/starting out in recruitment but not for the long term"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Parramatta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good structured training schedule when you start out in recruitment - You will be introduced to a good client base and will learn the basics

    Cons

    - Very KPI driven environment - Phone times, number of calls and CV's sent will all be monitored and tracked - Catch-ups with management weekly (micro-management environment) to discuss KPI's (as above) - No flexibility or opportunity to work from home - Lunchtimes have to be split amongst the team so that there is phone cover - Commission structure is "team based" meaning you will never really earn more than 10% - no flexibility around working hours you will have to be at your desk for 8am and you can't finish until 5:30pm - promotion is based on merit rather than merit and attitude/ ability to lead which means people end up in management roles who have little or no leadership skills - strict "uniform" like policy meaning suits are expected to be worn, not allowed to have facial hair and brown shoes are not allowed - No client negotiating power everything has to be signed off at Director level and they are not flexible on fee % meaning you will miss out on high volume SME clients - no independence or trust amongst Management and Employees

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    Advice to Management

    Need to get with the times in regards to working environment and flexibility. It feels like a school environment with set times for lunches and working hours as well as the micro-management environment. Management need to trust employees and should focus on outcomes rather than number of calls made. I remember wasting time on the phone just to have the phone times up for no other point than to hit a KPI - ridiculous!

    Robert Walters2019-09-03
  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Amazing culture - everyone who works at RW makes friends for life. - Training is great - Company takes feedback really well and always try to better things that are flagged - RW puts on lots of really fun social events -Facilitate international opportunities

    Cons

    - lack of transparency re bonuses - but it didnt really bother me that much to be honest. - Success of the business is in Finance and if you're in a non-finance part of the business, it is really hard work.

    Robert Walters2019-08-16
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