Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 25 Jul 2020

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Robert Walters
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  • "Long hours But that’s what is required to be successful(in 40 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance, flexibility, KPI based progression(in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great Business to start your Career With"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was a Senior Consultant in the Melbourne Office. Overall excellent culture, people and team. The friends you make there will be friends for life. Structure and best practice habit development, legacy accounts, brand name. Ability to build a genuine career for yourself and earn a 6 figure salary within 1-2 years. Excellent Director in charge (Melbourne) that genuinely cares for his staff.

    Cons

    Similar to big 4 in terms of progression timing which is discretionary, bonus are discretionary (but fair). When you start billing higher numbers the bonuses start becoming less and less competitive, however for 90% of consultants the bonus structure will actually benefit you in comparison to peers. Can be smoke and mirrors for progression opportunities, often it is down to timing and 'waiting' for the right progression slot to open up.

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  2. "I wish I never left!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Candidate Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This company truly does things right! They don't receive commission like most agencies. Instead the have a salary and team/individual bonus, a structure which makes much more sense in this industry and leads to better culture/teamwork and MUCH better candidate/client care! They care about their employees and show it immensely with an annual incentive trip to a new place around the globe. They send a few lucky employees to Africa for a mission trip every year, charity day, happy hours, great benefits, opportunity to transfer globally or work from other offices temporarily. They sponsor incredible causes. Everyone there looks like a supermodel. It was amazing. Great money, enjoyable work!

    Cons

    I wish my progression was discussed more


  3. "Great place to start but constant struggle to retain talented senior recruiters"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Suited to junior consultants looking to learn the industry at global brand name organisation • Structured training program • Fun colleagues to work with and a social office culture • Large portfolio of established clients to work with • Well organised corporate days and fun employee activities • Generous company expense budget

    Cons

    • Cloak and dagger bonus structure - lack of transparency when it comes to distribution of bonuses, often decided arbitrarily by non-billing managers • Becoming a Top Biller at the company does not automatically guarantee an excellent cash bonus compared to the market • The company can and will move the goal post regularly - bonus day is the day that most senior consultants dread within the business • Extremely high turnover of experienced recruiters (vast majority of the company are fresh graduates as a result) • The company has done little over the years to rectify the above criticisms from numerous former staff members

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    Robert Walters Response

    May 14, 2020Human Resources

    Thanks for your review - I am pleased that you liked the social office culture amongst our colleagues that we work hard to create. Our discretionary bonus system isn’t typical in the recruitment industry, but helps us differentiate ourselves on the quality of service, ensuring that our candidates and clients come first. I’m happy to arrange a confidential conversation so that you can share a bit more about your experience. Feel free to email me at jess.winters@robertwalters.com.au Jess Winters, Talent Acquisition Manager - ANZ, Robert Walters

  4. "Excellent Culture"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training, Culture, Team-based incentives, Soft-skill development, International Business

    Cons

    Work-life balance, flexibility, KPI based progression

  5. "Absolutely love it!"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  6. "Meh"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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    Robert Walters Response

    January 6, 2020Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. I was disappointed to read that you felt there was hostility from the management — if you like, I’d appreciate setting up a confidential conversation with you so that I can get a few more details about your experience—you can contact me at sinead.hourigan@robertwalters.com.au. Your feedback is much appreciated and helps us improve our employee experience. Many thanks, Sinead Hourigan Director, Robert Walters Brisbane

  7. "Great career progression opportunities"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Not your typical global"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  9. "Great Culture and work environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  10. "RW"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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