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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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Pros
  • "Totally not a traditional corporate; relaxed working environment & fun office(in 34 reviews)

  • "Good training, great culture and opportunity to progress in your career in Australia or overseas(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "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
  2. "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
  3. "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
  4. "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
  5. "Fun colleagues, questionable management"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture Good training program

    Cons

    No work-life balance Poor salary Unclear bonus structure Strong bias and favouritism by the senior exec team

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis needed on looking after your employees

    Robert Walters2019-07-03
  6. "7/10"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture Flexible when required

    Cons

    Average pay Competitive and sometimes toxic workplace Career progression only if you are seen as the favourite

    Robert Walters2019-06-28

    Robert Walters Response

    September 3, 2019Human Resources

    Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback—I’m glad to read that you’ve found our company culture to be generally positive. That said, I’d be keen to learn more about your comments regarding the general office environment. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss in further detail, I’d be happy to have a confidential discussion with you. If so, please email me to arrange. James Dalrymple Director, Robert Walters Melbourne

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  7. "Great company with lots of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, great culture and opportunity to progress in your career in Australia or overseas.

    Cons

    Longer hours are needed here and there but nothing unreasonable

    Advice to Management

    Great management team, supportive, experienced and always have time to talk.

    Robert Walters2019-05-29
  8. "Great people - no balance"

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    Former Employee - Revenue Assurance Administrative in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Great people who are fun

    Cons

    Long hours and no flexibility

    Robert Walters2019-05-30

    Robert Walters Response

    June 14, 2019Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments—feedback from current and former employees is always useful for helping us know where we can improve. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss in further detail, I’d be happy to have a confidential discussion with you. If so, please email me at dimitra.christopoulos@robertwalters.com.au to arrange. Dimi Christopoulos Finance Director, Robert Walters Melbourne

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  9. "Great training, culture and career development"

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

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

    Pros

    Initial training program sets you up for success Great culture, has significantly improved over the past 18 months Support from management to have autonomy, but also help where needed Always opportunities to move to one of 30 countries

    Cons

    Long hours, but is essential in recruitment

    Advice to Management

    Keep tracking on the current path

    Robert Walters2019-05-09
  10. "accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    prompt work towards candidates and very good organised

    Cons

    no feedback provided if unsuccessful

    Advice to Management

    narrow the number of workers

    Robert Walters2019-03-10
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