Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 21 Jan 2021

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Robert Walters
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Pros
  • "Friendly, collaborative working environment(in 47 reviews)

  • "Good training and onboarding process for people without prior recruitment experience(in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Comparatively long hours (just the nature of recruitment in general)(in 47 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance, flexibility, KPI based progression(in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Business to start your Career With"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -leading agency -reputable brand -clear progression plans -great PSA accounts -fun culture

    Cons

    -discretionary bonus structure is unclear -long hours expected -you will be micro managed through your kpi’s -can be a bit of a high school environment with politics

    Robert Walters Response

    January 14, 2021Human Resources

    Thanks for your review. I agree with your points about our fun culture and clear progression opportunities and I think we’ve made a lot of great investments to address work/life balance. Indeed, I want all our people to have the flexibility and autonomy they need to do their jobs well, without being held back by micromanagement or office politics. I’d be really keen to get some more details from you so that we can make any necessary improvements, so please feel free to email me at at james.dalrymple@robertwalters.com.au and we can set up a confidential conversation. James Dalrymple Director – Robert Walters Melbourne


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good for new starters in recruitment"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    - Good training - Good PSAs

    Cons

    - Does not pay the best in market

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Global company with a corporate environment"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people and a fun culture

    Cons

    Long working hours. Too many managers

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    Robert Walters Response

    November 25, 2020HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I'm pleased to hear that you found our culture fun and enjoyable - our strong team culture is something that we’re really proud of. I know that getting the right work/life balance isn't always easy, and it's been tough at times as we and lots of other organisations have navigated the challenges posed by Covid-19. We are fortunate to have a robust tech setup which enables flexibility for our staff, but I know there's always more we can do to improve. If you have any other comments or feedback, I’d be happy to hear them – feel free to email me and we can set up a confidential chat -sinead.hourigan@robertwalters.com.au Thanks, Sinead Hourigan - Managing Director – Brisbane

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good for first job - leave after 2 years"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    social culture, career progression, respected global brand

    Cons

    bullying from higher management, boys club, discretionary bonus.

    Robert Walters Response

    October 27, 2020Human Resources

    Thanks for your review. I appreciate you taking the time and I’m concerned about some of the points you’ve raised. Bullying is behaviour that I would not tolerate and would like to get some further details about your experience so that we can investigate. You can email me at james.dalrymple@robertwalters.com.au and we can set up a confidential conversation. James Dalrymple Director – Robert Walters Melbourne

  6. "Lots of opportunities to grow if you're new to recruitment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities for progression and clearly defined career paths - Freedom to manage your own desk, generous allowances for client-related expenses - Pleasant social culture (well-organised events each quarter, Friday drinks, team bonding sessions) - Lots of training & development, particularly for Associate Consultants

    Cons

    - Discretionary bonus - Long working hours expected and not a lot of flexibility here - Some managers promoted based on tenure and billings - High staff turnover across the business

    Robert Walters Response

    September 25, 2020Human Resources

    Thanks for your review — feedback like this is helpful. I understand that work/life balance is something that can be a struggle at times in our industry, we are very aware of this and are working hard to promote and encourage a more balanced approach, we are lucky enough to have fantastic technology and resources available to us to help enable this. If you have any other comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Thanks, James Dalrymple Director, Melbourne

  7. "I wish I never left!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  9. "Excellent Culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  10. "Absolutely love it!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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