Robert Walters Sydney Reviews

Updated 29 May 2020

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19 Ratings
  1. "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

  2. "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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible ..."

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Legal Worker in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing good about them at all.

    Cons

    Robert Walters are nothing more than parasites. They do not value their contract workers at all.

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    Robert Walters Response

    May 13, 2020Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. I was disappointed to read that you feel that we do not value our contractor workforce — 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. Your feedback is much appreciated and will help us improve our contractor experience. John Meehan Director, NSW John.Meehan@robertwalters.com.au

  4. "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

  5. "RW"

    4.0
    Former Freelancer - Student in Sydney

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Awesome culture with a vibrant, young and fun office

    Cons

    Not something I could have seen myself staying at long term

    Robert Walters Response

    March 23, 2020Human Resources

    Thanks for your review. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed your time with us — indeed, vibrant and fun is exactly the kind of culture we work hard to create. That said, I was disappointed that you felt that the role wasn’t something you could see yourself doing longer term, and would be open to finding out why. I’m happy to arrange a confidential conversation so that you can share a bit more about your experience and how we might improve. Feel free to email me at jess.winters@robertwalters.com.au. Thanks, Jess Winters Talent Acquisition Manager - ANZ, Robert Walters

  6. "Great career progression opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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

  7. "RW"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  8. "Biggest time wasters in existence"

    1.0
    Former Contractor - Candidate Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Robert Walters for less than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, prestige associated with company

    Cons

    They call you in for a FIVE STAGE interview process for an entry level casual role. Ridiculous and over the top. Only after receiving an offer do they tell you they're paying minimum wage, and expect you to be at work for 9.5 hours a day but only pay you for 7.6 hours a day, with no overtime paid. They lie and tell you it's a long term role, but then send you a contract for a temporary role and a 1 day notice period. They also expect employees to do "business development" for a few hours every day, which is essentially cold calling candidates off LinkedIn and Seek and pretending to interview them for non-existent roles to gain information off them such as their managers names. I don't know how a company this large is engaging in such unethical practices!!!

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    Robert Walters Response

    December 4, 2019Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I was concerned by many of the points you raised and would appreciate the chance to investigate them further—and hopefully clarify any misunderstandings you may have had about your contract, our business practices or our policies. I’d like to assure you that we are fully committed to compensating our people fairly and offering intellectually stimulating careers, always with honesty and integrity at the heart of what we do. I’d be grateful if you could email me directly at meghan.donnithorne@robertwalters.com.au to arrange a confidential discussion about your experience. Many thanks, Meghan Donnithorne Director, Robert Walters Sydney

  9. "Amazing company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    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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  10. "Good for training/starting out in recruitment but not for the long term"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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