Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 2 October, 2014
Updated 2 October, 2014
66 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good training programme in place, especially for people new to recruitment, which helps ease the process (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place if you are new to recruitment- and a graduate (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours- expect to be working til midnight Monday to Friday, weekends etc (in 5 reviews)

  • As with most sales roles, one has to sacrifice work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, hard work, good times.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Robert Walters are what makes them the best. Great fun with a healthy and fun bit of banter and competitiveness, which always pushes you to be the best you can be. Its a fun, fast paced environment. Working with the best in Japan is very inspiring as a newer consultant. Great training and support from management. If you do well, great financial benefits and good career opportunities, in Japan and internationally.

    Cons

    Quite process driven, which is good for learning the ropes and developing as a consultant.
    Hard work and very target driven, but good rewards when you hit/exceed targets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work, great environment, working with fun, hardworking people and good salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -what you put into the work you get out of it
    -team based environment
    -international opportunities
    -good location of office

    Cons

    -time management
    -missing targets/deadlines
    -sometimes the hours can be long but it's all about your working style and how effective you are managing things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing, keeping a positive attitude by motivating people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of growth and opportunity in a fun environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with individual and team goals
    Great managers who are available and helpful
    Fast paced office
    Fun team members and work events
    Ambition and tenacity are rewarded
    Corporate perks with a start-up feel
    No politics in this office
    Opportunity to work in international offices is very cool
    Diverse group of people!

    Cons

    Hours can be long but the return on the hours is directly correlated to your success so it's an individual decision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401K match

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work - long hours but the rewards are in line with this.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for promotion if you put the work in.

    Cons

    Long hours and competitive environment - you really need to be driven to go anywhere here but if you are you will see the returns both through renumeration and promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, good company but very little training / individual development which can leave frustration.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International opportunities - both within Robert Walters and Resource Solutions.
    Great Brand
    Good team ethos (generally).

    Cons

    Very little training - only promoted through the amount of revenue you bring in. No consideration of other areas which may contribute to being promoted, therefore many leave through frustration and little support.
    No flexi working, working from home. No work life balance at all.
    Micromanagement.
    Repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to promote staff fairly and quickly to avoid people leaving through frustration.
    Allow flexible working, treat staff more like adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Moderate company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Robert Walters as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits, and great co-workers, and the working environment is great. Flexible working hours and can meet many different people.

    Cons

    Not enough resources as there are many projects on-going and the work load is heavy, need more resources and the transformation pace is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more on companies vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great training ground and support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The company provides intensive training in all aspects of recruitment - from candidate and client management right down to writing job ads and database management. I have learnt so much here and the support systems have been equally impressive - from IT to Marketing to team support. Best part of this company would be its strong brand - it has helped open a lot of doors and opprtunities for me.

    Cons

    There is a constant expectation to perform and achieve targets - which I guess is part of sales. The company can also do better in terms of staff benefits, which may not be as competitive as some of the MNCs I have worked in before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on staff retention and consider improving staff benefits - beyond just sales incentives and the typical remuneration. The company is already a leader in the recruitment space and would definitely benefit by being innovative in designing unique reward systems and lead the industry with a highly competitive package - setting high standards for others to follow like what Google and LinkedIn have done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunities to be recognized for your strengths and interest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Senior management is willing to let me delve further in my areas of interest because I repeatedly come up with ideas for something that naturally excites me. Colleagues may come across cool and reserved at first but they do open up after awhile and are genuinely kind people. The downtown Shanghai office is a huge perk - it's sleek with a view of the city from the 36th floor.

    Cons

    It takes awhile for the company to get comfortable with new staff's abilities and potential because we come from various work backgrounds, so turnover of new people may be quite high. But as soon as they are comfortable that you have the DNA they look for, it opens up plenty of opportunities, and these people end up staying a good while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It wouldn't hurt to revisit existing incentive structures so that it better reflects the company's great values.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working as Recruitment Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Professional, Cool. learn a lot

    Cons

    stress, pressure, you know when you set target high, its tiered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One endless cycle of meeting mind numbing KPI's; gorified call center position.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Base salary is high for someone fresh out of university.
    Good database/systems used in order to recruit.

    Cons

    Stupid boys club in which their entire ambition in life amounts to getting drunk on weekends as if they are still in university.
    Team incentives and outings just involve your joke of a manager/director getting drunk with young consultants.
    An obsession with call statistics, cold calling and other wastes of time which just irritate clients and candidates.
    Getting ahead no matter what the cost, telling 40 people you are putting them forward for a role when you are not, just so that you have market control.
    Training amounts to nothing more than sale gimmicks, you are not consulting, you are a call center agent.
    One does not learn anything valuable; the area for which one recruits is still a mystery after recruitment.
    People who don't have a stupid, blank smile on their faces all day are seen as negative.
    You will dread getting up in the mornings, the hours are really bad and you spend them doing nothing interesting.
    This isn't for someone who spends their time thinking about process improvement.
    No input whatsoever is accepted from anyone if they are not a manager, they will be singing the same tune until they are blue in the face.
    Managers do not give real assistance, they just expect consistent results from a process that is largely based on chance.
    At first it is stimulating, but after 3 months there is nothing else to learn and you will keep on carrying out the same process every single day afterwards.

    In short, don't make the same mistake I did, there arr so many better and more rewarding careers out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what is wrong with the company, you are all just too comfortable to do anything about it.

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