Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated April 17, 2014
Updated April 17, 2014
63 Reviews

3.2
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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)

  • Good training ground for those who are new to recruitment (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Turnover rates used to be high, but has reduced to regular attrition rates as with any sales job (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A bit ordinary

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

    Pros

    International opportunities, blue chip client base, social culture

    Cons

    Poor base salary and discretionary commission structure, very little additional training outside your initial 6 months, poor negative leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your staff and reward them better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot. You get to meet clients out of the office

    Cons

    They don't pay commission
    Training is very poor- they just let you loose and see what happens. They hire loads of recruiters and see who survives. They promised me loads of commission and it never happened even though I had a long period if billing. Avoid them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your recruiters and advise them before you hire them it's nothing other than a sales job. They are a number. Nothing more or less.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales centric organization, not as much growing opportunities for support staff

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

    Pros

    great working hours and location

    Cons

    high turnover and improper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't believe the hype!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The work can be interesting occasionally, the location is good and the people are ok.

    Cons

    They claim to have a "work hard, play hard" attitude but it is readily apparent that this is just what they say to get you in and you will end up doing very long hours (most of which is incredibly dull work or just thumb twiddling).

    The employees are civil but unsociable for the most part, teams of 7-10 people will go out for lunch in 1s and 2s. The occasional pint after work or at lunch time but these are few and far between.

    The work is repetative, low tech (mainly MS back office stuff but some linux servers) for the most part and extremely process driven.

    Documentation is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees to get them to sign up for something that doesn't exist. There is no life at Robert Walters, just endless hours and desperately trying to fill the time up with something useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're a recruiter, bad if you're in tech or any support role!

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

    Pros

    People who work there are mostly friendly and a good bunch.

    Cons

    Long long hours, very little reward for support staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people a bit better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag of good and bad

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

    Pros

    The training you receive from the company is generally well put together, which you receive from a number of experienced consultants across divisions.

    In general, the work culture is good and the majority of people are approachable and easy to get along with.

    If you really enjoy sales, and are highly motivated to earn some money, this job will likely interest you.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency about bonus systems - which has never been fully disclosed.

    It really depends on the team you join (work style, environment, jobs etc) - which could either make or break you.

    There is quite a lot of internal politics in the company - which some end up using to their advantage.

    Although the company upholds itself as a 'team based unit' etc, this is not the case and if you wish to get into this kind of job - you work only for yourself. This is not verbally communicated of course but it is evident.

    While the company has good internal opportunities if you are successful, outside of being a recruiter the longer you stay as a recruiter the more difficult you will find it to get a career elsewhere.

    The skills you develop there aren't really transferable to much else, unless of course you want to be a sales person for the rest of your career. You don't really become an expert in anything - arguably you are an expert in pretending to be an expert.

    You could even write a term paper on the work environment there comparing it to modern day 'taylorism.'

  8.  

    Force to do unethical recruitment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    a very relaxing working environment

    Cons

    I was forcing to recruit candidate into a very unstable company. I have helped a MNC to recruit an outsource resource and a few candidates left the company within 1 -2 months because they found something not right in the company. once candidate left, I have to recruit again though I knew this was not good to get candidate in and some more I have hidden the fact from the candidates even they have been asked. The last candidate was terminated after 2 months as customer stop the contract with the company. The candidate became jobless. I felt sorry and changed to IT department and didn't want to become recruiter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't simply accept any business as this is not good. Any company is not stable and having bad record just reject the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be wary- you have to hit target no matter what

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    Pros

    If you hit or exceed your targets- you can earn comission. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Can be quite tedious depending on the market- mine was not developed at all. The job was sold to me as if there would be a lot of big clients etc- in reality there was only one or two. I was cold calling at least twice a week, adding new contacts to the system and sending speculative CV's all day. Boring role- and tough market. I learned all I had to learn in 3 months- after that its just pure luck, hoping that the CV you chose to send to a person would be noticed.... if you don't hit financial targets, you will be sacked so be wary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise potential new candidates of the reality of their market before you hire them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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