Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
75 Reviews
3.6
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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)

  • Team based structure, so very little of the backstabbing that happens at a lot of firms (in 5 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Moderate company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    Great first job; not that career position

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

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

    Pros

    As a first job out of university working in a recruitment firm really does give you a great understanding of commercial sales skills, and how to be successful at sales. Robert Walters mantra is different from many of its competitors, it places an emphasis on the job-seeker and clients needs before that of the consultants i.e. commission. What this this allows is for you to purely focus on doing your job, without any adverse interests. Its a good lesson, as if you work hard, the rest will look after itself.

    Cons

    Long hours- working in sales means in many respects you have to be 'in it; to win it'. If you put the hours in you will generally find success and reward; if you do the bare minimum, often you won't. Sales is very black and white in that respect and you can't take short-cuts. The position itself does become a little monotonous, especially in the current market / wider economic environment we operate in. Cost- low rates, low fees, highly competitive recruitment market with rate hikes, and often the appetite to recruit and higher not in the mind set. I found myself speaking to a lot of job-seekers out of work, needing a job, and not being able to find one- it all become a little depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize the junior staff members. A company is only as good as its employees. If the company is to truly kick-on and really enhance its global standing as the market leader as a professional recruitment consultancy then senior management shouldn't discourage entrepreneurialism; its should embrace it and support it. I found most of the senior management were very short and narrow minded, and wouldn't know what the notion of 'business continuity planning' was if it smacked them in the face. Most of the management entered the recruitment market pre-2007 when it was well, too easy to make money- then the global financial crisis happened. What this means is, management in play don't understand or know how to adapt to modern market conditions. I witnessed a lot of talented; intelligent graduate calibre professionals leave the company very frustrated- this was often due to sloppy management and a lack of support / guidance.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    overall is fine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    good colleagues

    Cons

    in-transparency compensation

  6.  

    Know your company

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

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction. A surprise culture of "surprise you're actually not doing that well."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate the people around you. Invest in those who are making the effort

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A place to learn recruitment

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

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good incentive programs, agressive culture, diversified and really international

    Cons

    Too much gorssip in the office. Management team are too young.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good to the 2 tier management team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start out, but not for the long-haul

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

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    -Great training program for recruiters without any experience
    -Coworkers for the most part are good people
    -Company has lots of money in the bank for operation

    Cons

    -Way too many politics
    -No transparency
    -Bonus structure is not equal across divisions and teams
    -KPI driven to the extent of having a micro manager riding you fulltime
    -Promotions and career advancement are difficult, often based on luck of the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a difference between an Associate Consultant, Consultant and Senior Consultant, as such KPIs should be restructured to fit each level respectively.

    No opinion of CEO

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