Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
75 Reviews
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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.  

    Fun environment, Competitive culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Robert Walters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun Environment
    Competitive Culture
    Meritocratic

    I was an intern at robert walters singapore. Through my observations and interactions, the company had a rather fun-loving employees. They were largely young and full of energy who had a penchant for reaching targets. I know for a fact that the money can be really attractive in this company. Bonuses are generous, albeit not fully transparent. If you have the will to succeed and is extremely client oriented, you can potentially be one of the largest billers in the office.

    Cons

    Competitive Culture
    Meritocratic

    The above being said, the fact remains that RW is a largely competitive, quota driven, hit or you're out company. During my short stint of 2 months there, I witnessed a handful of people leaving the company. Convert that to percentage, I reckon it would be in the range of 5-10%.

    Once, there was a fresh consultant whom i got to know at the start of the week, and by the following week he was gone. Poof, just like that. And the response to why was it so, it was merely a very matter of fact response - "he couldn't perform".

    I guess people disappearing might hurt the morale of the company somewhat. But then again, it is the nature of this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good company but was mismanaged at the time

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

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

    Pros

    Very international, vibrant, worked with colleagues and clients, candidates from all over the world. Fun loving culture and the company provided Friday fresh fruits, weekly or monthly parties / recreational activities. High quality employees, smart people in the company. Very driven culture with regular all-staff meeting conducted to charge everyone up with go-getter energy

    Cons

    too KPI focused. Almost rigid about the number of phone calls made, meetings made. It sometimes made employees go for these metrics than going for final deals, which means people waste lots of productive time, just to get the stress off their mind. At the mid of 2012, many people resigned and the company suffered from low morale. Everyone felt they could be kicked out any point of time and the company did not treasure any individual. Another problem is their discretionary bonus which had no transparency. Consultants complain about that a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe the management has changed since 2012. Heard things are better now however the KPI driven nature is in its genes. It is important to make sure the culture is intact and people are happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Very challenging work and good team play.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be a bit stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to be

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

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

    Pros

    Good enviornment. Team atmosphere. Higher salaries than other agencies.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility and long hours. You need to work incredibly hard to get anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work - long hours but the rewards are in line with this.

    • 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

    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
  7.  

    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
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    Great place to work - one of the few recruitment firms where you can actually build a career

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for career progression (internationally as well)
    Team based structure, so very little of the backstabbing that happens at a lot of firms
    Great office and benefits
    Managers invest time in training new staff, so a great place to learn

    Cons

    Too many meetings
    Too much structure at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having as many meetings about meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Strong company management and friendly corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Robert Walters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, strong care from management towards employees, and there is a clear support in training programs even for interns.

    Cons

    Keep up the good work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best place to work

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

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

    Pros

    It is a good environment to work on. It has relaxed environment and also has good projects to work on, not not much pressure on work

    Cons

    Timings are of Consultants. It starts from 8:30 in the morning till 6:00 PM in the evening. I feel this is much higher when compared to other software development offices. Also it makes you tired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes needs to be done on the Software development department regarding timings as per industry standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Steep learning curve and challenging, but overall good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good team dynamics with lots of info sharing across the floor. There has been some major changes in senior management, but it has started to stabilise and business confidence is growing. Excellent company culture with lots of staff events/drinks which helps staff bond, particularly with support staff. There is a good training programme in place, especially for people new to recruitment, which helps ease the process. The company has a great brand name, which helps when reaching out to clients/candidates, and a strong database which makes the job more manageable.

    Cons

    It is ultimately a sales-driven role, so you will have to be prepared to work hard, and work smart. There are KPIs to achieve, but nowadays this has eased up slightly. Turnover rates used to be high, but has reduced to regular attrition rates as with any sales job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can look at more ways to interact with the team outside of work to help establish stronger relationships between management and staff, which will help foster a better sense of belonging and more open channels of communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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