Robert Walters

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4 people found this helpful  

Disjointed, low morale and high turnover office

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

Pros

A well established company with international opportunities

Cons

In recent years, the Singapore office has seen massive turnover at all levels and current management is poor and unpopular. The nature of the company means its a place for people to start their recruitment careers, and then move on. This is principally because its low paid both in terms of salary package and commission. The comment below that its an excellent place to work is clearly by a Manager/Director who is in denial. Morale is the worst I've ever experienced, as is turnover. There are better places you can start your recruiting career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As with the previous comment, no advice is given because nothing will change. This is an office in terminal decline.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definately the best recruitment firm to work in Japan, especially as a new consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Good classroom and on the job training program, and framework for new starters
    Great team based culture with strong support network
    Attractive success based financial rewards
    Well known brand and well regarded in the Japan/Asia market

    Cons

    Very target/KPI focussed (but it is a sales job)
    Team culture can really vary acrros the company
    Non-transparent bonus structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the fun and dont sacrifice the culture in pursuit of cost cutting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    An opportunity to help the careers of your senior management - Singapore office

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

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

    Pros

    The IT systems are great and run quickly. The database is easy to use and the training team is very adept at teaching you how to use it properly and get the most of it. In Singapore, it also helps that the APAC IT Systems are located in the same office and are very approachable if you have any trouble.

    Cons

    I really cannot comment if the same is true of other Robert Walters offices, but the Singapore office is the personal fiefdom of a select few directors and associate directors who have used it to enrich themselves and protect their own jobs at the expense of everybody else. In just one year, Robert Walters Singapore lost every single one of their managers (except for one horrendous woman who is friends with the Associate Director) and two of their senior directors. Consultants make no money from their placements and their is no transparency on how you could be rewarded for your efforts. The Directors simply take all the profit from the company and force everybody underneath out with increasingly unrealistic and impossible KPIs. They exist solely to berate you for not hitting your unreachable targets and following your notes on the database so that they can leap on the slightest mistake and justify their existence. One Associate Director openly uses her time at the office to go to pilates and massage sessions and uses up most of the secretaries time to manage her personal life. Senior management take no responsibility for their bad decisions and instead fire consultants and managers en masse and slave drive everybody into working longer hours. The majority of your time at RW Singapore will be spent staying in the office till midnight every night just to hit certain targets and KPIs that don't contribute to anything actually productive. It also takes about a week to get a CV formatted from your secretaries because they are too busy arranging senior management's social life - a joke in competitive fast-paced industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for the senior management of RW Singapore. You are all entrenched with each other for so long that you will not allow any advice to penetrate your corrupt minds. You will continue to run your empire for as long as possible at the expense of anybody unfortunate enough to work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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