Robert Half Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
840 Reviews

3.0
840 Reviews
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Robert Half Chairman and CEO Harold M. Messmer Jr.
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369 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work options with good work / life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Great training and tools for success although some training scenarios are unrealistic (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • They micro-manage their employees and do not promote a work life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • No work life balance- hours are 8-6, lunch breaks frowned upon (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - PeopleSoft Developer  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - PeopleSoft Developer in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, phenomenal leadership, support and Team.

    Cons

    There are not much cons and its a good company to work

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity like no other

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High standards and ethical approach to client development and building candidate relationships. Unlimited career opportunities for those willing to work hard to set the industry standard.

    Cons

    Challenges are also opportunities. High expectations for continual growth. This is not the right environment for everyone, but for those who can meet the standards, it is very rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Contracts Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Contracts Assistant  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts Assistant in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great company to work for, very friendly positive people. Great atmosphere always nice and clean inside and out. Robert Half really care about helping people succeed.

    Cons

    All thought I enjoyed working for Robert Half the commute was a bite much for me It took me and hour and a half to get to and from work so over three hours commute. That was the only part I didn't enjoy.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Another Bad Company

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of jobs flow across their plate

    Cons

    Have a HIGH overhead. Wages are LOW
    Don't count on them to have your back. They only care about their customers- the people who pay them. Beware
    They can be Flakey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recruiting Manager

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Robert Half full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot of support and structure. The company knows what it is doing and they have been doing it successfully for years. There is a huge opportunity to learn here.

    Cons

    Feels a little bit like the scene from office space when 5 bosses come by on a regular basis to ask about the TPS reports. Too much management. They push the importance of hitting numbers too much and do not care about the quality of candidates you meet with and the relationships you build.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up and give your employees a bit more.

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

    I love working for Robert Half

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people and sense of community are what make Robert Half a great company to work for. They have flexible schedule, work-life balance and standard benefits. Great vacation accrual perks the longer your tenure.

    Cons

    There's a lot of political silos and efficiency is frowned upon by management. The leadership at the director level is great but things move very slow. Unless you dedicate to working 60-70 hours noting will get done, there's little investment in changing the way things have always been although there are pockets of people seeking to change the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your star employees or you'll lose them to other companies interested in finding talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse job experience ever

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Robert Half full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training ground to learn alot about the business and working in a corporate environment, but I wouldn't suggest staying for more than 2 years.

    Cons

    Terrible, low compensation. High turnover. Low morale. Company doesn't value talented, hardworking individuals nor do they try to retain them. Top heavy company. Too many micro-managers. Only promote favorites not those that deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working Full Time, Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Work life Balance, good culture

    Cons

    Not much opportunities for Career Growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue what you are going. It is working great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was interesting learning about the nuances of the world's leading staffing company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Robert Half full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Robert Half employees many talented, hard working people.

    Cons

    The corporate infrastructure is not kept current. The company focuses it's resources on keeping the branch offices on the edge of technology. Many workgroups in the corporate office are competitive and not collaborative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the employees to have more autonomy. Be comfortable and encourage collaboration amongst different departments. Be supportive of your employees when they are interested in participating in company wide events. Set up meaningful development plans to encourage growth within the corporate office versus staying in one department for an entire career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Below average pay, No Advancement. Cheap company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful location at Bishop Ranch with many amenities. CEO very down to earth and friendly individual. Rare to find these days,

    Cons

    For a staffing company who should value employees, this company fails. Average pay is easily 10K below market. There were a few open positions in accounting for months, which they finally filled. Why? Offered to 2 people earlier who did not show up to work, due to poor pay grade. And don't even talk about the turnover here in IT. They just cannot keep people long enough with poor salary. Big fail.
    No Advancement. Big deal if you want to apply for an open position. You cannot put an application unless you fill out a department transfer form which should be signed by your managers, and upper management. Only after that HR will accept your resume. An age old process which discourages anyone to apply. Unlike other company where all you have to do is submit your resume. This company is way backwards.
    Company very cheap. This year for summer event, it is on a weekend. Families are invited, but would would want to go to San Ramon again and waste their Sat. Prior years it used to be on a week day, but company cannot handle employees having fun, and not working at their desks. So this year event moved to Sat, so company won't lose money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and smell the roses before you start losing valuable talent. Market is getting hot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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