Robert Half

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Robert Half Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
909 Reviews
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Robert Half Chairman and CEO Harold M. Messmer Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work options with good work / life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Great training and tools for success although some training scenarios are unrealistic (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • They micro-manage their employees and do not promote a work life balance (in 55 reviews)

  • No work life balance- hours are 8-6, lunch breaks frowned upon (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not for the tame or lame for that matter....

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

    I have been working at Robert Half full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Robert Half is a global business and you really can move anywhere in the world with them. Those who perform well will always be rewarded financially and with corporate gifts to one of their many high achievers events. The training is excellent and I genuinely believe that if you are not succesful with RH then give up recruitment and find another job.... This ain't the career for you. It's awesome for the awesome folk!

    Cons

    Lack of female leadership and a real sense of the boys brigade leading the way.... All management seem to be friends with one another and they speak about their employees behind their backs. A lot of people feel really intimidated by the constant cheap talk and sleezy attitude of some of the men. This seems to be bred into them by Senior management....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the brothel chat! Make it a professional environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great business, well respected, grows talent and supports you in your career development

    • 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 Half full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get invested in by management and senior leadership to keep progressing and pushing your career to the next level
    Fantastic benefits and recognition schemes for all levels
    Progressive culture which brings / should bring the best out of everyone

    Cons

    Like most recruitment businesses hours and commitment to the job can take over your life but you are compensated for this in many ways as mentioned above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great progression & personal development, feel part of a successful environment!

    • 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 Half full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great, organic progression with one business, UK & overseas.
    Business responsive to new ideas when supported with a business plan and building upon core Robert Half principles.
    Vibrant, high energy environment.
    Training and investment throughout your career.

    Cons

    Long hours when necessary, no different to any other corporate agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good when it's good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Half full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A friendly consultative environment, everyone does their best to help you and see you succeed. There's a wealth of Recruitment advice from every manager's years of experience and they are all very approachable from Divisional Managers all the way to the Vice Presidents. Very transparent, you always know where you stand.

    Cons

    Difficult to achieve KPIs and a best policies practice that makes it hard for a quick turn around. There is a very high standard of performance measured in billings and invoicing that you need to be hitting almost from the first month.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abysmal, boring, pointless work with ignorant, small-minded, money grubbing sales typrs

    • 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 Half full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There simply aren't any pros. They have absolutely nothing to recommend them as regards a place of work.

    Cons

    Outrageously dull work. You just call people, ask them if they have any jobs they need people recruited for, and then you call people asking if they want a job. For 11 hellish hours a day... It is beyond terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you could stop being such aggressively boring people and minimise the rampant bullying culture at the company, that would help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A place to build a fabulous career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is no recruiting firm in the marketplace I would work for other than Robert Half. While no large company can be perfect, the quality of the character represented in the senior management team, the emphasis on and the resources available from a training standpoint and the power of the brand name are unbeatable. Not to be dramatic, but my heart breaks when I read posts from the disgruntled, bitter handful- when I personally know the outstanding support, care and great times I have had over the years with the company. I'm proud to work for Robert Half.

    Cons

    Make no mistake, RH is a publically traded firm and they run "a business". Over the years they will adjust things such as the compensation plan or even the number of branch office locations to keep in step with the economic climate as they are savvy, solid business operators tasked with growing revenues. They are a typical corporate environment from that standpoint, and the advantage the recruiting teams have from being part of a big brand name in the marketplace means they have the corporate expectations to go with it. With that, in very rare circumstances have I seen what some people comment about it being a culture of cutthroats or sharks, in fact the compensation model and management team encourages collaboration at all junctures. When I see people claiming otherwise, I simply see people that aren't excited about learning a proven model and doing goal driven business development, and that's ok, sales oriented roles are not for everyone! Clearly in a large organization, I cannot speak for every division in every branch of the entire corporation, and I'm sure there have been some rough patches over the years. With that, get to know your local management team, and make your own decision if interviewing. If the role suits you, and you miss out because of some lopsided posts online, you will be missing out on a fantastic opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great training, great people, very corporate and regimented!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Half full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training, management, resources, people, progression

    Cons

    Too restrictive (for me), no room for imagination or entrepreneurial-ism, bonus component too slim

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for in the UK but an apathetic and laggard Corporate Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good Pay Package (Above market rates, Private Healthcare, Pension),
    Flexitime in most departments
    "Employee/People" centric company culture

    Cons

    The company is very centralised with all key IT decisions happening in the US where corporate staff resides, and where all key IT projects and innovations emanate from.
    This is to be expected for an international company of this size, who needs to ensure the requirements of the whole organisation are taken into account.
    However, the corporate machine is sluggish and sometimes lethargic, and as a consequence misses innovation opportunities by not encouraging business units to pursue tactical localised innovations.
    Instead, centralised "strategic" innovation seems to be the only acceptable way of innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure innovation is encouraged and engineered wherever business buy-in exists, not where you would 'prefer' it to be designed & architected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare of an employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    slightly better basic salary than most of their competitors

    Cons

    too many to mention, KPI's that will make your eyes bleed, everyone hates everyone else. staff hate the managers, managers hate the directors, and everyone hates the MD. The directors want 200 calls a week but all they do is come in at 10.00, log onto their Ipad, online shop, then leave at 5pm. staff turnover is the highest in the industry, no one pass's probation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

  11.  

    Typical od most sales roles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in City of London, England (UK)

    I worked at Robert Half

    Pros

    Good opportunity to earn a significant commission package.

    Cons

    Merit is limited to personal sales levels.
    Absence of any kind of intellectual stimulation.
    Aggressive environment, an extremely high employee turnover rate.
    Consultants lack knowledge of the industries they hire for.
    No opportunity to develop expertise, your career will be limited to HR/recruitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the advice given in the RHI Management publication- at present it's all stick, no carrot, and every man for himself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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