Robert Half Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
841 Reviews
3.0
841 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Robert Half Chairman and CEO Harold M. Messmer Jr.
Harold M. Messmer Jr.
360 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)

More Highlights

9 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 4 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 for more than a 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.

  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting point but zero work/life balance

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

    I worked at Robert Half

    Pros

    great corporate atmosphere, people passionate about making money, people making serious amounts of money sitting next to you, great starting point into the corporate world

    Cons

    no work life balance, took 7 days off in over a year, job hours were basically 8am-8pm, had to go in on saturdays etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    send everyone to shadow an accounts team for a week, that way instead of just saying positions (management/financial accountant etc.) people will actual know what it entails

  9.  

    Good place to work if you want to work hard and be accountable to yourself for your success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    I have been working at Robert Half

    Pros

    clear bonus scheme, meritocracy, independence to build your own desk

    Cons

    hard work, long hours, and takes 6-9 months to get good at job to begin to realise financial benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management need to get up to date with modern management techniques

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

    I worked at Robert Half

    Pros

    Good training if new in industry will give you a good base to go and find a new job in the industry after 6 Months

    Cons

    Hours, Management Autocratic.
    Should you have experience they try and brain wash you into doing it the Robert Half way?
    Staff who have longer service get away with what ever they want and new staff a treated very badly close to been bullied by senior staff and Management
    management have no vision and are always having to change what they implement as they do not do the research required when making changes (staff involvement Key)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up your staff make the money for the company you give guidence and support (Adolf Hitler died 60 years ago)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Robert Half? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.