Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
66 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)

  • Great place if you are new to recruitment- and a graduate (in 3 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.  

    Know your company

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction. A surprise culture of "surprise you're actually not doing that well."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate the people around you. Invest in those who are making the effort

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Robert Walters is a great employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Good Personal Growth, good Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Aggressive Targets, highly competitive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Line up incentives to the pay structure.

  3.  

    Steep learning curve and challenging, but overall good company

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    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot. You get to meet clients out of the office

    Cons

    They don't pay commission
    Training is very poor- they just let you loose and see what happens. They hire loads of recruiters and see who survives. They promised me loads of commission and it never happened even though I had a long period if billing. Avoid them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your recruiters and advise them before you hire them it's nothing other than a sales job. They are a number. Nothing more or less.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales centric organization, not as much growing opportunities for support staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    great working hours and location

    Cons

    high turnover and improper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work! International, nice people, fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    International work environment. Many workers from different countries. English is the standard language for communication.

    People working at Robert Walters is very nice. It is very fun working with them.

    Compensation is good to meet hardwork.

    Cons

    I am pretty happy with the environment I work. It sounds untrue but I do not have negative feelings to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep motivating workers with many ways as you are doing today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Glorified "Car-salesman" position

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Multi-cultural staff
    Lively
    The company does spend a lot on looking good, and trying to pamper clients. Thus, there is a lot of glitzy parties, etc.

    Cons

    It is a perpetual number-chase. There is no quality in the work, just chasing the sales number. Management starts pushing sales targets down your throat, especially as the quarter end approaches. There is an obvious ego crisis going on in most of the management; when people leave due to unrealistic demands being asked of them ( attrition rate is about 4-5 a month, in an office of 100), the management turns around and says that "they are not meant to excel". In my time there, I saw top sales people from Banking, IT, etc all come in, and leave within 2 months because of the micromanagement levels. There is also plenty of back-stabbing / undercurrents and sarcastic jibes / verbal wars going on, and they try to mask this by claiming that it is a "dynamic, high-pace environment" One can really feel themselves deteriorating intellectually and emotionally after working there for a while. In order to survive here, the single biggest thing that one needs is a massive tolerance for ridicule/ insult and intense pressure, but be prepared to NOT be compensated for doing so as one might expect in other industries.

    Also, there is added pressure in the form of internal competition; top management always demand to know why team A is not pulling in as much sales as team B, and this pressure gets pushed down to the consultants. The sales and marketing team is doing well, but other teams struggle and the managers tend to do a blame game, pinning it on the consultants. Many a time, the managers will pack up and leave for their many party / drinking sessions whilst the consultants will pull late hours. The worst bit is the group bonus scheme, which is another reason why many leave. One does not earn commission according to their sales numbers, but instead, earn a "discretionary" bonus only AFTER they hit a target. Even then, it is siphoned off mostly to the managers. Micromanagement and padding managements' wallets are the main orders of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not micromanage the teams, and focus only on sales all the time.
    Also, wringing the consultants dry because the industry is failing is rather a bullying tactic, rather than a proper recovery plan. The model of business, and the percentage margins need to go down if they are to keep up with the market or in-house recruitment.

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

    Don't believe the hype!

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    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The work can be interesting occasionally, the location is good and the people are ok.

    Cons

    They claim to have a "work hard, play hard" attitude but it is readily apparent that this is just what they say to get you in and you will end up doing very long hours (most of which is incredibly dull work or just thumb twiddling).

    The employees are civil but unsociable for the most part, teams of 7-10 people will go out for lunch in 1s and 2s. The occasional pint after work or at lunch time but these are few and far between.

    The work is repetative, low tech (mainly MS back office stuff but some linux servers) for the most part and extremely process driven.

    Documentation is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees to get them to sign up for something that doesn't exist. There is no life at Robert Walters, just endless hours and desperately trying to fill the time up with something useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unpleasant Experience in Shanghai office

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Good incentive system for delivering revenue

    Cons

    Fake friendly working environment.
    Not people caring
    Immature and non professional management
    Unfair contract proved by all witness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're a recruiter, bad if you're in tech or any support role!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    People who work there are mostly friendly and a good bunch.

    Cons

    Long long hours, very little reward for support staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people a bit better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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