Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
64 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)

  • Good training ground for those who are new to recruitment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours- expect to be working til midnight Monday to Friday, weekends etc (in 5 reviews)

  • Turnover rates used to be high, but has reduced to regular attrition rates as with any sales job (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Experience of working for a bilcultural, fun recruitment company in Tokyo

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place to start your career in recruitment
    Working with people who are motivated, ambitious and sucessful
    Lots of perks and good benefits
    Training program and support

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work long hours but you can choose on how you manage your time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    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 for more than a 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
  7. 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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible. - Singapore office.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good PSL but loads of companies are hiring their own in house and HR and with the rise of online marketing i.e linkin, it is losing business.
    Structured with different recruiters specialising in different specialisations.
    International brand name. Get to transfer overseas if you survive.

    Cons

    Read what one guy said about the Singapore office earlier and its all true.
    People are here one day and gone the next. Turnover rate is about a close 40 in the past year. In an office of about 100 that's a high percentage. I don't even think that its that high for law or banking.
    Very rule bound.
    Some teams are made up of only new PRCs and the few selected directors there have been there way too long so they think that they own everything, client's relationships etc and get very territorial about it.
    What they want are PRCs that contribute into the bonus pool but not hit the tier so that they will not take any bonus home. If you are in it for the money, this place is not for you unless you manage to survive till managerial or directorial level because the bonus scheme is not even clear.
    Highly politicised environment as well. Depending on which team you are in some may be slightly better than others. Some desks are cash cows but the micro management there will kill you first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management its not going to change.

    Advice for people who want to join- Unless you are keen on wasting some time and you can't get a job elsewhere. You have been warned. I wish I read this before I joined.

    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag of good and bad

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

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The training you receive from the company is generally well put together, which you receive from a number of experienced consultants across divisions.

    In general, the work culture is good and the majority of people are approachable and easy to get along with.

    If you really enjoy sales, and are highly motivated to earn some money, this job will likely interest you.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency about bonus systems - which has never been fully disclosed.

    It really depends on the team you join (work style, environment, jobs etc) - which could either make or break you.

    There is quite a lot of internal politics in the company - which some end up using to their advantage.

    Although the company upholds itself as a 'team based unit' etc, this is not the case and if you wish to get into this kind of job - you work only for yourself. This is not verbally communicated of course but it is evident.

    While the company has good internal opportunities if you are successful, outside of being a recruiter the longer you stay as a recruiter the more difficult you will find it to get a career elsewhere.

    The skills you develop there aren't really transferable to much else, unless of course you want to be a sales person for the rest of your career. You don't really become an expert in anything - arguably you are an expert in pretending to be an expert.

    You could even write a term paper on the work environment there comparing it to modern day 'taylorism.'

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