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Robert Walters Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
1985
Company - Public (RWA)
Business Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Over the last 31 years Robert Walters has grown and so have our ambitions. We now have a global presence in 28 countries and employ over 3,300 talented people. Businesses world-wide rely on us to find the very best specialist professionals to drive their business forward. Why ... Read more

Mission: We don't aim to be the biggest recruitment consultant but we do aim to be the best. We help businesses build powerful teams that deliver against exceptionally high standards by holding ourselves up to those same values. Quality and integrity are our watchwords ... Read more

Company Updates

  • From banking to IT recruitment. Andrea talks about her career change and what she enjoys most about her new role. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ9oa

    From banking to IT recruitment

    Andrea made the move into recruitment from banking in 2015. She talks about how her skills were transferable, what she enjoys about her new career recruiting within the IT sector and the culture in our Manila office.

  • “I’ve been able to grow with the company and never felt like I needed to look elsewhere.” Lucy Crew discusses our career progression opportunities in Japan.

    Careers in Japan

    Lucy Crew started her career in Robert Walters as a team administrator in the UK. Since then she's been promoted multiple times and most recently made the move to Tokyo, to take on the role of talent acquisition manager for Japan and Korea.

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Robert Walters – Why Work For Us?


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"OUR STORY begins in 1985, when our CEO Robert Walters opened the first office in central London. Rob has led the company ever since and has the same passion and commitment today.

Over the last 31 years the company has grown and so have our ambitions. We now have offices across 28 countries and employ over 3,300 people. It’s a powerful success story. 

We also have a specialist recruitment outsourcing business, called Resource Solutions, and Walters People - a temporary recruitment company operating in Europe.

Companies and organisations rely on us to find high quality professionals for a range of roles in accountancy and finance, banking and financial services, legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, sales, secretarial and business support, and tax and treasury. Professionals who are looking for a new role, whether it’s on a permanent, interim or contract basis, trust us to find them their ideal job. 

We haven’t grown by snapping up our rivals, we’ve done it by making sure we deliver on our promises. And that’s meant more companies and professionals want to work with us. Quality and integrity are our watchwords.

We like to think we’re different. Here’s why:

  • We have specialist teams who are experts in their area. Whether they are recruiting in accountancy and finance or the legal sector, you won’t find them working in areas outside their field of expertise.
  • We don’t operate on a commission basis, but instead rely on teamwork to ensure the right person is placed in the right job.
  • If you register with us, we will never send out your CV without your permission. Quite simply, we don’t think it’s right. 
  • We don’t recruit for the Big 4 accountancy firms or Magic Circle law firms. That way there’s no conflict of interest when we place recently qualified professionals. 
  • We don’t want to be the largest professional recruitment business. We want to be the best. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far.


But we don’t look backwards - we are always innovating. Here are some examples:

  • We were the first recruitment consultancy to launch a recruitment outsourcing business.We were the first to launch a Global Salary Survey - a comprehensive 400-page guide to salary and contract rates around the world.
  • We were the first to launch a salary checker app for iPhone and have launched a Manga interview guide app. 
  • We sponsor and support a wide range of initiatives from the Saatchi Gallery in London to the North Bondi Life Saving Club in Australia and MacMillan Cancer Support.

I believe that Robert Walters is something special. But I and others in the company never forget that the most important person to us is you - whether you’re a hiring manager or a jobseeker." 

At Robert Walters we like to do things differently. This starts with our non-commission model which is key to our team-based ethos. Commission based environments can encourage people to look out for themselves, whereas at Robert Walters, whilst an individual’s contribution is critical, everyone gets rewarded as a team - it’s at the heart of our business.

If you are interested in a career with international opportunities, best in class training, excellent remuneration and the chance to be your own boss, find out more about careers with us: http://careers.robertwalters.com/why-work-for-us.html



Our philosophy is to provide continuous professional development to all staff with the aim of growing our future leaders from within. From the start of your career we provide structured training programmes on all aspects of becoming a successful consultant as well as mentoring from senior members of staff, peer learning and specially commissioned video-based learning.

Comprehensive induction training covers group values, diversity and the provision of high quality service to clients and candidates. Find out more about our training: http://careers.robertwalters.com/robert-walters-life/staff-training-and-development.html 


Watch Oliver Harris talk about about how we develop our staff




Our international mobility programme underpins our strategy for sustainable growth and allows us to replicate our core values across our office network. The programme offers our successful people the chance to transfer to any of our global businesses - providing valuable international exposure. 

In the last four years we have had 100 staff move internationally within the company. Find out more about international careers with us: http://careers.robertwalters.com/robert-walters-life/work-abroad.html 




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    Pros

    Robert Walters has an impressive track record of identifying incredible people from diverse backgrounds. They provide excellent training and support while getting ramped up, whether you arrive with prior recruitment experience or not. Robert Walters has a culture of promoting from within and the leadership cares deeply about helping you develop personally and professionally. There is a strong performance-based culture, but if you put in the time and effort, you will be recognized for your hard work and rewarded financially. Management in San Francisco leads by example and goes above and beyond to provide opportunities for success and development. Advice to anyone who is considering a role here: be prepared to work hard and leave your ego at the door. The office is made up of a group people who have amazing work ethics, remarkable achievements, and a lot of humility too – a “your success is my success” type of environment.

    PROS
    Autonomy: space to work independently and manage your own day, but lots of support as and when you need it

    Growth: clear KPIs and path to promotion with achievable targets

    Collaboration: everyone is truly invested in each other's success

    Exposure: access to leading VC's, start-up founders / entrepreneurs, and the Bay Area’s top talent

    People: the people at RW are diverse, self-driven, motivating, inspiring, and fun! Work hard and management will continue to open doors for you

    Culture: performance-driven and fun. This office takes time to celebrate each other's success often and partakes in quarterly off-sites & plenty of informal happy hours

    Recognition: strong culture of recognizing individual achievements, authentically

    Cons

    Long hours, especially in the early days. That’s sales though, so not unique to RW

    Firm hours where you need to be in the office / lack of flexibility, but improvements have been made in this regard and I expect this will continue to evolve

    Outdated technology

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to upgrade tech-stack. Weekly one-on-one meetings with direct managers are great for addressing job specific questions or concerns, though more mentorship-related initiatives with other managers (or even peers) could be beneficial as well.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Robert Walters.

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    I had a skype interview with a woman from the Tokyo office. It was a half an hour long interview and she asked me why I was interested in the company, what I knew about It and what experience I had that would be relevant to my role in the company.

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Robert Walters Awards & Accolades

  • Best National Recruitment Agency, National Online Recruitment Awards Group (NORA), 2016
  • LinkedIn Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agencies, LinkedIn, 2016
  • Recruitment Agency of the Year - Gold, Asia Recruitment Awards, 2015
  • Recruitment Consultant of the Year - Gold, Asia Recruitment Awards, 2015
  • Best Client Service - Gold, Asia Recruitment Awards, 2015
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