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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Positive, supportive working environment (in 21 reviews)

  • A well established system with good training and a good team based approach but also giving you the sense that you are running your own business (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours, work/life balance could be better (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours, especially in the early days (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities / Incredible People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters (More than a year)

    Pros

    The founder and the President of RW NY (KK) is a great manager, always here to help, encourage and bring new ideas.
    The team is international and really good at what they do, always in a good mood.
    The office itself is amazing and the possibilities to grow are real.

    Cons

    According to me, the only Cons is that RW is a British listed company... but it is also a worldwide leader! You can't get everything ;)

    Advice to Management

    The Management is doing great for more than 15 years and for sure it will last for long!


  3. "Best Coworkers I Could Ever Ask For!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture (the office is full of positive energy, work hard play hard type of environment, regular team building, happy hours etc)
    Team (very high bar for hiring, everyone is smart, motivated yet humble and all teams work collaboratively, there is constant cross selling)
    Clients (growth stage startups, have direct access to hiring managers who are CTOs, CMOs, CFO, COOs or founders/cofounders, lots exposure to exec team)
    Training (the group and top management take learning & development seriously, there are regular professional training as well as on the job training)
    Rewards (lots very achievable incentives both locally and globally i.e there is a global incentive trip every year for top performers)
    Growth (company is still relatively small compare to other offices so lots of growth happening in the next few years, great time to join and be part of the growth)
    Office location (hands down best view in SF city)
    401k (there is match after 1 year)

    Cons

    I wouldn't say these are cons but definitely needs improvement
    Tools & Technologies (lack of hellosign, dropbox, google hangouts, slack, etc but management is aware is trying to improve)
    Flexibility (work from home, sick leaves, doctor appointments etc but definitely improving)

    Advice to Management

    Have a softer approach on arbitrary rules
     - we hire highly self motivated people, motivation should come from within
     - its important to implement changes but also monitor feedbacks


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  5. "Toxic recruitment environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - casual work environment.
    It's very hard to think of any pros given how far behind this environment compared to others.

    Cons

    - no career development
    - boys club management team
    - managers care more about their billings than there team.
    - none existent bonus's
    - no collaboration or direct vision
    - be careful they don't sell you on false benefits

    Advice to Management

    Create more collaboration across teams so everyone can be successful and be rewarded with bonuses no just the managers.

    Robert Walters Response

    May 25, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your opinion and take all employee feedback seriously. It’s disappointing to hear that you feel this way as we pride ourselves on being professional and ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Growing and exciting to be a part of!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The business has so much growth potential and so to join at this time couldn't be better!
    The team profit share creates a very collaborative environment making it an immediately welcoming workforce to enter in to. There is a good feel for flexibility and some really strong billers to learn from. It will be a challenge but one I'm very much looking forward to succeeding in. Offices are pretty spectacular too!

    Cons

    Working in Times Square means buying lunch out each day can become expensive so it's a good idea to be disciplined enough sometimes to bring your own food in!

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to ask current employees for feedback and keep evolving!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Former Executive Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall I had many great experiences working as a recruiter in the NY office (despite the tough times of 2008). In particular, I enjoyed the collaborative team environment and my supervisor was always upfront / honest. I have a lot of respect for the President in NY (he has over 20 years recruiting experience) and I would work for him again any day.

    Cons

    I don't know where these negative reviews are coming from because I only had positive experiences during my time working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have been for many years!


  8. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. You are given all the tools needed to succeed. Manager of the NY office is extremely knowledgeable and patient and makes sure his people are happy and well prepared. I learned an enormous amount from Kurt in my time there and am forever grateful.

    Cons

    Times Square in NYC is not the most ideal office location if you want to eat lunch on a Wednesday:-). Kidding aside, its a commission based business so not for the weak or faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  9. "One of the Best Companies to Work For!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The RW New York office exudes a phenomal company culture and it is one of the friendliest environments that I've ever worked in during my 15 years in the workforce. There's so much opportunity in this organization, no matter what department you work in. If you have the desire and drive to succeed, there's no end to how far you can grow and go within Robert Walters. They have offices in 23 countries around the world and there are constant opportunities to move ahead and challenge yourself, you just have to be determined. There are great perks and incentives as well!

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons...seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great working environment!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Time in the San Francisco Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with the RW team for 2.5 years and loved it.

    - Excellent culture with a great team of people
    - The management encourages a life outside of work, quarterly events, regular off-site training, etc.
    - Great place to build a really strong network for your career if you love the tech/start-up scene
    - RW is way less sharky/pushy than other Recruitment agencies in SF. Everything is very quality > quantity
    - Solid base salary and lucrative bonuses, especially as you get promoted (which there's tons of opportunity to do so)
    - Re-emphasizing: Great team. I've made some great friends and contacts from working there that have set me up with a number of job offers and long term growth

    Cons

    Its a full-desk recruitment job, so managing Business Development and a full cycle recruitment can be very high-stress. On top of that you're given a ton of autonomy and responsibility so while the team is more than happy to continuously help/train you, management is relatively hands-off. If you don't know how to get past a stressful couple of months every now and then, its probably not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get better software. The job is great but the ATS is ollllld.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working team who collaborated together.

    Cons

    poor management and growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    open communication

    Robert Walters Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – HR

    It is unfortunate that you didn’t have a great experience at Robert Walters, but we understand that recruitment is not for everyone. The management team at Robert Walters in New York has been ... More


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