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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • 1/ young and international working environment (in 22 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
  • work life balance could be better (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fun, Challenging, and Rewarding Experience!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - In San Francisco, it's a great opportunity to partner with top-tier VC-backed start-ups and build relationships with clients and candidates who are making an impact!
    - Very collaborative, fun, team environment where your coworkers are so supportive for your wins (very healthy competition) and more importantly, encouraging you through some tough times during those "down" months (just know it's temporary and it gets better)
    - Annual offsite training is offered and it's a great chance to bond closer with colleagues from other teams and share successful recruitment strategies and learn from each other
    - Super fun socials, especially summer and winter holiday events!
    - Management is open to hearing employees' concerns and feedback and making changes accordingly.

    Cons

    - Because it's a global publicly-listed company HQ'd out in London, the company is not as quick in being progressive in technology as it should be, especially when you compare it to its surrounding market. However, there were some discussions of changing the desktops to laptops to be more mobile which is a great sign for good changes to come!

    Advice to Management

    While you are so great at recognizing achievements within the office, continue to support and encourage employees who may have not had a good month/quarter (they need the most love!). The office is filled with incredible talent and I strongly believe that every employee in the office has a strong work ethic and wants to succeed on an individual, team and company level.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Political garbage"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of happy hours, lots of team activities, nice location, good views from the office, casual attire, small company, open layout

    Cons

    It's run like a carnival, you have to know people to get anywhere, they will fire anyone at any moment, no job stability, if you're not in with the right people you will not succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, people and career opportunities"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic career opportunities, both locally and internationally
     - Great company culture, fun and collaborative environment
     - Excellent reputation in the market with a solid network of clients and candidates for new joiners to tap into, with an open door policy for all members of staff to the MD
     - Brand new offices in the middle of Manhattan
     - Industry leaving benefits packages

    Cons

    - no cons to speak of, if you are hard working and commercial you will succeed here

    Advice to Management

    Continue the existing open approach to communication / feedback from all levels of staff, and the office will continue to be a success.


  4. "Professional, Rewarding and Enjoyable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership from the President and senior managers. If you work hard and are dedicated you will be set up to succeed . Career development is promoted within the firm and the commission structure is uncapped. New employees are always given time to produce and benefit from both on the job and off the job training. The office is designed in a way where hard work and performance is rewarded and this is evident as there are a number of senior people who have been there for 5,10 and 15 years +. This alone is an excellent indicator of how supportive the environment is at Robert Walters and in general is an excellent place to work!

    Cons

    It is hard to think of any cons really. Recruitment as an industry can be challenging but Robert Walters provides a great environment to help recruiters through tough markets.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be put off by turnover. If you dedicate yourself and work hard you will succeed in this office.


  5. "Wonderful Place To Build Your Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management gives you the tools to build a very successful career in recruiting.

    Cons

    The office is located in Times Square around a great deal of tourists.

    Advice to Management

    I have been at the firm for over 10 years. This firm is a great place to work. I enjoy coming to work everyday. In addition I have been able to build my career with a great deal of support from management. I have been given the chance to travel the world through Robert Walters to places like South Africa, Barbados, and Las Vegas. I have learned if you focus yourself and work very hard you can make a great deal of money and be very successful. You can also enjoy what you do at the same time.


  6. "Excellent place to work and a collaborative working environment!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard, are motivated and are driven to make money, then Robert Walters in New York is the right organization to work for. Situated in brand new offices, the company has a mix of local and international employees with varying levels of experience hence ensuring your ability to learn and progress your career is accelerated. Hard work is always rewarded and your ability to earn uncapped bonuses is in your own hands but management will always provide you with all the tools to succeed.

    Cons

    No cons at all for those who work hard, are passionate and are built for a sales environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Leading from the front is extremely important in any business and I think the management team does a great job of this!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities / Incredible People"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    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.

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

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and grow"

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    • 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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic recruitment environment"

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    • 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


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