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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated May 10, 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. "RW"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Great foundation for getting in to the recruitment field.

    Cons

    Can be a challenging environment.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Executive Recruiter"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and young employees. Decent work environment. Good base pay and commission possibilities.

    Cons

    Micro managed from day one. No freedom to build your book of business on your own terms. Strict following of KPIs regardless of results. Poor leadership and communication.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees run their clients and candidates in their own way. Don't micromanage.

    Robert Walters Response

    Dec 30, 2015 – Robert Walters

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our fun working environment and good remuneration packages.

    We pride... More

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Frat House"

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    Current Employee - Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Office easy to commute to

    Cons

    - Head of office acts like he's running a frat house
    - Mainly a boys club
    - Completely unprofessional
    - Everyone pretends to be nice, but it's cut-throat

    Robert Walters Response

    Feb 3, 2015 – Global HR Director

    Thank you for your comments, we appreciate your opinion and take all employee feedback seriously.

    It’s disappointing to hear that you feel this way as we really do pride ourselves on being... More


  4. "boss can make a difference"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SEA Marketing
    Former Employee - SEA Marketing

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    - helpful and fun colleagues
    - central location
    - free meals sometimes
    - good company branding

    Cons

    - no career progression
    - manager was disorganised, did not know her work, held meetings for the sake of that and was hands-off. Her staff know their work more than her and predecessors did a much better job than her.

    Advice to Management

    important to have good leadership for mktg team

    Robert Walters Response

    May 11, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our internships are highly sought after and we are delighted we can provide this valuable work experience - particularly to those who may be starting... More


  5. "Did not enjoy working here"

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    Former Contractor - Team Support in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Team Support in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Robert Walters as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of events and activities

    Cons

    Only select people were invited to all of the events and activities

    Advice to Management

    Look into bullying and sexist behaviour.


  6. "Low salary. Long hours. Only join as a last resort."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Nice office
    Sometimes are taken to nice lunches.
    Business cards are free.
    Free alcohol on Friday's

    Cons

    Abusive and overbearing micromanagement by three different managers.
    Bonuses are kept mostly by upper management.
    Consistently threatened with termination, worrying about your bonus is the last thing on your mind.
    Unbelievable KPI's are set so you are never able to receive a bonus.
    You are expected to bill 100,000,000 KRW in 3 months.
    You will receive below market base salary.

    Advice to Management

    nothing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not great!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only pro to working at RW is that they have some nice people working there, otherwise I feel that there's nothing else.

    Cons

    - Work life balance is poor.
    - Do not keep to incentives.
    - AD creates an unhealthy atmosphere of competition on the desk which pits consultants against one another.
    - ADs are distant until they realize targets are not being met.
    - Unreasonable targets being set which aren't indicative of market trends.
    - Unreachable targets.
    - Micromanagers, and doesn't promote unless you only earn the £s for them.
    - Bonus system is poor.
    - Salaries are poor in comparison to that of The competitors.
    - Lack of retention of staff.
    - Not following local laws effectively.

    Would never recommend anyone to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the above and maybe it will be a company that could live up to its brand.

    Robert Walters Response

    Feb 14, 2017 – Head of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We’re sad to hear that you have been disappointed with your experience at Robert Walters.

    As a recruitment consultancy offering a high quality... More

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Disillusioned"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management on the floor on most teams is good.
    Encourage you to get out and really get to know your market.
    Good offices.
    Very high investment in global branding and back office support functions.
    International opportunities.

    Cons

    They have just cut two entire divisions including some very good staff because they weren't profitable and handled it awfully. Rolled everyone out at a monthly divisional meeting and just wiped them out.
    Very poor senior management.
    Can't retain good billers. They just move on elsewhere as the salaries are higher and bonuses more lucrative.
    Bonus scheme is terrible.
    In my 3 years here only ever seen the senior management when things are getting tough.
    Promotion is purely based on billings, not on people's ability to actually manage.
    Hasn't innovated to catch up with the market.
    The business centres around 3 people, the CEO, the COO and the CFO and they get paid handsomely for the hard work of others. It doesn't trickle down - I'm sure the shareholders are glad you are cannibalising the company of its good staff and replacing them with graduates all in the name of a fat pay cheque.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your key staff better.
    Mix up senior management.
    Innovate.
    Buy people who are good back.
    Fix your bonus structure.

    Robert Walters Response

    Feb 14, 2017 – Head of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We’re pleased to hear that you have found our managers to be supportive and that we have been successful in communicating how keen we are for... More


  9. "Former Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a globally recognised brand that a lot of clients and candidates have heard of, and can allow for a good career if you play the game.

    Cons

    Doesn't leverage its networks or synergies at all. Senior leaders don't have an impact in the day-to-day running and are more concerned with their numbers in a spreadsheet rather than understanding and adding value to a business. There is relatively little direction and it is very much self-drive/motivation that will allow you to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged in the development of staff and the movements/trends in the market. A lot of the senior leaders have forgotten what recruitment is.

    Robert Walters Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – Global HR Director

    Thanks for getting touch. We really appreciate your feedback and taking the time to leave a review.

    While our senior leaders are closely engaged with the teams they run, we are also very proud of... More


  10. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Friday Drinks. Social Environment. Focus on quality of work.

    Cons

    Negative high pressure non-inclusive top down environment. Non trust worthy management.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve the culture. Adopt an "Aussie culture" instead of still adopting to rigid British rules. Adopt some Aussies in the environment to get rid of the toxic piss-head culture of the British. Aussies will party too and get along with you all minus the drama.


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