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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Positive, supportive working environment (in 20 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 13 reviews)

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

  • Can be long hours but pay is above market rate (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Generally good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, many opportunities to attend events and meetings, good work environment. Energetic, fast-paced and dynamic atmosphere

    Cons

    Back office were not treated with respect as sales people. A lot of phone calls which can make it very noisy environment. Heavy work load.

    Robert Walters Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Global HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’re very pleased to hear that you were happy with our salary and benefits package and enjoyed the working ... More


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Famous recruitment agency globally. rich client resources and candidate database.

    Cons

    Lack of employment consideration on work overtime. No compensation on working OT. Very high pressure. Less employment caring.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the employment relation management. Organize more projects and events for employers caring.


  3. "Great place to learn the trade"

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Consultant
    Former Employee - Recruiting Consultant

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Supportive environment that challenges you to work on your own and build "your business"

    Cons

    Global comp structure not competitive with US local market


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  5. "Nothing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good office location in a city.

    Cons

    Too much traffic on the way to office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Over all good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Great people and the money is good too.

    Cons

    Management are inflexible, and nepotism is not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize current workforce properly


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's a good place to start your recruitment career but not for a long time"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy - unlike other reviews, micromanagement was close to none at my office. I wasn't evaluated based on weekly/monthly KPIs. I was allowed to do what I wanted to do

    Time management - work hours can be long sometimes but I was able to leave whenever I wanted to (but this applies only if you are constantly making placements)

    Colleagues - collaborative, helpful, and cheerful but competitive sometimes. I felt that some tensions within the office was good actually - for motivating consultants.

    Salary - it was decent, if not, higher than the market average with quarterly bonuses that can double your base salary

    Free fruits/coffee - who doesn't like that?

    Cons

    Lack of management - management was chaotic, no guidelines, no training, and no information to mentor and guide junior consultants. Fresh starters, undergrads, former recruiters were all lined up in a same start-line with no guidance - we had to figure out by ourselves how to make money

    Too revenue-focused - yes I know, I'm not a recruiter but more a sales guy, but I felt RW was too revenue-focused. Senior management did not care about maintaining long-term relationship with clients, but more about 'how much retainers we sold' or how many 'replacements' or 'place then pull him out within a year' tactics went successful. At the end it was just a numbers game

    Discretionary bonus - it's NOT transparent at all which I find it quite silly, considering other agencies offer a clear, transparent bonus structure. This only demotivates consultants.

    Career opportunity - sooner or later you will realize that you cannot continue this job for more than 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Try to train and guide junior recruiters more so that they will be loyal to your company, instead of leaving within a short timeframe.

    Robert Walters Response

    Mar 17, 2017 – Head of Human Resources

    Thank you very much for your review. I’m not sure when you worked for us but in the areas of management development and consultant training we believe we are consistently making improvements, so I’m ... More


  8. "Robert Walters"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I met and made some good friends during my time at Robert Walters. I was also able to try my hand at a number of roles.

    The work was challenging, and it was exciting at times.

    Cons

    Recruitment is not known to be great for working parents and RW is no exception. Antiquated processes meaning you are chained to your desk for hours every day and with zero flexibility (working from home, flexi-time etc).

    Back office and support staff are not well compensated and the bonus offering for those in non-billing roles is paltry. Despite this people receive minimal salary increases and are expected to carry huge work loads for very little money.

    Advice to Management

    Basic salary offerings should be better, and performance management more structured. Reward loyalty (i.e. Better pay increases), it is hard to come by in the recruitment world!

    Robert Walters Response

    Feb 14, 2017 – Head of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed the social atmosphere as we take care to provide a positive working environment for our staff. We are ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company for experience"

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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International and friendly working environment.
    Work hard, play hard.
    Lucrative business.
    Mainly young people, 20s ~ early 40s.
    Big international company.
    Nice experience as a researcher

    Cons

    Extremely result motivated.
    Too much office politics.
    Competition within team.
    If you are not a sales person, this job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to workers, motivate your people to work for your company happily. Make them feel respected.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Fun, young and upbeat environment
    Lots of global opportunities
    Caring team management
    Deputy CEO holds the best values and is a widely respected amongst the business

    Cons

    If you're not outgoing then it can seem overwhelming
    New ideas are questioned considerably
    Senior management seem distant and therefore can impact direct approach of important information

    Advice to Management

    Relate to your employees and react accordingly for company and employees personal development

    Robert Walters Response

    Dec 13, 2016 – Head of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we really value your feedback. We do have a lot extroverts in the business, it's natural in an environment that's all about building relationships ... More


  11. "Great Training, very aggressive"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to start recruitment career. Solid brand globally.

    Cons

    very KPI driven. Need to have a restructuring when the desks are not mirrored on perm and contract side.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on fees structure especially in a highly fragmented vertical



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