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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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Pros
  • 1/ young and international working environment (in 23 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 15 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance could be better (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours, especially in the early days (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Generally good"

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    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


  5. "Company culture"

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

    Pros

    Can make loads of money if you work in Tokyo

    Cons

    No mercy for bad performance

    Advice to Management

    Use better data to cut down costs


  6. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    don't need Japanese, good money, easy Visa, lots of alcohol, learn to be an aggressive salesman

    Cons

    extremely high turnover rate, repetitive job, purely money-motivated, I always questioned the maturity of my colleagues(and upper management), most of whom were elder than me.

    Advice to Management

    Do not focus on constantly having to find new hires due to the number of the low-performers having to leave as well as the highest performers voluntarily leaving. Acknowledge every single consultant for their contributions, stop micromanaging and give them a voice; do not make subordinates work out of fear. RW has a great global reputation due to having a recruitment system that has been very successful--so much more potential that management is ruining unknowingly. Wake up.


  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good database, good name in the market

    Cons

    takes a longer time to get promoted

  8. "Mostly pleasant experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people
    High energy environment
    Diverse workplace
    Great incentives for top performers

    Cons

    Lack of support, training, and development


  9. Helpful (7)

    "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


  10. 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


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