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Pros
  • "Totally not a traditional corporate; relaxed working environment & fun office(in 39 reviews)

  • "Good training programme especially for new people to the industry(in 28 reviews)

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  • "Long hours But that’s what is required to be successful(in 39 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance, flexibility, KPI based progression(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Robert Walters - San Francisco, CA Office"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to start a recruiting career from the beginning or refine your recruiting skills and learn from people who have been in the recruiting industries for many years! Prior to joining RW, I had 3 years of inside sales experience and found RW as a great opportunity to make a career switch into a field driven by relationships & networking in person. It gave me exposure to a wide variety of business industries, helped me learn how startups are typically structured and broadened my business acumen. HIGHLIGHTS: - the types of clients RW partners with in the SF office are venture backed tech startups primarily so there is a wide variety of industries to learn about, you get to meet with founders/CEOs/VPs/VC Firm Partners in an ever growing and hot candidate market in Silicon Valley where generally candidates are very opportunistic and open to speaking with recruiters. - Team oriented environment leads to a really strong internal culture. This is not a boiler room/ cold-calling old school recruitment style environment, rather you are incentivized to work collaboratively as a team, helping your teammates as well as helping your clients & candidates find the perfect match which just feels like a win/win all around. - on the culture note... ONE OF THE BEST! The office is large enough to have a variety of personalities for a diverse mix of thought but small enough that you really get to know your coworkers. Lots of people hang out together outside of work, quarterly offsites are always fun and planned with unique activities around the Bay Area and all around you’re guaranteed to laugh with supportive coworkers who genuinely care about each other. Plus they just moved the SF office into a snazzy new building that is really modern and has some of the classic tech startup perks (standup desks, snacks, coffee, ping pong, comfy chairs etc) - there is more of an emphasis on being strategic with your clients/candidates, if you are a people person who values face to face coffees/lunches/meetings, you will do well here as leadership understands the value of getting out in front of clients/candidates in person. - opportunity for transfers internationally or to other domestic offices is very real, RW is one of the few companies I know that make it easy and encourage any interest to work abroad with other offices (~60 office worldwide to choose from as well) - Incredible philanthropic opportunities within the company like Charity Days & Fundraisers/Donations... I was lucky enough to go on a company sponsored volunteer trip to Kenya, Africa in partnership with a charity RW works closely with which was life-changing. - Leadership will invest time in you, just take the initiative to show that you hustle and want to learn and it will pay off. Lots of upward growth potential and career promotions available as well.

    Cons

    - Long hours but truly it’s a sales job (and compensated accordingly which is nice) so that’s not anything outside of what you’d expect with other similar jobs - the harder you work, the more it pays off. - It’s a bit of a learn by doing type of job, you will mess up at some point but be open to feedback with management and learn from mistakes. - Tech platforms weren't the latest and greatest as you'd expect being in the Bay Area but recently before I left there was upgrades happening and leadership would ensure tech/tools that were needed (we did get Macbook laptops approved for example).

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    Robert Walters2018-11-21
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture, career development opportunities, and earning potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    - Extremely lucrative if you work hard - Young employees (mostly British expects), lively environment - Very competitive, money driven - Incentives (ex: vacation in luxury destination for great sales performance)

    Cons

    - Long hours + high pressure - You have to be on your toes at all times to not fall behind, can be exhausting

    Robert Walters2017-12-21
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunities / Incredible People"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for 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

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    Robert Walters2017-04-28
  4. "Great business to work for"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and team focused - huge career opportunities based on performance

    Cons

    Long hours but no different to any other recruitment agency!

    Robert Walters2020-02-12
  5. "Great culture and clear progression"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Breakfast/Fruit - Modern equipment and facilities - Sociable environment - Good workload

    Cons

    - Long hours

    Robert Walters2020-02-11
  6. "Fantastic learning and working environment with some of the best in the business."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Career opportunities are unrivalled and achievable

    Cons

    Long hours But that’s what is required to be successful

    Robert Walters2019-10-28
  7. "Big pockets to spend on client and candidates"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Incentives, team trips and other benefits for high performers - Since you spend many hours there it's inevitable to become good friends with your colleagues

    Cons

    - Long working hours - Discretionary bonus structure set by Manager or Director which is affected by likability

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    Robert Walters2019-10-17
  8. "Amazing company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As a former long term employee, having started at RW as a Consultant, I have seen the company more than double in size, to the current point in time where the company is the most successful it has ever been. A key element of that growth is the company policy to not make acquisitions in order to grow. The growth is organic, with Consultants being promoted internally and trusted to start new teams / offices / countries which means you can have a fantastic, long-term career with RW, with international opportunities should you wish. It's a genuinely stable company with exceptional training and plenty of support for those new to the recruitment industry, including a large back office to allow you to get on with your job. Due to the organic growth model, there's a brilliant culture which is carefully nurtured - It's team based which means it's a nice place to work and it's highly likely you'll make life-long friends here, as the vast majority are like-minded positive, ambitious people which is infectious. The offices are stunning, there's lots of incentives and recognition for a job well-done and you can earn good money too, while being involved in Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Prior to leaving RW, there was a focus on mental health and flexible working practices which was most welcome.

    Cons

    Robert Walters isn't perfect (I don't believe any company is), but it's run by good people so while there may be frustrations at times, it's important to trust that the company will have your best interests at heart and to go with the flow and stay positive. Those who have a negative attitude won't succeed at RW. In order to have a career at RW, you're going to need to work hard and long hours may be involved. This isn't a 'con' specific to RW, it applies to the recruitment industry as a whole as it's highly competitive and it's an industry where whatever you put in, you get out.

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    Robert Walters2019-09-07
  9. "Great people - no balance"

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    Former Employee - Revenue Assurance Administrative in Melbourne

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people who are fun

    Cons

    Long hours and no flexibility

    Robert Walters2019-05-30

    Robert Walters Response

    June 14, 2019Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments—feedback from current and former employees is always useful for helping us know where we can improve. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss in further detail, I’d be happy to have a confidential discussion with you. If so, please email me at dimitra.christopoulos@robertwalters.com.au to arrange. Dimi Christopoulos Finance Director, Robert Walters Melbourne

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  10. "Great training, culture and career development"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Initial training program sets you up for success Great culture, has significantly improved over the past 18 months Support from management to have autonomy, but also help where needed Always opportunities to move to one of 30 countries

    Cons

    Long hours, but is essential in recruitment

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    Robert Walters2019-05-09
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