Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 6 December 2014
Updated 6 December 2014
75 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good training programme in place, especially for people new to recruitment, which helps ease the process (in 5 reviews)

  • Team based structure, so very little of the backstabbing that happens at a lot of firms (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours- expect to be working til midnight Monday to Friday, weekends etc (in 5 reviews)

  • As with most sales roles, one has to sacrifice work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun environment, Competitive culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Robert Walters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun Environment
    Competitive Culture
    Meritocratic

    I was an intern at robert walters singapore. Through my observations and interactions, the company had a rather fun-loving employees. They were largely young and full of energy who had a penchant for reaching targets. I know for a fact that the money can be really attractive in this company. Bonuses are generous, albeit not fully transparent. If you have the will to succeed and is extremely client oriented, you can potentially be one of the largest billers in the office.

    Cons

    Competitive Culture
    Meritocratic

    The above being said, the fact remains that RW is a largely competitive, quota driven, hit or you're out company. During my short stint of 2 months there, I witnessed a handful of people leaving the company. Convert that to percentage, I reckon it would be in the range of 5-10%.

    Once, there was a fresh consultant whom i got to know at the start of the week, and by the following week he was gone. Poof, just like that. And the response to why was it so, it was merely a very matter of fact response - "he couldn't perform".

    I guess people disappearing might hurt the morale of the company somewhat. But then again, it is the nature of this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    limitless opportunities if your prepared to put the work in

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Robert Walters are a growing business and as such have a lot of opportunities for those willing to put in the hours. I like the fact the business is global, and that there are opportunities to travel and work with different cultures (like Japan for example). Overall I have found the business to be supportive and my career has certainly benefited from my time here.

    Cons

    Its recruitment - that means the hours are long (but not as long as some of the recruitment companies I have worked for) and there can be a lot of pressure. That means its not for everyone, but for those that enjoy the challenge its a head and shoulders above the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on going as you are!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company but was mismanaged at the time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very international, vibrant, worked with colleagues and clients, candidates from all over the world. Fun loving culture and the company provided Friday fresh fruits, weekly or monthly parties / recreational activities. High quality employees, smart people in the company. Very driven culture with regular all-staff meeting conducted to charge everyone up with go-getter energy

    Cons

    too KPI focused. Almost rigid about the number of phone calls made, meetings made. It sometimes made employees go for these metrics than going for final deals, which means people waste lots of productive time, just to get the stress off their mind. At the mid of 2012, many people resigned and the company suffered from low morale. Everyone felt they could be kicked out any point of time and the company did not treasure any individual. Another problem is their discretionary bonus which had no transparency. Consultants complain about that a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe the management has changed since 2012. Heard things are better now however the KPI driven nature is in its genes. It is important to make sure the culture is intact and people are happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Very challenging work and good team play.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be a bit stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This is an outstanding firm to work for, where I really feel supported and pushed to reach my careers goals.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great salary; above market rate. Supportive line managers. Pro-active approach to client development. Culture is very much one where you enjoy being at work - overall fantastic people who really love what they do.

    Cons

    Training is a bit sink or swim, but mentoring is in place to help you feel supported

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More woman in senior positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Collaborative, Entrepreneurial Working Environment With Long Term Career Development Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The business is focused on developing and promoting long term careers but organically growing their management team from within. The team based approach create a collegiate working environment that is rare in wider the recruitment industry.
    Robert Walters hires top quality staff and working with industry leaders makes you continually challenge yourself and develop your skills.
    The meritocratic approach to developing people means that ambition is fostered and not blocked.

    Cons

    The working hours are long and clearly defined. There could be a shorter working hour definition to allow for people who need to travel to and from work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look to identify and develop top performers not just from a billings perspective, but people who can be long term business leaders for the group. Make sure that senior management are visible and approachable to all levels of staff to ensure that staff feel that they understand and empathize with their challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with the best people and reputation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The most important thing about this company is the people who work here. My colleagues are one of the reasons I have stayed here for such a long time (eight years). I work with ex-industry professionals, recruitment experts and people who genuinely enjoy what they do. Given the legacy Robert Walters has built, you have access to the widest range of clients, the best candidates and a great infrastructure which has been built to maximise your potential.

    Cons

    The hours can be long but that is an industry-wide issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good enviornment. Team atmosphere. Higher salaries than other agencies.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility and long hours. You need to work incredibly hard to get anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Robert Walters as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get you a role that pay

    Cons

    Dodgy Recuiters. They dont know their clients and just place candidates. They lied to the candidates. They are just a company that are making money and dont care about their candidates at all. Candidates will feel helpless when they have issues with their client because there are no hr.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even the director dont really care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Clique or die.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job security once you've past probation which is usually 3 months. Nice office in a very central location.

    Cons

    Everything is done on a clique basis, if you're not in with the lads then you won't ever get a promotion, pay rise or even an invite to the pub. Management treat it like a game & don't seem to care about the effect they're having on those people who have put in far more hours & been far more productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow long term members of middle management to promote their buddies into their teams, leaving hard working staff wondering what the point of all their hard work was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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