Robert Walters

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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 6 September 2014
Updated 6 September 2014
63 Reviews
3.1
63 Reviews
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Robert Walters Chief Executive Robert C. Walters
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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)

  • Good training ground for those who are new to recruitment (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Turnover rates used to be high, but has reduced to regular attrition rates as with any sales job (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Java Developer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Java Developer in London, England

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

    Pros

    It is a good environment to work on. It has relaxed environment and also has good projects to work on, not not much pressure on work

    Cons

    Timings are of Consultants. It starts from 8:30 in the morning till 6:00 PM in the evening. I feel this is much higher when compared to other software development offices. Also it makes you tired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes needs to be done on the Software development department regarding timings as per industry standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, good company but very little training / individual development which can leave frustration.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    International opportunities - both within Robert Walters and Resource Solutions.
    Great Brand
    Good team ethos (generally).

    Cons

    Very little training - only promoted through the amount of revenue you bring in. No consideration of other areas which may contribute to being promoted, therefore many leave through frustration and little support.
    No flexi working, working from home. No work life balance at all.
    Micromanagement.
    Repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to promote staff fairly and quickly to avoid people leaving through frustration.
    Allow flexible working, treat staff more like adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great first job; not that career position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    As a first job out of university working in a recruitment firm really does give you a great understanding of commercial sales skills, and how to be successful at sales. Robert Walters mantra is different from many of its competitors, it places an emphasis on the job-seeker and clients needs before that of the consultants i.e. commission. What this this allows is for you to purely focus on doing your job, without any adverse interests. Its a good lesson, as if you work hard, the rest will look after itself.

    Cons

    Long hours- working in sales means in many respects you have to be 'in it; to win it'. If you put the hours in you will generally find success and reward; if you do the bare minimum, often you won't. Sales is very black and white in that respect and you can't take short-cuts. The position itself does become a little monotonous, especially in the current market / wider economic environment we operate in. Cost- low rates, low fees, highly competitive recruitment market with rate hikes, and often the appetite to recruit and higher not in the mind set. I found myself speaking to a lot of job-seekers out of work, needing a job, and not being able to find one- it all become a little depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize the junior staff members. A company is only as good as its employees. If the company is to truly kick-on and really enhance its global standing as the market leader as a professional recruitment consultancy then senior management shouldn't discourage entrepreneurialism; its should embrace it and support it. I found most of the senior management were very short and narrow minded, and wouldn't know what the notion of 'business continuity planning' was if it smacked them in the face. Most of the management entered the recruitment market pre-2007 when it was well, too easy to make money- then the global financial crisis happened. What this means is, management in play don't understand or know how to adapt to modern market conditions. I witnessed a lot of talented; intelligent graduate calibre professionals leave the company very frustrated- this was often due to sloppy management and a lack of support / guidance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Can't think of any right now, they provided breakfast, pretty office?

    Cons

    If you aren't money driven and willing to step over everyone else then this place wouldn't be for you. Terrible experience, micro managed and KPI's unrealistic - if it looked like you would hit them, they were increased

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't believe the hype!

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    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - IT Operations Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    The work can be interesting occasionally, the location is good and the people are ok.

    Cons

    They claim to have a "work hard, play hard" attitude but it is readily apparent that this is just what they say to get you in and you will end up doing very long hours (most of which is incredibly dull work or just thumb twiddling).

    The employees are civil but unsociable for the most part, teams of 7-10 people will go out for lunch in 1s and 2s. The occasional pint after work or at lunch time but these are few and far between.

    The work is repetative, low tech (mainly MS back office stuff but some linux servers) for the most part and extremely process driven.

    Documentation is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees to get them to sign up for something that doesn't exist. There is no life at Robert Walters, just endless hours and desperately trying to fill the time up with something useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're a recruiter, bad if you're in tech or any support role!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Walters

    Pros

    People who work there are mostly friendly and a good bunch.

    Cons

    Long long hours, very little reward for support staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people a bit better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    A lot of pros including international reputation, strong talent and great organisation

    Cons

    Sometimes just a number in the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good career opportunities and advancement

    Cons

    None at the moment that I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    One endless cycle of meeting mind numbing KPI's; gorified call center position.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Walters

    Pros

    Base salary is high for someone fresh out of university.
    Good database/systems used in order to recruit.

    Cons

    Stupid boys club in which their entire ambition in life amounts to getting drunk on weekends as if they are still in university.
    Team incentives and outings just involve your joke of a manager/director getting drunk with young consultants.
    An obsession with call statistics, cold calling and other wastes of time which just irritate clients and candidates.
    Getting ahead no matter what the cost, telling 40 people you are putting them forward for a role when you are not, just so that you have market control.
    Training amounts to nothing more than sale gimmicks, you are not consulting, you are a call center agent.
    One does not learn anything valuable; the area for which one recruits is still a mystery after recruitment.
    People who don't have a stupid, blank smile on their faces all day are seen as negative.
    You will dread getting up in the mornings, the hours are really bad and you spend them doing nothing interesting.
    This isn't for someone who spends their time thinking about process improvement.
    No input whatsoever is accepted from anyone if they are not a manager, they will be singing the same tune until they are blue in the face.
    Managers do not give real assistance, they just expect consistent results from a process that is largely based on chance.
    At first it is stimulating, but after 3 months there is nothing else to learn and you will keep on carrying out the same process every single day afterwards.

    In short, don't make the same mistake I did, there arr so many better and more rewarding careers out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what is wrong with the company, you are all just too comfortable to do anything about it.

  11.  

    Moderate company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Robert Walters as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits, and great co-workers, and the working environment is great. Flexible working hours and can meet many different people.

    Cons

    Not enough resources as there are many projects on-going and the work load is heavy, need more resources and the transformation pace is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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