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Read what Robert Walters employees think about their compensation at the company.

Robert Walters has a compensation and benefits rating of 4.1. If you want to know how much Robert Walters employees make, head to their Salaries page to see a list of salaries per occupation, along with bonuses.

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10 English questions out of 10

1 November 2021

Does Robert Walters offer a quarterly bonus?

Pros

1) The company still has some kind of brand image on the market. The database is extensive and generations of consultants have worked very hard to enrich it. The interview summaries and the quality of the information about the candidates make it a competitive database to help the candidates and the companies. 2) The company trains its consultants and delivers quality training. Managers generally take the time to train new people who know nothing about the business. 3) Good starting point to start a career in sales or recruitment. Many cross-functional skills can be reused after RWJ such as business development, networking, contract negotiation or simply making sales

Cons

I don't usually leave comments on this kind of website but after spending almost 3 years in this company I thought that my experience could really help people who are considering joining the Tokyo office. Again, this is just my experience but any lucid person who has worked in this company will tell you probably the same thing. 1) The job itself. Don't get me wrong, this is a sales job. The motto of this company is profit. No more and no less. The objectives are high (even for the recruitment industry in Japan) .Life in the company is punctuated by quarters where each employee has to bill and cover "his costs". I never really understood how these costs were calculated by the company because they were light years away from my real salary. Don't expect to stay with this company very long after 1 or 2 difficult quarters without covering your “costs” 2) The company's KPIs. The performance of each employee is constantly monitored and driven by internal software visible by your manager and your team (number of calls, number of specs sent, number of resumes sent, number of people added to the database, number of placements etc.. ) This makes the work in everyday life quite embarrassing and even pressurizing. The company defends itself since one or two years to not be the KPI company anymore, but in fact the company has to constantly put pressure on its employees to be able to expect the best performance. 3) Promotions and evolution opportunities. Yes, the company advocates a system where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and to be promoted quickly. This is true, but in reality, achieving the required KPI's and a high volume of billing with great consistency according to their standards is extremely difficult almost never sustainable. Being promoted requires intense effort, a good dose of luck and great timing with customers also it depends on your coverage and above all billing, BlLLING ! 4) Salary and bonus structure. The quarterly bonus is very opaque. Don't expect to get a nice bonus if you bill less than 10 MJPY per quarter. A little less than that will just pay for a small part of the huge overtime not paid by the company. Itself, the base salary is far from been bad, but if you never make any bonuses in one year that doesn’t worth it. Be prepare for long hours. 4) Company turnover. The company has a turnover rate that is just scary. In the old days, every month, more than 10 people (often non-Japanese) were hired. 80% of them were fired or simply left the company within two years. It broke my heart to see many of my colleagues, sponsored with their visas, having to leave Japan after this bad experience. 5) Internal politics. I was always surprised to see some people become "manager" without really having excellent results, at least in the eyes of the company's standards. The turnover is so high that the average of average or let’s say good elements are promoted at the speed of light.

Advice to Management

Nobody is naive here. In a service-only business, it's normal to have ambitious goals for your employees. But instead of spending time pressurizing employees, another method might be more viable. Believing in your employees and giving them a career based on years and not quarters would be a start.

The quarterly bonus is very opaque.

1 November 2021

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18 June 2021

What is the salary like at Robert Walters?

Pros

Good training provided, good pay, lots of fun and great managers. Good first job out of uni.

Cons

Very little flexibility, traditional work environment. Social is very centered around getting drunk - if that's not your thing then it's not that fun. Discretionary bonuses are not always advantageous. The model leaves too much room for favouritism and unfair treatment.

Good training provided, good pay, lots of fun and great managers.

18 June 2021

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23 March 2022

Does Robert Walters offer a weekly bonus?

Pros

Great culture, salaries and bonuses are competitive, experienced team with a transparent and dynamic approach.

Cons

The South African market can be very up and down.

Great culture, salaries and bonuses are competitive, experienced team with a transparent and dynamic approach.

23 March 2022

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17 September 2020

What are other benefits and incentives like at Robert Walters?

Pros

Plenty of incentives Good annual leave and employee's insurance package Well organized training sessions, great for the less experienced recruiters Lively company culture Very multicultural Colleagues do tend to support each other ie great team spirit Workload does come in waves from time to time, which is normal in a recruitment firm Company system is well structured, database is neat and well built in general, quite convenient in terms of daily operation

Cons

Life is hard if you are not your senior's favorite Was guaranteed a Discretionary Bonus, never receive one (mind: not that I did not perform well!) Total compensation is low in general compared to other commission houses, sometimes even considered unfair Typically very KPI driven in general, hence merciless micro management. This also leads to some individuals mass spamming emails to candidates with irrelevant job experiences or some even calling their private phones just to meet call time targets Long hours (not because of work load, but because the senior is still around, and you WON'T want to be the one leaving earlier even though it is way after work hours) Be ready to anticipate work-related messages from your senior at non-office hours/weekends Team culture and mentality is too diverse among different teams, more of like a heaven and hell kind of situation Seriously political among seniors across teams

Total compensation is low in general compared to other commission houses, sometimes even considered unfair

17 September 2020

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11 February 2022

Does Robert Walters offer a yearly bonus?

Pros

Supportive management, bi-annual reviews, major opportunity for growth.

Cons

Pay not reflective of work in non-fee earning roles, obvious difference in rewards/bonus for fee earners and non-fee earners

annual reviews, major opportunity for growth.

11 February 2022

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