KEY NOT FOUND: coverImgAlt
Logo

Robert Walters

Engaged Employer

Robert Walters

Add a Review

Robert Walters Work Life Balance FAQ

Read what Robert Walters employees think about work life balance at the company and make sure this fits your lifestyle. Employees have questions about everything from the work from home policy, overtime and flexibility.

Robert Walters has a work life balance rating of 4.2.

All answers shown come directly from Robert Walters Reviews and are not edited or altered.

See questions about:

(select only 1)
Benefits
Career Development
Compensation
Coworkers
Culture
Diversity And Inclusion
Management
Senior Leadership
Work Life Balance
Workplace

5 English questions out of 5

12 January 2022

What is working from home like at Robert Walters?

Pros

international, good compensation, nice people

Cons

too much internal politics, limited resources (financial, WFH support), high turnover, revenue focused

too much internal politics, limited resources (financial, WFH support), high turnover, revenue focused

12 January 2022

See 4 more answers

4 February 2022

How is the work/life balance at Robert Walters?

Pros

Good work life balance at RW and good colleagues.

Cons

Pressure over the sales target.

Good work life balance at RW and good colleagues.

4 February 2022

See 46 more answers

1 November 2021

What is overtime like at Robert Walters?

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.

A little less than that will just pay for a small part of the huge overtime not paid by the company.

1 November 2021

See 2 more answers

11 November 2021

How are flexible working hours at Robert Walters?

Pros

Flexible working hrs and good work life balance

Cons

Well there are no cons as such

Flexible working hrs and good work life balance

11 November 2021

See 9 more answers

13 February 2022

What do employees say about the location of the Robert Walters office?

Pros

Everybody is friendly and kind. Good facility and location.

Cons

Difficult to communicate with colleagues if you don't speak English.

Good facility and location.

13 February 2022

See answer

5 English questions out of 5

Popular Careers with Robert Walters Job Seekers

JobsSalariesInterviews