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Robert Walters Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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Pros
  • 1/ young and international working environment (in 23 reviews)

  • A well established system with good training and a good team based approach but also giving you the sense that you are running your own business (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance could be better (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours, especially in the early days (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Recruitment Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close knit team / measured on results / liberal expenses policy to allow for candidate & client entertainment and relationship building / strong brand awareness

    Cons

    Nothing more than the general challenges faced by recruitment companies


  2. "Finance Recruitment Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, Social, Progression, Competitive, Benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, poor commision structure


  3. "Very helpful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They seem to know the job market and have a good insight into the pipeline of jobs becoming available. Very friendly and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons to comment. Except that the job I saw advertised was actually out of date so perhaps timely removal of adverts


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  5. "Associate Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    theres lots of support from the team and its very team focussed

    Cons

    micro management by senior management


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good bunch of colleagues
    Low Turnover (in a recruitment context)
    Excellent benefits
    Good base salary

    Cons

    Potentially not as flexible as a smaller company might be - there is remote working now but it was fairly slow to roll out, and it's something that's intended to be used in exceptional circumstances rather than on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and providing good incentives for employees to succeed and to stay with the company and be brand ambassadors.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Snobby"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of any pro's at my time with RW. Maybe the fact that the offices are beautiful and in a lovely location. That is all. There is a lot of room to grow but I couldn't last that long.

    Cons

    I felt as soon as I started I got treated like a temp, not a permanent member of staff. My colleagues seemed to judge me from day one, I also didn't recieve proper training because they were short staffed at the time. People are rude, unhelpful, and considering I came from a completely different background and tried my best, it was very difficult to fit in. This company is incredibly judgemental and snooty in my opinion and I wouldn't dream of working in a company like this again.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff and train them properly. To feel important and valued as part of a team is one of the most important things in a new place of work and that is how you keep loyalty of staff.

    Robert Walters Response

    24 Apr 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

    We’re sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience working at Robert Walters. We are committed to providing a supportive atmosphere... More


  8. "Excellent training and development"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great training that is tailored to the level of the consultant
    - great people that work for each other in a collective team environment
    - well known brand that is recognised in the market
    - international opportunities for top performers
    - working hours are much better than they used to be
    - overall, a great place to work because of the people and the career development opportunities

    Cons

    - there can be a lack of transparency and communication but this has improved
    - largely dependant on bulge bracket clients

    Advice to Management

    -Embrace new technology
    - Urge individuals to work outside of the normal RW PSL's by remunerating BD consultants with higher bonuses


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Robert Walters - Positive Recruitment Experience"

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

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team based commission structure, the recruitment roles are less sales focused and more focused on relationship management and candidate/client service.

    Cons

    Your only as good as your last quarter ... same goes for every recruitment role wherever you are in the city. At least at Robert Walters you are protected.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone can be suitable for recruitment, candidates must be told that the role is tough before new people are employed.


  10. "Good progression, poor commission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert Walters full-time

    Pros

    Good training, international exposure, good marketing & PR department, decent branding, good infrastructure, everything done for you, access to most if not all PSL accounts

    Cons

    Poor commission structure (always has been, this will never change), cant attract the best consultants/managers in the market because of last point, quite cliquey, high turnover at consultant and above level, became KPI/admin heavy, RPO business growing more than agency business

    Advice to Management

    Change your commission structure, it is not a USP and doesn't actually add any value to clients or candidates - in doing so, you'll attract better quality team members who will stay in the business


  11. "A fantastic way to begin a career in london"

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

    I have been working at Robert Walters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great career progression, working with like minded individuals, senior management who are keen to develop you, excellent exposure to the business world in london

    Cons

    As an industry, you need to rely upon your own motivations to succeed and you will. This is done with the help of managers and loose targets, but no KPI bashing

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing junior team members, it clearly works


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