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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
18 Reviews
2.0
18 Reviews
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, nice benefits, great brand (in 9 reviews)

  • Probably no worse than other top Executive Search/Talent Solutions firms (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/ life balance, people are not recognized for their above and beyond work (in 5 reviews)

  • Getting the job done right requires long hours with no additional incentive pay (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The New York office is aesthetically pleasing. The offices have been recently remodeled.

    Cons

    Boy's club
    Dog-eat-dog environment
    The company doesn't believe in raises for project coordinator/administrative staff
    Very corporate
    Senior management doesn't value their employees
    Hierarchical
    Senior management lacks imagination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, the company is very old-fashioned
    Value your employees.
    There is animosity among many of the partners, try to get them to be more supportive of one another
    Try to foster more creativity among the ranks.
    Reward dedication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good, lots of room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice benefits, great brand.

    Cons

    Long hours, people handle more than 10 projects at a time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you consider working in their IT department, think twice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Well established public company, business seems to be going well, nice compensation and nice benefits.

    Cons

    I worked on internal systems as a software developer for a little over a year. Some of the IT executives will feel threatened by and will seek to oppress talented people, out of fear for their positions. That insecurity creates an environment where decisions are made based on politics instead of what is good for the company, the products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To IT executive team: Focus less on job security and related politics and more on the quality of the products and the systems you build and manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic, Political, Greedy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers/peers are great work with and are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed. Everyone wants to help each other navigate through the changes with the recent acquisitions.

    Cons

    The recent acquisitions have brought many challenges, forcing high turnover, job elimination resulting in large volume of work on many team members. In turn client work is compromised and morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit back and look at how your decisions are affecting your clients and your delivery team. Your employees are unhappy, overworked, and will never be loyal to you in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place if you are not at the top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Korn Ferry as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Solid work, enjoyable if you prefer to do the same thing everyday without expectation of change or development

    Cons

    Hours, dull, lack of objectivity company does not foster an attitude of respect for those who do not do client facing work which leads to lackluster performance and energy from what could be an eclectic, intelligent group of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know who works for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    frustrating at best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Partner
    Former Employee - Senior Partner

    I worked at Korn Ferry part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    it's in a great industry

    Cons

    public company in a business that should be private, way too much focus on revenue generation and too little on customer satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on customrers and the revenue will take care of itself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being the biggest doesn't mean the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    some great talent and opportunities to network with some of the best in the business

    Cons

    culture; and sincere lack of empathy or compassion for talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workers that do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard work counts for nothing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Does a poor job of keeping and rewarding its best people. You basically have to be walking out the door to get a salary increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company run by the numbers; aggressive growth but no investment in people or career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong position in its industry sector; firm willing to take risks

    Cons

    Culture of everyone for themselves; unprofessional; not career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider long-term consequences of management decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good to have on your CV but do not expect to become a Partner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Korn Ferry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good book of clients, interesting searches. As an associate you will do a lot of the leg work but won't get credit for it most of the time in front of clients. Good learning experience, you will learn skills that will serve you for the rest of your career.

    Cons

    Bad pay at the Associate level compared to the rest of the industry. Very political environment. Partners covering the same space are at each others throats a lot of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your junior people, make them feel valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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