Korn Ferry

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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
110 Reviews
3.2
110 Reviews
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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65 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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39 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    CEO and E Team do their best to stay in touch with employees, competitors, market, stakeholders.
    Work/life is a plus
    Team environment is good

    Cons

    Direct Manager (and 2 levels up) listen, but you need to continually push for promotions
    Promotion structure needs serious restructuring (out dated and bias)
    Low pay for experience in LTC line of business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what makes employees happy
    Revise promotion structure
    Adjust pricing to match when buying smaller companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great, talented people, a lot of cross departments collaboration.
    Reasonable benefits and compensation, good time-off policies.

    Cons

    No work/ life balance, people are not recognized for their above and beyond work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many talented people with many years of service are being let go. Management should walk the talk and pay more attention to retention of their greats asset - people.

  3.  

    It had its moments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - QA in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees have great background and most of IT senior staff has been here for more than 15 years.

    Cons

    Conservative, Senior IT Management is not aware of software practices..terrible work-life balance and unreasonable expectations more often than not, chances to get promotion are very slim, weak senior management and lot of politicss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To IT executive team: Focus less on job security and related politics and work to create more of an open-communication culture and work to help employees find a better work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    • 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

    Pros

    de training, career, leadership, diversity, global

    Cons

    career growth, development, feedback, comp, politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tremendous potential if it would practice what it preaches

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Strongest brand of any firm in its class, with highest revenues and largest footprint
    Varied range of products and services, offering strong growth potential
    Financially disciplined and well-positioned for continued growth

    Cons

    Political culture where finance exerts extreme control over LOB leadership
    Executive search business heavily favored, leaving other businesses to fight for relevance
    No appetite for practicing what it preaches to clients - internal talent management is far less important than company financial performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company brand is strong, however that is a testament to the people who have built it. If what the firm sells to its clients is worth the premium charged, then perhaps it's time to start developing people instead of treating them as a commodity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run-of-the-Mill Corporate Enterprise

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Location flexibility - due to lack of office space, the "hoteling" culture already prominent at many consulting firms is starting to take root

    Cons

    - No on-boarding
    - Very little employee training
    - Pays below market value for roles at similar firms
    - Very little/no diversity
    - Weak leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Mediocre

    • 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

    Pros

    Great shot at getting some experience in different areas, good entry level.

    Cons

    Not much room for movement internally. Low Pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A large ship turns slowly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-sales Infrastructure in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Non-sales Infrastructure in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard-working coworkers are everywhere. I think the long-term strategy to grow the consulting business via recent acquisitions and to focus less on Executive Search is a good one. The core IP and knowledge behind the products is phenomenal!

    Cons

    Changing direction and business focus takes time and dedication. Upper management indicates they are behind the shift in focus, yet resources (people and money) are not always there. Existing staff are spread thin and expectations are high, yet compensation is lacking. Career advancement is difficult as there is little to no investment in training and it can be difficult to get exposure to new things in order to stay current or to expand skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not acquire more companies in the near future. Focus on integrating those that you have and invest in the technology to unify them. Service delivery can be improved via investment in technology and the use of consistent platforms.
    Invest in your employees! Do not be ruled exclusively by the stock market and what others say you can do with your money.
    If the "digestion" and development of the recent acquisitions is done right, the company's future is bright. Accelerate this process as much as possible, even if you take a financial loss for a short time. The investment will pay off big time and it won't take long to see the results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Always willing to try new ways of doing the same job.

    Cons

    I did not find con, except for my position being contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Client Partner

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment... access to top level searches and behind the curtain conversations on business. There are many high quality people who work here. If you are really enthusiastic about human capital, measuring and assessing with the latest tools, KF would be a great spot for you.

    Cons

    Company is busy expanding into too many areas. Executive search is being under funded and consultants are not getting good payouts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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