Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
Gary D. Burnison
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Pros
  • Great co-workers, nice benefits, great brand (in 9 reviews)

  • 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 (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. Helpful (1)

    Overall topics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, bonuses, flexibility, job opportunities, have more to offer clients than our competitors.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on titles. Having a Senior Partner title should not mean you are free of working collaboratively with others in the company. Seems as if executives aren't held accountable to actually lead their team. There seems to be more focus on the leader's individual success.

    Advice to Management

    Expect more out of the office leaders in LTC and Search.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very corporate no growth opps

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious brand and smart consultants

    Cons

    Very hierarchical no opportunity to grow

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities to advance


  3. Helpful (3)

    Do not recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    No raises, only bonus but bonus not promised either. Company Is results and metrics focused, not employee focused at all.


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  5. senior associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    interesting work; great start to the work place as a senior associate

    Cons

    unable to advance if you're not interested in sales / business development

    Advice to Management

    great database!


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good company but lays off heavily in downturns

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Intelligent, interesting colleagues.

    Cons

    Lays off heavily during downturns, especially in research and recruiter level. Partners are typically spared. Also, cosmetics & age are important--the aged and unpretty need not apply. Some well-known tyrannical partners are tolerated & go unchecked. Crowded offices. Layoffs, when they occur, can seem capriciously chosen, but are invariably in the research and recruiter ranks--partners get a pass.

    Advice to Management

    Rein in toxic partners/managers. Curb the ageism in hiring.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Overall good experience, but compensation and promotion processes are horrible!

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and flexible hours with a work-life balance have kept me working at Korn Ferry.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis and recognition paid to consultants and upper management. Every day emails are sent out introducing another Sales manager or Senior Partner. I have not received a raise for 3 years! My job duties have changed over time to include bigger and higher profile projects but have not even been considered for a promotion despite multiple conversations with my manager. Promotion process is horrible! If you are part of Operations the promotion process happens only once a year and management tries their absolute hardest to make sure that the requirements for promotion are NOT openly communicated.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot expect employees to want to stay at Korn Ferry without competitive wages and fair chances for advancement. ALL employees need to be valued!!


  8. Helpful (3)

    Consulting company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Better atmosphere and culture than most exec search /consulting companies - less competitive.

    Cons

    Up or out attitude, financially driven and even though the company's strategy is to be a career destination- little attention is given to those below partner level


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mixed Bag

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition; superior products and tools

    Cons

    Poor treatment of women, including pay and promotion inequities; significant lack of diversity in North American offices; pay freezes for multiple years

    Advice to Management

    Practice the talent management practices we share with others


  10. Overall view

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office environment and culture.

    Cons

    Company as a whole does not value there support team, anyone without a book.

    Advice to Management

    salary and bonus structure actually structured around employee efforts and workload.


  11. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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