Korn Ferry

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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
110 Reviews
3.2
110 Reviews
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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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.  

    Good experience, better stepping stone

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

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

    Pros

    - Ability to learn a lot, leverage and work with a broad range of partners in different sectors

    Cons

    - Fragmented business with issues regarding emphasis on cross-selling solutions
    - Compensation below market, specifically at the pre-Partner level (Senior Associates)
    - Not a great track record of hiring the best internally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, good people, but benefits diminishing

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone here is super professional, respectful, and cool to work with. It is a simple business model - they have 3 main businesses Korn/Ferry exec search / futurestep / and LTC - consulting. As long as you do your work well, you will be rewarded. The environment is not overly political and not too much drama.

    Cons

    Corporate continues to cut benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on business growth and finding new service lines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Diverse Talent and World Class IP

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong supportive local office culture, collaborative global community

    Cons

    organization in transition phase = current uncertainty and integration pains

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A company that has treated me well.

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

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

    Pros

    The people seem to care about each other and want to help you succeed.

    Cons

    The type of work makes it so that you feel like you never really accomplish anything because as soon as you finish a project/search, it's on to the next one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to create more of an open-communication culture and work to help employees find a better work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience so far, great managers, lots of growth potential

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Growth potential, serious company, they invest in your training

    Cons

    Some partners are more self centered than others and will not support you even if you provide good work and put in the hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better mentorship program - Partner-Associate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My management was very appreciative

    • 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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not enough training or references

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive, but needs to reward top performers

    • 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

    Smart people. Team-oriented. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation variation at all levels outside of Principal/Partner don't reward or motivate top performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with compensation. Encourage some competition. Don't make the review process a fight every year to pay fair market value. Reward top performers.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with a concerted effort to improve the culture and employee satisfaction during my tenure. Not that management's efforts were necessarily successful, but the fact that it was on their radar screen spoke volumes of the company and its mission. Fantastic suite of offerings and strong leadership in the C-Suite.

    Cons

    With big companies comes the bureaucratic red tape. For all the talk of being accountable and taking responsibility, leadership at the management level was lacking. It is hard to maintain respect or loyalty for your boss or HR Manager when you have proof that they lied to your face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individual Managers responsible for bonus decisions should not hide behind the coattails of management. If you want to engender loyalty and trust, you must first find it within your soul to be honest yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Diversifying company may lead to great new opportunities (but also growing pains) for new employees

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

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

    Pros

    -A lot of growth provides new opportunities for acquired companies (PDI Ninth House and Global Novations)
    -Korn/Ferry recognized slowdown with executive search and acquired solid companies to diversify portfolio and main competitive advantage
    -Great new IP (if they can figure out how to use it competitively)

    Cons

    -Currently experiencing a lot of growing pains with many acquisitions as well as the sheer volume of new employees (1 in 5 is new in 2013).
    -Culture works well if you are a consulting type who enjoys an individual approach vs. team approach as its a 'eat what you kill' environment. Depending on the region, some are more cut-throat and some more collaborative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very entrepreneurial but need to invest in internal talent management

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

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, fast-paced, client centric. Ahead of the curve in executive search by taking a holistic approach to talent solutions

    Cons

    Need to invest more into internal talent management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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