Korn/Ferry

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Updated May 23, 2014

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3.3 91 reviews

59% Approve of the CEO

Korn/Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison

Gary D. Burnison

(58 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The frim has a great brand and interesting ideas on how to change in the future(in 8 reviews)

  • Global market leader within Executive Search(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work-life balance and unreasonable expectations more often than not(in 3 reviews)

  • Sometimes you have to spend long hours whilst being paid very little, chances to get promotion are very slim: junior positions here aren't recommended(in 4 reviews)

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    A company that has treated me well.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGrowth potential, serious company, they invest in your training

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementCreate a better mentorship program - Partner-Associate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My management was very appreciative

    Human Resources Associate (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsNot enough training or references

    ConsI do not have any cons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall positive, but needs to reward top performers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe 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.

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    Great Company

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsWith 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 Senior ManagementIndividual 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very entrepreneurial but need to invest in internal talent management

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsNeed to invest more into internal talent management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stale business trying to stay relevant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood connections and smart people
    Meritocracy culture - room for growth if you have talent and drive
    Earning potential is there if you are willing to wait it out

    Conslack of tolerance for innovation
    Non existent IT leadership
    Doesn't invest in it's people
    Eat what you kill culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo private. Invest in a technology leader. Don't ignore your cash cow. Stop managing the business around the next earnings report.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a consulting organization in every way, in every department

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthe associates employed with Korn/Ferry are world-class folks: sharp, focused, intelligent, experienced, and open. because of it's global reach and the caliber of its clients, Korn/Ferry offers some truly worldwide opportunities for making contacts and gaining exposure to international markets and cultures.

    Consbecause Korn/Ferry is predominately a consulting firm, its approach to managing all lines of business come from this mentality. this can be counterproductive to the shared services departments that don't fit into the "bill for every 15-min chunk of time."

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to those employees who are not consultants or principals, but who are greasing the gears of the machine that the sales force are furiously turning. just because your hundred-thousand dollar car looks gorgeous on the outside, it is no use to you if the engine breaks down every time you take it out for a spin.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    best part time job I have ever had

    Senior Client Partner (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Prosgreat brand top name. The are the biggest firm in the world and have remained there for decades.

    Conspoor partnership environment. I was miserable. I was paid well but it cost me alot of money in the end working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would not know where to begin the problems are too immense for me to fix. But hire people who believe and carry on I guess

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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