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Updated Apr 8, 2014

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3.3 93 reviews

59% Approve of the CEO

Korn/Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison

Gary D. Burnison

(58 ratings)

62% 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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    Great company to work for

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsWorked in the Atlanta office. Great overall office where everyone works together to help one another. It's a great environment - large company, but small family office feel within the Atlanta office. Great managing partner.

    ConsSomewhat long hours. If you want to continue on to principal and partner, you must work off of sales which was a deterrent to me.

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

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    The best in the industry

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsImpeccable reputation and legacy

    Make 20 calls, get 20 call backs

    The highest level assignments in the industry, with access mostly to the CEO and the board

    Great culture, everyone who works there is smart and works hard, and knows they are in the best firm out there

    Immense exit options

    ConsStruggle to think of anything..........literally

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep broadening the portfolio of offering

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

     

    Incredibly impressive company with amazing talent

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsLearn from the smartest minds in the industry
    Great for networking with executives

    ConsCurrently not many hiring opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful place to build a career

    Director (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsCompetitive salaries and benefits…strong management team...the advantages of working for a large company with the entrepreneurial feel of a small one.

    ConsAs with any professional services firm, work/life balance can be challenging at times. Quality of technology infrastructure has at times been lacking but is improving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great team delivering great services

    Senior Recruiter (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe team is fantastic. Smart, hard working, and very team oriented. When something needs to be accomplished, everyone joins forces to make it happen.

    ConsGetting the job done right requires long hours with no additional incentive pay. It can be quite exhausting despite the satisfaction that you recieve from making clients happy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would recommend that sr. management look at the long term effects of the existing compensation plans. Many excellent recruiters will be heading out the door as soon as the market picks up if the compensation program is not modified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat visibility to senior executives
    Great internal leadeships and mentors
    Excellent salaryt packages and benifits
    Work-Life Balance
    Exposure to industry practices

    ConsLack of internal training resources
    Hierarchical
    No internal HR support o grievance addressal cell
    Lack of knowledge sharing among consultants

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire internal HR person
    Institute training and mentoring facilities for incoming associates
    Allow research analysts to interact and network more with Sr Partners

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Career Destination

    Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsKorn/Ferry is a well-recognized and strong brand in the marketplace. The talent here is the best in the industry and the people are wonderful. Partners and senior management are more than willing to offer mentorship and support if you are willing to seek it.

    ConsWe are a client service business and that means being client-focused, driven and accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a well. Work/life balance is a challenge to achieve here, but it can be done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in the next generation of search consultants. The Researchers and Associates of today will be the Partners of tomorrow. What sets Korn/Ferry apart from other firms is our track record of promoting from within and doing an excellent job providing a path of progression to people who want to make executive search a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for.

    Project Coordinator (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood culture and environment, great teamwork, very good benefits, strong focus on training and continuous coaching.

    ConsI do not have any cons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A "great" firm... in the real sense of the word

    Consultant (Former Employee)

    Pros- Great place to learn everything there is to know about the business
    - Exposure to good quality work
    - Very experienced and well respected Partners
    - Sector focus enables you to master a sector very well

    Cons- Lack of internal HR, so no clear path of growth / ownership by management

    Advice to Senior Management- Non Partners are critical to the business too, do make an effort in genuinely helping them learn and grow

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

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    Invaulable experience gained at one of the top global retained search firms...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSolid proprietary database
    Work with intelligent/bright people
    Autonomy to get work done
    Great industry brand name

    ConsSenior mgmt favorives can be frustrating
    Mysterious bonus plan structure
    Each Partner has different method to filling searhes

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide clearer, realistic communication about being promoted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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