Egon Zehnder
2.8 of 5 57 reviews
www.egonzehnder.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 7, 2014

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Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva

Rajeev Vasudeva


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Pros:
  • "Manageable work hours, work-life balance is great"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Some good benefits, which can be found elsewhere also"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Also, they do not have fixed career path like in other organisations, so the promotions don't come easily"
    in 5 reviews
  • "There is no room for upward mobility"
    in 5 reviews
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    I was so bored at this job.

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGood pay and benefits, including long vacations. Good opportunities to meet people in other places as well.

    ConsBoring job, boring people....no opportunities for advancement. People who have been there for 15 years do the same things you do as an intern.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more variety to the work?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place to work

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsConsistent hours which allowed for a social life

    ConsNo room for growth or advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough working environment

    Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExposure to executive search industry, learning rationale for executive assessment and selection from an insiders perspective, opportunity to gain industry knowledge

    Consvery little praise for hard work, high expectations without commensurate earnings upside, very limited career path, some consultants treat you like their personal servant, very high turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a reasonable career path, do a better job of recognizing excellent performance, develop more training/educational opportunities, do a better job communication long term strategy of firm

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Firm does not "walk the talk"

    Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly collaborative
    Interesting colleagues
    Flexible work environment
    International scope
    Private company
    Long-term mind-set
    Small company feel
    Encourages entrepreneurial mind-set
    Stable financially

    ConsPartners feel "entitled" and due to "lock-step compensation" often do not carry their weight and spend more time "looking good" than producing results.
    Unethical and dishonest leadership in the USA. Double standards on how Partners behave vs others in the organization.
    Selective enforcement depending on if you are a partner or not.
    Very weak HR policies, procedures and totally incompetent HR management.
    Clients would be shocked to know how the Firm was managed internally - full of hypocrites and unethical characters.
    Too much deadwood - the US side of the business is going nowhere.
    If you want to join, join outside the US.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly capable and very international team; limited growth opportunities within Research

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExposure to highly accomplished executives and opportunity to work closely with dynamic, experienced Consultants and teams globally. Understanding of corporate structure and leadres.

    ConsInadequate compensation, especially for Researchers; there is also a glass ceiling (again within Research) and the promotion process/career advancement could be greatly improved.

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    Well-regarded firm but the place does not live up to the promise.

    Consultant (Former Employee)

    Pros* Strong brand (outside USA)
    * High quality assignments
    * Global training program
    * High remuneration
    * Variety of assignments

    Cons* Very political: the promise of "one firm" is not delivered as everyone tries to feather their own nest
    * Lockstep remuneration: pay is based on tenure not merit: senior partners "cruise"
    * Consultants ("pre-partners") bring in 10x what they are paid ie would get paid more in other firms
    * Totally subjective performance review system
    * No client satisfaction surveys
    * Almost unknown brand in the US

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove some of the office leaders who bring in work but don't care about developing their people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company for those who are looking for career in Executive Search, but have limited opportunities within research

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsYou get to interact with high profile executives with great achievements and work with experienced consultants. The overall environment of the company is also very conducive.

    ConsGiven their shift timings, work life balance takes a toss. Also, they do not have fixed career path like in other organisations, so the promotions don't come easily.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good exposure to new industries, functions, networks; No long-term mobility/growth though

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat consultant networks to leverage, wonderful benefits program

    ConsBad pay, tons of inner political drama, terrible upward mobility for researchers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate (Current Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    Prosgood company to work with.. nice culture

    Conslow salary and in EZIRS no scope of promotoion

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was not for me. Lots of boring work. Lots of hard work.

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosyou learn a lot. people are very nice. work with strategic people and big time clients. They are making changes and trying to make things better in regards to moving up

    ConsNot great team work. you get to work with really experienced people but also you are so far away from their experience that you end up not getting a lot of training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlay to analyst strengths.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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