Egon Zehnder

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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
62 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Mind numbingly boring, no room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst work environment I have ever experienced

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only pros to working at EZI is location and paid benefits.

    Cons

    Too many to list. This is without a doubt the most dysfunctional work environment I have ever experienced. Lots of OT with no appreciation of work/life balance. Interoffice hooligans going on with affairs and inappropriate behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Won't waste my time because management has no desire to change structure/behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Simply fooled myself working here

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable timings and Sat-Sun offs

    Cons

    I Slogged like a donkey for 5 years with no human respect and dignity...forgot about growth ..its a place where I wasted my time, career and health

    A place where ppl are promoted based on being good in getting work done by others..with no performance record.

    Rumours, which even I did not know about myself...with no one to dine with, to talk to ...I wonder how I survived all these..Worst discrimination That I went through..I literally felt like a untouchable in a village..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value Work And please stop Playing with Words and petty politics

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Culture is not what they claim it to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clever people. Good pedigrees. Mostly collaborative.

    Cons

    Highly political at the top. Unwilling to support diverse cultures. Strong divide between US and rest of world culturally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Now know what not to do.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, nice coworkers, good location

    Cons

    Mind numbingly boring, no room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Run!! There are better options out there...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good brand in the search business
    Easy work
    OK hour

    Cons

    Limited growth (no future)
    Poor management
    Rubbish people from top to bottom from PAs to Cs to Rs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After all its just headhunting, no need to over-advertise its brand and acting like industry leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top-heavy company full of negative and harsh employees

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, lots of office supplies available, pays well, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Feedback is great. If done properly, it can help fix issues and motivate employees. At EZI, they give you an overload of feedback, to the point where it feels they are beating you up. They are way too concerned with appearances and little nitpicky things in the office, and less concerned with helping you do good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to foster a more positive work environment. It will help your employees be happier. Focus more on the work and helping people utilize their strengths for the company rather than tearing them down for their weaknesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This company is a joke

    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    centralized location office with a resourceful pantry

    Cons

    rubbish colleagues, no one is working but pretend working all day long

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is good only if you are near retirement

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Calm place
    Good benefits
    Chance to talk to very senior people

    Cons

    Boring work
    People are very oldfashioned
    Not a chance to grow. Listen well, NOT A CHANCE!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, listen to what people say about you. It is true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Limited professional opportunity and politics based on tenure NOT a meritocracy

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

    Salary is competitive with the market. Partners are very capable and in general can add value to clients.

    Cons

    Egon Zehnder is a european company in it's culture and therefore is not open to new ideas or "free thought" to work here and do well in the research area you much be able to supress your ideas and be submissive. Things work very slowly here… Beyond research there is NO career growth, you will be a research for the rest of your life! Every other exec search company offers you the option to grow except Egon Zehnder...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. EZ is supposedly a company that provides its clients with management reviews and leadership coaching… so why can't that happen internally? There is a large disconnect between the research are and the partners that create 2 sub-cultures withtin the company when it ought to be one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    EZIRS is not a company but a shop

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Delhi (India)

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

    Good brand name in international market.

    Cons

    Boring, repetitive work, not interested in growth of individual and pay scales are ridiculously low. The leadership of EZIRS is pathetic as people with no or very less management education or experience are leading the key positions. And its more painful to see how a so called human capital consulting firm is not able to manage its own human capital. The sole objective of the promoters is to earn money and not build good company with some future vision. I don't see EZIRS existing anymore in next five years as the inflationary pressure increases leading to the increase in salary demand of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate work and don't show favoritism and nepotism. There should be a transparent way to accessing the performance of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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