Egon Zehnder

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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
64 Reviews
3.3
64 Reviews
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Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great benefits, horrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Administration
    Former Employee - Office Administration

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    If you want excellent benefits and great pay then this place is for you.

    Cons

    They don't usually promote employee's and tend to throw people under the bus. This company has tons of money hungry high management working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep yours ears open and listen to what's going around the office. It's usually true and shouldn't be ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was so bored at this job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Boring 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 ManagementAdvice

    Add more variety to the work?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work

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

    I worked at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

    Consistent hours which allowed for a social life

    Cons

    No room for growth or advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Develop 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Firm does not "walk the talk"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Partners 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Egon Zehnder

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Remove some of the office leaders who bring in work but don't care about developing their people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company for the freshers

    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No work pressure & global researcher are very supportive.

    Cons

    Salary a bit on lower side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do care about your existing employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Given 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great consultant networks to leverage, wonderful benefits program

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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