Kenexa Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Kenexa Chairman and CEO Rudy Karsan Sr.
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you proactively manage it, hard work results in great opportunities (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexibility, professionalism, great people, option to work from home (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is easily skewed if you're not careful about how you manage it (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management were just sales people (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful place to work PRIOR to IBM acquisition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great manager and opportunities. loved my job

    Cons

    acquired by IBM- loosing culture

  2. Not my cup of tea workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Experience, its hardcore consulting experience

    Cons

    the pay was terrible, and you worked long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay the same across all departments

  3. Kenexa Entereneurship is dead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kenexa part-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work from home and create a flexible schedule to balance work and family. A comprehensive benefit package that is market competitive.

    Cons

    What made Kenexa great and lead to extreme growth can't survive because IBM is like working for the U.S. government.

    Advice to Management

    Never acquire a growth business because IBM management doesn't know what to do with it as most have never worked in one.

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  5. IBM has absolutely made Kenexa a terrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Kenexa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    What was once a great place to work is no more. The IBM team had no idea what they purchased.

    Cons

    The company is constantly going through layoffs or resource actions that have destroyed the morale of the organization. IBM does not seem to know what to do with the consulting and research parts of the business. The leaders that remain are not effective at painting a picture of the path forward. Obviously, a lot of the talent has left and others are headed out.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some real leaders, not IBM people that have simply just made it for years. The IBM people that have been brought into the organization are mediocre at best. Your need to make some investments in your technology to actually deliver on the "integrated" talent management strategy. Saying you have it does not mean you do.

  6. Hire new college grads or people who are work horses.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant

    I worked at Kenexa full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. There are no other pros to working here, look somewhere else or you will regret every minute of working for this company!

    Cons

    Management is sadistic, cussing and talking down to professionals. They overwhelm and overwork their employees, requiring 80+ hr work weeks. This is a horrible place.

  7. Contract Admin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Administrative in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrative in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice that they allow us to work from home.

    Cons

    Reasons for not giving a raise should not be "You make more than everyone in your group". Shouldn't a raise be based on an individuals work performance/accomplishments and not what everyone else makes??

    Advice to Management

    Put someone in a management position for their qualifications and not just to have a warm body in place.

  8. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Kenexa

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth, advancement, development. Company cares about employees.

    Cons

    Management can be too much to handle.

  9. Great coworkers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa

    Pros

    Great people to work with in talent insights division.

    Cons

    Things changed when the company was purchased.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Engineering Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that you work with and the business problems that arise in HR.

    Cons

    Not enough investment in existing talent

    Advice to Management

    Expose your talent to the newest technology tools and trends, allow for budget for leadership training.

  11. I really like my job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Frisco, TX

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work-life balance and great benefits and training. Room for growth. There are so many managers that it's hard to say if the management is good or it's just my manager.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in the upper management. Change management could be improved. And some of the processes.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and don't over promise.

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