Kenexa Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
181 Reviews
3.4
181 Reviews
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Kenexa Chairman and CEO Rudy Karsan Sr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you get on a great account you can have wonderful work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • so you can work from home and take advantage of that (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I really like my job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Frisco, TX

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and don't over promise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The people are great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Littleton, MA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with, but it always seemed that you could never get to know people from other teams.

    Cons

    Too many yes men and women at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Having been subjected to a few faceless RPO engagements since Kenexa I quickly learned the grass is not greener!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frisco, TX

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn alongside the best in the industry! It will absolutely show you what your're made of....sink or swim.

    Cons

    Unless you are upper level management you will tend to feel like a replaceable warm body...just a number, an order-taker in a sweat shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work....most of us LM level consultants may not appreciate you during the storm however, in retrospect I was set up for success because of Kenexa.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, I enjoyed working at Kenexa

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Kenexa is a friendly place where people work hard, but have fun doing it. Coworkers are very supportive.

    Cons

    promotional opportunities are limited in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you reward top performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrifying

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High starting salary, geographic location

    Cons

    Draconian culture, cut throat environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bluewashed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa

    Pros

    Kenexa was acquired by IBM, so one pro is that it is a small(er) environment within a massive multinational. It has the weight and capital of IBM behind it.

    Cons

    Challenging technology atmosphere even prior to the acquisition. Very rigid, and with the acquisition only getting moreso. A lot of people defending poor strategic decisions in order to save face. While size has its benefits, working inside a behemoth like IBM means that decisions made far beyond your visibility or realm of influence can pull the rug out from under you with little or no warning.

  8.  

    Was a great company...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I loved working there! Company was very flexible and a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The company no longer exisits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved my Job but the compensation left a lot to be desired. Definitely not in line with the marketplace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa full-time

    Pros

    You are trusted to do your job without the micro-management tactics. Worked from home which was great. You are given the opportunity to learn new technologies and put them into practice.

    Cons

    Compensation is a popular topic at Kenexa... since its pretty poor compared to the market place. So with that issue, they end up hiring resources that are not cream of the crop.

  10.  

    Great company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Denver, CO

    I worked at Kenexa as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training and career growth.

    Cons

    Salary, promotions invest more time in training from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    office culture, work life balance promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wasn't a longterm option for me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My direct boss was awesome but overwhelmed. For the most part the people are great. Leadership on some teams were great. Good benefits. Great company values. Promotions were there but you had to be in the right groups to attain them.

    Cons

    My boss' direct boss was a nightmare and unhelpful. This led to bad morale. Disorganization. Too many processes to do our jobs. Sales teams that sold our RPO solutions had no clue or didn't care what they were promising the clients with regards to recruiting services. Some of it was impossible to achieve for even the best teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your Director and Manager levels. They are the ones in the daily grind of dealing with the clients. If you overwhelm them, both sides of the deal suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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