Kenexa Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Kenexa Chairman and CEO Rudy Karsan Sr.
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Pros
  • There is a lot of work-life balance potential and flexibility in my team (probably too much in favor of the employee) (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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    • Senior Management
    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. Kenexa was awesome. IBM is not

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

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work at home options, great people, flexible hours. RPO is still a fun environment to work within and had a rewarding outcome.

    Cons

    IBM has ruined the culture kenexa has worked so incredibly hard to build. Almost all of the original leadership has moved on leaving the Uber corporate taste in everyone's mouth.

    Advice to Management

    Management news to stand tall and focus on growing employees. IBM managers care about themselves. There is no growth or care from your to grow you into the opportunity.

    Got a promotion? Congrats! Can you make that a lateral move in salary for 6 months until we can possibly get that increase approved? This is life at IBM.


  3. Good products but poor pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenexa full-time

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

    Pros

    Products evolving, definite market leader.

    Cons

    Pays below market for anyone in a major metropolitan area (ex - outside of Lincoln Nebraska). Not enough people with a variety of experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Get bought by IBM!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Going downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Frisco, TX

    I have been working at Kenexa

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, Enjoyable Environment. Opportunities to work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    No feeling of appreciation. Lied to by management constantly. Lack of organization. Many incompetent colleagues working along side you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't back out on promises made to employees.


  6. Used to be a great company. IBM changed that quickly.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    The company was great at first. We could travel freely without much red tape, there was a lot of leadership visibility, a positive work environment, etc.

    Cons

    Ever since IBM bought Kenexa, everything changed. Positions weren't being backfilled, there were constant layoff rumors (which became true), and budgets were slashed. IBM said they weren't going to gut the company, but guess what? They did. And they will continue to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Don't become too "expensive", or you'll get laid off.


  7. Not my cup of tea workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. 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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Hire new college grads or people who are work horses.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Contract Admin

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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