Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
103 Reviews
3.1
103 Reviews
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The frim has a great brand and interesting ideas on how to change in the future (in 8 reviews)

  • Global market leader within Executive Search (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible work-life balance and unreasonable expectations more often than not (in 3 reviews)

  • Sometimes you have to spend long hours whilst being paid very little, chances to get promotion are very slim: junior positions here aren't recommended (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Steer clear of this company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great, intelligent people, great intellectual property.

    Cons

    No work-life balances, no raises, not even a cost of living raise, there is no incentive to stay here. Too many acquisitions and too much work being sold with not enough resources to deliver. Employees are disposable and overworked. They want a certain level of employee yet are not willing to pay for it. No company culture. There is no appreciation or compensation for employees at lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one at lower levels likes this company. Your are getting the continuous turnover that you deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A company that has treated me well.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people seem to care about each other and want to help you succeed.

    Cons

    The type of work makes it so that you feel like you never really accomplish anything because as soon as you finish a project/search, it's on to the next one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to create more of an open-communication culture and work to help employees find a better work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you consider working in their IT department, think twice

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well established public company, business seems to be going well, nice compensation and nice benefits.

    Cons

    I worked on internal systems as a software developer for a little over a year. Some of the IT executives will feel threatened by and will seek to oppress talented people, out of fear for their positions. That insecurity creates an environment where decisions are made based on politics instead of what is good for the company, the products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To IT executive team: Focus less on job security and related politics and more on the quality of the products and the systems you build and manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked in the Atlanta office. Great overall office where everyone works together to help one another. It's a great environment - large company, but small family office feel within the Atlanta office. Great managing partner.

    Cons

    Somewhat long hours. If you want to continue on to principal and partner, you must work off of sales which was a deterrent to me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic, Political, Greedy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers/peers are great work with and are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed. Everyone wants to help each other navigate through the changes with the recent acquisitions.

    Cons

    The recent acquisitions have brought many challenges, forcing high turnover, job elimination resulting in large volume of work on many team members. In turn client work is compromised and morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit back and look at how your decisions are affecting your clients and your delivery team. Your employees are unhappy, overworked, and will never be loyal to you in the long run.

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

    Great experience so far, great managers, lots of growth potential

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growth potential, serious company, they invest in your training

    Cons

    Some partners are more self centered than others and will not support you even if you provide good work and put in the hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better mentorship program - Partner-Associate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My management was very appreciative

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Korn Ferry as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not enough training or references

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive, but needs to reward top performers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry

    Pros

    Smart people. Team-oriented. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation variation at all levels outside of Principal/Partner don't reward or motivate top performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with compensation. Encourage some competition. Don't make the review process a fight every year to pay fair market value. Reward top performers.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst professional experience of my 20-year career - hands down

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good information system, reasonable collaboration between piers, at least at the associate level.

    Cons

    Tremendous leverage placed upon associates. Professional disrespect, mind games, and abusive behavior is prevalent and commonplace. No upward mobility and just a lot of hard work at the bottom rungs of the ladder. Too much stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better - period. This is not a good place to work. I would avoid the company at all costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great shot at getting some experience in different areas, good entry level.

    Cons

    Not much room for movement internally. Low Pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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