Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
100 Reviews

3.1
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
Gary D. Burnison
60 Ratings

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.  

    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
  2. 3 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
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Mediocre

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    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
  8. 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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A large ship turns slowly

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    Current Employee - Non-sales Infrastructure  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Non-sales Infrastructure in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard-working coworkers are everywhere. I think the long-term strategy to grow the consulting business via recent acquisitions and to focus less on Executive Search is a good one. The core IP and knowledge behind the products is phenomenal!

    Cons

    Changing direction and business focus takes time and dedication. Upper management indicates they are behind the shift in focus, yet resources (people and money) are not always there. Existing staff are spread thin and expectations are high, yet compensation is lacking. Career advancement is difficult as there is little to no investment in training and it can be difficult to get exposure to new things in order to stay current or to expand skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not acquire more companies in the near future. Focus on integrating those that you have and invest in the technology to unify them. Service delivery can be improved via investment in technology and the use of consistent platforms.
    Invest in your employees! Do not be ruled exclusively by the stock market and what others say you can do with your money.
    If the "digestion" and development of the recent acquisitions is done right, the company's future is bright. Accelerate this process as much as possible, even if you take a financial loss for a short time. The investment will pay off big time and it won't take long to see the results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best in the industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Impeccable reputation and legacy

    Make 20 calls, get 20 call backs

    The highest level assignments in the industry, with access mostly to the CEO and the board

    Great culture, everyone who works there is smart and works hard, and knows they are in the best firm out there

    Immense exit options

    Cons

    Struggle to think of anything..........literally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep broadening the portfolio of offering

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor financial leadership and false promises!!!

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Perception of being highly professional and internally organized.

    Cons

    Reality is they have little infrastructure to compete effectively on a global scale, have low tenure in their recruitment ranks, overcharge for their services and have poor decision making amongst the leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before you make someone an offer of employment, look at your business and financials to be certain they are solid. Take leadership courses and develop an onboarding program that you can stick to in order to drive some consistency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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