Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
106 Reviews
3.2
106 Reviews
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, nice benefits, great brand (in 9 reviews)

  • Probably no worse than other top Executive Search/Talent Solutions firms (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/ life balance, people are not recognized for their above and beyond work (in 5 reviews)

  • Getting the job done right requires long hours with no additional incentive pay (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A large ship turns slowly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Poor financial leadership and false promises!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (less than an 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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    Incredibly impressive company with amazing talent

    Former Employee - Research Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Korn Ferry as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn from the smartest minds in the industry
    Great for networking with executives

    Cons

    Currently not many hiring opportunities

    Recommends
  6.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Always willing to try new ways of doing the same job.

    Cons

    I did not find con, except for my position being contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Client Partner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Client Partner
    Current Employee - Senior Client Partner

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment... access to top level searches and behind the curtain conversations on business. There are many high quality people who work here. If you are really enthusiastic about human capital, measuring and assessing with the latest tools, KF would be a great spot for you.

    Cons

    Company is busy expanding into too many areas. Executive search is being under funded and consultants are not getting good payouts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with a concerted effort to improve the culture and employee satisfaction during my tenure. Not that management's efforts were necessarily successful, but the fact that it was on their radar screen spoke volumes of the company and its mission. Fantastic suite of offerings and strong leadership in the C-Suite.

    Cons

    With big companies comes the bureaucratic red tape. For all the talk of being accountable and taking responsibility, leadership at the management level was lacking. It is hard to maintain respect or loyalty for your boss or HR Manager when you have proof that they lied to your face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individual Managers responsible for bonus decisions should not hide behind the coattails of management. If you want to engender loyalty and trust, you must first find it within your soul to be honest yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Diversifying company may lead to great new opportunities (but also growing pains) for new employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -A lot of growth provides new opportunities for acquired companies (PDI Ninth House and Global Novations)
    -Korn/Ferry recognized slowdown with executive search and acquired solid companies to diversify portfolio and main competitive advantage
    -Great new IP (if they can figure out how to use it competitively)

    Cons

    -Currently experiencing a lot of growing pains with many acquisitions as well as the sheer volume of new employees (1 in 5 is new in 2013).
    -Culture works well if you are a consulting type who enjoys an individual approach vs. team approach as its a 'eat what you kill' environment. Depending on the region, some are more cut-throat and some more collaborative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place if you are not at the top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Korn Ferry as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid work, enjoyable if you prefer to do the same thing everyday without expectation of change or development

    Cons

    Hours, dull, lack of objectivity company does not foster an attitude of respect for those who do not do client facing work which leads to lackluster performance and energy from what could be an eclectic, intelligent group of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know who works for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very entrepreneurial but need to invest in internal talent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, fast-paced, client centric. Ahead of the curve in executive search by taking a holistic approach to talent solutions

    Cons

    Need to invest more into internal talent management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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