Korn Ferry

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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
112 Reviews
3.2
112 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  

    Great Company

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place if you are not at the top

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    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 a 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very entrepreneurial but need to invest in internal talent management

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    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 a 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stale business trying to stay relevant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good connections and smart people
    Meritocracy culture - room for growth if you have talent and drive
    Earning potential is there if you are willing to wait it out

    Cons

    lack of tolerance for innovation
    Non existent IT leadership
    Doesn't invest in it's people
    Eat what you kill culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private. Invest in a technology leader. Don't ignore your cash cow. Stop managing the business around the next earnings report.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    frustrating at best

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    Former Employee - Senior Partner
    Former Employee - Senior Partner

    I worked at Korn Ferry part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    it's in a great industry

    Cons

    public company in a business that should be private, way too much focus on revenue generation and too little on customer satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on customrers and the revenue will take care of itself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Silos hard to break down

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Attracts good people
    Opportunities to test yourself

    Cons

    Moving away from core business
    Haves and have nots culture
    Siloed and cut throat - no real collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go private or spin out the search business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    a consulting organization in every way, in every department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the associates employed with Korn/Ferry are world-class folks: sharp, focused, intelligent, experienced, and open. because of it's global reach and the caliber of its clients, Korn/Ferry offers some truly worldwide opportunities for making contacts and gaining exposure to international markets and cultures.

    Cons

    because Korn/Ferry is predominately a consulting firm, its approach to managing all lines of business come from this mentality. this can be counterproductive to the shared services departments that don't fit into the "bill for every 15-min chunk of time."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to those employees who are not consultants or principals, but who are greasing the gears of the machine that the sales force are furiously turning. just because your hundred-thousand dollar car looks gorgeous on the outside, it is no use to you if the engine breaks down every time you take it out for a spin.

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

    Being the biggest doesn't mean the best

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    some great talent and opportunities to network with some of the best in the business

    Cons

    culture; and sincere lack of empathy or compassion for talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workers that do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard work counts for nothing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Does a poor job of keeping and rewarding its best people. You basically have to be walking out the door to get a salary increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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