Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    A large ship turns slowly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    The best in the industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep broadening the portfolio of offering


  3. Helpful (1)

    Poor financial leadership and false promises!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Client Partner

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Very entrepreneurial but need to invest in internal talent management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    frustrating at best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Partner
    Former Employee - Senior Partner

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

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

    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 Management

    focus on customrers and the revenue will take care of itself


  11. Helpful (3)

    Stale business trying to stay relevant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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