PDI Ninth House

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PDI Ninth House Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
36 Reviews
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PDI Ninth House President & CEO RJ Heckman, Ph.D
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  1.  

    PDI was acquired by KornFerry in 2013

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House

    Pros

    With the acquisition, the pros were that there was hope of the company continuing since poor performance seemed to be common at PDI.

    Cons

    Typical acquisition situation I would guess. There were a lot of layoffs of PDI people and PDI legacy treated like the acquired and so less important. KF didn't seem to be interested in learning from expertise of PDI.

    No opinion of CEO
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    For a company that has experienced significant change, it should be recognized for surviving all of the challenges.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My skills in process improvement were encouraged, and my strengths as a leader were recognized by my immediate supervisor.

    Cons

    The compensation was not competitive and very irregular. Culture averse to change by many consultants who had been there since the beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture of inclusiveness, recognizing that all levels are key contributors to the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I had a very educational experience working at PDI Ninth House

    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Get to work with lots of highly educated consultants and clients. Interesting work helping companies develop better leaders. Lots of opportunities to develop new skills.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, depending on the project that you are working on. Tough to know what new company will be like now that they are acquired by Korn Ferry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to have bonuses be a more significant component of compensation

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    Extremely competitive Minnesota-dominated company

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get experience working w/ a wide range of managers & executives - & range of companies - as a consultant. Now that it's been acquired by a search firm, may be much more interesting.

    Cons

    Quite secretive & duplicitous communications from Minneapolis headquarters, though office colleagues - in most offices - are very collaborative. Firm was taking a direction toward computer-based performance management & succession management systems when I left, rather than using the psychologists - most of the consultants & their major asset. Wanted to reinvent selves in a not synergistic way..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully, now that Korn Ferry is the owner of the firm, they will inject a greater degree of professionalism into the firm. Or at least influence PDI leaders toward more professional practices.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure why the CEO's still employed...

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a division of Korn Ferry, PDI Ninth House now has every thing a client could ask for... Talented consultants, C-Level perspective, a complete set of assessment and development offerings, emerging technology platform, and a truly global presence.

    Cons

    The President is hapless. He is destructive to client engagements and demotivating to employees. He must manage up well, take credit for his team's success, and suck up to the KornFerry CEO for job security. His lack of business acumen and authentic leadership skills are openly discussed among the rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management who can model the leadership skills we aspire to teach our clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic and Arrogant Culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has developed well-validated leadership assessment and development tools. Their normative data across all levels of organizations, industries, and roles is impressive. Most consultants are bright, have strong academic backgrounds (PhD and/or MA degrees), and clients tend to respect the company.

    Cons

    Management is unsophisticated, arrogant, dismissive, and strategically aloof. Regional managers are petty, negative, self-absorbed, and punitive. There's little interest in the perspectives of team members without PhDs. There's a tendency to work people into the ground and then question their loyalty/effort/professionalism despite positive feedback from clients and peers.

    While the company's assessment and development tools are well designed, there's little effort to integrate them with new technologies. At the international level, there's also little interest in developing culturally sensitive/relevant approaches or to continuously improve offerings to clients. This is not a leading-edge company by any means.

    There are various accounts of consultants being told to get just the salad buffet (versus the full meal buffet) at hotels while traveling in order to reduce costs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more culturally responsive approaches, be open to emergent technologies, engage people across the organization in strategy development, establish transparent bonus structures, provide opportunities for upward feedback. Be more responsive to competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Valuable services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding products and services that make a positive difference in the lives of leaders and organizations. Now that they've been acquired by Korn Ferry, their scope of end-to-end talent management services has the potential to create a new type of services industry.

    Cons

    Low morale. Below market compensation and infrequent pay increases. Odd promotion and staffing decisions with inconsistent nomination processes and compensation structures. High turn-over, including departures by high performers and high potentials. (Some) demotivating and demeaning senior executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your own products and services to assess and develop internal talent, especially those in Director-level and above roles. Require senior executives to treat employees better. Provide fair market compensation. For future mergers or acquisitions, hire an outside firm to help with integration efforts; the process in place now is not as efficient or effective as it should be. Continue developing leading-edge programs; your company can change the talent management industry. Keep treating clients as #1; give them services that will knock their socks off and make them reevaluate their relationships with competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not well organized for success

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    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    robust tools, processes and procedures

    Cons

    poor management /top heavy at the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a leaner and more aligned organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The offerings were non- surpassed, but the management was very arbitrary

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    Former Employee - Director of Client Solutions in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Client Solutions in Arlington, VA

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offerings were research-based/well proven and validated . There was an effort to listen to clients, though at the end of the day, the SMEs produced what they wanted to without input from clients or the sales people who were left to sell the offerings in a vacuum

    Cons

    There was constant tension between regional offices and the headquarters. Lots of employee/management dissension. Rules changed often. Most, though not all, consultants were aloof and arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No faith that anyone would take it seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best products and consultants in the industry. Worst CEO.

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PDI Ninth House has by far the best products in the industry. The intellectual property is time-tested, the assessments more insightful than any others in the industry, and the technology is world-class. The consultants are self-less, dedicated to serving clients, and the best I/O psychologists in the business. It has a complete set of offerings and global distribution, a real win for clients.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the top leadership has no business in a leadership role. The CEO inherited the company from his father, has very low business acumen, poor personal character, and an inability to translate his vision into execution. He's not a bad guy, just not ready for a CEO job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack your bags.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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