Russell Reynolds
3.2 of 5 32 reviews
www.russellreynolds.com New York, NY 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 8, 2014

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88% Approve of the CEO

Russell Reynolds CEO Clark Murphy

Clark Murphy

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Quality firm

Associate (Former Employee)

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat place to learn executive search from some of the best in the business. Exposure to the most senior business leaders in the world.

ConsNot a lot of formal career development. It is a bit of a sink or swim/up or out culture. Not saying that's a bad thing, but it is something that should be understood.

Advice to Senior ManagementI have no complaints about the firm's management. It is a great firm with solid leadership.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company! Work with all types of people

Executive Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat experience & broad exposure to all types of people & industries. Job satisfaction when placing a successful candidate at a new role! It's like matchmaking! I love my job, my coworkers, & my consultant & my office! Am very happy about joining RRA! This roles utilizes my strengths (multi-tasking, problem solving, proactive thinking, document & people management)

ConsThe job of EA at a fast paced search firm can be very demanding & scheduling changes outside your control can be frustrating. Sometimes can be thankless- but my consultant thinks of me more as a "WE" and team- so I am more in the forefront with clients & candidates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Solid company, great brand.

Executive Recruiter (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Russell Reynolds as a contractor for less than a year

ProsBeautiful offices. Friendly staff. Interesting work with good clients.

ConsGlass ceiling for opportunities depending on educational and professional pedigree.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Positive culture; fast paced work environment

Associate (Current Employee)

I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

ProsHuge focus on apprenticeship; colleagues are Type-A incredibly intelligent and passionate people

ConsHigh expectations, expectation to "always be on"

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Old school thinking..not aging with the times.

Research (Former Employee)

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSome really great people in this firm, but they ultimately leave or turn into big headed, money hungry people.

ConsNo career growth path, poor management, very old school way of thinking. Managers are not motivating but rather instill fear on lower level employees. Its a very up and out culture and unfortunately not many people move up. High turnover with a stiff/buttoned up culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your employees and they will feel invested in and want to improve the business and company. If there is an issue among the employees, address it publicly, don't pretend it does not exist. Don't have an "its their problem" attitude, one firm = everybody's problem. Don't reward bad behavior and consultants treating their EAs or Researchers poorly should NOT be tolerated, no matter how much business is generated. We are in the people business, everybody should be treated with respect. Realize that the younger talent in the industry will soon become your clients, especially in the Tech sectors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company, Perks, and Benefits

Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for less than a year

ProsI really enjoy working here. All the EAs are incredibly helpful. It's standard that I don't work past 5p. It's almost a sin to do so and my consultant is incredibly respectful of that.

ConsThe only complaint I have is that their computer programs could use an upgrade and be more centralized.

Advice to Senior ManagementUse a cloud-base program that performs all necessary functions for project management with up-to-the-second, universal accessibility.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working with the best

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat clients and work, mostly great colleagues, great firm events.

ConsBlack-box compensation not tied to performance metrics. Highly political. 80% of the bonus pool goes to 10% of the partners. Least progressive - cultural and IT - of the big 5 executive search firms. Compensation incentives not necessarily in good alignment with stated firm values.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to be the "McKinsey of search firms" be serious about what that requires. Commit to transparency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Bad experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

ProsIf you negotiate well, you can secure an industry standard salary.

ConsUneven pay scale, lack of respect for business center, no company culture, no room for growth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Like going down a rabbit hole

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

ProsVery smart people who can be very smart when they're not too busy playing politics

ConsIt is truly an old boys network

Advice to Senior ManagementHire people that didn't go to yale

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very professional, nice people, difficult to evolve from EA role

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

ProsI worked in the Boston office and had a great experience as a young EA gaining general office, business, and professional knowledge. Professional, hard working, knowledgable colleagues.

ConsCulture is very professional, not much in-office friendship or bonding. I was an EA and was hoping to advance within the company but the opportunity was not there. A bit too serious for me at times.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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