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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good firm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    Generous policies good place to work

    Cons

    No processes need to be open to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    MD

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful people and outstanding career opportunity

    Cons

    Performance based culture, you need to deliver

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Exceptional culture and opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    smart, passionate people who do great work for their clients

    Cons

    can be long hours with a very heavy workload

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  5.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Refreshing level of communication across the board.
    Lack of apparent hierarchical issues that are often problematic in search.
    Good salary and rewards
    Nice office and location
    Staff are treated well and effort acknowledged.

    Cons

    Not many I can think of. Your experience might change slightly depending on what team you fall within and or who you support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to, and communicating with, the EAs. They are the eyes and ears of the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Self-Indulgent and Artificially Inflated Egos Will Be Your Biggest Challenge

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The salary and the fellowship of coworkers.

    Cons

    There is a LOT of money to be made in executive search, but the means to get there for EAs are mind-numbing and tedious. Working as an executive assistant, I found very little value in the work I did. It consisted of time-consuming data entry and scheduling. I wasn't challenged intellectually but my patience with management definitely was. The implicit mentality is Us v. Them under the guise of Team Effort. The best part about this job was that I was able to leverage my new salary for a higher one in a more respected and stable industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource the EA department altogether. It's simple enough work to hire a virtual secretary to do it. Also your digital infrastructure is severely lacking. Invest more in your technology and you'll save a huge amount of time and frustration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lacks Clear Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good firm, brand name - known in the marketplace, good clients

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on quantity vs quality in recent years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Still one of the best of the big 4, but not as good a culture as it used to have.

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hires great people. Beautiful offices. Brand resonates with clients. Good technology and processes. Offices in all the right places. Compensation equivalent to the other peer firms.

    Cons

    Not nearly as collaborative internally as they bill themselves to be. There is an inner circle which is hard to penetrate. Emphasis on service and quality has been diluted over the years. Now it is all about revenue, like the other firms. Unless you work only on c-suite searches for big companies, hard to be a top biller.. Expected workloads are too heavy to give quality attention to each search, and junior staff support are all loaded up as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place higher priority on execution and quality of client service. The revenue will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Knowledge Management roles - pros & cons

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Knowledge Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Knowledge Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working in KM, a young organization within RRA, offers the opportunity to be involved in a range of BD-related functions, working with many different consultants, and generating insight that has real client value.

    Cons

    KM employees do not interact with clients directly, or at the least, they rarely do. There are also very unclear career paths should you wish to remain in KM because it is a relatively young organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer guidelines for advancing from the Analyst (entry) level to the Manager (8+ years of experience) level, without having to switch to Research ("Researchers" are directly involved in search execution in partnership with consultants).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Research Analyst

    I worked at Russell Reynolds part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible working hours. The possibility to work with very smart people.

    Cons

    As a young person it is impossible to become a consultant within the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the food work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, variable, mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices
    People from different backgrounds with varied industry experience
    Very international firm so often interacting with people allover the world
    Access to lots of resources
    Training is improving
    Talks with external speakers are interesting
    Some good social opportunities
    Things move and change quickly
    Lots of work available with impressive client
    Brand recognition

    Cons

    Confusion about seniority levels within the firm
    Inconsistency/lack of cohesion
    High turnover
    Limited genuine opportunities to travel internationally
    Very heavy delegation culture - people at different levels will desperately try and make you do their work and publicly take credit for it - quite common across levels, and geographies, not just isolated incidents. This is just a regular part of interactions.
    Everyone is treated differently - no consistent approach to people.
    Opaque, confusing promotion process/cycle.
    Limited genuine professional development opportunities - they are there but you are likely to have to beg for them depending on who you work for and how much of a threat you would be perceived as.
    Work can be low value and repetitive - endless copying and pasting from LinkedIn etc.
    Poor technology systems - ensures some simple tasks take a very long.
    Challenging personalities who even if extremely disruptive are protected for fear of not rocking the boat too much.
    Many initiatives that are rolled out and not followed up with leaving a lot of confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more transparent development process and better technology which would allow focus on more interesting/challenging work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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