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Korn Ferry Overview

Los Angeles, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (KFY)
Business Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their ... Read more

Mission: Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,400 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing ... Read more

Korn Ferry – Why Work For Us?


We want to see productivity increase, margins grow, sales go higher, and profits rise. We believe the pathway to uncommon success is when strategy aligns with your greatest asset — your people. That’s why Korn Ferry, Hay Group, and Futurestep, three world-class brands with a rich heritage and more than a century of combined success, have united behind a single purpose: helping leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people.

A total approach to talent.

You’re looking for new pathways to drive sustainable, profitable growth. You need a sound strategy, financials, and operating model but ultimately these don’t create change – your people do. But for too long HR has offered piecemeal views of people based on inconsistent processes, technologies, and metrics. Until now. Korn Ferry has connected the dots, allowing us to apply a holistic effort to your people.

  • Partner to 93% of FORTUNE 100 companies
  • 100,000 people developed in our leadership programs each month
  • Reward data on 20 million professionals
  • Management data on 110 countries
  • 50+ books published
  • Engagement data on 6 million professionals
  • 7,000 colleagues

Where vision is born.

With an unrivaled ability to address the entire talent continuum, Korn Ferry offers the expertise that aligns your organizational vision for positive and lasting performance.


KORN FERRY EXECUTIVE SEARCH Korn Ferry Executive Search helps you attract the best executive talent for moving your company in the right direction.
KORN FERRY HAY GROUP Korn Ferry Hay Group helps you align your organization to your people — developing, engaging, and rewarding them to reach new heights.
KORN FERRY FUTURESTEP Korn Ferry Futurestep delivers professional talent that builds up leadership.


As the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, we know how to spot people with potential. In fact, everything we do is about empowering the success of individuals so that we can shape the success of the different places where they put their skills to work. And it all starts with our own people.

About Korn Ferry

For nearly half a century, clients have trusted us to recruit world-class leaders. Today, we are their partner in applying proven talent strategies and developing their people to accelerate and sustain organizational success. And we do that in several ways – which is why we have three areas of specialism.

We’re the recognized leader in Executive Recruitment, having successfully placed more of the world’s top executives than any other recruitment firm. We adhere to the same time-tested hallmarks of our pioneering founders, while building upon our approach through improvements in science and technology to optimize our results.

Our Hay Group professionals ensure organizations have the right talent with the right capabilities to ignite their business strategy—whether that is growth and innovation, globalization, or transformation. We help our clients achieve superior performance by addressing the people and organizational requirements needed to succeed.

And we’re home to Futurestep, the global industry leader in high-impact talent acquisition solutions. Futurestep offers fully customized, flexible services to help organizations meet their specific recruitment needs.

Wherever you join us, you’ll find that this is an inspiring, stimulating environment that will bring out the best in you and enable you to build a truly fulfilling career.

We’ll make sure we ignite your talent too.

Who we look for

If you’d relish endless opportunities to innovate, you have what it takes to make an immediate impact, and you want to work with the best, there’s a good chance you’re exactly who we’re looking for. You’ll need to be comfortable with having plenty of freedom to chart your own course and being exposed to constant change – flexibility is key.

What we offer

We expect a lot from our people. But we also believe in giving a lot back. We’re passionate about creating an environment where talent thrives, where excellence is always recognized and rewarded, and where every contribution matters. You’ll be empowered to share your ideas, and to follow them through. And because we’re all about taking talent further, you can look forward to exceptional training and development opportunities.

Training and development

We want to provide you with the opportunities you need to develop your potential and realize your ambitions. That’s why we’ll make sure you enjoy continuous learning – from your colleagues, from on-the-job experience, and from more formal programs. Through the Korn Ferry Institute, you’ll also have access to a plethora of highly valuable resources, including the industry’s top intellectual property around talent development.

Our benefits

As a global business, our benefits packages can vary from country to country, but we always strive to provide our employees with a variety of high quality options. In the United States, full-time regular Korn Ferry employees have access to a wide range of benefits, including health, dental, vision, life, and 401(k). We provide performance-related cash bonuses too.

Culture and values

No matter what the assignment, we mindfully interact with candidates in peer-to-peer relationships that foster respect, transparency, and trust. Creativity; Collaboration; Performance; Inclusivity; Integrity; and Agility are a few of the things that make our culture so special. Everything we do is also underpinned by our four core values:

Integrity & respect
We are trustworthy, honest, and fair, putting client interests at the heart of our work.

Personal accountability
We do what we say, presenting a one-firm view at all times.

Effective communications
We understand the Korn Ferry strategy and make others feel valued for their perspectives.

Teamwork & collaboration
We build client-centric teams as well as sharing best practice and our own success stories.

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    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 5 years)


    Has global recognition in its specific industry, locations spread across the world, offers solid career opportunities if you are interested in consulting and/or recruiting services. Pockets within the company have some really smart people who are honestly passionate about their work and believe in it.


    Company is about their numbers - focused on acquiring other companies rather than growing and developing their own people. Has significant "reductions in staff" at least once or twice every year - company-wide. Extremely difficult to move up the ladder, especially if you are wishing to move from one area to another. Still has remnants of the old 80s US corporate culture (i.e., white and male).

    Advice to Management

    Company will not be viewed as a "career destination" if they continue the tradition of annual lay-offs, bureaucratic and obtuse HR processes, and refusal to "practice what they preach" or use the services and products they provide to clients.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Korn Ferry.


    I received an email about having two phone interviews. They asked me basic questions asking me to describe myself and working in group settings. Theu did ask me about my experience with working with excel but not math skills.

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