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Updated September 29, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance that they instill in all their employees (in 17 reviews)

  • great culture, lax work environment, you have mentors and are purposely put on projects in industries that interest you (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Love the work, so am 24x7 which has implications on work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Upward mobility in research is tough to achieve in many cases and the number of people able to weigh in on your career development is very high (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start, but learning curve quickly ends"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I began at Egon Zehnder as an intern and worked in the Research department for 2+ years after graduating college.
    -There are absolutely amazing people at all levels and locations.
    -Great focus on employee personal development.
    -Good exposure to different industries and functions as a new grad.
    -Above average pay and benefits for the requirements of the role.
    -Openness to take on new projects and gain desired experience, although there is not much experience that can be gained.

    Cons

    -Research Analyst role is sold to new grads as a 'consulting' role but it is not at all. As a Research Analyst at Egon Zehnder, you are a recruiter and nothing more. This will become even more apparent when you try to leave Egon Zehnder and the outside world will not consider you for any roles beyond recruiting.
    -Career growth is very limited. You will get title promotions but will continue to do the same job. OK, maybe at the end you will have a few phone calls with candidates.
    -Many consultants are great co-workers but some are absolutely miserable to work with with because they find the need to over-engineer a very simple job and put that stress on the Research team.
    -At first, it seems like you will learn a ton from the Consultants but you quickly realize that the majority of them are highly pedigreed underachievers who didn't cut it in the Real World.
    -Change moves VERY slowly. The adoption of new technology and processes is almost impossible, and the Tech Stack is stuck in the 80s.
    -No efficiency at any level. The Research team works endless hours on useless client documentation or administrative tasks that could be completed with modern technology in minutes.

    Advice to Management

    -Adopt modern technology.
    -Don't sell the Research role as "Consulting" because those candidates will come and go quickly and never be happy in the role.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent first job but quickly becomes a grind."

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Research Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    More often than not other researchers are good partners and team members.

    The ability to get exposed and learn a little bit about a lot of industries and products quickly.

    Allows researchers to see firsthand the inside of the recruiting process.

    Pay is decent and benefits are incredible.

    Work life balance can be maintained but be prepared to slow your advancement to do so.

    Cons

    Timelines are extremely fast paced, with many consultants having an "I want it now" mindset.

    The company is extremely siloed between consultants and researchers, with researchers generally being treated as support staff rather than partners on a team with consultants.

    The day-to-day is a grind 90% of the time, with tasks between projects almost invariably being exactly the same minus one or two nuances.

    Upward mobility in research is tough to achieve in many cases and the number of people able to weigh in on your career development is very high. In theory as a researcher you report to one person, but sheer number of dotted-line reporting in the company becomes confusing and detrimental to addressing problems.

    Cultural and structural change is nearly impossible. It takes years for simple technological advancements to be implemented and the old-school corporate culture is near-monolithic. The most successful people in research by far are those who don't try to rock the boat at all.

    Some consultants are very nice to work with but many are unnecessarily demanding, overengineering projects and creating more stress and tighter deadlines than the clients could ever possibly impose. You spend a lot of time hoping the next consultant you work with is one of the first group.

    The total and complete lack of enforced document standards means you will spend hours every day nitpicking edits and mistakes which would be non-existent with modern technology or standard format for documentation. Each consultant has a specific way they like to do things which makes the researchers responsible for remembering.

    Trying to move into a non-recruiting role after this will be difficult. If you like recruiting this is a pro, though.

    Work life balance is only maintained at the cost of career advancement. The people getting promoted consistently are those working until 7-8 pm most days and over weekends from day one.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul your technology to bring it up to modern standards. Create and enforce document standards that everyone must follow. Empower research leadership to push back against unnecessarily difficult consultants. Treat research like thought and execution partners and not support staff.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting industry but no growth ops"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility when it comes to wanting to pursue your own projects, open minded in this regard too.

    Cons

    German, Swiss and other offices are very strict in terms of upward growth; analysts will never be consultants and if you don't have an MBA, PhD or went to an Ivy you're basically stuck being an analyst. Partners and consultants do the fun stuff and there is little room to move in if you're looking for entry level.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of old school notions of seniority and strict hierarchies


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job out of school"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Other researchers are interesting and intelligent people, and you learn quickly about new industries.

    Cons

    Suggestions for internal improvements often go ignored, work life balance can be hard to maintain and is sometimes frowned upon

    Advice to Management

    don't hesitate so much to change


  5. Helpful (1)

    "egon zehnder research analyst"

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    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some of the pros of working at egon zehnder as an intern:
    great work environment, friendly team and really willing to help and very feedback oriented place.

    Cons

    some of the cons of working at egon zehnder as an intern:

    the pay is a lot more competitive at other places and that is a bummer in a big city


  6. "positive"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    big company lots to learn

    Cons

    fluctuate work hours, can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    more caring to supporting staff


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good exposure to new industries, functions, networks; No long-term mobility/growth though"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great consultant networks to leverage, wonderful benefits program

    Cons

    Bad pay, tons of inner political drama, terrible upward mobility for researchers

  8. "Was not for me. Lots of boring work. Lots of hard work."

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you learn a lot. people are very nice. work with strategic people and big time clients. They are making changes and trying to make things better in regards to moving up

    Cons

    Not great team work. you get to work with really experienced people but also you are so far away from their experience that you end up not getting a lot of training.

    Advice to Management

    Play to analyst strengths.


  9. "Great Company!"

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    Former Intern - Research Analyst Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Research Analyst Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture at Egon Zehnder is fantastic. Consultants and analysts at different offices around the world work together in order to deliver optimal results to clients. The internship experience at the firm is absolutely phenomenal and one of the best professional experiences I have ever had. The firm invests significant time and money to integrate the interns into the firm and provides extensive training which I really appreciated. I also enjoyed the wide range of tasks and projects I was assigned and all the incredibly intelligent people with whom I had the opportunity to interact.

    Cons

    At times I disagreed with the research approach of several team members on projects, but am unsure as to how specific that is to Egon Zehnder and not simply the consulting field in general.

    Advice to Management

    I think creating a greater bridge between the research analyst and consultant positions at the firm in terms of client-site interaction and responsibility would allow for significantly greater talent retention at the research analyst level.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Top-heavy company full of negative and harsh employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, lots of office supplies available, pays well, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Feedback is great. If done properly, it can help fix issues and motivate employees. At EZI, they give you an overload of feedback, to the point where it feels they are beating you up. They are way too concerned with appearances and little nitpicky things in the office, and less concerned with helping you do good work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster a more positive work environment. It will help your employees be happier. Focus more on the work and helping people utilize their strengths for the company rather than tearing them down for their weaknesses.