Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated Jan 17, 2021

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  • "Work/life balance was tough to maintain(in 15 reviews)

  • "No growth for research, rude entitled consultants - not all of them are but there were some whom I've worked with which had ego issues(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

    5.0
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder for more than a year

    Pros

    Energizing, collaborative, fund, exciting, interesting, generous

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, no one

  2. "Vague path and development"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    People and culture. Learning and development

    Cons

    People and culture. Inconsistent teams.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A place to learn how to be a great EA"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My Office Manager (direct report) was always happy to help with any little question I had. The rest of the EA team was also helpful when they had time, and gave great advice on how best to communicate with clients. I felt like I was part of a really great team. The consultants I assisted treated me with respect.

    Cons

    I ended up leaving because I realized there was no where for me to go upward. Once an EA, always an EA here. When I was there, the EA team was short staffed, so I had to assist 2-3 consultants at a time with no pay raise or bonus. Though they promised to bring on more EAs, they never did before I left. Work/life balance was tough to maintain. Missing a day being sick or traveling was difficult to come back from because the inbox would be nuts! The company takes on anyone who can afford them, including oil and tobacco companies. This was a big con for me.

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  4. "Great firm."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay. Friendly people. Great office. Good culture

    Cons

    No cons an awesome first job!

  5. Helpful (1)

    "My Experience Was Okay"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to become involved in projects - heavily Impressive portfolio of clients

    Cons

    Work life balance is not the best People are underpaid for their roles Not the most inclusive environment

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  6. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative, Friendly people. Benefits are great

    Cons

    No clear growth path for EAs,

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great place for a career EA"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Excellent onboarding program and internal support for new hires. - It's usually a 1:1 relationship with consultants. - The structure is reasonably flat and people in the Chicago office are treated with respect. Most seem to genuinely get along and enjoy one another's company. - The comp is good, benefits are excellent, and work-life balance is a real thing for EAs, provided you're effective at your job and reasonable about setting limits--though not everyone is. - This is not a traditional admin job where you can get by with just calendaring, answering the phone, etc. The work is fast paced and requires a lot of project management and relationship building. - There's usually an opportunity to build a real partnership with your consultant if you have the desire to do so. - Researchers tend to be younger and work their butts off. Consultants are all former execs or strategy consultants, most with advanced degrees. EAs tend towards the more senior level, but there's a range. These three groups work as a team to manage searches and assessment projects. - It's a diverse group in terms of gender, race, outlook, etc.

    Cons

    - For EAs, there's not a clear path into research, and essentially no path into consulting (see description of consultants above). It's not that EAs can't become researchers (I personally know a few who have), but you have to make your intention known, demonstrate your abilities, set stretch goals for yourself, and build internal demand. This is not really a "con" for me, as I prefer the work-life balance of being an EA, but some people might find it limiting. - There are big differences between offices in terms of culture and employee satisfaction, which is one of the consequences of the flat structure.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very good place to work in if your career path is recruitment or HR"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Have the chance to work with top tier world leaders and learn from their work methodology and way of thinking. Some consultants (esp. the younger ones) are high-caliber profiles but still very open-minded when communicating with you. Constantly updated with how the industry is evolving.

    Cons

    In the end, it is a corporate and you will need to act in a way that is obedient or in favor of the boss. Local offices can be mono-culture. No space for creativity or business sassiness because there is no KPI. Very (or sometimes, solely) focused on blue-chip profiles, this reflects on both their internal candidate selection as well as candidate selection for clients, where everyone comes from the top universities or McKinsey (they really love McKinsey). At least in my office, anyone who has an alternative view/thinking can feel tongue-tied. As an example, some of the consultants still believe the core quality that every corporate is looking for can be measured by a simple IQ test.

  9. Helpful (18)

    "Not a typical EA position"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices, good benefits, stocked kitchen

    Cons

    They work their EA’s to death! There is no work life balance. Taking a day off feels more like a punishment because when you return you will be swamped with emails and work.

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible Work Experience - Do Not Pursue"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Chicago office is nice and at a very centrally located. Some practice groups are better than others.

    Cons

    There is no room for true career growth on the research team, from the ID team all the way to the associate and principal level. If you are considering a job here on the research team, I strongly urge you to reconsider and apply to a Spencer Stuart or Deloitte if you're really considering consulting. It is not a good environment and very hard to transfer your work experience (making powerpoints all day) to another job or company. No commitment to diversity at all. Really obvious when you look around the room and it is a miracle we have not been sued yet. Several researchers in all the offices have been "let go" or fired - usually women or people of color because they weren’t properly mentored, onboarded, or weren't a part of certain cliques.

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