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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance that they instill in all their employees (in 16 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)

  • Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay) (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, great people

    Cons

    Not much depth to the work


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, beautiful office space, research team is hardworking.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations and workload. No upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people who are stuck in their ways.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Good people, strong culture, smart colleagues

    Cons

    Political, critical, and complacent. Model needs change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits, Not Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Top of the line benefits package, beautiful office, central location.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Also rigid structure. No room for growth or development.


  7. 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

  8. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, a lot of collaboration, good place to take risks and learn.

    Cons

    There's a divide between consultants and researchers.


  9. "Seasonal Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder part-time

    Pros

    great culture, lax work environment, you have mentors and are purposely put on projects in industries that interest you

    Cons

    little room for upward mobility, work responsibilities are repetitive and tedious, often a lot of interaction is done over headsets so you aren't doing a lot of in person interaction with your teams.


  10. "As Advertised - the firm provides what they promise"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial firm, you can make the job into whatever you want.

    Cons

    Requires self-starters. Not a great place if looking to "coast" or just a 9-5 job.


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