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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance that they instill in all their employees (in 13 reviews)

  • great culture, lax work environment, you have mentors and are purposely put on projects in industries that interest you (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • payment, long working hours and the Work-Life-Balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay) (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting industry but no growth ops"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Global Executive Search Firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Egon Zehnder provides an opportunity for horizontal growth. It is a truly collaborative environment and a great training ground, especially for someone coming right out of college looking for their first professional experience. The ability to listen in and participate on client class at a very high level provides great access to the leaders and clients the company is trying to influence.

    Cons

    Egon Zehnder is in a bit of crossroads. Do they continue to be the best Egon Zehnder focused on what the company is and what they do best, or do they set their sights on beating Korn/Ferry at any and all costs. Unfortunately it appears that leadership has shifted its focus to the latter.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep a well-balanced work force.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company really values the individual as well as collaborative teams. They provide opportunities above and beyond other management consulting firms to make sure you're developing and achieving your potential. Very impressed with the caliber of the people here and the spirit and values of the firm.

    Cons

    Just the usual cons of a partnership model meritocracy that is very flat and encourages autonomy over hierarchy, it really depends on the individual to drive the development of their career. We could also be better of "managing out" low performers more quickly.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "No words..."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, random perks. Paid OT. Good benny's.

    Cons

    Office culture needs a cleanse. Certain consultants are lazy and verbally abusive to the staff. This behavior is allowed b/c their bringing in money and have "connections"
    Ridiculous expectations, long hours, high stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the jerks who abuse the staff!


  7. "great people....little action"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the people are great, you get a lot of exposure to different industries and opportunities to interact with senior executives

    Cons

    it can be difficult to make progress, many decisions are consensus based and it take a long time to take action

  8. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    I have no cons o

    Advice to Management

    More proactive with employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Unusually rigid office culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of training available. The Subject Matter Experts are global, but always willing to lend a hand, give guidance. Local office is small, so you know everyone you work with. The firm itself is very generous to its employees. I'd highly recommend this company; this office, no.

    Cons

    The local office culture emphasizes agreement with the group at any cost. Perfect place to work if you value lock-step thinking and acquiescence to the leadership. Assertive, think-outside-the-box types need not apply. You will NOT be rewarded for being your own person.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional training and development opportunities, strong collaboration within local research teams. Recent opportunity to provide top leadership with feedback around work life balance, positives and negatives of each role within the company. Proactively seeking to improve the culture and experience of their employees.

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration and sense of partnership between research and consultant teams. Sense of hierarchy and entitlement at the consultant level. Additional opportunities for growth outside of core responsibilities can translate into a lack of work/life balance.


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