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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance that they instill in all their employees (in 14 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Suggestions for internal improvements often go ignored, work life balance can be hard to maintain and is sometimes frowned upon (in 8 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. "Good for entry level - horrible for mid level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to professional services, general mile wide inch deep experience in industry segment, and a window into how career/work histories are perceived and prioritized by industry clients

    Cons

    Truly monotonous work
    Weird outdated hierarchy
    Research leadership is highly political and made up of people who have elevated mostly through attrition


  2. Helpful (12)

    "If you're looking for a dead-end, this is it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    The hours are not bad.

    The air of contempt that permeates this office leads to a fairly close-knit EA team. All in the same boat, they take comfort in the shared misery of their co-workers. EAs coordinate happy hours occasionally, and it’s a fun bunch of people who tend to stay in touch even after moving on.

    Organized office outings usually feature an open bar, which gets full and deserved use.

    Cons

    Most hostile work environment I’ve ever encountered.

    EAs are treated with contempt and disrespect. They are not viewed as partners to the consultants, they are viewed as ignorant maids. The consultants are the masters of the manor, and the EAs are “the help,” unseen and unvalued.

    Very hierarchal, very clear caste system. No advancement opportunity at all. Highly qualified, motivated employees are passed over for roles they are very well suited for, which sends a very strong, negative message to the rest of the staff. The firm likes to hire well-educated, overqualified people, and then tell them, in ways both subtle and not so, that their work is not valued and that they are too stupid to advance. The atmosphere is draining and degrading.

    Nothing you say will be held in confidence by upper management, despite claims otherwise.
    Raises and bonuses are a slap in the face. Clueless management demands to know what would improve morale, but “quit treating us like garbage and give us a decent raise” never seems to cross their minds.

    EAs are forced to listen to longwinded conference calls where the firm brags about its profits, then gets treated to a 20 second meeting where they’re told of the insulting raises they’re going to get. Tone deaf doesn’t even begin to cover this place.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing to say that management would listen to and implement.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "I was so bored at this job."

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    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, including long vacations. Good opportunities to meet people in other places as well.

    Cons

    Boring job, boring people....no opportunities for advancement. People who have been there for 15 years do the same things you do as an intern.

    Advice to Management

    Add more variety to the work?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Highly capable and very international team; limited growth opportunities within Research"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to highly accomplished executives and opportunity to work closely with dynamic, experienced Consultants and teams globally. Understanding of corporate structure and leadres.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, especially for Researchers; there is also a glass ceiling (again within Research) and the promotion process/career advancement could be greatly improved.


  5. "Associate, Information Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    8 hours working , Chill Environment

    Cons

    No Growyh , Salary very less


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great level of individuals: smart, driven and supportive

    Cons

    Significant workload and no chance to see it diminishing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "EZ is not the center of the universe"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    nice people
    strong company culture
    strong customer orientation
    senior consultants have strong evaluation skills and experience

    Cons

    lack of real industry focus and specialization/knowledge
    most promising people leave due to outdated firm values
    no real management or managers which is ironic (do as i say but don't do as i do)

    Advice to Management

    time to modernize your values and walk the talk you give to your clients

  8. "You can't Love it and you can't hate this Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good thing is that you work and go. No such pressure. Good if you are Fresher

    Cons

    No good salary, cant expect career growth. Lots of politics, no management interference in what so ever. After sometimes only people say why they have joined this company.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Boring, lack of creativity, no free thinking (in fact it's suppressed); it's white collared sweat shop. Do yourself a fa"

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    Current Employee - In A Senior Role in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - In A Senior Role in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary on time and yearly bonus, weekends are honored (only in 1 team though)

    Cons

    There is absolutely no connect with the parent company; we are not a subsidiary, we are a service provider. Stagnant, you will learn everything in six months, after that it's downhill.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your employees and stop living in a self-made clique / ivory tower.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Firm does not "walk the talk""

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly collaborative
    Interesting colleagues
    Flexible work environment
    International scope
    Private company
    Long-term mind-set
    Small company feel
    Encourages entrepreneurial mind-set
    Stable financially

    Cons

    Partners feel "entitled" and due to "lock-step compensation" often do not carry their weight and spend more time "looking good" than producing results.
    Unethical and dishonest leadership in the USA. Double standards on how Partners behave vs others in the organization.
    Selective enforcement depending on if you are a partner or not.
    Very weak HR policies, procedures and totally incompetent HR management.
    Clients would be shocked to know how the Firm was managed internally - full of hypocrites and unethical characters.
    Too much deadwood - the US side of the business is going nowhere.
    If you want to join, join outside the US.


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