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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  • 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 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. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


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    "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.


  6. "Collaborative Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork mentality, I feel very supportive in my role

    Cons

    Work-life balance, appreciation of work, and career progression


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    "Good first job out of school"

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    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

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Executive Assistant"

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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

    The people are wonderful.No out of control egos.

    Cons

    Impossible workload. No overtime allowed yet you're supporting a consultant working 60+ hours a week on your 40 hour week.

    Advice to Management

    Don't understaff.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Myeh"

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

    Pros

    The people are extraordinary - but the culture suffers from an expectation of complete homogeneous conformity. Great place to start a career and learn a little about a lot - good launchpad for a path in consulting broadly, this is not a place to work though if you're serious about a future in agency executive search or if you are coming into the organization mid-career. Go work for a real company and not this glorified country club.

    Cons

    If you are in research, be prepared to work long hours, for under market pay, and all for the privilege of being treated like a second class citizen. Limited upwards mobility, patrician misogynistic elitist culture, little to no work life balance. Consultants are for the most part a nightmare - internal clients are more demanding and unreasonable than the actual clients could ever even imagine being. Many partners barely work and their utter incompetence doesn't inspire loyalty or engender a lot of faith in the future of the firm. If these people could manage and behave themselves in a corporate setting, they wouldn't be working here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat support staff like human beings. Treat research like coworkers instead of indentured servants. Treat research leadership like colleagues and thought partners instead of a 24/7 customer complaint line. Pay them the respect due as the only individuals in the org with any real managerial responsibilities (and capabilities.) Create some baseline expectations and consistency among the consultants. Fire underperformers even at the top. Let go of partners who are falling asleep in candidate and client meetings, abusing coworkers, and/or vacationing for months at a time. Get rid of Rajeev and quit outsourcing everything to India - EZIRS can barely deliver basic data entry - forget accurate documentation or client solutions.


  10. "Summer Analyst: Low pay, monotonous work, poor work-life balance"

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

    Pros

    The employees at the company are very friendly and great to work with. You are staffed with different client work during the internship so the work can be diverse. They train you for the first 4 weeks.

    Cons

    VERY LOW PAY. Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay). The interns are pushed to work long hours. (overworking seems to be appreciated at this company, which is not ideal).

    The work can be incredibly monotonous. There isn't much strategy involved in the assignments. Linkedin will be your best friend during this internship. The work isn't too hard, but you need great communication/collaboration skills.

    Most of the research employees here do not seem excited or fulfilled by the work they're doing. Most people continue as analysts after the internship, however they often think of leaving the company after a couple years. There is a tense dynamic between research and consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Train your intern coordinators. My intern coordinator was not invested in my personal growth whatsoever. Lack of empathy and confidence in my IC didn't make personal issues at the workplace solvable.

    Please increase the intern salary wages. They deserve to be paid more to compensate with the amount of work given to them.


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