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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  • Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay) (in 9 reviews)

  • Suggestions for internal improvements often go ignored, work life balance can be hard to maintain and is sometimes frowned upon (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  3. 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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. "Interesting Work"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Grapevine, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Grapevine, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sharp people, interesting business, fast-paced, exciting

    Cons

    Turn over, lack of upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, inclusiveness when referring to all those who actually makes up the firm.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Rough personalities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    In this job, you get the opportunity to work with some very smart, well connected consultants.

    Cons

    The problem is that many people in the New York office have severe personalities. While there are some truly great people at the firm, the presence of quite a few ill-tempered, rude individuals was able to cast quite a dark shadow for me and many of my colleagues.


  11. "Associate IM"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy to learn environment and less number of working less

    Cons

    No scope for promotion and poor cultural life



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