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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated October 21, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Top-heavy company full of negative and harsh employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, lots of office supplies available, pays well, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Feedback is great. If done properly, it can help fix issues and motivate employees. At EZI, they give you an overload of feedback, to the point where it feels they are beating you up. They are way too concerned with appearances and little nitpicky things in the office, and less concerned with helping you do good work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster a more positive work environment. It will help your employees be happier. Focus more on the work and helping people utilize their strengths for the company rather than tearing them down for their weaknesses.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Worst work environment I have ever experienced"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pros to working at EZI is location and paid benefits.

    Cons

    Too many to list. This is without a doubt the most dysfunctional work environment I have ever experienced. Lots of OT with no appreciation of work/life balance. Interoffice hooligans going on with affairs and inappropriate behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Won't waste my time because management has no desire to change structure/behavior.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "EZI"

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    Former Employee - Search Coordinator
    Former Employee - Search Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the senior consultants are extremely kind and supportive.

    Cons

    Some of the consultants are actually devils in disguise.

    Advice to Management

    They don't care; it is a waste of time to give them advice.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Egon Zehnder Information & Research Services (EZIRS) like a hell to work with"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its like Goverment job, come to office just work and go back to home.

    Cons

    But dont dream about growth, no salary hike for those who are not favourite of managers, false promise in interview and within 2-3 you will start looking another job, worst paymaster in executive search. jsut check old employee on linkedin and ask them if any one has ever reffered any friend to this place. No one dare to reffer any friend to this hell.
    Senior are here for more then 2-3 years rest are dont want to complete just one year.
    Manager from this company can spoil any companies good environment because they just like to play politics and COO Gitanjali might have had good exp in research but as a leader she is partial, always avalaible to talk to girls but cross growth line of boys as it is the policy of parent company EZI, you wont find any male staff in offices at delhi, mumbai and bangalore except consultants.

    worst exp. of life for those who have worked here since 2007, HR department behave like a deaf in exit interview.

    Advice to Management

    Its a chellenge to find more 2-3 ex. employees satisfied with EZIRS (Egon Zehnder Information And Research Services), current one are looking for another job


  6. Helpful (6)

    "EZIRS is not a company but a shop"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand name in international market.

    Cons

    Boring, repetitive work, not interested in growth of individual and pay scales are ridiculously low. The leadership of EZIRS is pathetic as people with no or very less management education or experience are leading the key positions. And its more painful to see how a so called human capital consulting firm is not able to manage its own human capital. The sole objective of the promoters is to earn money and not build good company with some future vision. I don't see EZIRS existing anymore in next five years as the inflationary pressure increases leading to the increase in salary demand of employees.

    Advice to Management

    appreciate work and don't show favoritism and nepotism. There should be a transparent way to accessing the performance of the employees.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Limited professional opportunity and politics based on tenure NOT a meritocracy"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is competitive with the market. Partners are very capable and in general can add value to clients.

    Cons

    Egon Zehnder is a european company in it's culture and therefore is not open to new ideas or "free thought" to work here and do well in the research area you much be able to supress your ideas and be submissive. Things work very slowly here… Beyond research there is NO career growth, you will be a research for the rest of your life! Every other exec search company offers you the option to grow except Egon Zehnder...

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. EZ is supposedly a company that provides its clients with management reviews and leadership coaching… so why can't that happen internally? There is a large disconnect between the research are and the partners that create 2 sub-cultures withtin the company when it ought to be one.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It is good only if you are near retirement"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Calm place
    Good benefits
    Chance to talk to very senior people

    Cons

    Boring work
    People are very oldfashioned
    Not a chance to grow. Listen well, NOT A CHANCE!!

    Advice to Management

    Please, listen to what people say about you. It is true.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This company is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    centralized location office with a resourceful pantry

    Cons

    rubbish colleagues, no one is working but pretend working all day long


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Run!! There are better options out there..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good brand in the search business
    Easy work
    OK hour

    Cons

    Limited growth (no future)
    Poor management
    Rubbish people from top to bottom from PAs to Cs to Rs

    Advice to Management

    After all its just headhunting, no need to over-advertise its brand and acting like industry leaders.


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