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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated November 23, 2016
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  • Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay) (in 9 reviews)

  • Limited upwards mobility, patrician misogynistic elitist culture, little to no work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Egon Zehnder Information and Research Services (EZIRS) not very exciting"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    8 hrs shift, good place to work for an year as Egon Zehnder's brand name is good, global exposure, good place to understand the industry, knowledge management teams are far better

    Cons

    monotonous work, favoritism culture, most management is from BPOs, target driven, no employee engagement, employees are treated like bonded laborers, best for complacent people, growth is only for a selected few, do not confuse it with Egon Zehnder Consulting Office, it is a backend office called Egon Zehnder Information and Research Services, do not eat meals dead insects have been found many a times,

    Advice to Management

    learn some leadership skills, learn to appreciate talent and not chamchas, stop taking dogmatic decisions, increase the transport allowance it has been same for years.


  3. 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


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "High turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Take a look at tenure - very low numbers, in general less than 3 years. There is high turnover. Beware!!!!!

    Cons

    Look somewhere else if you looking for long term.

    Advice to Management

    Only consultants matter.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits, good colleagues. Business model is based on firm-wide cooperation.

    Cons

    Compensation low when compared to similar positions at competitors. Raises non-existent, cost of living increases laughable, bonuses even more laughable. Training was a weak spot - they just wanted bodies to fill seats in a sink or swim atmosphere. Absolutely NO path for advancement for the administrative staff. Zero. Zilch. No development. Morale was terribly low in that department and the company made it clear consistently and frequently that admins were not valued. Incredibly high rate of turnover in admins and other support staff because of the toxic environment and managers who could never be trusted to use discretion when needed.

    Advice to Management

    You are supposed to be global leaders in talent management. You need to do some soul searching on why there is such a high turnover rate in your own organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Risky decision"

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    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well established company within its sector. Very good work-life balance, with plenty of time off. Currently beating its competitors, and positive outlook for the near future.

    Cons

    I was hired as an intern post graduation, with a optimistic opportunity to join the company full time if I performed. Instead, the position was full before I even arrived at the office. In addition, work comes second to most of the employees, with many people choosing to take large amounts of the day doing pretty much nothing. In addition, many of the US offices are filled with old, dead-ended employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the large amount of uninterested employees filling up the offices at entry level jobs, and jumpstart the company by making real progression through the ranks possible.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "No "Up or Out" - Just "Out""

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    Former Employee - Researcher
    Former Employee - Researcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research team is very collaborative. They selflessly work together to lighten each others workload and improve client outcomes. Best colleagues I've ever worked with.
    Good to learn how recruiters view resumes.
    If you impress a consultant, you get to interact with clients at a very high level.

    Cons

    Research management runs the analysts ragged. Fairly manipulative bunch.
    Consultants sometimes treat researchers as though they are worker bees.
    Long hours.
    No upward mobility besides being lucky enough to manage other research analysts some day.

    Advice to Management

    Research management in the US needs an overhaul.


  11. 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.



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