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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. "Not so good; not so bad. Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible timings. You can choose your shift timings. Not much work beyond the office hours. Good for those who like flexi timings.

    Cons

    You may find your boss not so capable enough to be sitting on top you. Some managers are excellent.
    So, you must find it yourself at the time of interview.

    Advice to Management

    A little more focus towards employees' professional growth will make it a better place to work


  3. 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.


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  5. "At EZ backend office: Ok Ok. Very less growth in Research"

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture, Supporting leaders, great work life balance

    Cons

    Pays very less. HR team not supportive. Not so great management team. No growth after 1.5 to 2 years


  6. 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.


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    1. Mostly a fantastic culture. Very high-calibre people, and a helpful and collaborative atmosphere.

    2. Some impactful work. It's very high-level search.

    3. Some individuals on staff who make all the difference. Several 'gems'.

    Cons

    1. EZ hires its consultants from outside the company and outside the industry. This creates a diverse and talented consulting staff base. But the firm does not have a consistent, compelling vision for what that means for the careers of those who support the consultants. (So-called 'support staff' include everyone who is not a consultant). For a firm that's about assessment and development, this seems a bad case of "cobblers' children".

    2. As executive search goes, EZ is very consultative. Some of its consulting staff are definitely the best advisors on talent in the world. But as a whole the industry is 'transactional', and IMO the firm still creates value *predominantly* by brokering connections. This is fine, but it means that if you decide to go into the company as a member of the support staff 'to learn' or for a 'business grounding' then I believe you'd be better off in other kinds of consulting or in industry. Just think about the kind of work you will be doing at EZ on a daily basis and about how comparatively little it varies from day 1 to day 10,000. Don't get me wrong, there's stuff to learn, particularly a few key lessons, but I think the rate of learning over the long term is better outside this industry.

    3. Some short-term thinking and an (admirably) flat structure within the consulting population means the firm comes to the latest issues slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Solve all the 'Cons' together with more long-term thinking. There's lots of work in the company, and so lots of emphasis on execution. But there's room for a strategy. This should: think about incentives, development, progression and tasks for support staff that a) create a better experience for them, b) help develop a better consulting relationship with clients, and c) position the firm at the cutting edge.


  9. "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


  10. "Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed work atmosphere, Relatively less working hours

    Cons

    Bureaucratic systems, no clear growth paths


  11. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    broad business exposure, good people, collaborative model.

    Can do really interesting work if you get yourself in the right position and work with the right consultants - active enthusiasm rewarded

    Cons

    no progression upwards at all
    poor opportunities for professional development in any function other than consultant
    says it is 'non hierarchical' but not true.

    Advice to Management

    Give research and other support functions more opportunities to develop themselves, rather than just the chance to develop abilities with EZ specific models. Have more flexibility and fluidity to move between sectors



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