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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Highly capable and very international team; limited growth opportunities within Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to highly accomplished executives and opportunity to work closely with dynamic, experienced Consultants and teams globally. Understanding of corporate structure and leadres.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, especially for Researchers; there is also a glass ceiling (again within Research) and the promotion process/career advancement could be greatly improved.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Tough working environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to executive search industry, learning rationale for executive assessment and selection from an insiders perspective, opportunity to gain industry knowledge

    Cons

    very little praise for hard work, high expectations without commensurate earnings upside, very limited career path, some consultants treat you like their personal servant, very high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Develop a reasonable career path, do a better job of recognizing excellent performance, develop more training/educational opportunities, do a better job communication long term strategy of firm


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Consistent hours which allowed for a social life

    Cons

    No room for growth or advancement


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  5. "Experience depends on office and practice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to executive resume assessment, instills attention to detail and strong work ethic. Lots of comradery between research analysts and associates.

    Cons

    Little appreciation of research, variable experience based on which consultants you work with, no career path for research to move up, research management is incestuous and stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Standardize consultant's approach to research organization, make path for researchers to become consultants


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good team, bad structure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great consultants to work with

    Cons

    no upward mobility - people do the same thing long term


  7. "Standard varies from office to office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International company. Feels like family. Easy work as restricted by role description. Young team. Good benefits. Decent office space.

    Cons

    No potential for personal growth. Strict hierarchy. No leadership due to set up of company structure. Partner owned concept.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement. The work is pretty boring, very mundane and lots of data entry. Hope you like linkedin.

    Work hard, no speaking. Think of your typical "Office Space" setting

    No room for growth. You can work as hard as you want, and maybe after 15 years you'll become a Research Director, but good luck ever becoming a Consultant.

    Advice to Management

    You're all very nice people. Nothing bad to report about you, but I guess the industry is very boring by its nature.


  9. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "High turnover"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.



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