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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  • Suggestions for internal improvements often go ignored, work life balance can be hard to maintain and is sometimes frowned upon (in 8 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 (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.


  2. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, smart people, great communication strategy

    Cons

    none really, maybe need a refresh of the office space

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  5. "Great company that challenges you!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very collaborative environment to work within

    Cons

    Needed standardization of common processes


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It is wonderful and I love it."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Very nice people and a great atmosphere. The benefits are outstanding. The hours are great. The work load is acceptable.

    Cons

    Terrible raises and bonus. No room for growth. No incentive to want to do more. Not enough recognition for work well done.

    Advice to Management

    Show satisfaction for our work with better raises and bonuses.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "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)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture and collaborative.

    Cons

    Demanding, client driven, Documentation heavy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Campus Representative in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Campus Representative in UC Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great staff, nice office, flexible hours

    Cons

    lots of room for creativity

    Advice to Management

    none


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