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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance that they instill in all their employees (in 13 reviews)

  • great culture, lax work environment, you have mentors and are purposely put on projects in industries that interest you (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • payment, long working hours and the Work-Life-Balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours when you hit the third or fourth week (no overtime pay) (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Beware"

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


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "If you're looking for a dead-end, this is it."

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


  4. "Good for entry level - horrible for mid level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Exposure to professional services, general mile wide inch deep experience in industry segment, and a window into how career/work histories are perceived and prioritized by industry clients

    Cons

    Truly monotonous work
    Weird outdated hierarchy
    Research leadership is highly political and made up of people who have elevated mostly through attrition


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Well-regarded firm but the place does not live up to the promise."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Strong brand (outside USA)
    * High quality assignments
    * Global training program
    * High remuneration
    * Variety of assignments

    Cons

    * Very political: the promise of "one firm" is not delivered as everyone tries to feather their own nest
    * Lockstep remuneration: pay is based on tenure not merit: senior partners "cruise"
    * Consultants ("pre-partners") bring in 10x what they are paid ie would get paid more in other firms
    * Totally subjective performance review system
    * No client satisfaction surveys
    * Almost unknown brand in the US

    Advice to Management

    Remove some of the office leaders who bring in work but don't care about developing their people.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Firm does not "walk the talk""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly collaborative
    Interesting colleagues
    Flexible work environment
    International scope
    Private company
    Long-term mind-set
    Small company feel
    Encourages entrepreneurial mind-set
    Stable financially

    Cons

    Partners feel "entitled" and due to "lock-step compensation" often do not carry their weight and spend more time "looking good" than producing results.
    Unethical and dishonest leadership in the USA. Double standards on how Partners behave vs others in the organization.
    Selective enforcement depending on if you are a partner or not.
    Very weak HR policies, procedures and totally incompetent HR management.
    Clients would be shocked to know how the Firm was managed internally - full of hypocrites and unethical characters.
    Too much deadwood - the US side of the business is going nowhere.
    If you want to join, join outside the US.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, horrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Administration
    Former Employee - Office Administration
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    If you want excellent benefits and great pay then this place is for you.

    Cons

    They don't usually promote employee's and tend to throw people under the bus. This company has tons of money hungry high management working for them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep yours ears open and listen to what's going around the office. It's usually true and shouldn't be ignored.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "very bad, no structure, monotonous work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    relax atmosphere at work, not much demanding work

    Cons

    low salary, work gets boring afet some time.

    Advice to Management

    salary revision, promotion


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The company is not employee friendly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good shift timings and hours, cabs are provided and in case you opt out of cab you get allowance for that.

    Cons

    too much pressure
    senseless issues
    employees are treated as machines

    Advice to Management

    Should respect the employees and not always treat them as machines


  10. Helpful (4)

    "backwards looking firm that cannot see beyond a transactional business model."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues and a team based, collaborative culture

    Cons

    A sausage machine focused only on volume but without the upside benefit of a commission structure.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the heart of professional services firms to become true trusted advisors to clients across a breadth of human capital offerings. Lead and stop following what you know. Innovate and grow through diversification and depth of client relationships.


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