Russell Reynolds - Old school thinking..not aging with the times. | Glassdoor
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    "Old school thinking..not aging with the times."

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    Former Employee - Research 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some really great people in this firm, but they ultimately leave or turn into big headed, money hungry people.

    Cons

    No career growth path, poor management, very old school way of thinking. Managers are not motivating but rather instill fear on lower level employees. Its a very up and out culture and unfortunately not many people move up. High turnover with a stiff/buttoned up culture.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees and they will feel invested in and want to improve the business and company. If there is an issue among the employees, address it publicly, don't pretend it does not exist. Don't have an "its their problem" attitude, one firm = everybody's problem. Don't reward bad behavior and consultants treating their EAs or Researchers poorly should NOT be tolerated, no matter how much business is... generated. We are in the people business, everybody should be treated with respect. Realize that the younger talent in the industry will soon become your clients, especially in the Tech sectors.

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    Russell Reynolds2014-04-08
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    "Associate"

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     in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    Great culture with intelligent, well rounded and fun people, perhaps the most consultative of the major firms, known for doing really high quality work

    Cons

    More expensive than the completion (justifiably so) and promotions don’t come easy (but that can also be a good thing)

    Advice to Management

    Continue rewarding consultants for high quality execution, that is the key to long term growth and success for this firm

    Russell Reynolds2018-08-04
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    "Darwinist Culture Similar to Law Firms; Poor Support for Admin Staff"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice physical offices. Generous salary and benefits in the 85th percentile range for NY. Unlimited overtime pay on top if you don't mind the hours AND if you work for a busy Consultant with lots of paying clients. HR will look the other way as you slowly dilly-dally through your day and accumulate hours. Without exaggeration, I witnessed one veteran EA (10+ years) put in 20 hours overtime weekly on top of a ~... $100+ K base.

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    Cons

    Very similar culture to a law firm in that unless you work for a "Rainmaker" Consultant with lots of billings and are "protected", you will be treated very poorly. HR will have very little say or have any power to do anything about it. I saw one consultant habitually demean and disrespect an experienced 12-year employee; and no one did anything to intervene or address the inappropriate behavior. The EA finally... had enough and one day walked off the job without notice and no one was surprised. Unless you are one of the "protected" EAs mentioned above, you can expect heavy work loads that you better get done within 8-hour days, while eating lunch at your desk. Any overtime will be scrutinized and you will be deemed incompetent.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your support staff better in order to retain good talent. I saw at least six EAs who have been with the firm for 5 or more years leave within months of starting and it seemed like a mass exodus. I soon saw the lack in appreciation for support staff and understood why. High turnover is a bad sign when good employees are leaving you. Even though the pay was good, ultimately it was not a deciding factor in... my decision to leave for a better employer who coincidentally offered even higher pay and benefits.

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    Russell Reynolds2019-09-12

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