Kenexa Reviews

Updated January 23, 2016
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Kenexa Chairman and CEO Rudy Karsan Sr.
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and flexibility with work schedules, when needed (in 28 reviews)

  • I was able to work from home for over 2 years and for that I am grateful but it's not everything (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance for field employees (in 13 reviews)

  • I am not not sure about it after getting acquired by IBM (in 5 reviews)

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228 Employee Reviews

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  1. "Best Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IBM's Leadership is very transparent. You know the companies focus, where they are driving, and what role you will play. The access you have to your senior leadership is impressive. The mentor program is a key indicator of employee value. I love that I know where my career is going at Kenexa and can work with my manager to develop a clear path. Compensation is good and there is plenty of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    ...I have been able to talk with Watson yet. :) There are no Cons.


  2. "RPO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Frisco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kenexa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long-term project management Wants to be the best in the RPO Industry

    Cons

    No work/life balance for field employees Compensation is below market Management needs to show employees that they are valued, seems to be more of a Big I and little you kind of atmosphere Integrity

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that all employees receive fair increases and promotional opportunities when available


  3. "Lip Service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was able to work from home for over 2 years and for that I am grateful but it's not everything.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my job immensely until the work load became unbearable with no one to cover for me so I could take vacation. Found out that my role was a hybrid - so there was no one else doing the exact same job as I was. After receiving 2+ performance ratings 2 yrs in a row the total amount of increase in salary was $140.00. That just doesn't go far. There were PC's who worked much less and made more. When I finally went to my Mgr to discuss promotions/opportunities/more money he lied to me and said he would make that happen which he didn't. I finally had enough and left. Biggest burden lifted off my shoulders ever.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie about promotional opportunities; don't hire your friends and don't ignore the employees who work tirelessly for your clients.


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  5. "IT Professional"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to get exposure to all types of work. Employees could find opportunity within the organization when it was Kenexa. Employees were dedicated to getting work done.

    Cons

    Bought by IBM and everything changed. Also, management was a boys club and HR was a resource for management executives only. Employees were managed out when they complained. HR dept was unprofessional. This is the only good change that came with the IBM acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as humans, you were an HR company with zero knowledge on the H part. It's IBM now anyway, so it doesn't matter.


  6. "Kenexa"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kenexa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility, talented colleagues, empowerment to take ownership over your own work. IBM benefits are top notch

    Cons

    Poor management; lack of support from said management. Lack of care in retaining and creating upward mobility for high performing employees. Compensation is very low compared to market values in area


  7. "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kenexa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, strong leadership team and very customer centric

    Cons

    Bought By IBM !

    Advice to Management

    Put customers first and everything else will fall into place


  8. "Staffing consultant --who's got your back!?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Frisco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good resources in form of co-workers and some team members. Some managers and operations folks are really good.

    Cons

    The idea of areas or circles of excellence is really more of marketing tool vs. a real useful tool. more like recruiter 101 and shooting resumes that don't fit. If you get stuck with recruiters who have never worked on sourcing before; be prepared to do all the client facing and candidate facing work; Operations managers who are too busy being over worked or in survival mode; are affecting other peoples lives by being empty with follow through. No -backfills for support team; meaning you got thrown to the lions when the team fell below critical mass. All in the effort to save a dollar. I think 80% of the people I knew there were gone in the 2 -3 yrs post IBM's acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    If you offer a client FULL service as in operations, be prepared to buck up and pay for the replacement for when teams get lean or lost. This is a dishonest practice that isn't shared with contracted sites but employees doen't hear about reductions in support staff until its done. Stop with empty promises.


  9. "Great environment, team atmosphere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Recruiter II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about the organization, is that this is not a miro-managed type of recruiting environment. There are goals and timelines that you are accountable for, but your success is not dependent on achieving specific numbers. Great change of pace for anyone who worked in agency recruitment and is looking for a better culture. Great work-life balance and flexibility with work schedules, when needed.

    Cons

    There has been some recent turnover with people leaving for other opportunities. But it has been to do people seeking a substantial increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    None, at this time.


  10. "Great place for novice recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time

    Pros

    Provide excellent training and great tools.

    Cons

    Low base pay and bonus

    Advice to Management

    Pay fair market rate to current employees


  11. "I had a great time working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Muncy, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Muncy, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the team I worked with as well as being able to spread the word of how valuable assessments are to the hiring process.

    Cons

    When I left the first time, because I was relocating from Philadelphia, I was unable to work from home. I enjoyed huge successes at the company and was disappointed not to be able to continue that success remotely.



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