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Kenexa Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated Dec 19, 2016

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3.0
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Kenexa Chairman and CEO Rudy Karsan Sr.
Rudy Karsan Sr.
147 Ratings
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 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance, busy release schedule(in 14 reviews)

  • "You'll be exhausted for working long hours, the workload you will be responsible and held accountable for is for 3 people(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "High caliber"

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    I worked at Kenexa

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great talent, very interesting customers and products. Innovative employees who work hard are noticed. It's never boring, and there is much to accomplish.

    Cons

    Employees sometimes work very long hours. However, it's a great place to work, with talented people who want to make a difference.

    Kenexa2015-08-11
  2. Helpful (7)

    "The Modern Day Slave."

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    Current Employee - SC TA LM in Frisco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have the chance to be a telecommuter, you have the flexibility to work from home. You have a good package of benefits (PTO/vacation, health and dental are ok, you may be eligible for variable compensation/bonus) that all sound great at first.

    Cons

    If you're considering joining this team, please do your research. The Kenexa Dept. of IBM is a hit and miss and depending on the RPO account you go for, you'll be in for the worst job of your life (example the UnitedHealth Group account is the worst). You'll be exhausted for working long hours, the workload you will be responsible and held accountable for is for 3 people. You want to take vacation off? Good luck. You need to find backups for you while you're out and expect to work 60 to 70 hours on the next week once you're back to keep up with all. Everyone, including your supervisors are drowning with work, always very busy and nobody has time to stop and think about what they are doing. You can kiss your personal/social life goodbye. People are rude to you and if you can't keep up with the work that is expected of you (which you won't, trust me) then they will make you feel like the worst person in the world.

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    Advice to Management

    You need to stop asking your employees why things are falling apart. You must know that you are overworking everyone. You have recruiters, coordinators, Staffing Consultants (aka Talent Advisor, Liaison Managers) crying for help. Nobody is happy and those that try to speak up are chopped down quickly. If you ever give a damn about your employees (truly caring not just this hypocritical approach you have) then you need to stand up and either say no to the client's illusionary demands or charge extra for what you do. This will allow you to hire more people to do the job required. Having reports asking "what are we doing to close this req" is an example of how busy everyone is that nobody seems to care about what's truly happening. Perhaps if you wouldn't overwork your TAs there wouldn't be a need to explain to the client "what we are doing to close reqs" because guess what? The reqs would be closed faster. I know this comment will go right above management head, but if you're reading this review and you're thinking about applying, please be advised. This place is a revolving door - I wish I knew this before I turn down other offers just because "IBM" sounded amazing. IBM is really a great company, Kenexa? That's a whole different story....

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    Kenexa2016-12-20
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not my cup of tea workplace"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Experience, its hardcore consulting experience

    Cons

    the pay was terrible, and you worked long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay the same across all departments

    Kenexa2015-03-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "No vision and lack of leadership"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kenexa

    Pros

    The only real pro to working at Kenexa is the flexibility in work hours for most positions. This does come with the cost of average working hours being between 55 and 60 hours a week for salary employees.

    Cons

    -Very long hours as salary employees -Poor internal corrdination and support -Starting salary is okay but raises and bonuses are either non existant or very small. Even if raises existed, it was so minimal that it doesn't cover inflation. You are also constantly told the salaries are higher than within the industry which is not correct. -Knowingly false statement by management and leadership -Poor equipment (laptop are continuously recycle and barely function, etc.) -Very high turnover rate -Poor management

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    Advice to Management

    -Try a more honest approach -More respect for your employees

    Kenexa2014-05-09
  5. "Extreme Service Mission Contradictory with Workload"

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

    I worked at Kenexa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Kenexa had a good foundation of wanting to provide the best customer service in the industry, which would make them a differentiator amongst competitors, however, it was difficult to provide that service with the heavy workloads we all carried. Offer full suite of talent acquisition and management tools, excluding HRIS. BrassRing ATS is a leading product in the market that Kenexa obtained through acquisition.

    Cons

    No work/life balance - Long hours with assigned project/clients across multiple time zones, domestically and internationally. 50-60 hour workweeks the norm, with 50 being the expectation for exempt employees. There were always promises of adding more staff to take some of the workload, but it seemed that employees quit faster than they could hire or requisitions were pulled. CEO always talking about the BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) that would make the company and him successful, with nothing in it for employees. Healthcare coverage not very good and expensive. Employees were told that although there was no tuition reimbursement, there were funds allocated for every department but then when reimbursement requested, was told that there was no budget. Company is known in the industry for low pay with little to no merit or COL increases. Be prepared to make the same salary after being with the company for several years with no bonuses. Although the company does pay them, the criteria for determining is subjective with no tie to performance.

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    Advice to Management

    Look at other successful software companies and you will see that their employees are taken care of. They have work/life balance, good benefits and they feel valued in their company. When I was at Kenexa, I felt more like a number that could contribute to the bottom line and not like a real person with a family and a life outside of work.

    Kenexa2013-08-26
  6. "A unique and positive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time

    Pros

    Kenexa expounds 10 principles by which they hope their employees will conduct their work, including making friends (at work), improving lives and having fun. And they pretty much actually run the company by them! And the CEO, Rudy, (as do most of his management team) actually takes the time to thoughtfully respond to emails and requests for conversations. I work at the Waltham MA offices. While the place works hard, there is genuine concern for families and a willingness to be flexible. Kudos to senior management.

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    Cons

    I guess the biggest con is that, for the work it asks people to do, Kenexa tends to underpay its work force and understaff its organizations. This coupled with the respect and flexibilty it extends to the employees has led to a workforce that is very competent, really nice people, puts in long hours (in the office or from home) but is not highly ambitous. So, the technology side of the house is no 1990s dot com. Good or bad?... you decide.

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    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, double down on maintaining the 10 principles. Share more stock with the employees. Bring the pay scale up to industry norms.

    Kenexa2012-10-18
  7. "Do dsfsd"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Munich, Bavaria
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cool colleagues, fun culture, possibility to seat in meeting with pretty important clients early on. Tech people are very good, though they have to deal with a ridiculously outdated technology. Dedicated people.

    Cons

    In EMEA things are ridiculously political. Pay is bad compared to the market, bonii are low. Very long hours. Lot of excuses being made for not giving money to people.

    Kenexa2013-10-17
  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administration 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kenexa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely friendly and willing to help with anything Good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours Not too many holidays

    Advice to Management

    None

    Kenexa2012-10-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Very Disappointed, unprofessional attitutude towards its employees"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kenexa

    Pros

    This is a good place to work for vizag localites and people who ‘do not’ have self esteem and not worried about their career growths. Co-workers and mid-level managers are generally friendly and sincere. Lack of organizational structure makes for more collaboration (potentially). A majority of the employees there were very friendly and worked very hard. There is often a teamwork and "can do" attitude at this company which can be uplifting. Free food, trasportation, GYM with trainer feclities Hikes are good for people who have ‘yes boss’ attitude but most of the people they are very less. Team leads are more experienced than managers so easy to work with managers because they are more like team leads than managers

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    Cons

    A suggestion/opnion is often taken as an argument most of the times and impacts your pay and benefits. Managers are very very inexperienced / childish / immature and they feel that they own people and get into their personal lifes of the subordinates also. The senior management does not understand the difference between ‘additional work’ and ‘additional responsibility’ each time additional work is projected as additional responsibility. Top performers are always looked upon as a threat. While the company's claims that "ethics are in our DNA", there is no such thing called ethics. HR is more like a dummy and is not strong enough to take action against unethical behavior or other practices. Some times they even fire the persons who raise their concerns against these practices. Many managers do not even understand the basic SDLC / Product life cycle. No job security Hikes and bonus are very less BONUS: In the joining letter they mention 20% of CTC bonus every year with some conditions. once we enter the company, they say based on company performance it and your performance it depends. we never know how much bonus we can get. it can be 2.5% or 5% or sometimes no bonus at all. Whether to give or not to give bonus depends on the managers and most of the time the bonus is distributed based on the favoritism rather than achievements. Every one operates more as silos than as integrated units. Senior leadership stating that they don't have time to train employees, and then trying to portray this fact as one of the company's unique qualities (to encourage initiative in employees). Super intense workloads and deadlines, no work-life balance, and working long hours results in bringing out the worst in people. Some employees aren't allowed at all to physically leave their dept., whether to get a soda or go to HR. Inability to visit with a superior because the superior is pretends to have no time to listen. Strong favoritism and deception in some circles of the office. Senior leadership rolling out a new internal practice/initiative and managers overturning it, throwing employees into confusion and causing further strain. No proper process across the board causing lot of stress and confusion among employees on what to do and what not.

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    Advice to Management

    If you are going to claim that ethics are in your DNA, make it easy for employees to report violations and then take corrective action for the unethical behavior after validating the claim and then take any actions. Be accountable for your actions. Act ethically. Work-life balance doesn't exist in your company. Make sure managers don't physically prevent employees from going to HR, and empower HR to cross investigate on the claims and take an action Try and behave like a technology company and stick to the commitments that you claim as company values. The senior management should understand the difference between ‘additional work’ and ‘additional responsibility’ each time additional work is projected as additional responsibility and interpreted as growth path. Managers should define the goals for their employees. Please define the roles and responsibilities clearly, open ended threads can lead to difference in the expectations. Before you implement HR polices etc for other companies please look within the company and ensure that you are following what you are recommending to others as ‘Best Practices’ Please be commited to resolve the employee issues rather than finger pointing.

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    Kenexa2012-05-19
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