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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "I have never felt like I've missed out on anything for my kids because of how great my job is with work/life balance" (in 49 reviews)

  • "great people, flexible hours, ability to work from home" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "t care for their employees work-life balance" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Long hours to complete the work load" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Talent Acquisition Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great company, I've been with them for over 3 years

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say


  2. "Good position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist in Portsmouth, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing and the people I work with.

    Cons

    There is very high turnover, so there is lots of teaching new employees over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your own policies and procedures and make sure your own employees are as happy as the companies you work for.

  3. "MC"

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

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful amount of time off, great pay, awesome office atmosphere.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  4. "Like a Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Senior leaders are very encouraging and helpful

    Cons

    Employee Turnover is relatively high


  5. "Future is bright"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Culture is definitely improving and the firm is starting to stabilize after so many acquisitions that left it disjointed at first.

    Cons

    At the end of the day, what really matters to leadership are the financial metrics.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Well known company, full cycle recruiting experience

    Cons

    No transparency from management, high turn over


  7. "Recruitment Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lovely staff, good holidays

    Cons

    No overtime allowance, hard workers

  8. Helpful (3)

    "less talk, more walk on human capital management"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn from some of the best partners in the industry. Overall, collegial, smart, and hardworking colleagues. Top-tier clients and engagements and exposure to leadership at well-known companies. Good brand recognition and constant inbound requests from external recruiters. Huge, long run potential in becoming a human capital giant if they can improve their own talent management and optimize execution. Office closure from Christmas to the New Year.

    Cons

    Attrition is high and morale low. On the associate level, much of this is due to lack of transparency and consistency in how RAs and Associates are hired, promoted, and compensated. Some RAs/Associates have moved up quickly by being opportunistic and learning when there is a vacancy for an upward move while others who are less politically inclined go through a lengthy, promotion process typically after 2 yrs. Actual experience level, performance, and annual reviews therefore seem to hold little weight. Also lack of standardization in resources, e.g., some RAs have laptops, others don’t. Pay is not competive. Your day-to-day and overall experience is highly dependent on what team and partner(s) you work for. Some partners are great, others not so much but either can't save you from the corporate bureaucracy and otherwise nonexistent culture.

    Advice to Management

    If a spot is open on a team, open the position to all those are qualified so that those interested have a chance at pursuing the opportunity. Reward high performers; their work helps keep the client happy and returning. Truly live by the aspirations of a "one Korn Ferry" and make it permissible for those who want to transition from executive search to advisory and vice versa to do so. Hire more people in HR so that they're not overwhelmed by the administrative and performance management aspects and can be more thoughtful about the latter. Hire Hay Group.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Hmmmm.. they talk a good game

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and transparency.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on which team you are it could be a really good environment

    Cons

    If you were moved you didn't really have a say and you could end up on a really bad team

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing so much on NEW clients and NEW talent and take greater care of current clients and current talent.