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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great C-Suite executive search experience and knowledge gained (in 16 reviews)

  • Good brand to associate with, however they need to move with time (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also a big discrepancy between departments about what expectations are for work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours to meet targets (but that is typically of most consulting) (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Partner"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition in the market. Talented, intelligent colleagues who are genuinely interested in doing great work are abundant.

    Cons

    With so many colleagues, products and services, it can take awhile to wrap your arms around the many offerings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best consultants in the field. Korn Ferry is heads and shoulders above other human capital management firms across the globe. After personally working at other search and consulting firms, I couldn't imagine working anywhere else. Keep doing what you are doing!


  2. "Principal Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Korn Ferry part-time

    Pros

    High level consultants who work collaboratively to meet client needs.
    Great Intellectual property and content
    State of the art consulting content and techniques.
    Able to work remotely with flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Remote work can lead to a feeling of isolation from colleagues.
    Not being in on office relationships and activities

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage collaboration for consultants.
    Continue to develop state of the art consulting content for clients
    Do a better job of integrating acquisitions

  3. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great relationship on C-level with clients. Small teams which means you get to do a bit of everything. Management empowers all consultants to deliver and manage projects without having very rigid project structure. Very open to apply new ways of doing things.

    Cons

    Brand is unknown in the market. Very rigid internal promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Consider internal candidates for vacant positions.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not good, demotivating"

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    Current Employee - Partner in America, IL
    Current Employee - Partner in America, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Broad offerings for client solutions
    Great colleagues to work with
    Strong client portfolio

    Cons

    No logic to compensation packages or performance management system
    Male dominated leadership teams, gender biased in almost every area
    No effective leaders at top of Hay and a revolving door of leaders at top slot
    The practice does not match the asserted values and ways of working

    Advice to Management

    Replace CEO and HG CEO, fairly typical folks but certainly not distinctive


  5. "Overall"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team / People, Office Environment.

    Cons

    Below average pay, hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good name"

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

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brand recognition; market place respect

    Cons

    Pay; advancement; consulting not highly regarded


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Hard to move up, harder environment for women, work/life balance

  8. "managing consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Korn Ferry part-time

    Pros

    They have a strong reputation in the marketplace

    Cons

    It is an abusive environment where they expect people to work 12+ hour days and deliver terrible service to their clients

    Advice to Management

    get better leaders


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter
    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great paid time off
    Usually off during week of Christmas
    Great company and you learn a lot
    Number one in Executive search and RPO

    Cons

    Low pay High Turn over


  10. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting client work, bright and collaborative colleagues, decent compensation

    Cons

    retirement benefits are well below market, culture is challenging to navigate


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