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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated July 15, 2018
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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  • "low work life balance and career development programs" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Long hours, but do what you love it's not work" (in 18 reviews)

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  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. Helpful (4)

    "Okay company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Week off during Christmas, paid time off

    Cons

    Management is horrible, very clicky environment, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    Please review your leadership. You’re losing great people because of them. Promote talent internally

  3. "Associate Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're in Dallas I guess there are perks, but remote employees are treated differently and will not move up in the company unless they move. Didn't see that in my job offer 5 years ago

    Cons

    Poor management who isn't qualified for positions. Company has gone downhill in 5 years! Projects underbid, so there are lack of sourcing tools and heavy work load with low pay and low bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Hire quality and stop focusing on the Addison, TX location and retention will improve. Proper sourcing tools are important! When I have to pay for my own sourcing tools bc I dont have LI, CB, Monster, Indeed.,..nothing....that's a problem that needs to be looked at seriously.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not applicable"

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

    Pros

    Maternity leave, PTO time, holiday schedule

    Cons

    Culture and climate, salary, work-life balance,

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees market value , improve the company culture


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant - Compensation and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, strong market presence for C&B

    Cons

    Ignorant management on resourcing issue, work the hell off people without compensating or rewarding them rightfully. With that, no real career progression


  6. "Poisonous Corporate Culture"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Some people up to the managers are really nice and amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Unfair distribution of work loads, executives will make their teams work crazy hours and weekends without reward and won't bother to provide any sort or support and leave the office by 5pm on the dot.

    Unprofessional and exclusive corporate culture, some executives will ask personal questions that have to deal with age, religion, gender, ideology or origin in public and harass their reports around and make fun of them.

    Executives will pick their favorites for happy hours and group lunches, which do not happen often in corporate anyway.

    Very insecure place to work, they keep their employment contracts below market and use external recruiting services to tell candidates it will all be covered in a really high discretionary bonus, DO NOT FALL FOR THAT! They will either say it wasn't a good year to give you a small bonus regardless of the doubled up stock price or rob people completely off their bonus and start a stream of lay offs claiming positions are no longer required. For corporate functions, this happens towards the end of the year right before you will earn your bonus, so they'll make sure to get the biggest advantage then can of people and have them do all the hard work before they will let them go, more like free of charge work. And when they do, they will prevent any current employee from providing any external reference for any other current or former employee. Just to be clear, do not think about this twice, you're stepping into a TRAP.

    Very highly political work environment that your direct boss won't find as shame to steal your effort and claim it all to themselves and show off your unnoticeable errors as a big deal so you will never promote. People who play more politics will get annual or biannual promotions regardless of their performance.

    Executives will accept and ask for gifts and some of them will discriminate between people based on who paid their duties.

    Depends on who you are trying to work with, most of the corporate executives are sick. Don't let them fool you, they do not look for strong talents, THAT'S A LIE, they're looking for obedience and never talent. They will hire very poor inexperienced people on executive positions to secure their obedience. If you think you're strong enough, don't bury yourself here, you'll be very intimidating to your superiors and they will make sure to demotivate you.

    Very abusive and unsupervised culture, if you speak up, you're out and they will make sure to make it the most brutal way.

    Executive management will listen to and spread rumors about their employees.

    No career development programs in place and no flexibility to allow you to enroll into one by yourself.

    Old-school culture and a boy's club, there's a limit on progression for people from certain races, origins, religious beliefs and ideologies.

    Passive HR function, they will hear to employees problems and frustrations and never take any action.

    Lack of support from the leadership team, regardless of how many times you reach out for help or how significant the issue you're trying to bring to their attention is. Its more of a war to get a higher bonus at year end by eliminating others.

    Leadership is unable to deal with the company's growth, they only try to please the investors and will do whatever it takes to get a penny increase in the earnings per share regardless of how it could negatively impact future periods. No long term vision in place. A company that size can not be just managed as a start up.

    Advice to Management

    You have no asset to protect but people. Management should work on assuring people loyalty and work harder to set the tone at the top. Stock prices might be going up now but if you continue to look down on people and undervalue talents, your success will be only a short term one. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.

    Respect laws instead of bending them and be honest to your people.

    Make some investment in your corporate team, though they do not generate revenues but they support all your functions.

    Change your HR with more active people who would give a damn about your company, at least you wouldn't end up with piles of lawsuits against you from your own people.


  7. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Flat structure that rewards you if you produce.

    Cons

    Top heavy and possible lack of career growth at certain point.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "BPM and Bedlum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good folks, decent products and recognized (boutique) brand,

    Cons

    All the luck of the draw; could have a great career if you have great boss/leader...or not...;(

    Advice to Management

    'What makes a company great is its Brand, and what makes the brand a reality is its employees not just its leaders.' BTW your staff look unhappy...at a staffing company no less.


  9. "Fantastic place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Business Development, Project Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development, Project Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great management, very forward thinking

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons to share.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "1.5 years at KF"

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    Current Employee - Project Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Management in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    freedom, no micro managing, good team work

    Cons

    no training, no career path, sink or swim


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