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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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Pros
  • Great C-Suite executive search experience and knowledge gained (in 16 reviews)

  • Very client focused and truly flexible workplace (can work from home often without issues) (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Long hours and expectation to manage emails/ continue working during holidays (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Very strong Partners that look out for the team.

    Cons

    Not great office culture as offices are mostly empty.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits that come with lots of change"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely competitive benefits. The programs that are run enhance your learning and business acumen extremely fast. A lot of informal settings to practice skills and learn about new areas of the business.

    Cons

    Lots of changes to structure, roles, alignment with the high acquisition strategy. You MUST negotiate high pay once entering the organization, merit increases were just introduced this year and were meniscal compared to the gap to paying market value. Being promoted or moving positions pay off of previous comp and not competitive, must be willing to put in the time to gain great experience...to leverage somewhere else.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Strong legacy teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good leadership from legacy organizations - Lominger, PDI, Leader Source, etc. Excellent maternity leave benefits. Name/brand recognition has served me well after leaving the firm. Strong intellectual property.

    Cons

    Difficult environment for growth. Huge gap in pay between consultants and leaders, and the "vital many".

    Advice to Management

    You coach your clients to go deep with succession planning, and your consultants advise your clients on best practices in leadership development, team building, and org development. Why aren't you doing these things internally?


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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)

    "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


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company! Work-life balance can be an issue"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One can grow in his / her career here. The company is generous with holidays. The KF name is a globally respected one. Our office Director is wonderful and approachable.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours with hard work / life balance. If you don't work nights /weekends you are seen as not as committed as those that do. Administrative staff very overworked and morale seems low. Lots of office politics. With all mergers and acquisitions there is confusion on correct ways to do things from an admin perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Just to be more aware of staff burn out due unrealistic expectations and demands.


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    good people to work for.

    Cons

    lack growth for lower levels.


  10. Helpful (20)

    "Focused on finances, not their employees"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has global recognition in its specific industry, locations spread across the world, offers solid career opportunities if you are interested in consulting and/or recruiting services. Pockets within the company have some really smart people who are honestly passionate about their work and believe in it.

    Cons

    Company is about their numbers - focused on acquiring other companies rather than growing and developing their own people. Has significant "reductions in staff" at least once or twice every year - company-wide. Extremely difficult to move up the ladder, especially if you are wishing to move from one area to another. Still has remnants of the old 80s US corporate culture (i.e., white and male).

    Advice to Management

    Company will not be viewed as a "career destination" if they continue the tradition of annual lay-offs, bureaucratic and obtuse HR processes, and refusal to "practice what they preach" or use the services and products they provide to clients.


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