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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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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. "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. "Associate Principal (Korn Ferry Hay Group)"

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

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Very inclusive and supportive culture. Yet, is also entrepreneurial, in that, as a Hay Group consultant you have to market yourself to peers and superiors every day and deliver value.

    Cons

    Overall, none yet. The hardest part is trying to elevate our systems and standards to that which we elevate our clients to. Some expect that we would be best-in-class on all things Human Capital, but that is tough and something we are working on.

  3. "Associate Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow. They provide all the tools you need to be successful . Excellent benefits and they really go out of their way to include everyone as a team.

    Cons

    There are no Major Cons.


  4. "Great people, great results!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, Fair pay, purposeful work

    Cons

    High Ambiguity, Long Sales cycle, Lead financialy


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    "Great place to grow your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I came to Korn Ferry because of the quality of their clients, intellectual property and the people who work here. The San Francisco office is especially collaborative and has all line of business represented so is a great place to be able to design innovative client solutions with team members.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of acquisitions over the past few years and the rate of change has been somewhat disruptive as there are some inconsistencies in the level of communication quality amongst some of the senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate the strategic direction and provide updates on key milestones that we are achieving as we continue to integrate and grow.


  6. "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    very good team, supportive and helpful

    Cons

    nothing to complain! it's a good place for a summer intern


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people, flexible, well known company

    Cons

    lack of collaboration of Partners, lack of career development

  8. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture. You work primarily under the Director of Research but are also mentored by senior colleagues. You learn about different companies' structures, how to call into those companies and identify potential candidates, and you become very proficient at using LinkedIn.

    Cons

    There is room for growth at this position and company, but it may take you longer to achieve that than if you started at a boutique recruiting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, and you will continue to have a productive workforce.


  9. "Great place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious brand and access to high-profile clients/project. Motivated, smart people. Opportunity to create a new space/market with our platform. Freedom to stretch/grow/take chances.

    Cons

    - Brand still “search” -- market doesn’t know what we do.
    - Comp structure needs to evolve as the firm does.

    Advice to Management

    We need to build and articulate the KF employee experience. We have still have legacy sub-cultures from acquired firms.


  10. "Top Class Firm"

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

    Pros

    - Amazing culture and staff
    - Partners took genuine interest in interns
    - Excellent location
    - CEO visit... amazing experience, super insightful and genuine leader

    Cons

    Overall had a great experience... no complaints.


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