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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated December 6, 2016
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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
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Pros
  • One of the top executive search firms in the world (in 14 reviews)

  • Good brand recognition in general and especially on search side (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also a big discrepancy between departments about what expectations are for work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Expect to work extremely long hours, over weekends, during vacations and when you need to leave the office for a family emergency (true story) (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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


  3. "Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Great place to build a career"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Top Class Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Transforming the People Industry!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly dynamic, entrepreneurial with a globally recognized brand. Executives and professionals around the world admire Korn Ferry for their long heritage in executive search and for their recent acquisitions to transform the human capital industry.

    Cons

    hard charging environment, never enough time in the day. there is a lot of change and evolution occurring in the firm and it is up to each employee to keep pace

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building the brand even further. Need to continue to drive awareness of the new Korn Ferry


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Treated Very Well"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is on the cutting edge of talent management/strategy/alignment/assessment. Very exciting place to be and they take very good care of the employees.

    Cons

    The industry is consolidating and we have been changing very rapidly. I like it, but it can create a tough environment.


  9. "Director"

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

    Pros

    great vertical or horizontal opportunities

    Cons

    similar to the rest of the market, must complete a 4 person's job as 1


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for, really interesting work and lots of development opportunities

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and it takes a while to advance up the ladder


  11. "research associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork environment and room to grow.

    Cons

    Some projects more interesting than others.



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