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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Challenging, rewarding, work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Very client focused and truly flexible workplace (can work from home often without issues) (in 9 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 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Does not deserve to be call 'Professional' Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Struggling to find one- I guess salaries are high for Partners

    Cons

    Focused on making as much money as they can from clients, not concerned with client impact. People with PhDs think they are more intelligent that everyone else but don't know the first thing about it. Focused on metrics- but don't care if they are the right ones! Unprofessional, even senior Partners playing playground games. Our CEO has not one leadership bone in his body.

    Advice to Management

    Basic leadership training- don't we sell this to clients? There are too many incompetent people in this company continuing to be promoted.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Strong legacy teams"

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    • Senior Management
    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?

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Needs to practice what they preach"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great solutions and they are true industry leaders with their own business strategy.
    - The longer you stay, the more vacation you receive.

    Cons

    They would rather pay someone straight out of a 4 year college with no experience more money than someone who has been with the company for 7 years with a Masters Degree in a relevant field, who has been promoted twice and received consistent high annual reviews. This situation is a common issue within the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your high performers and high potentials what is market value. Plain and simple.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Principle Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    High degree of independence and flexible work schedule. Don't have to wear suit and tie everyday so save money on clothes. Nice perks for commuters.

    Cons

    No raises. Ever, even when financial performance is outstanding. Promotions come with laughable salary increases, if any, even though your billable rate and BD requirements go up and you make more money for the firm. Bonuses are not guaranteed either. Any kind of compensation decision is shrouded in secrecy.

    Advice to Management

    Would provide advice, but any advice seems to fall on deaf ears.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Seriously? No increases"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good choice,if you're graduate and looking for a job. Definitely better than flipping burgers at McDonalds

    Cons

    It's a bold move for a company that is selling advices to other companies on how to properly compensate employees for their work to not increase salaries of their own employees, even after pretty much two years without any proper communication from management.
    We even report globally on semi-annual basis how many companies (pretty much every) are doing salary increments and how many % to to their employees.

    All the advisory business we do is never applied to us - employees.
    So if you're looking to start a family or buy a house, this is not place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your ...., otherwise the whole situation is gonna blow up in your face.


  6. "Senior Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  7. "Principal Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Not good, demotivating"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Project manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Only KF brand, which probably will run out soon as well
    Maternity leave, but be careful. As it would hold you back from career growth(according to my former manager).

    Cons

    Leadership sucks
    Bias by legacy
    Best place to disengage top talent, but holding them back from promotions and no salary increments
    As my former manager said "be a side kick to her, to be promoted"
    No ethical values

    Advice to Management

    Too late, they are so far from reality and there is no turning back, except sinking ship.


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