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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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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 12 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. "Korn Ferry Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people to work with who truly care about the people and their development.

    Cons

    Not very forthcoming with communication during mergers


  2. "Company Overview"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extensive, best in class talent offerings; very experienced and top tier consultants; client centric; clear and consistent direction

    Cons

    Pulling all the pieces together - insights, innovation, advisory - there is a plethora of great products and a lot to get arms around


  3. Helpful (4)

    "I was blind sided"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They love feeding their employees

    Cons

    I am a veteran and was let go without warning or notice with no provocation or explanation on Veterans Day. I think that's all I need to say but...

    Poor culture
    Poor benefits
    Low pay
    Uncoordinated management team

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember that you're employees are people with lives and families. You don't get to just throw people away whenever it fits you.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "I regret my decision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    You get to work on some high profile searches.

    Cons

    I joined KF about a year ago and it was the wrong decision. I've already started interviewing other places. The culture is terrible (I've visited several offices)- people are backstabbing and cruel. Some of the searches have been interesting, but with budgets tightening, a lot of companies avoid using executive search firms until they are in desperate times. They will sell you on the fact that you can move up more easily at KF than other places, but its not true. I encourage anyone considering executive search firms to look at H&S, Spencer Stuart, or even smaller mid size firms where they care more about their employees.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "CEO Has to go"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good brand recognition, good colleagues, nice offices. Work at home policy is flexible for the most part. Nice perk to be given week off between Christmas and New Years -would be nicer to have it "baked in" to the holiday schedule

    Cons

    It's all about politics and revenue generation. Bad behavior is condoned and undeserving people are promoted. If you know the right people and/or you generate enough revenue you can do whatever you want. Little to no recognition given to employees who are actually grinding out the work. Outdated systems and infrastructure. CEO and CFO run the company by spreadsheet - this is a relationship business!

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board: clean out top management and start over


  7. "Principal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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. Helpful (3)

    "Strong financial focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality services
    Client focused
    Good employee benefits

    Cons

    Very tight financial control. Approvals even for small amounts had to go up very high
    Some people and groups are clearly more valued than others
    Too much weight on first impressions and appearance, rather than substance


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Selfish corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Afraid to Say in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Afraid to Say in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Actual work is fun and the candidates are great. They are very appreciative for the work that you do for them. Ability to work from home is fabulous and they pay for your cellphone.

    Cons

    Brunson could care less about project coordinator and senior associates. IF hires senior client partners at high pay but continues to not give raises. The vacation policy and 401k contribution is an embarrassment. Brunson gives the same speech year after year and talks only in corporate speak.

    Advice to Management

    If corporate wants us to work hard and do a fabulous job, start appreclating the people who actually do the work. Give us raises, better vacation policy, and listen to us. Stop caring just about yourselves.


  10. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large Company, Different Opportunities, Global, Good Resources

    Cons

    Many acquisitions, so a lot of internal chaos


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Take your own medicine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, energizing work with clients. Good brand recognition in general and especially on search side. high margin search business.

    Cons

    Run by finance people who don't fully understand the advisory business. People and talent management is poor in general.

    Advice to Management

    take your own medicine. practice what you preach and employee engagement, culture, rewards, talent management.



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