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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Number one in Executive search and RPO (in 16 reviews)

  • Good brand to associate with, however they need to move with time (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also a big discrepancy between departments about what expectations are for work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours to meet targets (but that is typically of most consulting) (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate - Korn Ferry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to advance to higher levels

    Cons

    Can be high pressure at times


  2. Helpful (8)

    "I had high hopes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand recognition, break-room is nice

    Cons

    Yearly evaluation without a merit increase, you can switch projects month to month, Senior Client Partners are promoted everyday, bonus structure isn't clearly defined, growth opportunities based on relationships not work performed, no recognition program including tenure recognition, everyone in management looks the same, no diversity, they no longer pay out PTO if you quit or get terminated, no incentive or discount programs, they don't even have a company catalog to purchase KF items

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to revamp the internal website. Internal positions are posted externally. Spend more time developing the front line employees and promoting within. Instead of hosting so many social events, allocate some of those funds towards merit increases. Treat us like we treat our clients. Implement a Diversity and Inclusion department as well as Compliance. There is a lack in both areas.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Korn Ferry - a mixed bag for technologists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You could really see how your contributions applied to and improved the technical quality of the products chosen for improvement

    Cons

    Not a lot of support/training/mentoring/coaching or encouragement that could lead to advancement; priorities and platforms shifted often.

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to empower and lead employees who sincerely want to do an excellent job but who are not offered the tools/guidance needed to do so.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Intellectually stimulating; best minds in the business"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well-researched intellectual property. Intelligent and capable people. Excellent opportunities to learn if one hustles (being a self-starter is essential). Great tuition reimbursement benefit.

    Cons

    Widespread lack of clarity on who does what; no organizational chart available, lack of communication from upper management. Unclear how to get a raise/be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Hold more town hall meetings, communicate progress being made in terms of offerings and leadership. Help people understand where the organization is headed and how it will get there.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great brand, terrible culture"

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    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

    Pros

    Strong brand in the market, extensive database, great talent, above average compensation

    Cons

    Sink or swim culture, no investment in career building or talent management at staff level, dramatic inconsistencies in responsibilities relative to which practice area you support

    Advice to Management

    Define a clear path to promotion & invest in training the researchers/associates to ensure they have the right tools/knowledge to be successful / promote a more collegial culture that values the individual to put an end to revolving door


  6. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are really nice
    Team building environment

    Cons

    Expensive Health Insurance
    No matching 401K
    Corporate cuts strange corners


  7. Helpful (1)

    "KF Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive, and fringe benefits are mediocre. This company grows very fast, so the landscape is often changing. If there is discontent in your position, it may not last long due to change.

    Cons

    In most positions there is not much room for career growth. There is also a big discrepancy between departments about what expectations are for work life balance. One is often either bored or working 70 hours a week. It is also common practice to give bonuses, but not give out any annual raise.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention. Use all of the talent development tools at your disposal to maximize your own talent

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good flexibility, work from home option

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to competitors

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing current employees


  9. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Great group of professionals. Management cares about employees.

    Cons

    No 401k company contributions. Not many job opportunities.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Top 5 Firm / Subpar Pay / Smart people / high competition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Typical big search firm / highly political/ mostly nice people/ company is strengthening their position to provide a more holistic approach to human capital solutions as opposed to primarily focusing on search / ceo wants to compete with the likes of deloitte, etc. and also have a stronger rotational program so that associates can be more well-rounded and have a mckinsey type management training program. That hasn't happened yet, and we wonder if it actually will.

    Cons

    annual bonus has been extremely low. standard bonus is typically 25% of annual base, and first year we received 7%. 2nd year they increased it to 15%. i believe this was consistent with most of my peers, even with super high reviews and even for those who have longer tenure.
    Because of the various acquisitions (most recently Hay Group), it's a struggle to integrate the firm and build a strong culture. They companies offerings are so vast and there needs to be a better way to align the firm so that each employee is fully aware of the great value proposition this firm has.

    Advice to Management

    This firm has really strong talent and you'll continue to lose talent to other firms that offer higher compensation structures, and better training and development platforms.


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