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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated April 24, 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 13 reviews)

  • No work life balance as long hours of work even has to work through late nights and sometimes on public holiday or your day off (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Would not recommend.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Survey Center Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Global Survey Center Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people- absolutely loved the team and have made lifelong friends. Best manger I've ever had- her door was always open and she was willing to help and support the team whenever and however needed. Fun and energetic atmosphere within the team (not so much on the other floors), lots of team building and get together opportunities. Interesting and challenging clients provided great opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    No way to move up in the company. Bonuses mentioned but not guaranteed. No annual raises in four years, only with promotion which was impossible in this position. A lot of disrespect for this position within the company - internal partners and stakeholders were pushy and rude. Very corporate and did not feel valued. Over worked and under paid. No room for work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was truly wonderful. I would have stayed forever if she was the only factor. C-suite leadership was checked out. They cared more about metrics and sales than the people. More money should have been invested in making processes and technology better that would help meet client needs - like ONLINE ORDER FORMS.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big corporate, good benefits

    Cons

    no work and life balance


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with diverse group of people and personalities

    Cons

    NY office had some sharp elbows

    Advice to Management

    Support the people you promote


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Great camaraderie within the office you work. Variety of work is motivating and can allow for long-term opportunities.

    Cons

    In the broader organization, you can feel as if you are only a number. The company continues to grow bigger and bigger, but doesn't necessarily ensure that the employees continue to function as a well-oiled machine. Bureaucracy is apparent on a daily basis and can make your job difficult. The company doesn't always practice what it preaches, and for a global HR firm, that's a strong assessment for how things operate internally.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Anonymous client facing role"

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

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great and talented people, helpful, collaborative

    Cons

    No work life balance -- no 401k matches, too much focus on metrics and not clients.

    Advice to Management

    We understand the organization is changing but consider how much stress this is putting on your staff


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people; people management not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've never worked with better people; world-class.

    Cons

    Salary is low for most positions; career advancement is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Look at retention plan; monetary compensation works for most in a non-executive role.


  8. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly talented and dedicated people

    Cons

    Slow on Strategy and Vision


  9. "Hungry motivated people will succeed"

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

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

    Pros

    Developing high level relationships with Fortune 500 executives

    Cons

    Challenging and intense. Changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Train associates and consultants. The better they are the better you look.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "It's a Boys Club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The New York office is aesthetically pleasing. The offices have been recently remodeled.

    Cons

    Boy's club
    Dog-eat-dog environment
    The company doesn't believe in raises for project coordinator/administrative staff
    Very corporate
    Senior management doesn't value their employees
    Hierarchical
    Senior management lacks imagination

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, the company is very old-fashioned
    Value your employees.
    There is animosity among many of the partners, try to get them to be more supportive of one another
    Try to foster more creativity among the ranks.
    Reward dedication


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good, lots of room for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice benefits, great brand.

    Cons

    Long hours, people handle more than 10 projects at a time


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