Odgers Berndtson Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2020

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3.6
65%
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82%
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Odgers Berndtson CEO Kester Scrope (no image)
Kester Scrope
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance was fully supported in the practice I worked in(in 7 reviews)

  • "Very friendly working environment and good culture in the office(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Most of the work is done by PAs and Researchers, but the wealth is split between fee-earners(in 7 reviews)

  • "No existing Vertical Practices or Global Target Accounts(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable company growing rapidly. Collegial work culture, very friendly, easy-to-work- with people.

    Cons

    Technology can a bit challenging; infrastructure can't yet keep pace with rapid growth.

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  2. "Not nor never a big 5"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    decent work/life balance. If your boss is good, then your life is good. Opposite is true too however.

    Cons

    Consultants here are ones who couldn't or wouldn't make it at one of the big 5 firms or ones that had to retire from one due to age and got restless. This is NOT a well oiled machine like the mother-ship, Odgers UK. Minimal collaboration between the two and the US side is much more in its infancy. A lot of operations are bootstrapped and penny-pinched. Minimal back office support and IT infra (IT team does the best they can with what they have) DB feels like a souped up excel spreadsheet. Minimal collaboration between offices. Consultants might as well be independent franchisees. Entire levels of employees were cut without warning. Business is business but this firm is pretty ruthless.

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  3. "Good but no long term appeal"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment and good work-life balance

    Cons

    No professional development and no path to achieve upward mobility

  4. "Partner"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented people with a talented leader. Great culture! Good for high performers.

    Cons

    Training could be improved. Good tools. Research is good, but having difficulty in keeping up with growth.

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  5. "Entrepreneurial search firm with global reach"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, growth-oriented firm here in the US with a global network that is well recognized and extremely professional. Firm values integrity and doesn't tolerate sharp elbows or selfish behavior. Core group of talented partners and associates.

    Cons

    We are an "underdog" brand in the US but getting more traction as we bring on some more high profile partners

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing team, feels like a family; flexible schedule and holiday getaway discussions, you can take sick days pretty easy when you need them; free fresh fruit and veggies in the office

    Cons

    A small team, lack of performance is easily noticeable; small office, need to be the Jack of all trades, wear different hats and be able to multitask

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  7. "Really good experience"

    5.0
     

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson

    Pros

    Wide variety of experience.

    Cons

    None. I learnt a lot.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson

    Pros

    The salary and location are great.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, organization, communication, morals and accountability, especially from management.

  9. "great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Executive Search Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    sometimes challenging culture to work in

  10. "Impressive leadership, ambitious"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Partner in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Impressive leadership Versatile and adaptable Excellent, supportive, culture Ambitious for growth

    Cons

    Market penetration in some geographies

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