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PDI Ninth House Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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PDI Ninth House President & CEO RJ Heckman, Ph.D
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  1. "I had a very educational experience working at PDI Ninth House"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Get to work with lots of highly educated consultants and clients. Interesting work helping companies develop better leaders. Lots of opportunities to develop new skills.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, depending on the project that you are working on. Tough to know what new company will be like now that they are acquired by Korn Ferry.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice to have bonuses be a more significant component of compensation


  2. "For a company that has experienced significant change, it should be recognized for surviving all of the challenges."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My skills in process improvement were encouraged, and my strengths as a leader were recognized by my immediate supervisor.

    Cons

    The compensation was not competitive and very irregular. Culture averse to change by many consultants who had been there since the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture of inclusiveness, recognizing that all levels are key contributors to the success of the company.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not sure why the CEO's still employed..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a division of Korn Ferry, PDI Ninth House now has every thing a client could ask for... Talented consultants, C-Level perspective, a complete set of assessment and development offerings, emerging technology platform, and a truly global presence.

    Cons

    The President is hapless. He is destructive to client engagements and demotivating to employees. He must manage up well, take credit for his team's success, and suck up to the KornFerry CEO for job security. His lack of business acumen and authentic leadership skills are openly discussed among the rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management who can model the leadership skills we aspire to teach our clients.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not well organized for success"

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    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    robust tools, processes and procedures

    Cons

    poor management /top heavy at the time

    Advice to Management

    create a leaner and more aligned organization


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The offerings were non- surpassed, but the management was very arbitrary"

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    Former Employee - Director of Client Solutions in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Client Solutions in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offerings were research-based/well proven and validated . There was an effort to listen to clients, though at the end of the day, the SMEs produced what they wanted to without input from clients or the sales people who were left to sell the offerings in a vacuum

    Cons

    There was constant tension between regional offices and the headquarters. Lots of employee/management dissension. Rules changed often. Most, though not all, consultants were aloof and arrogant

    Advice to Management

    No faith that anyone would take it seriously


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best products and consultants in the industry. Worst CEO."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PDI Ninth House has by far the best products in the industry. The intellectual property is time-tested, the assessments more insightful than any others in the industry, and the technology is world-class. The consultants are self-less, dedicated to serving clients, and the best I/O psychologists in the business. It has a complete set of offerings and global distribution, a real win for clients.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the top leadership has no business in a leadership role. The CEO inherited the company from his father, has very low business acumen, poor personal character, and an inability to translate his vision into execution. He's not a bad guy, just not ready for a CEO job.

    Advice to Management

    Pack your bags.


  8. "Accounting Administrator / Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Accounting Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PDI Ninth House full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in accounting was a great way for me to move from a smaller company to a larger one. There is extensive work with excel and SAP which is great exposure for other things. Love everyone I work with, but it is definitely a pass-through position.

    Cons

    Company was recently acquired by Korn/ Ferry International so the transitional phase is constant and will be on-going throughout the remainder of this year at least (2013).


  9. "Literally one of the worst companies I have ever worked for."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDI Ninth House full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful, smart, talented people work there. They treat them terrible. Pay them poorly, are disingenuous, and patronizing.

    Cons

    Clients are treated the same way and have remarked complained about this many times. Management is some of the worst I have ever seen, and I was lucky enough to have a good manager.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with a modicum of respect


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It can be a great learning environment but poor employee retention and compensation."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Many of the employees believe in change through global leadership.

    Cons

    They don't pay well, don't give any perks and terrible compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they deserve.


  11. "PDI Ninth House has a flexible work environment for some people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible work environment regarding working from home

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to learn from past mistakes

    Advice to Management

    none that matters


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