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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated February 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Higher ups have made strides to imporbe company culture and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to learn executive search from some of the best in the business (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Tit-for-Tat office politics and tattle-tailing amongst support staff (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of respect for non MD employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Executive Search Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Great training in the business; Highly professional team; 5-star clients.

    Cons

    Compensation plan is not well correlated with delivery.


  2. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mill Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mill Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people; great office culture.

    Cons

    No professional development program; black-box compensation

    Advice to Management

    Create more work flexibility and invest in your people


  3. "Executive Search work at one of the "big 5" global recruiting firms"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great early experience in being exposed to the exec search business, if you choose this long term path in your career

    Cons

    Distractions from internal politics and individual leadership anglings take away from important focus on, and benefits to, the firm's clients and actual search work

    Advice to Management

    Fix the main "con" listed above for the good of the real work the firm does


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    "A fine place to work - not going to accelerate your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Get to serve some of the biggest companies
    Good respect for work/life balance
    MD's get the most respect and power - gets worse the lower you get in the organization
    Some pockets of good culture - varies office by office

    Cons

    Archaic business practices internally - leaders are not strong business people
    A "nice" culture - you don't get a lot of honesty
    No transparency on pay or performance
    Very slow movement - consensus driven culture
    Status is more important than ideas
    Most consultants do not know how to develop people - you have to be lucky

    Advice to Management

    Shake it up - promote people who think differently
    Bring in outside leaders who are inspiring
    Be bolder - don't play scared
    Show more respect to junior colleagues and EA's
    Put ideas over titles
    Move faster on poor performers & toxic people
    Take a stand on what values you actually care about
    Only promote people leaders


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Russell Reynolds (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company


  7. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounting in New York, NY

    Pros

    Very professional atmosphere, people are nice

    Cons

    none that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work days and company perks.

    Cons

    Little professional development and guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on professional development


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    It depends which executive you are assisting, if you get a good one, then the relationship and partnership with the executive makes all the cons seem small.

    Cons

    EAs are looked down and the turnover rate is very high.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal clients and colleagues, constant innovation, collegial and fun culture, entrepreneurial, global, great leadership, tons of personal growth opportunities, high level strategic work, very few sharp elbows, great flexibility

    Cons

    Intense workloads, demanding due to quality and client service, opaque compensation, performance culture - you have to deliver to get paid and advance; tough to unplug, take vacation

    Advice to Management

    Make wellness and stress management a more visible priority; make compensation more transparent, pay more for behavior and long term contribution, pay as people grow and accelerate


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, stressful but rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Search Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Search Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Shaping leadership, working directly with CEOs and board members, really cool and smart colleagues, more collaborative than the other big search firms, lots of women in senior positions, commitment to diversity, more levels/opportunities for younger search consultants (Associates at RRA are more senior than at other firms)

    Cons

    Can be very stressful, demanding clients, some people don't like the 'black box' bonus structure, need to be sponsored by a strong leader at the firm or tough to succeed. People at smaller offices have less support and are at a disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Push MDs on sponsorship and



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