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Updated February 8, 2018
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Pros
  • Higher ups have made strides to imporbe company culture and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • I would recommend pursuing a job here to anyone who is interested in the services industry / executive search (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "First class organization"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great colleagues, interesting work, great clients. First class office space and perks. Good benefits and good compensation.

    Cons

    very intense, heavy workload, lots of content to learn and master. Most weeks are 60-80 hours. Fair amount of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep RRA what it is. We like the position not being the biggest, but being the best. Keep consultant quality bar high.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Intense recruiting firm that doesn't see the value in their EA team; revolving door."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong company with industry standard benefits package.
    Depending on who you work for, you can work from home a day or two a month with out a problem. Good number of holiday's given and half days.

    Cons

    Very intense, pretty much all the time. Everything is an emergency/fire, which makes getting your work done feel very stressful; every email is urgent, every candidate scheduling, phone call, document, resume, invoice, etc is urgent so it's challenging to figure out what takes priority when everything is priority. Basically, you work on edge every minute of the day.
    Hard to take vacation because you have to find your own coverage... and of course no one really needs more work for an entire week.

    Advice to Management

    Consultants should be encouraged to be kind to their EA's, all of the assistants are very smart and accomplished but not treated as such. Please remind consultants that the EA's are doing more than phone calls, scheduling, calendaring; 85% of the work the EA's do is project management, documents, travel for clients and candidates, training's, invoicing, etc.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Can recruit for clients, but can't retain good employees"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    A paycheck and overtime, that's about it

    Cons

    Working for an unethical consultant who lacks integrity. This company breeds the illusion that they are all about corporate values and integrity, yet act in a completely different manner. I worked for a consultant who consistently lied to her candidates about follow up, and to clients about work performed. It was a disgrace, but somehow or another, even after awful client feedback and multiple complaints, the consultant was able to maintain her position. I guess being a minimal revenue generator means more than the company's reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look in the mirror and truly evaluate your consulting team. Listen to the complaints of team members, clients and candidates alike. Just because a consultant has a lengthy list of searches, doesn't mean they are doing their job well or acting appropriately. If someone has gone through 6+ EAs in 2 years time, it's time to face reality. Don't play the victim to the circumstance you created.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "terrible and abusive team"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No pros. the position was not at all what i expected.

    Cons

    Instead of taking the time in getting to know my workstyle or the fact that multiple mistakes for previous years were caught using my work method was overlooked.

    I was given a terrible review despite my supervisor not training me for the month that i started. i was hired in a higher level position only to be given assistant level work. This was not what i agreed to when i took on my position. I've never received a terrible review at my previous jobs. I've always worked hard and efficiently. It's not my fault someone does not want to implement more streamlined methods and prefer living in their cave.

    I had to take my work and present it to my supervisor's supervisor to get an unbiased opinion on what i'm doing wrong. he appreciated my work style and the fact i was streamlining the work. He agreed with me and mentioned i was not doing anything wrong.

    After my review, the place became unbearable and i had to leave.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management, some of them are bullies.

    Make sure the new supervisors are capable of supervising. Otherwise these new supervisors will feel obsolete, threatened, and will treat their direct reports as if they are some sort of a tumor.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros to write

    Cons

    Everything is bad at this place


  6. "Great company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    The consultants truly work hard for the clients and candidates.

    Cons

    No cons to share...everyone is awesome!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Happy alum"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with smart, driven colleagues
    Working with exceptional client companies and solving their most pressing leadership/recruitment challenges
    Engaging talented, successful candidates in conversations about advancing their careers; positive, uplifting work
    RRA pays top performers well
    Culture is collaborative, results oriented, meritocratic; employees are treated well - pay, benefits, hospitality - all very strong

    Cons

    Black-box compensation model can create jealousy, confusion and a perception of unfairness
    The firm claims to be client-focused, but sales (not client service) is most heavily rewarded
    Like lots of service environments/partnerships, RRA has an apprenticeship model and an up-or-out culture; guidance/training in sales and other skills needed to advance within the firm can be limited/non-existent depending on the strength of your office/practice or sector area

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire good people; reward mentorship; select area managers and sector leaders who are focused on developing talent, not those who personally excel at business development

  8. "Research Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    They take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Communication within certain sectors is not as effective as it could be.


  9. "great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    great work environment and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    there no cons that i can think of at the moment


  10. "EA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed work environment. Nice building.

    Cons

    They don't provide you with the resources to work from home. They don't encourage WFH.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to create a better EA culture.


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