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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated October 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "A great place for young people looking to learn the search business to start" (in 7 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. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture with intelligent, well rounded and fun people, perhaps the most consultative of the major firms, known for doing really high quality work

    Cons

    More expensive than the completion (justifiably so) and promotions don’t come easy (but that can also be a good thing)

    Advice to Management

    Continue rewarding consultants for high quality execution, that is the key to long term growth and success for this firm


  2. "EA Role is more like project management"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 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

    They spend money on employees for things like office holiday parties.

    Cons

    While there were a couple other pleasant EAs there (the NYC office), I found the culture among the other EAs to be like a very nasty, competitive mean girls club/clique. It really felt like Jr. High some days.

    The work was not typical EA work and just when you’d feel like you were seeing some daylight they’d heap more work on you.

    Ultimately I jumped ship for the first good opportunity and never looked back. I note that the person who I supported there has also left, so make of that what you will.

    Advice to Management

    Hire nicer people. Stop promoting jealousy and competition among the support staff and just let people do their work.

  3. "a"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    nice place to work . midtown location

    Cons

    management is difficult to deal with


  4. "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Chief Talent Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Chief Talent Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial ability to build business within business

    Cons

    Politics and competing against colleagues


  5. "Dynamic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities with global mindset.

    Cons

    Demanding work environment, but stimulating and challenging opportunities.


  6. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Impressive Managing Directors with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Some lack of organization around structure, especially for analysts

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better within sector to know analyst responsibilties


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    A great place for young people looking to learn the search business to start. Great new associates training, and a great group of young people early in their career.

    Cons

    Where to start. Once you are a producer, the place is a total snakepit. Don't let the Ivy League veneer fool you. You are competing with other firms but also each other....and the firm encourages that. It is soulless at the higher levels. A lot of this is driven by tenure and the completely amorphous compensation system. A lot of the folks LOVE to be around wealth and act like being a headhunter is like being a McKinsey or a Goldman Partner. Lots of backstabbers on the Exco. they pretend that the "black box" compensation system is better than a quantitative model. basically, this is an opportunity for the Exco to take more than their fair share from the lower levels. This place is fully prepared for 1969 when the firm was founded. Lots of turn over very little diversity, but a "stage front" of legitimacy. Off limits and shared candidate rules are not good for their clients, but they are great for the Partners of Russell Reynolds, who are happy to take their clients money. Good luck in the digital age RRA...

    Advice to Management

    Make the compensation system quantitative and concise. Get rid of the deadwood that are big shareholders and do nothing. Ditch the highest-end real estate and oriental carpets. Get professional management, this place should not be lead by old headhunters who have learned a culture of divisiveness and dishonesty.

  8. "Great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    professional, prestige name, all-star colleagues

    Cons

    difficulty maintaining consistent quality amid competition


  9. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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.


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