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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2019

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Russell Reynolds CEO Clark Murphy
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Pros
  • "Everyone at RRA London is really welcoming and helpful(in 13 reviews)

  • "great experience, great people, would definitively go back(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only improvement I can think of will improve the more internships RRA London do(in 9 reviews)

  • "No upward mobility for EAs, lead(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    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

    Russell Reynolds2018-08-04
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture but some ruin it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours if you need it, always something to learn, good parties, volunteer days

    Cons

    No upward mobility for EAs, lead EAs have too much power with little to no accountability, if you’re on someone’s bad side it effects your day to day

    Advice to Management

    Have an HR person in the office or at least have a safe space for EAs to speak up and feel heard and not gossiped about

    Russell Reynolds2019-05-22
  3. "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good work-life balance, location. Worked with a great Partner who was a mentor and demanding yet reasonable. The team you work with makes all the difference and mine was great.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure; takes too long to move up and had some outdated IT systems.

    Russell Reynolds2019-03-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects, smart colleagues, continuous improvement mindset. Being able to work with top executives.

    Cons

    Different job categories treated very differently, consultants are the kings, researchers, knowledge specialists and assistants not really cared for. Ways of working depend lot on the office, and project team. Knowledge sharing and management not on the level they should be, due to internal competition. Workload not planned and proactively managed, can be heavy. Big egos among consultants and researchers, quite hierarchical....

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    Advice to Management

    Researchers and assistants run the show, they should be given the credit they deserve. Incentives put on knowledge sharing.

    Russell Reynolds2019-03-13
  5. Helpful (4)

    "EA Role is more like project management"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for 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...

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    Advice to Management

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

    Russell Reynolds2018-10-21
  6. "a"

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    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

    Russell Reynolds2018-07-19
  7. "Partner"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial ability to build business within business

    Cons

    Politics and competing against colleagues

    Russell Reynolds2018-07-19
  8. "Dynamic Environment"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities with global mindset.

    Cons

    Demanding work environment, but stimulating and challenging opportunities.

    Russell Reynolds2018-04-27
  9. "Good company"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for 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

    Russell Reynolds2018-05-09
  10. Helpful (13)

    "Partner"

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    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...

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    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.

    Russell Reynolds2018-05-01
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