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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Higher ups have made strides to imporbe company culture and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • great colleagues, interesting work, great clients (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Black-box compensation not tied to performance metrics (in 4 reviews)

  • As a young person it is impossible to become a consultant within the firm (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "RRA Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, People, People
    Apprenticeship opportunity
    opportunity to mentor people
    Upside career potential
    Strategic work with clients
    Ability to build a business on great platform

    Cons

    Highly stressful and demanding work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company! Work with all types of people"

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience & broad exposure to all types of people & industries. Job satisfaction when placing a successful candidate at a new role! It's like matchmaking! I love my job, my coworkers, & my consultant & my office! Am very happy about joining RRA! This roles utilizes my strengths (multi-tasking, problem solving, proactive thinking, document & people management)

    Cons

    The job of EA at a fast paced search firm can be very demanding & scheduling changes outside your control can be frustrating. Sometimes can be thankless- but my consultant thinks of me more as a "WE" and team- so I am more in the forefront with clients & candidates.

  3. "Quality firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn executive search from some of the best in the business. Exposure to the most senior business leaders in the world.

    Cons

    Not a lot of formal career development. It is a bit of a sink or swim/up or out culture. Not saying that's a bad thing, but it is something that should be understood.

    Advice to Management

    I have no complaints about the firm's management. It is a great firm with solid leadership.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "First Class"

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

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

    Pros

    People, People, People. Focus on clients. You feel like you are on a true team together. Global opportunities. White space for career. Clarke Murphy is a great CEO who leads with his heart.

    Cons

    The client work is difficult. Since it is a client service business, vacations are tough to take because there is always something to do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on culture and insights that differentiate the firm.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best search firms and getting better."

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

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

    Pros

    RRA can be an incredibly rewarding place to work, but your experience will really depend on your sector/consultant. I was lucky and have the best consultant/EA/Researcher team in the world, but I can see how it might be tougher with different teams.

    Cons

    Work-life balance doesn't always exist. As with all things, experience is make-or-break based on your team.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I think RRA is amazing and wonderful, but, undeniably, it could benefit from putting more of an emphasis on valuing EAs/Researchers. Perhaps having consultants undergo managerial training and workshops prior to starting the role and throughout their time with the company could help with this!


  6. "Great people, great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly talented people. Fun, social colleagues and interesting work. Strong focus on delivering great client service. Strong profit sharing into 401k. Good pay for strong results. Blue-chip firm. Fun firm outings at great places.

    Cons

    Work-life can be elusive, but this is true of any client-service environment. Some high billing partners can burn through support staff (although positive steps have been made in this area the last year).


  7. "Exceptional culture and opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart, passionate people who do great work for their clients

    Cons

    can be long hours with a very heavy workload

  8. "MD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful people and outstanding career opportunity

    Cons

    Performance based culture, you need to deliver


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful, friendly, and outgoing. I would recommend pursuing a job here to anyone who is interested in the services industry / executive search.

    Cons

    Work can be rough sometimes, but not incredibly demanding. You may have to work weekends sometimes, but you don't have to expect a 60+ hour work week, unless you're a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    I have not advice to the management, I love my current job and I am lucky to have it. Currently, I would not change a thing about my situation


  10. Helpful (2)

    "RRA is a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have a very supportive office culture; clear paths for advancement; strong mentoring program for researchers and consultants; chance to work for a truly global firm; diversity in assignments and day to day activities

    Cons

    Coordinating communication with consultants around the globe; sometimes there are very short turn around times for deliverables;


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