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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated Aug 21, 2019

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Russell Reynolds CEO Clark Murphy
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  1. "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
  2. 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
  3. "Great company to work for"

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    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

    Russell Reynolds2018-03-02
  4. Helpful (11)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for 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...

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    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.

    Russell Reynolds2018-02-08
  5. Helpful (10)

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

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    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...

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    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.

    Russell Reynolds2017-12-20
  6. "First class organization"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for 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.

    Russell Reynolds2017-08-24
  7. Helpful (8)

    "terrible and abusive team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    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...

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    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.

    Russell Reynolds2017-07-26
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    There are no pros to write

    Cons

    Everything is bad at this place

    Russell Reynolds2017-07-26
  9. "Great company!"

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    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!

    Russell Reynolds2017-06-05
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Happy alum"

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    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

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    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

    Russell Reynolds2017-05-23
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