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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 (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
  2. 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...

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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
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, stressful but rewarding"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds for less than a year

    Pros

    Shaping leadership, working directly with CEOs and board members, really cool and smart colleagues, more collaborative than the other big search firms, lots of women in senior positions, commitment to diversity, more levels/opportunities for younger search consultants (Associates at RRA are more senior than at other firms)

    Cons

    Can be very stressful, demanding clients, some people don't like the 'black box' bonus structure, need to be sponsored by a strong leader at the firm or tough to succeed. People at smaller offices have less support and are at a disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Push MDs on sponsorship and

    Russell Reynolds2016-05-07
  4. Helpful (4)

    "No progression"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent pedigree, you can see what the business looks like at the top of the house. Exciting stuff.

    Cons

    Unless you are a Partner or Consultant forget about progression. In a Research role, you are treated like a disposable commodity and don't get to share in the profits in any way. Working your way up is a near impossibility and the system is engineered against moving from Research to Consultant or Partner. RRA prides itself on hiring consultants from other industries (which...

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    Advice to Management

    Train your consultants on how executive search works before trotting them out in front of customers and letting them promise things that are completely unrealistic.

    Russell Reynolds2015-10-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Self Serving Senior Managment"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Brand, hard to kill

    Cons

    Way too many off limits clients, not client focused, compensation system creates competition among peers. This is very damaging and makes people spend their time protecting their clients and not focusing on thier clients needs. This is not the way RRA used to be. I blame the new CEO who does not engender trust.

    Advice to Management

    Create a transparent compensation system. It is much more collaborative and straightforward.

    Russell Reynolds2015-03-03
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Knowledge Management roles - pros & cons"

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    Former Employee - Knowledge Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in KM, a young organization within RRA, offers the opportunity to be involved in a range of BD-related functions, working with many different consultants, and generating insight that has real client value.

    Cons

    KM employees do not interact with clients directly, or at the least, they rarely do. There are also very unclear career paths should you wish to remain in KM because it is a relatively young organization.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clearer guidelines for advancing from the Analyst (entry) level to the Manager (8+ years of experience) level, without having to switch to Research ("Researchers" are directly involved in search execution in partnership with consultants).

    Russell Reynolds2015-01-03
  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Russell Reynolds2014-10-22
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company! Work with all types of people"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Russell Reynolds2014-03-26
  9. "Big 5 for a Reason"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Under current leadership, this firm is evolving as a collaborative firm and works at staying best in class. Everything at RRA is done TOP OF THE LINE - including events or outings for its employees.

    Cons

    While hierarchy exists (rightfully so) in organizations, the RRA culture is reminiscent of a kingdom's cast system. Forget about moving up from within and don't forget your rank at any time.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring from McKinsey or the likes in anticipation of revenues is reasonable but save room for promotion from within. Send your consultants to management training - the way they treat the EAs is appalling at times.

    Russell Reynolds2013-05-26
  10. Helpful (7)

    "WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE CHICAGO OFFICE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    RRA attracts great clients and they are very process oriented

    Cons

    Can't speak for RRA as a whole but Chicago office is a horrible place to work. The heirarchy between consultants, researchers and EA"s allows for extreme mistreating of personnel. HR is a mess, turn over is extremely high. They let certain people get away with bullying others, and turn a blind eye to it depending on the tenure of the employee. They will work you until you crumble....

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    Advice to Management

    Quit throwing money and titles at people. There is a reason people want to leave. Let them. get rid of your HR manager, and fast track the retiring of extremely tenured individuals as the culture will not change until you get rid those that run the place without the title to do so. Add some diversity as well-- the current makeup is not a good look for a company that considers itself global.

    Russell Reynolds2012-09-12
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