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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
71 Reviews
3.2
71 Reviews
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Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Manageable work hours, work-life balance is great (in 3 reviews)

  • Some good benefits, which can be found elsewhere also (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, they do not have fixed career path like in other organisations, so the promotions don't come easily (in 5 reviews)

  • Mind numbingly boring, no room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great colleagues and access to clients at the very highest level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A wonderful brand built over 50 years of work at the most senior level
    Some of the nicest and most collegiate people you could hope to work with
    A strong basis of fairness that underpins all major decisions
    Highly multinational, no single country dominates

    Cons

    Has historically been highly conservative, although this has been changing in the last couple of years
    The partnership structure means decision making requires considerable consensus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep experimenting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Culture is not what they claim it to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Clever people. Good pedigrees. Mostly collaborative.

    Cons

    Highly political at the top. Unwilling to support diverse cultures. Strong divide between US and rest of world culturally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    backwards looking firm that cannot see beyond a transactional business model.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues and a team based, collaborative culture

    Cons

    A sausage machine focused only on volume but without the upside benefit of a commission structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the heart of professional services firms to become true trusted advisors to clients across a breadth of human capital offerings. Lead and stop following what you know. Innovate and grow through diversification and depth of client relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campus Representative in UC Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Campus Representative in UC Berkeley, CA (US)

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great staff, nice office, flexible hours

    Cons

    lots of room for creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Great people, nice work environment and balanced work load

    Cons

    No ability to move up in the company if you are entry level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good opportunity to begin career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and good benefits. Opportunities to work with International teams. Able to gain exposure to different industries and functions.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to manage teams or grow your career. Long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Egon Zehnder

    Pros

    tons of learning
    access to many industries and projects
    great culture
    awesome people always willing to help

    Cons

    sometimes the work could be a little dry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No "Up or Out" - Just "Out"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Researcher
    Former Employee - Researcher

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Research team is very collaborative. They selflessly work together to lighten each others workload and improve client outcomes. Best colleagues I've ever worked with.
    Good to learn how recruiters view resumes.
    If you impress a consultant, you get to interact with clients at a very high level.

    Cons

    Research management runs the analysts ragged. Fairly manipulative bunch.
    Consultants sometimes treat researchers as though they are worker bees.
    Long hours.
    No upward mobility besides being lucky enough to manage other research analysts some day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research management in the US needs an overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Risky decision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well established company within its sector. Very good work-life balance, with plenty of time off. Currently beating its competitors, and positive outlook for the near future.

    Cons

    I was hired as an intern post graduation, with a optimistic opportunity to join the company full time if I performed. Instead, the position was full before I even arrived at the office. In addition, work comes second to most of the employees, with many people choosing to take large amounts of the day doing pretty much nothing. In addition, many of the US offices are filled with old, dead-ended employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the large amount of uninterested employees filling up the offices at entry level jobs, and jumpstart the company by making real progression through the ranks possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sustained positive experience of 25+ years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked as a consultant for Egon Zehnder International for over 25 years until my retirement, the bulk of which was as a Partner. For me the firm has provided a perfect career opportunity to grow from a novice search consultant to a seasoned professional. I got a chance to work with, learn from, and absorb the value system of global, extremely collaborative, client service oriented Partnership, made up of some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. The firm has been more consistent in its philosophy, its values and its style than most organizations I have observed.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge for the firm is the difficulty of maintaining the standards and values propagated by its founder that sustained a small group of handpicked people working together on a ever growing and ever more globalized scale..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the common core values (across locations psanning all continents) of the firm and the partnership as propagated by Egon for future generations of support staff, consultants and partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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