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Egon Zehnder Reviews

Updated 25 August 2015
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  1. Great company that challenges you!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very collaborative environment to work within

    Cons

    Needed standardization of common processes


  2. Great firm, except the Singapore office.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One can get exposure to work with many offices globally and be involved in regional and global projects. The firm has great minds! Interesting projects for well-known clients.

    Cons

    Different offices have different cultures. Some cultures do not match Egon Zehnder's principles. As a result those offices have a problem with employees' retention. There is not much of career progression offered to the research.

    Advice to Management

    The management should pay attention and make sure the reputation of the firm remains at the top, especially in the global cities. Not only for clients, but for current and future employees. Diversity & Inclusion principle should be seen in the firm itself first.


  3. Helpful (5)

    If you're looking for a dead-end, this is it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    The hours are not bad. The air of contempt that permeates this office leads to a fairly close-knit EA team. All in the same boat, they take comfort in the shared misery of their co-workers. EAs coordinate happy hours occasionally, and it’s a fun bunch of people who tend to stay in touch even after moving on. Organized office outings usually feature an open bar, which gets full and deserved use.

    Cons

    Most hostile work environment I’ve ever encountered. EAs are treated with contempt and disrespect. They are not viewed as partners to the consultants, they are viewed as ignorant maids. The consultants are the masters of the manor, and the EAs are “the help,” unseen and unvalued. Very hierarchal, very clear caste system. No advancement opportunity at all. Highly qualified, motivated employees are passed over for roles they are very well suited for, which sends a very strong, negative message to the rest of the staff. The firm likes to hire well-educated, overqualified people, and then tell them, in ways both subtle and not so, that their work is not valued and that they are too stupid to advance. The atmosphere is draining and degrading. Nothing you say will be held in confidence by upper management, despite claims otherwise. Raises and bonuses are a slap in the face. Clueless management demands to know what would improve morale, but “quit treating us like garbage and give us a decent raise” never seems to cross their minds. EAs are forced to listen to longwinded conference calls where the firm brags about its profits, then gets treated to a 20 second meeting where they’re told of the insulting raises they’re going to get. Tone deaf doesn’t even begin to cover this place.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing to say that management would listen to and implement.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    High turnover

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Take a look at tenure - very low numbers, in general less than 3 years. There is high turnover. Beware!!!!!

    Cons

    Look somewhere else if you looking for long term.

    Advice to Management

    Only consultants matter.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits, good colleagues. Business model is based on firm-wide cooperation.

    Cons

    Compensation low when compared to similar positions at competitors. Raises non-existent, cost of living increases laughable, bonuses even more laughable. Training was a weak spot - they just wanted bodies to fill seats in a sink or swim atmosphere. Absolutely NO path for advancement for the administrative staff. Zero. Zilch. No development. Morale was terribly low in that department and the company made it clear consistently and frequently that admins were not valued. Incredibly high rate of turnover in admins and other support staff because of the toxic environment and managers who could never be trusted to use discretion when needed.

    Advice to Management

    You are supposed to be global leaders in talent management. You need to do some soul searching on why there is such a high turnover rate in your own organization.


  7. Ezirs Sucks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate - Information Management
    Current Employee - Associate - Information Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    8 Hour Shift. Nothing else. No pros! No Pros! No Pros!

    Cons

    There are many.. 1) No or very less Growth Opportunity 2) Copy paste Work..Nothing to Learn. 3) No company will hire you after this job. Its purely data entry job. ( Don't know about research department) 4) Very low salary. 5) Management is Partial. 6) Peanuts in the name of Incentives. ( 500 -1000 Rs at Max) 7) No reward for good work. 8) Full of Idiots. Not Recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Fooling Youth...


  8. one of the best people research firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice environment, no pressure

    Cons

    no career options for long term perspective


  9. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture and collaborative.

    Cons

    Demanding, client driven, Documentation heavy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great learning environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Great chances to learn a lot and be very exposed to very important assignments and work closely with some very knowledgeable people

    Cons

    You will never become a consultant, very little chances to grow


  11. Associate-IM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great working hours, rewards good at times, decent exposure and growth if one works hard.

    Cons

    Low/less interaction between different teams. The work gets too monotonous at times.

    Advice to Management

    Doing good work but please ease up a little. Take out initiatives to make the workplace interesting



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