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Korn Ferry Reviews

Updated 12 Jun 2019

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Korn Ferry CEO Gary D. Burnison
Gary D. Burnison
318 Ratings
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  • "more layers within each team would help reduce work stress and improve work/life balance(in 40 reviews)

  • "I couldn’t admit how toxic the environment was at futurestep until I was out(in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A leading, reputable organization with amazing senior executives to look up to. Very collaborative and collegiate environment. Highly intellectual and proactive Associate pool. Great culture, good salary and flexible work-life balance.

    Cons

    non applicable - all very positive

    Korn Ferry2019-02-13
  2. "KF RPO business: Onsite Recruiter - 2.5 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Structured and they give real autonomy & responsibility. Very adult working environment, they will respect your personal capacity and bandwidth when you flag it. Good teams, they hire strong performers. Excellent training programmes but you must sign up! Prestigious and well thought-of company, respected amongst senior stakeholders in your client. Wide breadth of opportunities outside 360 Recruiting if you look...

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    Cons

    Some sourcing tools need further honing / development. PD depth depends on manager capacity / team size, I have been lucky but understand that RPO models are flat by design, and Recruiter-level staff need to remember that. Difficult to remember you are KF and not part of the client after a while with onsite roles - you have two masters to please in some respects (the same with any RPO though). Not a con, but more...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing individuals to network internally at KF and not get lost in the client business. Invest in improving internal pipelining so operational roles aren’t empty for too long (where challenges allow). Training at KF is superb, push more of this out - it helped me confidently overcome previously petrifying elements (public speaking / data manipulation / presenting). Keep the emails coming out with internal opportunities,...

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    Korn Ferry2019-05-29
  3. "Disconnect between offices and managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company works with some of the most exciting and best brands within the market. The opportunity to get one of these brands on your CV is one of the bigger selling points to the company.

    Cons

    As the company expands, they are building out their delivery centers through the globe. e.g. in Manchester and Warsaw. Although this is often used as a pitch to new clients (the fact that there are recruiters nearby), there is still a massive disconnect between the London office and these. Many of the "leaders" in these offices are merely mouth pieces for the Directors on other sites. With this, when it comes...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide more responsibility to the managers within the offices across the globe. This means, letting them take control of hiring and disciplineries. At the end of the day, these are the people who interact with staff on a daily basis. Along with this, and this has been mentioned before in previous reviews to the page, start putting measures in place to ensure promotions stem from the work of your staff and not...

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    Korn Ferry2019-06-12
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Would go back"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offices are superb and really well managed Other EA's are wonderful and full of support and guidance I have made some life time friends Pension, holidays, healthcare are really great. Salary is comparable to other EA roles. Flexible working times if you work for the right partners - I was unlucky I think

    Cons

    Too many systems and the not enough training or IT support and they regularly malfunctioned or were over complex Some aspects of the project management fell into the laps of EA's where really it was responsibility of the partners and this was ignored and overlooked Because it's such a large company a lot of red tape and political issues, HR either weren't empowered to cope and didn't appear to want to be involved...

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    Advice to Management

    As always communicate more and show more personal genuine interest in your EA's they are the smaller but very important cogs of the company.

    Korn Ferry2019-06-07
  5. "Flexible company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working with working from home

    Cons

    Lack of career progression within company

    Korn Ferry2019-06-03
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nice people, good benefits, inconsistent management."

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    Current Employee - RPO Recruiter in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive and friendly office that's growing rapidly. Diverse groups of people. Great benefits, lots of vouchers for Christmas presents, good location in central Manchester for the TDC. Pays well as you come in but does not offer any significant salary increases unless you threaten to leave. Flexibility to work from home on some accounts but some Project Managers openly do not like this culture and overpolice/restrict/remove...

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    Cons

    No clear framework for progression. Management not concerned with supporting staff. Claims to have mobility internally but there are a lot of restrictions on moving around and you practically have to threaten to leave to move to a new account. Constant worry of being moved between teams because volumes haven't been forcasted well - communication within and across accounts is generally quite poor. Senior management...

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    Advice to Management

    Show more interest in the development and training of the staff that you have. Project Managers are completely focused on the Stakeholder (as this is how their progress appears to be measured) and essentially completely neglect their responsibilities as a line manager. Regular 1-1s, progression plans, support during escalations and other fundamental management responsibilities completely fall by the wayside. Senior...

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    Korn Ferry2019-05-16
  7. "Good learning experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Korn Ferry part-time

      Pros

      A great place to learn and gain exposure to different organisations and industries

      Cons

      The job can be a bit repetitive

      Korn Ferry2019-05-04
    • Helpful (3)

      "Terrible place to work."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Korn Ferry full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      - Training sessions and free meals

      Cons

      - Rude colleagues and hostile environment

      Korn Ferry2019-05-29
    • "Exciting direction"

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      Current Employee - Associate Client Partner 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Growth company with strong opportunities for development and promotion

      Cons

      Still some growing pains from the KF / HGroup aquisition

      Korn Ferry2019-04-24
    • "Good People"

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      Current Employee - Senior Recruiter 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

      Pros

      - Great talent within the orgainsation, everyone willing to help out each other. - A lot of variety in the role

      Cons

      - Senior Management seems to feel like they aren't directly supporting us, always falls to Line Managers who aren't always given the necessary resources.

      Korn Ferry2019-04-16
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