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Korn Ferry Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 4 Oct 2019

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Korn Ferry CEO and Director Gary D. Burnison
Gary D. Burnison
379 Ratings
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  • "As an HR consulting firm it offers a decent work-life balance(in 67 reviews)

  • "Really great people, nice office and freedom of development(in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Putney, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really impressive consultants Some great searches and assignments to be involved with Ability to learn and grow Great office location

    Cons

    Difficult culture with the integration of multiple firms Long hours to complete the work load Lack of clear vision Lack of communication from board to wider group

    Korn Ferry2017-11-23
  2. Helpful (3)

    "A place with a great name but.... not really"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment in London office, great location and colleagues, good holidays compared to the market

    Cons

    Bonus is a terrible scheme Depends which department and manager you get, your career progression is zero because of the selfish culture, dependent on the manager but most don't care especially if you are in junior levels. Long hours, make use of associate to gain their titles. Some of the peers are also not up to scratch with research yet they get promoted because better at bootlicking. Keep changing and dividing the colleagues from their own divisions and practices actually created more segregation and disharmony than unity!

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    Advice to Management

    Need to have better training for managers on how to be better managers and pay bonus properly not by discretionary but to each person's performance level

    Korn Ferry2019-03-11
  3. Helpful (13)

    "Nice colleagues, but very disappointed in senior management"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, nice office with central location, big clients and projects to work on, good benefits, access to a huge array of assessments.

    Cons

    Progression internally is extremely hard, payrises only happen with promotion but even then they are marginal, questionable ethics, no support for learning or investment in the development of staff, long hours and frequent travelling, very political and bureaucratic environment, extremely profit-orientated and there is no consideration for employees, senior management does not care about their people, decision making is very slow, middle management has no autonomy to make decisions, organisational strategy and vision are not translated into action.

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    Korn Ferry2018-08-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Lovely offices, collaborative SA environment.

    Cons

    Extremely rigid roles, limited exposure to clients, very hierarchical. Long hours and expectation to manage emails/ continue working during holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that despite job title Researchers and SA's have very different backgrounds and skill sets and are often under utilised.

    Korn Ferry2017-09-01
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't look after their support staff"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with great, hard working people.

    Cons

    During interview stage, they promise an annual pay rise. 6 years later - no pay rise and consistent terrible bonus. If you are motivated financially then this is not the company for you. They have a high turnover rate in the support teams as you are expected to go the extra mile and work the long hours but with no compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the so called "little people" - you would be lost without them and you waste money replacing them which you could have given to them in the first place. Stop using pathetic excuses for the reason you are not paying out. The crises in Greece does not affect an Executive Search firm (excuse in year 2).

    Korn Ferry2017-07-13
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Agree with your boss and you will get ahead ! Give honest opinion and suffer consequences..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay well , makes it difficult to leave. Great location. Largest search company in the world - good on CV

    Cons

    very corporate. people not honest with their views and feedback. Back stabbing culture - blame game often played. Emotional characters who run to your boss complaining and no objective challenge as to real agendas. No loyalty to staff who work hard and deliver results. If you don't agree with your direct boss even when asked for opinion, you will suffer consequences. They don't actually want your opinion hence don't value you. Expected to work long hours. Some senior management there for many years but are disliked but people too scared to give honest feedback in fear of losing job.

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    Advice to Management

    Be objective in the feedback process. Read between the lines and do not take everything at face value. Look at the bigger picture rather than get involved in pettiness and make bad decisions for the business

    Korn Ferry2016-01-26
  7. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment and friendly support from seniors

    Cons

    long hours necessary with short time frame

    Advice to Management

    better meeting time management will be appreciated

    Korn Ferry2019-10-04
  8. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator 

    I worked at Korn Ferry full-time

    Pros

    Good work conditions, great teams

    Cons

    Can be Stressful at times, working long hours

    Korn Ferry2019-09-02
  9. "DevOps/AWS Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at Korn Ferry

    Pros

    Safe place to work at

    Cons

    Long hours, Nt much of learning

    Korn Ferry2019-09-16
  10. Helpful (12)

    "Horrible work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent vacation, ok benefits. Parental leave is solid. Mostly good coworkers.

    Cons

    KF notoriously works employees to the bone, ignoring long term employee health and satisfaction to put employees through the ringer. Expect to work long hours with very little acknowledgement, and have that be a very frequent issue. Everything is understaffed and then management wonders why everyone is working late and why there's a morale problem, dragging feet on hiring help. If you aren't a fan of working late into the night with no end in sight I'd avoid KF.

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    Advice to Management

    Client first doesn't mean putting employees last. You'll get a lot better internal results if you give people the ability to succeed.

    Korn Ferry2019-03-07
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