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Odgers Berndtson Reviews

Updated 24 Mar 2020

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3.7
66%
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36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance was fully supported in the practice I worked in(in 7 reviews)

  • "Very friendly working environment and good culture in the office(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Most of the work is done by PAs and Researchers, but the wealth is split between fee-earners(in 7 reviews)

  • "No existing Vertical Practices or Global Target Accounts(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Employer"

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    Former Employee - Conflcits Atty 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good culture. Scope of work keeps it interesting. Great stepping stone for someone starting out

    Cons

    Little room for progression within smaller offices

    Odgers Berndtson2020-01-20
  2. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Partner 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Top brand in a competitive market

    Cons

    Very traditional and slow moving

    Odgers Berndtson2020-03-24
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Your experience really depends on who you work for here."

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

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited festival & Allies programme are good initiatives (although the same few people partake). Nice Christmas and summer parties. London office has an excellent location and is very sleek. Reasonable salaries and incentives. Behaviours programme is a clear step towards modern working attitudes, although a little late to the game there are some good improvements. Not all senior staff/HoPs are dreadful - some are pretty supportive.

    Cons

    There are some HoPs who are dreadful managers of people - senior management turn frequent and deliberate blind eye to this. So much is overlooked. This is why I left. Performance metrics are unclear for non fee-earning roles. There are little to no progression opportunities for EAs and some Researchers are stuck in roles for years with no particular reason given. You must nominate yourself for promotion?? Fully white male senior management team. Come on. Relationships between Odgers, Berwick and Interim are poisonous at worst and badly joined-up at best. This really hinders work opportunities and confuses clients. Very odd structure.

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-10-29
  4. "A good place to gain exposure to executive search"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment and good culture in the office. Work life balance was fully supported in the practice I worked in. Extremely talented and intelligent employees who really know their stuff. This is particularly true of the research and EA community who are generally the glue behind most projects. Both the location of, and the office itself are probably the best you’ll see in London. Great exposure to clients and lots of responsibility given compared to other search firms. Company is really trying to move away from how it was once perceived in the market - this will take time but it's doing the right things.

    Cons

    I’ll start by saying that the positives outweigh the negatives at Odgers and that some reviews you’ll see on here should be taken with a pinch of salt. I’ve gone in to more detail below as I genuinely think if the company tweaked a few things it would be appreciated by a number of colleagues. Firstly, I felt that there should be more clarity in terms of expectations for individual roles. If you weren’t a fee earner, which I was not, it wasn’t clear what constituted success, there were no quantifiable metrics or deliverables where you were able to gauge how well you were doing (or weren’t doing). This led to a very subjective progression path through the company with promotions based on the relationship you had with fee earners you were working with – some people move quickly through the business while others stay in roles for an extended period of time without much clarity as to why. I guess this point is linked to the first, but feedback was often very vague when it came to reviewing your role in the business. In some cases, feedback would be delivered through different people and conflict with what you were previously told. It would help here for line managers/fee earners to ensure that they are on the same page before delivering feedback. The onus to drive your career is very much on the individual. This may suit some people but in my view one size does not fit all. For example, you must apply to be promoted and you can’t be nominated (I have never encountered another business that does it this way). Some people need to be pushed and I feel senior staff should be more hands on in this regard – very few fee earners I worked with took an interest in developing people’s careers. Lastly, employee benefits need work – an early finish on a Friday and a coherent company wide work from home policy do not cost money but should be considered.

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-10-16
  5. "Great, inclusive environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment with supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Can't think of any reasons at the moment

    Odgers Berndtson2019-09-27
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Odgers - a reflection"

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

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for an EA of £40,000 per annum, plus an un-confirmed bonus that is formed as part of each practices' discretion annually. From what I heard usually about £2K. Lots of corporate socials, although employees are expected to pay e.g. Yoga on the roof / Nail technician that visits the offices / Charity fundraising

    Cons

    Culture. Granted the senior team seem to be trying to improve, although sounding drastic the only way would be for the existing hierarchy of fee earners and seniors to be completely culled. In meeting the teams, one senior consultant actually, genuinely described Odgers as "Your typical White, Middle class company" and this is sadly what it seemed to be. Think "support groups" for existing EA's and hushed HR grievances (Usually due to the power balance between the male "fee earners" and their female EA project managers)

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-10-02
  7. "Supportive, strong leadership and culturally come a long way."

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

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good leadership, encourages entrepreneurial spirit, flexible working and great working environment.

    Cons

    Nothing to say here that is a problem

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-09-10
  8. "Overall a good place to work but need to change with the times"

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    Former Employee - Researcher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary package very attractive and good employer for offering financial incentives. Company training provided and great support for individuals whom are new to recruitment.

    Cons

    Very little progression opportunities -a lot of push back on the employee being the driver of progression but little support from management to do so. Very reluctant to progress employees esp at lower levels - too much emphasise on Fee-Earners/partners. Disappointing treatment of employees who work reduced/part time hours - viewed differently to the full time employees. The views of the management on flexible working trickle down into the wider team making for uncomfortable environment. Although a well structured company very stringent on their processes and structure leaving little room for widening employees skill set. Micro management is also a massive problem!

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-08-22
  9. "Slick, professional and experienced colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Practice Head in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team spirit, flexible working environment

    Cons

    Occasionally a lack of collaboration although this is improving

    Odgers Berndtson2019-07-10
  10. "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly Staff Great Events Inclusive nature

    Cons

    remuneration is poor at times and a lot of people complain hierarchy

    Odgers Berndtson2019-04-15
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