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Odgers Berndtson Reviews

Updated Sep 10, 2019

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3.7
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Odgers Berndtson CEO Kester Scrope (no image)
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28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Has a generally great work/life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • "Promotes internally, especially if you're involved in executive search and not in an administrative role(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive, strong leadership and culturally come a long way."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Advice to Management

    Great work over the last 2 years with the culture and something to be very proud of. More needs to be done with thinking about experience of client and candidate to be less process and procedure and more commercial.

    Odgers Berndtson2019-09-10
  2. "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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    Advice to Management

    Embrace a better work life balance and realise that reduced hours does not mean a reduced effort nor does it hold the individual back from being progressed. Need to embrace Diversity & inclusion more and offer support to all workers but esp part time employees to ensure maximum efficiency is achieved. Also ensure teams are being managed - too many issues go unnoticed or resolved by senior management which... leads to employees dissatisfaction. More emphasis on employee progression to retain the talent already employed by Odgers. Focus on employees at all levels not just senior management!

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

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    • Senior Management
    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
  4. "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
  5. Helpful (2)

    "The worst mistake you could make"

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    I worked at Odgers Berndtson

    Pros

    As a brand they are great at selling the brand and vision of what could be an exceptional company. Office location is convenient Well known in the market Great at talking the talk...

    Cons

    Only certain part of the company do really interesting work. Management is awful, they oversee a culture of bullying and create insecurity among the researchers and associates. Micromanagement by partners across every detail of your work. No development as an employee, there is a preference to keep employees down rather than empower.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Don’t lie to interviewees

    Odgers Berndtson2019-04-18
  6. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Great culture all round the business

    Cons

    None that spring immediately to mind

    Odgers Berndtson2019-03-11
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Personal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in City of London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall it's ok but all depends on the department you work for and your manager.

    Cons

    It's not your typical personal assistant role and they should consider changing the name of the role. It's a cross between PA and project managing.

    Advice to Management

    More incentive should be fed down to lower level and not just for Bosses to reap the benefits.

    Odgers Berndtson2019-03-02
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Least progressive company I have worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Convenient office location, nice building, showing some attempt to modify and improve culture

    Cons

    Old-fashioned; extremely superficial commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion; blind eye turned to poor behaviour from Partners as long as they bring in the fees. Profit-oriented to the detriment of employees.

    Odgers Berndtson2019-02-21
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly and supportive. Good team spirit. Collaborative. Room for growth, development and promotion. London office is well positioned.

    Cons

    Like every company with humans, some issues arise but the company appears to be working hard to address unhelpful behaviours when they are made aware of them.

    Odgers Berndtson2019-01-16
  10. "I have worked for Odgers Berndtson for 5+ years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy but with the power of a global business.

    Cons

    No downsides come to mind.

    Odgers Berndtson2018-10-31
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