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Odgers Berndtson Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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Pros
  • "Collaborative work environment and good work-life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Fee-earners are treated as royalty(in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "May appear as a good opportunity, but don't be fooled."

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

    I worked at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Chance to work on an array of interesting roles. Has a generally great work/life balance. Basic pay is very good.

    Cons

    Despite having the appearance of a friendly atmosphere, the environment and culture is riddled with backstabbing, greed and bullying. Partners are treated like royalty and are able to get away with treating support staff with contempt. The senior leadership team are completely removed from the reality of what happens in the wider company.

    Odgers Berndtson2017-11-25
  2. "Some good - some bad"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson

    Pros

    Semi-laid back culture, enabling a good work-life balance. Most fee-earners are approachable and non-hierarchical. Staff are very helpful and open. Rewarded for good work but this is dependent on your practice.

    Cons

    Fee-earners are treated as royalty. High turnover of staff, especially support staff. No network with support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and effort on the support staff group.

    Odgers Berndtson2016-09-12
  3. "Could be much better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Odgers Berndtson full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, something important to many of the staff. Remuneration is certainly satisfactory, given the ease of work.

    Cons

    The company has a friendly atmosphere but it seems it's really a veil for the ruthless nature often experienced in the industry. Employees are very competitive with each other and I've witnessed a lot of backstabbing and callousness.

    Odgers Berndtson2016-05-08
  4. "Not nor never a big 5"

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    Former Employee - Principal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent work/life balance. If your boss is good, then your life is good. Opposite is true too however.

    Cons

    Consultants here are ones who couldn't or wouldn't make it at one of the big 5 firms or ones that had to retire from one due to age and got restless. This is NOT a well oiled machine like the mother-ship, Odgers UK. Minimal collaboration between the two and the US side is much more in its infancy. A lot of operations are bootstrapped and penny-pinched. Minimal back office support and IT infra (IT team does the... best they can with what they have) DB feels like a souped up excel spreadsheet. Minimal collaboration between offices. Consultants might as well be independent franchisees. Entire levels of employees were cut without warning. Business is business but this firm is pretty ruthless.

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    Advice to Management

    Steve Potter had incredible luck starting this firm in the US right at the beginning of the longest economic expansion in US history as companies started hiring like crazy. However, when the going gets tough, this firm will likely be one of the first to fall. Steve may have been Russel Reynold's bag man and a great consultant, but he is not a great manager, does not set clear expectations of employees and is not... the one to lead the firm into the new millennium.

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    Odgers Berndtson2019-07-30
  5. "Good but no long term appeal"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment and good work-life balance

    Cons

    No professional development and no path to achieve upward mobility

    Odgers Berndtson2018-05-22
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