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Russell Reynolds Reviews

Updated 16 January 2019
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  • "great experience, great people, would definitively go back" (in 7 reviews)

  • "A great place for young people looking to learn the search business to start" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lovely, Professional Company with genuinely nice people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    When I first joined, I couldn't believe how nice everyone was - I thought it was fake. It's not.
    Great firm filled with people who you enjoy spending 5 days a week with. A firm that doesn't advertise itself too much but their work speaks for itself.
    Lovely EA community.
    Lots of informal drinks evenings and planned away days, plus some really good benefits.

    Cons

    Office is a bit dull, but it's being worked on at the moment.


  2. "EAs make things happen here"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with - genuinely friendly company.

    Cons

    EAs treated like children with little flexibility/trust while consultants can do what they please. The amount of money spent on consultant offsites compared to EAs fighting to get an afternoon off together as a team is a joke. If we are so vital to the running of the business then treat us/pay us better.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your EAs. Our knowledge makes your business run. Period.

  3. "RRA London"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team with a fantastic office manager and senior leadership team in London. Opportunities to work on some of the most interesting search and advisory work in the industry with some of the best head-hunters in the business.

    Cons

    Intense pace of working with demanding consultants and clients. Opportunities for progression outside the traditional search business are minimal, although attitudes are changing...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people more and build relationships, transactional interactions are not the way to build trust and create a happy working environment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Easy to think you're inclusive when everyone is the same as you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very enthusiastic and engaging Office Manager.

    Benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Too much focus on where you went to university, what your background is. The office likes to think it is inclusive but that's because almost everyone in the office is the same!

    HR team needs support - doing everything they can to deliver but without the capacity to do so.

    Terrible work life balance - expectation that you will work as late as needed, will check your phone in the evenings/weekends and be available throughout any holiday. All eyes on you when you walk out of the office on time.

    Advice to Management

    Office Manager is so engaging and inclusive- the other partners need to come along with him on that journey.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Country club environment"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Top end reputation for executive search
    * Greay way to build board-level network
    * Good way to build knowledge and experience with regard to Talent, Executive Assessment in a highly professional environment

    Cons

    * Lack of diversity (strive to hire beautiful people with Ivy League pedigrees); don’t like non-British.
    * Typically target the same big name candidates (those who are “known to Russell Reynolds”), rather than getting to know new talent.
    * Partners foster a culture of blame and are highly judgemental
    * Lacks innovative thinking; the culture is traditional and conservative; partners are not open to new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Take a lesson from the Royal Family... learn to embrace change and diversity.


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global company
    Bonus
    Colleagues
    Annual staff trips and parties
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours
    No career development for support staff

    Advice to Management

    Improve on support staff career development opportunities


  7. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Lots of scocials
    Looked after by company
    Global offices

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lots of work to do, always busy !

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    I like the collaborative environment and my team of colleagues
    I enjoy working for a well established global business
    Employees from all groups are part of internal initiatives, projects
    Company looks after staff well - good benefit structure, employee work and social events

    Cons

    Offices are little dull but I believe this is someone that should improve in near future


  9. "Research Consutlant"

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    smart & good people across the firm

    Cons

    progression opportunities are limited for researchers

    Advice to Management

    try to create much clearer career paths for research


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a single culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High calibre people. Great clients. Pays well if you are a partner. Fast-paced and fun

    Cons

    Some industry practices are quite collegiate, but in some its every man or woman for themselves - shocking behaviour (to me anyway) in terms of lying and stabbing colleagues in the back.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how people do things as well as the end result