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Russell Reynolds Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 22 Oct 2019

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Russell Reynolds CEO Clark Murphy
Clark Murphy
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Pros
  • "The EA role at RRA is a big role - you're really partnering with your consultant and acting as their project manager(in 14 reviews)

  • "great experience, great people, would definitively go back(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only improvement I can think of will improve the more internships RRA London do(in 9 reviews)

  • "Culture is segmented based on who you are and what you do; as expected low work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn the exec search ropes"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredible training, particularly valuable for those new to search. Fantastic weight of the name - client and candidate networks second-to-none. Friendly firm.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, slow opportunity for progression due to formalised promotion structures.

    Russell Reynolds2019-10-08
  2. Helpful (4)

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

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    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 for 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.

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    Advice to Management

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

    Russell Reynolds2018-08-10
  3. "Great brand but limited career progression unless you join as a consultant"

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    Former Employee - Research Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great brand, good international network Senior level of work Historically very strong values Super premium pension scheme compared to the rest of the market Work-life balance culture Amazing CEO who is highly rated within the business, question is whether he can drive change

    Cons

    No training and limited career progression Lower than market compensation High turnover at research and admin level Highly conservative business not open to change

    Russell Reynolds2013-08-19
  4. "Strong Performance, Lots of Talent"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very global mindset, excellent market brand and leadership is shifting its focus to drive consistency and growth

    Cons

    Culture is segmented based on who you are and what you do; as expected low work/life balance

    Russell Reynolds2019-10-22
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Steadily Improving but still has a way to go"

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    Former Employee - Knowledge Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    - Get C-Suite level insights on how directors view the world / how they operate - The company is trying to improve the work life balance. They recognize this is an issue and have started to implement policy to make it better (casual fridays, working remote, etc) - Company recognizes they need to provide more clarity into career progression / bonus structure. They are just starting to put more process / standards in place. - They do the big things right (company parties, gifts, etc) - Good benefits packages - Starting to think proactively and building workstreams around better ways to work

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    Cons

    - Work life balance is still a mess (especially if you are on the researcher, expect to be working 10+ hours a day minimum) - Company still revolves around the consultants as they are the ones bringing in money for the firm. Not a flat organization. -Old school culture where few people try to hang out or catch up after work. More of a come in and do work and go home culture.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on the work / life balance & changing the company culture. Due to high growth, you've hired more consultants but haven't increased the size of your support staff (Knowledge & Research) so you are burning out your support staff. Also figure out how to make it more of a partnership between Consultants & Research/Knowledge/EAs than a one way request system.

    Russell Reynolds2019-10-11
  6. "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good work-life balance, location. Worked with a great Partner who was a mentor and demanding yet reasonable. The team you work with makes all the difference and mine was great.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure; takes too long to move up and had some outdated IT systems.

    Russell Reynolds2019-03-25
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    "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Significant control over your business. High performance culture. Good brand

    Cons

    Very demanding work life balance

    Russell Reynolds2018-03-28
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not for everyone....."

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

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    global firm; one global P&L; nice looking offices; high-end, very senior searches; most clients are large multinational corporations; many tools and resources available

    Cons

    absolutely no work-life balance; not much flexibility; very heavy workload; 65-80+ hr work weeks; frequent burn outs; researchers spend 90% of their time doing intensive research/mapping with very tight deadlines and preparation of extensive documents; a lot of "busy" work; research is expected to do a lot of "Consultant" work and "EA/Admin" work on top of their own workload (e.g. scheduling, formatting docs, printing, etc.); Consultants are very sales/money driven; very fast-paced environment; culture is intense and serious - everyone is running around anxious and stressed all the time; expectation is that you are "on" around the clock (including vacation or PTO); firm seems to attract and retain only individuals who are "workaholics" and will dedicate their life to RRA - if you are a family-oriented person, this is not the place for you; comp is fairly low if you factor in the extreme long hours.

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    Advice to Management

    re-vamp the model; hire more staff so everyone has a reasonable workload; employees below "Consultant"-level need to be treated with more respect; acknowledge good performance to motivate employees; provide more flexibility and better work-life balance; Consultants should be encouraged to set realistic expectations with their clients and not bend over backwards to cause unnecessary stress on Researchers and EAs.

    Russell Reynolds2018-01-06
  9. "analyst"

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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds

    Pros

    smart people great expertise high impact work

    Cons

    work life balance flexibility could be better

    Russell Reynolds2017-06-29
  10. Helpful (9)

    "A fine place to work - not going to accelerate your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Reynolds full-time

    Pros

    Get to serve some of the biggest companies Good respect for work/life balance MD's get the most respect and power - gets worse the lower you get in the organization Some pockets of good culture - varies office by office

    Cons

    Archaic business practices internally - leaders are not strong business people A "nice" culture - you don't get a lot of honesty No transparency on pay or performance Very slow movement - consensus driven culture Status is more important than ideas Most consultants do not know how to develop people - you have to be lucky

    Advice to Management

    Shake it up - promote people who think differently Bring in outside leaders who are inspiring Be bolder - don't play scared Show more respect to junior colleagues and EA's Put ideas over titles Move faster on poor performers & toxic people Take a stand on what values you actually care about Only promote people leaders

    Russell Reynolds2017-02-13
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