Egon Zehnder
2.8 of 5 55 reviews
www.egonzehnder.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Egon Zehnder CEO Damien O'Brien

Damien O'Brien

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Manageable work hours, work-life balance is great"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Some good benefits, which can be found elsewhere also"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is no room for upward mobility"
    in 5 reviews
  • "no upward mobility - people do the same thing long term"
    in 4 reviews
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Good company if you are working any offices other than UAE one

Chief Accountant (Former Employee)
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 3 years

Prosits a nice place to work if your boss is good

Consit is a nice place to work any offices other than the dubai office

Advice to Senior Managementthe management should try to understand the morale of employess and tries to reduce staff turnover. Good companies always tries to retain their employees and both employer and employee will benefit out of that

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Standard varies from office to office

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Egon Zehnder

ProsInternational company. Feels like family. Easy work as restricted by role description. Young team. Good benefits. Decent office space.

ConsNo potential for personal growth. Strict hierarchy. No leadership due to set up of company structure. Partner owned concept.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture, great learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Egon Zehnder as an intern for less than a year

ProsEgon Zehnder's US offices have great workplace culture with professional, friendly researchers. Working there is a huge opportunity for professional growth and gaining a variety of experience across different industries.

ConsEgon Zehnder is a very horizontal organization; researchers can take on more responsibilities within research but there is no path toward consulting within the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great colleagues and access to clients at the very highest level

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 10 years

ProsA wonderful brand built over 50 years of work at the most senior level
Some of the nicest and most collegiate people you could hope to work with
A strong basis of fairness that underpins all major decisions
Highly multinational, no single country dominates

ConsHas historically been highly conservative, although this has been changing in the last couple of years
The partnership structure means decision making requires considerable consensus

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep experimenting

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good team, bad structure

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Egon Zehnder

Prosgreat consultants to work with

Consno upward mobility - people do the same thing long term

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Experience depends on office and practice

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Egon Zehnder

ProsGreat exposure to executive resume assessment, instills attention to detail and strong work ethic. Lots of comradery between research analysts and associates.

ConsLittle appreciation of research, variable experience based on which consultants you work with, no career path for research to move up, research management is incestuous and stagnant

Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize consultant's approach to research organization, make path for researchers to become consultants

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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backwards looking firm that cannot see beyond a transactional business model.

Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLovely colleagues and a team based, collaborative culture

ConsA sausage machine focused only on volume but without the upside benefit of a commission structure.

Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the heart of professional services firms to become true trusted advisors to clients across a breadth of human capital offerings. Lead and stop following what you know. Innovate and grow through diversification and depth of client relationships.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company!

Research Analyst Intern (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

I worked at Egon Zehnder as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe culture at Egon Zehnder is fantastic. Consultants and analysts at different offices around the world work together in order to deliver optimal results to clients. The internship experience at the firm is absolutely phenomenal and one of the best professional experiences I have ever had. The firm invests significant time and money to integrate the interns into the firm and provides extensive training which I really appreciated. I also enjoyed the wide range of tasks and projects I was assigned and all the incredibly intelligent people with whom I had the opportunity to interact.

ConsAt times I disagreed with the research approach of several team members on projects, but am unsure as to how specific that is to Egon Zehnder and not simply the consulting field in general.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think creating a greater bridge between the research analyst and consultant positions at the firm in terms of client-site interaction and responsibility would allow for significantly greater talent retention at the research analyst level.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Run!! There are better options out there...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time for more than a year

ProsGood brand in the search business
Easy work
OK hour

ConsLimited growth (no future)
Poor management
Rubbish people from top to bottom from PAs to Cs to Rs

Advice to Senior ManagementAfter all its just headhunting, no need to over-advertise its brand and acting like industry leaders.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great firm

Partner (Current Employee)

I have been working at Egon Zehnder full-time

ProsGood values. At the core, they do try hard to care about people. The least transactional of all the big search firms. Global footprint and good exposure to global work. . Smart people. Very service oriented internally and externally,

ConsLots of cliques similar to high school. A popularity contest. Inward focused. Leadership and cultures have wide variance by office and practice group. Varied degrees of transparency. Frugal.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild greater leadership consistency across offices and practice groups. Shift from popularity to more weight on results. Invest more in strategic growth rather than exclusively organic. More aggressively broaden services beyond acquisition.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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