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

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Updated Mar 25, 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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A great stepping stone to your next move, but nothing more...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsGreat exposure to many different industries and a great resume builder. You are asked to do a lot, and through this you gain a pretty big skill set that makes your resume very attractive to future employers. Also, while not specific to employment, I did make some great friends working at Egon and am thankful in that regard for my time spent there.

ConsLeadership within the United States is horrible. Unsavory and unethical behavior amongst partners and consultants is public knowledge across the whole US. For example, the former CEO of the US had a very public fall from grace and is still employed as a partner. Little to no stock is put into employee feedback on improving processes. HR is totally incompetent, overwhelmed and understaffed. In some US offices, official HR presence is completely nonexistent. No value is put on development or retention of good administrative staff. There is no room for upward mobility. If you are hired in as an EA at X salary, you would be an exception to the norm if you were making 7-10k more than you were than you were hired in at ten years down the road.
Aside from this, the firm is very sexist, and this attitude is pervasive and seen in a lot of policy towards the administration staff (which is predominately female). While not an outright hostile place to work, the culture is pretty demoralizing overall. This firm would be a great place to work, but with the partnership structure being the way it is, I do not see anything changing for support staff anytime soon.
Specific to the Boston office, turnover amongst the administration staff has been sky high as of late. What message does this send to the employees who remain and those who the company is trying to attract? Most administrative staff that have left Egon in the last year or so would probably agree that many of the points mentioned above played a major role in their decision to seek employment elsewhere.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain and develop the good people you have. Create an actual HR structure and enforce policies. A little goes a very long way when it comes to retaining good people..

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Miami, FL (US)

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

ProsGreat Pay, nice people to work with.

ConsLots of micromanagement. The work is pretty boring, very mundane and lots of data entry. Hope you like linkedin.

Work hard, no speaking. Think of your typical "Office Space" setting

No room for growth. You can work as hard as you want, and maybe after 15 years you'll become a Research Director, but good luck ever becoming a Consultant.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're all very nice people. Nothing bad to report about you, but I guess the industry is very boring by its nature.

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

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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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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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The company is not employee friendly

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

ProsGood shift timings and hours, cabs are provided and in case you opt out of cab you get allowance for that.

Constoo much pressure
senseless issues
employees are treated as machines

Advice to Senior ManagementShould respect the employees and not always treat them as machines

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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very bad, no structure, monotonous work

Research Analyst (Former Employee)
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

Prosrelax atmosphere at work, not much demanding work

Conslow salary, work gets boring afet some time.

Advice to Senior Managementsalary revision, promotion

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits, horrible place to work

Office Administration (Former Employee)

I worked at Egon Zehnder full-time

ProsIf you want excellent benefits and great pay then this place is for you.

ConsThey don't usually promote employee's and tend to throw people under the bus. This company has tons of money hungry high management working for them.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep yours ears open and listen to what's going around the office. It's usually true and shouldn't be ignored.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I was so bored at this job.

Research Analyst (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Egon Zehnder as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood pay and benefits, including long vacations. Good opportunities to meet people in other places as well.

ConsBoring job, boring people....no opportunities for advancement. People who have been there for 15 years do the same things you do as an intern.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more variety to the work?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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