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Korn/Ferry International Employee Reviews

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Get thrown under the bus
Finance Recruiter (Former Employee), AddisonFebruary 17, 2015
Pros: easy commute
Cons: upper management sucks and will offer you as a sacrificial lamb.
Your project leader and team leader will lie on you when they are at fault as well as monitor how many times you go to the bathroom or break room. I f you want to work in oppression then this is the place for you.
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Weak Management and unclear strategy/advancement
consultant (Current Employee), New YorkJanuary 3, 2015
As a result of numerous acquisitions, the consulting culture is diffuse and without the strength of leadership needed to set and push the vision forward.

While scheduling is flexible and there are opportunities to work independently, the culture is better suited to those who are neither seeking career advancement or development (may favor older consultants focused on execution).

On occasion, there are some interesting "outside of the box" projects that are representative of what you might see at large scale consulting firms like Deloitte, but the vast majority of it is focused on assessment only. Within assessment services, the pacing seems reminiscent of a factory - where consultants are scheduled for back-to-back delivery without even a moment or two budgeted for a bio break or to grab a glass of water.

If you're an early career consultant looking for growth, development, and strong leadership - steer clear! You'll find yourself frustrated and displeased with the lack of opportunity. You'd be better served applying to McKinsey or BCG, which both offer "boot camps" that fully train consultants in methodology and expose them to a variety of work with a clearly defined promotions path.

For a small organization, the consulting practice is inelegant and just plain clunky in its operations.
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Excellent Culture
Talent Acquisition Consultant (Current Employee), Addison, TXSeptember 17, 2014
A great place to work. Great culture, work/life balance. Great place to start your career.
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New management is terrible.
sourcer, recruiter (Former Employee), Dallas/Addison, Futurestep officeAugust 14, 2014
Pros: extremely lax environment
Cons: no advancement for hard work, management hires everyone in as contractors with no follow up about fte
A lot of the good people left for better opportunities. There were serious morale issues, advancement is given to those who had a connection not to those who were deserving. It's a mess, they've lost several accounts.
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Great Company
Manager Internal Controls (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CAAugust 11, 2014
This is a great company. The opportunity to climb the ladder is endless and Senior Management are very well educated and diverse.
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Great company to work for
Executive Assistant (Current Employee), Chicago, ILAugust 7, 2014
This company is has a great group of employees and places a strong emphasis on work/life balance.
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Good company
Project Coordinator (Former Employee), Century City, CAJuly 19, 2014
It is a good work environment; co-workers are very supportive.
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Customer Service vs. Metrics
Project Manager/Sr. Consultant (Former Employee), Madison, WIJune 25, 2014
Great career move, miss the people. Great exposure to the world of executive to middle management search and consulting.
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Great people to work with
Associate (Current Employee), New York, NYJune 2, 2014
Its a great company to work for. One of the best in their field and the people you get to work with are fantastic and smart. Its a very productive working environment. Main con is the politics in the work place and lack of transparency.
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Irony: Proffessional hiring company with no professional ethics
SAP Consultant (Former Employee), Los Angeles,CAApril 23, 2014
Pros: pay good
Cons: bad project financial planning, bad work management, less visibility of project at lower level.
Worked as a consultant for korn ferry. If you are not an employee the treatment is horrible.They let you go by informing in the LAST HOUR.
Never worked in such kind of unprofessional environment before and hopefully never again.
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Potential for greatness, but very challenging
Project Manager (Current Employee), Midwest TerritoryApril 13, 2014
Pros: wonderful co-workers, flexible working schedule, exposure to the latest tools and hr talent management practices, meeting clients from different companies
Cons: no trainining for new hires, focus on revenue, bureaucratic, work/life balance at risk
The recent acquisition of other companies have put consultants and operations team members into a tight corner, pushing all to work more hours to meet goals, thus risking health and well being.

There are a lot of growing pains associated with the acquisitions but the pains are outpacing the benefits. Roles have changed dramatically, with more responsibilities on an already stretched team.
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Great Recruiting Company
Sr. Recruiter - Industrial Practice (Former Employee), Orlando, FLMarch 18, 2014
Futurestep specializes in recruiting for mid to senior level positions and RPO contracts with clients. They are part of Korn/Ferry.
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Forward thinking but missing a few points
Senior Staffing Consultant (Current Employee), VirtualFebruary 15, 2014
Pros: virtual, above average holidays off
Cons: poor management, high out of pocket healthcare costs
I was attracted to the company from client reputation. However, the management and focus has deteriorated within the Futurestep organization as cutting costs is foremost as employees have less and less to do their jobs.
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Wonderful Firm with great people
Contracted Senior Associate (Current Employee), New York, NYOctober 7, 2013
Truly a wonderful place to work. I enjoyed every minute working here. I've learned a lot and can only wish the best for the firm.
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Great experience
Human Resources Associate (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAJuly 15, 2013
Pros: my immediate manager was great
Cons: the other management was not as helpful
There was no typical day as each day was always challenging.
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a quick KFI review
Healthcare Research Associate Intern (Former Employee), Chicago, ILApril 22, 2013
Pros: free coffee bar, fresh fruit wednesdays, great team to work with
Cons: implicit expectations of employees, espoused culture vs. lived
The research team is great to work with, and always open to give support.

Management is happy to help, but must be sought after rigorously for any kind of self-development plan.

The hardest part of the job, is the daily grind of generating names day-in and day-out.

A typical day at work involves showing up early, catching up on phone calls, grinding out name generation for multiple projects, utilizing linkedIn - Google - and Company websites, and calling to verify placements.
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Great place to learn and grow in recruiting
Senior Recruiter (Former Employee), Houston, TXFebruary 14, 2013
I'd give this company five stars across the board were it not for political game-playing and middle to upper management so scared about being upstaged by more junior people that they blame all their shortcomings on others.
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Difficult culture
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO MANAGING DIRECTOR (Current Employee), Houston, TXSeptember 17, 2012
Pros: exposure to different companies, executives
Cons: job security, difficult consultants
Little value placed on employees at lower levels. Difficult culture.
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Energetic, Diversified, Enjoyable place to work
Office/Facilities Manager (Former Employee), Durango, COJune 15, 2012
Pros: no micro managing
Lore International Institute was purchased by Korn/Ferry, once this happened then we were systematically laid off, so I didn't get a chance to work with them for very long. I had almost 15 yrs. vested in Lore International and I loved working for them. The position I held was very enjoyable because I got to wear many hats and help in all departments. My main jobs included AR/AP duties, ordering supplies, moving employees, programming the phone system to accomodate the moves, answering phones, coordinating with vendors and maintenance people, working in close contact with the HR dept. I can honestly say I loved working with all of the different managers at Lore and every day was a learning experience, I miss it.