It’s one thing for a search firm to identify a few reasonable candidates worth pursuing, it’s another matter altogether to have a partner (not a vender) who doesn’t stop with just locating people who might work out. The Rice Cohen staff not only do an excellent job of understanding search needs and uncovering people who can meet them, they stay connected and remain invested after the position has been filled. They stand next to you long after others disappear to ensure the fit is right following an offer being accepted. Their skill and professionalism is of the highest quality and I recommend their services without hesitation.
We hired Rice Cohen to do a CEO search for a leadership development company. The bottom line is that they know talent in this space. They identified and recruited multiple highly qualified candidates and helped close our top choice. Following the search they’ve stayed close to us, wanting to ensure that the candidate is succeeding in the role, and demonstrating Rice Cohen’s focus on client centric, long-term relationships.
I have worked with the RCI team for over twenty years and across three different firms. Our work with RCI has been aimed to hire the best talent available, for a variety of positions, in the Talent Management space. Bottom-line, I wouldn’t consider using any other search firm; either now or in the future. RCI has consistently impressed with the caliber of candidate that they have put forward and have remained incredibly responsive and professional on all occasions. In particular, RCI strives to provide candidates who can seamlessly fit into specific business situations. This is no easy task. Their work ethic and selection process is extremely thorough, and this is most certainly reflected in the high quality of candidates we have hired.
I have known Gene Rice and his firm for over 7 years, and worked with him both as a candidate and a corporate client. His passion for the business, experience and integrity come through in every conversation. The team members we have hired have proven to be outstanding contributors to our business, and bring not only the right technical skills, but a level of emotional intelligence that is so welcome in today’s marketplace. Trust in the business world is a rare and wonderful quality. I don’t say it lightly, when I say that I would entrust my personal and professional reputation without reservation to Gene and his team. He always delivers the goods.
The Rice Cohen team was exceptional in their efforts helping me with my transition. They introduced me to a number of appropriate and interesting opportunities. They were very good at briefing me before all contacts and they were very proactive in keeping me informed of progress in the various discussions. I particularly appreciated the personal relationship that was built and the strong sense of focus on a shared goal. My search ended up very positively and Rice Cohen were integral in making that happen.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rice Cohen many times, both as a candidate and as a client. As a candidate they always made me feel important by being responsive to my questions and willing to coach me, especially when I was not selected. As a client they helped my firm prioritize our needs and, by providing us with feedback from candidates, they helped to improve our internal process. All things considered, they were excellent on both fronts!
As the CEO of Korn Ferry Consulting, I have worked with Gene Rice and RCI for many years. They are great listeners, very responsive and brought terrific candidates to me and to our firm. More than a search executive, Gene was an amazing partner and trusted advisor to me and my team. I think the fact that we were in a search firm and I chose to work with Rice Cohen over some of our own search executives tells a lot about how effective he is. I would strongly recommend Gene and RCI to anybody who wants to build a world-class team.
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