Heidrick & Struggles

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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
86 Reviews
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Pros
  • Access to the top, brand name gets you in - (in 5 reviews)

  • Candidates recognize the H&S brand and it still has a great reputation (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to work long hours and be on-call 7 days per week (in 3 reviews)

  • Puzzled why the Board of Directors have confidence with an Executive Team that runs the company to the ground (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comp and benefits match industry standards.

    Cons

    Non-collegial atmosphere that contributes to the pompous attitudes of consultants & associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to management because they are the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I consider myself lucky to met and worked alongside some extremely talented people.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Chicago office had great talent that have since moved on to competitors. Leadership could have kept these great partners, associates and EA's if they would have just stepped up and treated their people better.

    Cons

    Horribly poor leadership in Chicago; extremely high turnover; company files lawsuits against its departing employees who have left for better managed search firms to attempt to enforce poorly written non-competes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and they won't leave. H&S is losing amazing people on a weekly basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, highly compensated, clean office environment

    Cons

    high turnover, clicky departments, to much gossip, no loyalty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good brand, but there is a reason the company is up for sale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand still has cache
    There are still some very strong partners still with the firm
    Good starting roles as associates coming into the work force

    Cons

    Many of the good partners are long gone to other top executive search firms
    Work the associates really hard and underpay them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO. This board should have done this a long time ago before the decline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Honestly, really really bad

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    Former Employee - Former Recruiter
    Former Employee - Former Recruiter

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    1) The rank and file employees are great. Very smart people, hard working, friendly and collaborative. H&S has brought in some amazing and talented people.

    2) Candidates recognize the H&S brand and it still has a great reputation.

    Cons

    There are major problems here:

    1) Terrible leadership team. The CEO has no clue what he's doing and the company continues to tank quarter after quarter and no one seems willing to do anything about it. The company promotes search consultants into leadership roles which never works.

    2) This is a partner driven culture. Partners make amazing money while everyone else gets the leftovers. Clearly partners bring in the business and should be compensated well, but there needs to be more equitable compensation for those who actually deliver and do the work. Target bonuses are a joke - they are never paid.

    3) Zero work/life balance. The company is in a dire financial position and so everyone is expected to work 24/7 and the level of stress and pressure is very high.

    4) Attrition - most of the great and even reasonably good talent has already left or is actively looking to leave. Because of the poor compensation and insane number of hours people are expected to work, most people have left. To add to it, the promotion process and cycle is way too long. The criteria to get promoted is unclear, changes every year and typically has more to do with politics than performance.

    5) Heidrick has lost what made it a great brand - world class service. It has turned into a sales culture and execution, quality and commitment to delivering phenomenal service is long gone. Most partners sign a deal and then very junior people do the real work. Most clients have figured this out as well.

    6) Heidrick touts itself as doing top-level leadership work at the C-Level but the vast majority of people stay afloat taking on VP-level and even Director level searches to pay the bills. Only a small handful of people at the top do any meaningful C-Level work.

    7) Database is a complete joke. It was a joke before, then they invested millions in making it cutting edge and world class and they actually made it worse than the old system from the early 90's! It's basically a non functional database. The company expects recruiters to deliver without even the most basic tools.

    It's a shame that a firm with such a tremendous candidate brand is such a gigantic mess on the inside. Plain and simple, this is not a place to build a career. If you come here early on, learn the trade, build a network and get the brand on your resume and get out.

    Someone else in a previous review summed it up as a place with "greedy" people. I would absolutely agree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) CEO and BOD to go. Everything else stems from there.
    2) Remember that it's a two way street with your employees. They need to get as much as they give to the business. Terrible compensation, negative culture, slow path to partnership and a shockingly outdated technology platform and database are just not going to cut it. Your competitors are flying past you and you need to fundamentally change the way the firm is run if you want to retain your top talent. The old days of people grinding out searches for partners in hopes that they will one day become a partner and make $$$ are over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    unfortunate situation at Heidrick...

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    people are nice and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Certainly having the word "Struggles" in the name should have been a sign as it is the most appropriate adjective to describe my time at Heidrick. For those considering to join, make sure you negotiate a salary and can live off that for at least 3 years. There is a bonus, but no bonus pool for EAs. They can only seem to pay the partners via layoffs, management changes, restructurings, etc. Then there is the spending - partner meetings in Barcelona, practice meetings, all internal meetings at a high cost to the firm. Would be nice to have that money in the bonus pool rather in their family vacations.

    The CEO has removed every single C-level executive at least one time (if not more) in the past three years and that hasn't solved anything...it doesn't take a PhD to figure this out.

    So much there needs to change - and the board is completely unwilling to do it. And why should they? They write books or whatever and the CEO hosts parties for them at Heidrick's expense.

    Mostly now I am curious as to what will be the event that actually triggers change...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the CEO and board immediately
    figure out how to properly compensate EVERY one not just the partners
    figure out how to not spend more than you bring in
    when you get the core competencies correct - the culture and mentality of employees will change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    The office space is very nice and for the most part, your colleagues are pleasant, smart and helpful to you.

    Cons

    The workload is completely unmanageable and even though you have vacation time, you're told you're unable to take it. Unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees - tell the truth during the interview process and during employment - everything was a lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Very difficult place to work if you are an Executive Assistant.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    The location in Manhattan is convenient. The office decor is nice. The other Executive Assistants are helpful.

    Cons

    The management is horrendous. Most of the consultants are impossible to work for in terms of unrealistic expectations and demands. The hours are too long. H&S just cut overtime for Executive Assistants but still expect you to finish you work within a regular work day/week. That is nearly impossible in search.. The culture is great if you are in your 20s or 30s and enjoy partying a couple of nights a week with your co-workers. However, for myself and other more mature individuals it is a definite con and hurt s us politically. You can't have a balance of work/home life and expect to be "in" with the H&S climate. There are too many cooks at this firm and no concrete leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The appreciation for the Executive Assistants at Heidrick & Struggles is insulting. Executive Assistants work very hard and many long hours. They need to pay attention to detail and it is an extrmely challenging role to be in. SIT AT THEIR DESK FOR A WEEK AND DO WHAT THEY DO!!! You will come away with a much better understanding and deeper appreciate for what they contribute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand name, nothing else

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Access to the top, brand name gets you in -

    Cons

    Horrible culture of bullies with big ego's -a snake pit, sharks and phony personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the comp system if you want the "teamwork, collaborative culture " that you say you want. Despite fancy titles, there are no real leaders- smart people eventually leave.

  11.  

    Very bad no trainings less salary

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    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    just like the day shift part

    Cons

    small company talking about gurgaon sec 15 office, senior people see you like a sinner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should check into operations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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