Heidrick & Struggles

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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
15 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Management needs better leaders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work/office environment, great benefits, some good people but those people usually leave to go to Korn/Ferry

    Cons

    The Corporate Management team needs to be replaced; they're the reason so many good employees (in both consulting and corporate roles) leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on decision making skills - more timely and thoughtfully; less reactive and more proactive; reward hard workers and eliminate those who don't know what they're doing (which there are many at the upper level)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Does Matter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart folks deliver a lot of excellent client work in spite of a culture where the consultants often exhibit signs of superiority.

    Cons

    The backbone of the company -- its customer relationship management system (CRM) -- is built upon Salesforce.com software that hampers productivity. It works great for the back-office accounting side of the business but not on the client-facing side. Internal IT department is trying to fix the implementation with customized band-aids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO helping to get the company back on course in spite of a lackluster board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The bond built with other Executive Assistants in the office as well as company wide. The benefits, compensation, and bonus structure were nice.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from Partner in Charge. Admitted he didn't enjoy managing people. Breakdown in team structure and Partner never worked on fixing. Always brushed problems under the rug hoping they would work themselves out. No one is held accountable for their responsibilities and job descriptions are very blurred. Partner has his favorites, and if you're aren't willing to "drink the kool-aid", he will do everything to make you miserable to where you want to resign. In addition, opinions are not valued. I lost all respect when I resigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the focus of having revenue generating Partners, but look deeper into the moral and ethical character of these individuals. It creates a very hostile environment which no one should have to be a part of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The IT team was fantastic. I've never seen such a hard working, dedicated group of people.

    Cons

    During a large implementation, management refused to allow internal IT employees to engage with the consultants. Once the project went live and the consultants rolled off, management expected all internal IT employees to immediately take over, even though we were not allowed to engage in most of the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise your employee's for all of their hard work. Way too many long nights and weekends and all we got was criticism for not doing more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate is not respected nor rewarded

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good location (close to Union Station)

    Cons

    Constant leadership turnover, poor management and lack of fairness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill your egos and start being ethical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Only brand name value left

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It still helps to say that one has worked for Heidrick & Struggles, because the brand name has some historic cache even though the actual product has declined so significantly. Ironically, Heidrick in recent years trained(at its expense) a generation of top-notch executive search consultants who then either left or were let go and ended up being star power in other firms, including their own -- now taking business away from H&S.

    Cons

    Simply terrible leadership from its recently-departed CEO Kevin Kelly who was reviled and disrespected for years until an apparently clueless Board of Directors realized it. They must have been asleep at the wheel because everyone internally knew Kelly was in way over his head from the get-go,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shame on the BOD for permitting management to steadily run the firm into the ground. Stockholders should hold the Board accountable for the serious loss in stock value and remove the whole lot.who have been at the scene of this crime!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Supportive IT department. Excellent office support staff. Most folks are great people, suffering under a negative corporate culture

    Cons

    Original thinking is rejected. Risk-taking is frowned upon. Covering one's flank is the over-riding objective. Most communication is written because of distrust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a better culture with genuine team-building. Stop punishing people for asking questions and offering alternate solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad CEO at the helm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great SF office, fun collaborative environment

    Cons

    Company is being destroyed by poor management, the CEO is running the company into the ground while he advances his own political agenda. Sad really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BOD should get a new CEO, breathe new life into the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Typical search firm: Partners have no leadership skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Good pay; solid reputation within industry

    Cons

    Typical search firm environment. The Partners lack leadership skills. No support for the associate from a HR standpoint .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to invest more time in training "leaders"

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One word- Deteriorating, this word fits Best to H&S, KMC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good yearly Bonus, Nothing Else!

    Cons

    Internal Politics, Communications Gap between Management and Employees, Superiority Complex, HR is the exact opposite of what an ideal HR should be. Cab facility is getting worse from poor. For distance of 30 mins you are supposed to travel for 2 hours?? Thats you call managing the logistics??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying only on the Managers for each and every suggestion or ideas, give growth opportunities to the one who deserve not the one who licks better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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