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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
78 Reviews
3.2
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Tracy Wolstencroft
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Pros
  • Access to the top, brand name gets you in - (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, Transport, Meals, Great to start your carrer (in 3 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  

    Executive Assistant

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

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for 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
  2.  

    Overworked and under appreciated

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for 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
  3.  

    Corporate is not respected nor rewarded

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    Current Employee - Corporate Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Only brand name value left

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    • 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 for 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad CEO at the helm

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Typical search firm: Partners have no leadership skills

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    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
  9.  

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

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    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 for 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was a good firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    - From the candidate perspective, they still take Heidrick as a serious executive search firm
    - It looks good on your CV, if you want to get into inhouse recruiting, you want to have the big 5 experience shown on your CV

    Cons

    - No matter how good your execution is, if your boss is not a big biller, you would get your promotion much slower than the Average Joe who can bill
    - Great people, from associates to partner level, has left to join its competitors / inhouse / start their own firm
    - Most of the HS people who are still with the firm, either they are political or/and incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop making your round the world internal PR trip.
    (i) Stay at where you are, do your job, be productive
    (ii) Save your Business Class + Five Star hotel budget as performance bonus for the Associates
    - I heard that it is even harder to get promoted from Associate to Consultant, so why shall a good associate stay?
    - Stop promoting star performers as managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good to Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wonderful place to learn the search business and to grow personally

    Cons

    In 10 years the company has gone from Good to Bad. Current CEO is the worst in a long line and the Board does not seem to understand what is going on. A great pity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change CEO and Board immediately. Bring in a new CEO from outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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