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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated Feb 18, 2014

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3.2 73 reviews

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Tracy Wolstencroft

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Corporate is not respected nor rewarded

    Corporate Management (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood people, good location (close to Union Station)

    ConsConstant leadership turnover, poor management and lack of fairness

    Advice to Senior ManagementKill your egos and start being ethical

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Only brand name value left

    Partner (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsSimply 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 Senior ManagementShame 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mixed experience

    Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad CEO at the helm

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat SF office, fun collaborative environment

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementThe BOD should get a new CEO, breathe new life into the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical search firm: Partners have no leadership skills

    Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood pay; solid reputation within industry

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

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to invest more time in training "leaders"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Research Analyst (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood yearly Bonus, Nothing Else!

    ConsInternal 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a good firm

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    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 Senior Management- 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good to Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful place to learn the search business and to grow personally

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementChange CEO and Board immediately. Bring in a new CEO from outside.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great system, horrible greedy people

    Several (Former Employee)

    ProsThe systems and processes are great and enable to give results whatsoever

    Cons(most of) the partners are greedy, horrible people with no values whatsoever. The only thing they care about is their status and money. There is no real care for search and/or admin staff, just politics all the way along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the CEO, the Board, the Practice Leaders, less bureaucracy, more focus on clients

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Watching an outstanding firm disintegrate due to a series of indifferent and/or unprepared CEOs.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues are talented, hard working and team well to serve clients. Collegiality is still a dominant value and real collaboration remains at the core of why many very talented people remain. The firm has allowed many younger people to ascend rapidly into leadership roles which is great for them but the downside is that the firm's dominant position in CEO recruiting is gone.

    ConsConsultants, associates and EAs with any real tenure (10+ yrs) remember when the firm was the most outstanding place to be in the executive search profession. Unfortunately due to a series of incompetent and/or disingenuous CEOs, who were all former search consultants with no real business general management background, the firm has lost its way. Brand in real danger!

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the Board members who have been asleep while the firm has hemmoraged senior search professionals who were stars in the firm and in their respective practice areas. Now instead of seeing them in our halls, we see them in competitive shootouts beating us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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