Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
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  1. A great experience, but long hours that mostly last 6 days a week

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is fairly decent and the exposure to many c-level is great compared to many other recruiting firms in the industry.

    Cons

    The leadership structure in the Chicago area branch is lacking. Many talented young recruiters have moved on the other firms in the area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great at beginning, went down toward my end!

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good; even during weak economies. Do your job well and you will be compensated nicely for it. A few good folks there.

    Cons

    Bad attitudes; very cliquish; if you're not kissing important peoples' butts, you're considered a pariah; management didn't seem to care - acted as if they did, but when it came down to it, they'd throw you under the bus if it benefited them or their agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start really listening to people; take the rules and apply them to each and every one. Don't pit the group together as a whole when something is being done incorrectly. Go directly to that person and take care of the matter - grow some!! If one person is allowed to do something, then everyone else should be able to do so too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Opportunities if you are push for them

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities to make connections with some amazing and influential people.

    Cons

    There are major issues with communication here. The company lacks a strong understanding of who should do what. Position's responsibilities are very blurred.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Roller Coaster Ride

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and depending on the team you are with - flexible with work from home arrangements.

    Cons

    Executive Team (especially the CEO) is so clueless. Puzzled why the Board of Directors have confidence with an Executive Team that runs the company to the ground.

    You will also feel like an abused spouse as there's always a lot of yelling, screaming going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Overall concept

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    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company with good history

    Cons

    Should continue to improve to meet up with the challenge of the economy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. always "on call"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Nice people and collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    - Admin work, by nature of this business, is repetitive, bordering on boring.
    - Frequent non-work time interruptions dealing with clients and candidates who expect immediate action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Quite Good

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Meet interesting people; flexibility; allow telecommuting

    Cons

    One track for growth opportunities; more difficult on West Coast

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Great global brand

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Great global brand. Has some of the best consultants in the industry today. Some practices have strong, collaborating leaders. okay

    Cons

    Lack of management direction. Apologies for mistakes and then more mistakes. Lacks an activist Board that can insure strong leadership. Compensation programs keep changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your entrepenurial roots. Stop adding process for the sake of having process. It is not like the company is doubling in size and therefore needs more process to be managed. Improve communication and stop relying on the same "6" people for advice and leadership roles. You have 350+ consultants - get the other 344 involved!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Variety of searches, top firm in indsustry, top-notch people, interesting work

    Cons

    heirarchical, model of dedicated associate to partner can make things very good or not so good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    modify model so associates are not whollly dedicated to a single partner

    No opinion of CEO
  11. Long journey back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Friendly, great brand that still opens doors, great new CEO

    Cons

    Very poor training and development, lack of leadership at a practice level, lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This business is resilient. Despite going through some very difficult times, mostly down to a period of very poor executive leadership, the business does seem to be on the up. Imagine if we listened to our own advice and put structure development programmes for the most talented as well as general training to give everyone the impression the business was watching and aware of your hard work and equally keen to invest in you to make you better. That would be a great place to work. Maybe this might mean our best people would stop leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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