Heidrick & Struggles

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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
81 Reviews
3.2
81 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best days are ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Collegial and smart culture with great mix of experienced and younger talent
    Reassertion itself as an innovator in leadership advisory
    Truly global and allows for experiences across various industries and geographies
    New CEO is good, like all new ceo's! Has been well received by the rank and file
    A work hard play hard environment

    Cons

    Technology is getting better but still some kinds in new crm tool
    Expectations are high and some can get dismayed by the workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best firm in the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great working environment; exciting searches; best colleagues in the business

    Cons

    None - the new CEO is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for associates to grow. All negative reviews are from Executive Assistants...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great access to the worlds business leaders. Partners here are world class. The worlds best companies will contact you and try to recruit you. Great possibilities to grow into a consultant and become promoted.

    Cons

    Long hours, usually 8.30 to 7.30 in the office and then work from home. High intensity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to develop your Associates. Take them to pitches and bring them into your offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot, got exposed to important people, friendly, congenial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hard to break into Partner Ranks if you are not hired in as a partner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a smoother path to partnership or senior management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I worked for Heidrick & Struggles 2 different times and both were highly enjoyable!! The people are great, the work hours are flexible, Heidrick & Struggles is a great place to learn the Executive Recruiting business or expand your skill set.

    Cons

    If you are hired on as an Associate it is tough to advance to the role of Consultant; This is primarily due to the nature of the roles; Consultants are rainmakers and need to be very skilled at business development; Associates are candidate developers and as such may not have the business development/sales mindset

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for Associates to advance at least to a mid level role between Associate & Consultant; from what I hear they have already done this and that is great!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Supporting senior partners in their searches; identifying top talent across a variety of industries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Heidrick is undoubtably the best company to work for within the search field. Their brand recognition and excellent execution of searches is unparalleled, and the firm makes applaudable efforts to promote from within. The pay is great. It's a global firm, so one can work from a variety of offices across the globe. The senior leadership includes the best in the industry, and the searches completed are top of their field.

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that Heidrick, as a services company, is publicly held. It should be private.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top firm adapts to changing business landscape

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Compensation is great and opportunity to rise within the firm is endless for those willing to work hard to learn the business.
    The people are terrific and extremely willing to help you be successful

    Cons

    Traditional search is changing- company structures are flattening, information is more widely distributed than ever, and executives are more entrepreneurial with their careers. Heidrick is adapting to the changes but its too soon to tell what its new role will be in the new search environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in better information management tools internally to help consultants find and share information on searches, best practices, industries, and candidates

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The strongest Executive Search/Leadership Advisory firm in APAC by a margin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Strong team culture that plays at the very top of its game. Client focused with a high level of quality and ethics. The executive placement experts find leaders who are as distinctive as the organizations they serve. They build deep relationships with the world’s most talented individuals to ultimately build winning executive leadership teams for premier organizations around the globe. Clients seek the firms counsel before, during and after periods of significant transition. This is where H&S operate at their best. They design executive leadership strategies that will help companies adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving global business landscape.

    Cons

    You need to be passionate about what you do, its a full time job with much work taking place outside normal working hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    There is nothing to suggest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful place for people who are on top of their game.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Amazing relationships at the most senior levels of Fortune 100 companies and senior government officials.
    Lots of room to grow and opportunities to excel.
    Competitive and dynamic environment coupled with a great culture of teamwork and collaboration.

    Cons

    Not for average performers.
    Pay is not competitive for non-partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to innovate and allow for more work-from-home opportunities rather than waste time commuting.
    Incentivise admin staff so that they perform better and not bog consultants down with paperwork that the admin staff should be doing.
    Have a smaller office and save on rent!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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