DHR International

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DHR International Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
54 Reviews
3.1
54 Reviews
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David Hoffmann
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start if you need to understand exactly how the executive search side of things really and truly work (in 3 reviews)

  • The work environment is professional and friendly (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No HR department to speak of: the "head" of the department was previously an EA with absolutely no experience in Human Relations (in 5 reviews)

  • No HR department or performance reviews (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to get started in Executive Search/Recruiting, not much room for growth after a few years

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

    I worked at DHR International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well established, stable company with some very successful people up top, ability to work internationally.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth beyond the Senior Associate level. No career development, not much training beyond the first couple weeks, learn on the go. Compensation is below industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it fun again, people are driven and expected to work well above and beyond what they are capable of/being paid to do. Allow some flexibility to work off hours. Provide incentive for associates who actually do work hard, to continue to work hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DHR International

    Pros

    Great place to kick-off recruiting career with potential to be very successful. Friendly environment. Opportunity for success when working with the best consultants. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits package. No succession planning or training. Working in a remote office has its downsides. Work can be a bit redundant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a career map for new hires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    nepotism rules!

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at DHR International

    Pros

    trial by fire. decent learning opportunity.

    Cons

    the executive team is a complete joke. all ceo's buddies and they are young and arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ugh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EVP in New York, NY
    Current Employee - EVP in New York, NY

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely collaborative environment. Strong leadership that thinks about how to grow the business. Partner consultants all expert in their verticals. Great infrastructure.

    Cons

    The support staff is varied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid internship experience (unpaid internship, mostly data entry with some other more interesting projects)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at DHR International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people in StL office, most workers are very genuine and hardworking

    Cons

    Some learning curve, would probably fit people more outgoing than I am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Didn't really interact much with upper level management. My immediate manager was great though. Very accommodating, provided necessary knowledge to succeed, gave useful advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gained Experience But Room For Improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very good people at DHR and you will likely be exposed to a lot of different professionals from which you can gain insight. Because of limited staff you can also expect to perform a range of duties, so you might get a more well rounded experience than a company with more defined roles.

    Cons

    For administrative staff, pay is below average. The company culture puts so much value in the consultants and their needs that it can be difficult to meet everyone's expectations. Benefits are subpar, and though things have been improving, there remains general lack of communication or organization in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forsake some of the autonomy granted to the individual consultants for consistency in how projects and procedures are handled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    DHR/Jobplex

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DHR International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like working independently then definitely you won't be bothered. Little supervision, great chance of making a lot and moving up quickly if you put great efforts. It's like a sales type of job but without having to find clients. People are friendly.

    Cons

    If you don't like cold calls and can't accept many rejects then it's probably not a good place for you. Sometimes it can be pretty intense in terms of meeting deadlines and satisfying clients' requirements. Could be frustrated to deal with clients who only want THE ONE. Sometimes you would feel you don't care the quality because all they need is quantity like how many people you are supposed to add into their database.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you are proactive enough, your network will explode after the internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at DHR International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to all levels of work; fantastic platform to make expand network

    Cons

    Not many years of experience in internship management, but improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a systematic internship plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Caveat emptor: do your due diligence

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    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at DHR International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have to say, there are no good reasons to work at this company. This is a place with no ethics whatsoever.

    Cons

    This is a poor firm and I would suggest anybody thinking of joining them (or using them) do their research. For example, just do a web search for “DHR International litigation” and you will find an incredible number of lawsuits. Typically, the firm will fire people just as their bonuses become due.

    What’s going on? The firm is essentially entirely owned by one individual. That is highly unusual for professional services firms where ownership is typically distributed. The firm’s approach is to hire as many people as possible, give them an office and phone, and see what money they bring in. The preferred remuneration method is 100% commission. Either a consultant will bring in under their cost, in which case they will be quickly fired. Or they will bring in so much that there is an argument and DHR will fire them just before their commission check is due!

    The culture of the place, as a result, is very territorial with little collaboration. People will step on each other to do a sale. But the execution capability is poor.

    DHR will hire consultants (always out of competing firms; they never grow their own) and often give them fancy titles to attract them.

    DHR is now run by someone who had never done a search but is the son of the owner. Again, this is unusual. It is a PR machine: there are internal and external people who do nothing but PR for the firm. DHR lies about its market position. It claims to be the 5th largest in the US, but what about Spencer Stuart, Heidricks, Russell Reynolds, Korn Ferry, Egon Zehnder, CT Partners--there are at least six bigger than DHR!

    Don’t join (or hire) them blind. Do your research. Look for the track record. Speak to any of the many, many consultants around the world who used to work for them. Just do a LinkedIn search for former DHR consultants and reach out to them and ask them for their story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on banking other people's money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Fine Firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DHR International

    Pros

    Strong culture of collaboration. Great consultants and clients

    Cons

    Geographically diverse global team makes it hard to connect sometimes

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