Heidrick & Struggles
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www.heidrick.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Honestly, really really bad

Former Recruiter (Former Employee)

I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

Pros1) The rank and file employees are great. Very smart people, hard working, friendly and collaborative. H&S has brought in some amazing and talented people.

2) Candidates recognize the H&S brand and it still has a great reputation.

ConsThere are major problems here:

1) Terrible leadership team. The CEO has no clue what he's doing and the company continues to tank quarter after quarter and no one seems willing to do anything about it. The company promotes search consultants into leadership roles which never works.

2) This is a partner driven culture. Partners make amazing money while everyone else gets the leftovers. Clearly partners bring in the business and should be compensated well, but there needs to be more equitable compensation for those who actually deliver and do the work. Target bonuses are a joke - they are never paid.

3) Zero work/life balance. The company is in a dire financial position and so everyone is expected to work 24/7 and the level of stress and pressure is very high.

4) Attrition - most of the great and even reasonably good talent has already left or is actively looking to leave. Because of the poor compensation and insane number of hours people are expected to work, most people have left. To add to it, the promotion process and cycle is way too long. The criteria to get promoted is unclear, changes every year and typically has more to do with politics than performance.

5) Heidrick has lost what made it a great brand - world class service. It has turned into a sales culture and execution, quality and commitment to delivering phenomenal service is long gone. Most partners sign a deal and then very junior people do the real work. Most clients have figured this out as well.

6) Heidrick touts itself as doing top-level leadership work at the C-Level but the vast majority of people stay afloat taking on VP-level and even Director level searches to pay the bills. Only a small handful of people at the top do any meaningful C-Level work.

7) Database is a complete joke. It was a joke before, then they invested millions in making it cutting edge and world class and they actually made it worse than the old system from the early 90's! It's basically a non functional database. The company expects recruiters to deliver without even the most basic tools.

It's a shame that a firm with such a tremendous candidate brand is such a gigantic mess on the inside. Plain and simple, this is not a place to build a career. If you come here early on, learn the trade, build a network and get the brand on your resume and get out.

Someone else in a previous review summed it up as a place with "greedy" people. I would absolutely agree.

Advice to Senior Management1) CEO and BOD to go. Everything else stems from there.
2) Remember that it's a two way street with your employees. They need to get as much as they give to the business. Terrible compensation, negative culture, slow path to partnership and a shockingly outdated technology platform and database are just not going to cut it. Your competitors are flying past you and you need to fundamentally change the way the firm is run if you want to retain your top talent. The old days of people grinding out searches for partners in hopes that they will one day become a partner and make $$$ are over.

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

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always "on call"

Administrative (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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


Pros: - Nice people and collaborative work environment. Cons: - Admin work, by nature of this business, is repetitive, bordering on boring. -… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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unfortunate situation at Heidrick...

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 3 years


Pros: people are nice and benefits are good. Cons: Certainly having the word "Struggles" in the name should have been a sign as it is the most appropriate adjective to describe my time at… Advice to Senior Management: change the CEO and board immediately figure out how to properly compensate EVERY one not just the partners figure out how to not… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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