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Boutique firm with Tier 1 Executive Search Firm results

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

I have been working at ON Search Partners full-time (More than a year)

Positive Outlook
Positive Outlook

Pros

Entrepreneurial. ~25 employee firm and growing. Every role matters in this company vs. large corporate cog in the wheel. Very little political nonsense given the size of our firm. We are an Inc 5000 rapidly growing company in terms of revenue and personnel. We are widely recognized as a top 20 retained executive search firm globally. High levels of responsibility very quickly. The firm will add to your workload and responsibilities as you are ready. You are exposed to and are working with some of the most impressive executives, companies, and VC's/PE's in the world early on in your career. This is unmatched in virtually any other career path. You are learning something new with every single project (new industry, technology, function, talent pool, etc). Good for the intellectually curious. In terms of work life balance, we work hard but for the most part you manage your own hours/schedule. Virtually unlimited earning potential in Partnership track.

Cons

This business (not exclusive to this firm) is not for the faint of heart. It is a tough business. The work can be a grind and you have to keep your eye on the prize and remain patient. Entrepreneurial environment works both ways. Limited structure. A lot of responsibility with limited training. You must be a self starter, no hand holding/limited direction. Communication is limited at times. It is up to you (individually) to over-communicate with various team-members. If desired, your questions will be answered but it may take some digging/persistence. A majority of your progression/success lies on your own shoulders. This can be seen as a positive or negative. You are not held back to progress in your role, but you have somewhat limited resources in getting there. You get back what you put in (for the most part). The good outweighs the bad here.

Advice to Management

Leadership is addressing many of the 'cons' listed above. Keep lines of communication open. Encourage growth at all levels of the organization and provide specific/defined developmental opportunities for non-partners. Most importantly, have fun! Continue to explore ways of creating an excellent working culture. We all work very hard, as described. It is important that we have a lot of fun in our day to day to keep spirits/enthusiasm high as we continue to grow as a firm.

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  1. Overpromise and under deliver severely

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Solon, OH

    I worked at ON Search Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the employees are pleasant. Many people pour their heart into satisfying the Partners / clients. Partners personalities vary greatly as well as expectations and how they want to run their searches. Some have a lot of knowledge and a willingness to teach / train. Their training is intense but very short. I learned a lot about executive recruiting. Christmas Party was great. Health Benefits are very fair, though prices were set to increase in 2013. They are focused on growth and climbing up compared to their competitors.

    Cons

    The hours are expected at 12+ hour days but to be available 24/7. They claim they spent their careers working long hours and demand it in their employees. They assume if you aren't stressed to the max, you need more work. If aren't working weekend, you need more work. The training was abrupt without any time to ask questions. The company has basic documents, but no unified structure on how to do things. Changes from Partner to Partner and by mood. Some a very mean and overbearing. Others are rational people. Management are bullies with egos, I've seen and heard them make junior employees cry. They are also the most moody guys I've ever met. They don't like anyone to challenge or question them and will intimidate and threaten you behind closed doors. Advancement is impossible if you get on the "bad side" of senior management. They flaunt their wealth while paying very low bases and having a tepid commission structure.

    Advice to Management

    Don't claim you will be making 6-figures shortly if you structure it to be nearly impossible. Be honest to candidates. The iron fist and intimidation approach is a horrible way to run a business.


  2. Fantastic growth platform

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ON Search Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Unfiltered access to both internal and external clients. At a larger firm, you're going to have a bit more cover at times, but that also allows you to be complacent and rely on the brand or other resources in order to be successful. -No glass ceilings. It doesn't matter how old you are - if you can bring in business and execute at a high level, you will be promoted and given the opportunity to make a lot of money (but you only get to that point by earning it and having the market validation). -You have the flexibility of a smaller firm while still working with clients like Airbnb, Samsung, Cisco, Comcast, Cree, etc. You couldn't ask for a better client list for a boutique firm. -Partners grew up in search. One of the biggest challenges for people growing in this industry is that many Partners are brought over from industry and may lack the ability or interest to really learn how to execute searches. At ONSP, just about every Partner grew up from Research to being a big biller. This track record gives a tremendous amount of credibility to the mentoring process. -Very flexible working environment. Just get your work done – no one is sitting outside of your door with a clock. Eventually your work will suffer if you aren’t putting in the time. If you are an adult and understand the opportunity in front of you, you’ll take care of business.

    Cons

    -Since the Partners came from search, you can’t pull wool over their eyes. You aren’t completely held responsible for results, but you are held responsible for a process. -The upside is very focused on the Partners. If you are not interested in becoming a Partner and building a practice, this will be a challenging long term platform. On the flipside, there are a number of people who have left the firm and been extremely successful in new client-side environments. Regardless of the long term motivation, you are working in a tier 1 training group that can accelerate personal growth. -You have to work a bit harder as a boutique firm – this is quickly changing. We have almost doubled over the last year so that brand cache is accelerating

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. We have a disruptive platform and we need to continue to recruit high potential Associates & Directors to support and grow this business.


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