Heidrick & Struggles
3.1 of 5 65 reviews
www.heidrick.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 18, 2014

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Tracy Wolstencroft


60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Access to the top, brand name gets you in -"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Good benefits, Transport, Meals, Great to start your carrer"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Many of the good partners are long gone to other top executive search firms"
    in 10 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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Great place for associates to grow. All negative reviews are from Executive Assistants...

Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsGreat 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.

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Corporate is not respected nor rewarded

Corporate Management (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsGood people, good location (close to Union Station)

ConsConstant leadership turnover, poor management and lack of fairness

Advice to Senior ManagementKill your egos and start being ethical

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsGood Benefits, highly compensated, clean office environment

Conshigh turnover, clicky departments, to much gossip, no loyalty

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

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Great Place To Work!!!

Senior Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a smoother path to partnership or senior management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

ProsGreat people to work with.

ConsWhy is stock price low?

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Roller Coaster Ride

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsExecutive 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach.

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

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Only brand name value left

Partner (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsIt still helps to say that one has worked for Heidrick & Struggles, because the brand name has some historic cache even though the actual product has declined so significantly. Ironically, Heidrick in recent years trained(at its expense) a generation of top-notch executive search consultants who then either left or were let go and ended up being star power in other firms, including their own -- now taking business away from H&S.

ConsSimply terrible leadership from its recently-departed CEO Kevin Kelly who was reviled and disrespected for years until an apparently clueless Board of Directors realized it. They must have been asleep at the wheel because everyone internally knew Kelly was in way over his head from the get-go,

Advice to Senior ManagementShame on the BOD for permitting management to steadily run the firm into the ground. Stockholders should hold the Board accountable for the serious loss in stock value and remove the whole lot.who have been at the scene of this crime!

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

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Mixed experience

Analyst (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsSupportive IT department. Excellent office support staff. Most folks are great people, suffering under a negative corporate culture

ConsOriginal thinking is rejected. Risk-taking is frowned upon. Covering one's flank is the over-riding objective. Most communication is written because of distrust.

Advice to Senior ManagementFoster a better culture with genuine team-building. Stop punishing people for asking questions and offering alternate solutions.

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

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Great Place to Work!!!!

Senior Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsI 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.

ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementMake 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!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good brand, but there is a reason the company is up for sale

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsBrand still has cache
There are still some very strong partners still with the firm
Good starting roles as associates coming into the work force

ConsMany of the good partners are long gone to other top executive search firms
Work the associates really hard and underpay them

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO. This board should have done this a long time ago before the decline

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

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