Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Heidrick & Struggles Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wolstencroft
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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. Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Room to move up, flexibility to work remotely, benefits of working on a dedicated team. There was always available training. Good bonuses.

    Cons

    Long hours at times. Expectation to be available at all hours to make/take calls, nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Top Rate Mentorship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    H&S offered seasoned mentors and an excellent training program for new associates. Their proprietary database of candidates was excellent, well organized. The location was in the heart of DTLA. This was an amazing experience where I learned the basics for a lifetime of executive search.

    Cons

    Political environment, nepotism, long hours, corporate politics, ups and downs, hires and layoffs like any large firm.

  3. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a good culture hence it is a good place to work

    Cons

    It has night shifts due to which it becomes difficult towork.

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving creating levels so that enough people get growth

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

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep up the great work

  6. Helpful (1)

    Best days are ahead

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    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stay the course

  7. Best firm in the industry

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None - the new CEO is great

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  8. Excellent experience

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    There is nothing to suggest

    Advice to Management

    None

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

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Place To Work!!!

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Provide a smoother path to partnership or senior management.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Work!!!!

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!!

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