Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
106 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset

106 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Top Rate Mentorship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

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

    Pros

    Extremely well branded company with strong recognition. Nice and social atmosphere. Opportunity to grow if you work hard. Promotion opportunities abundant.

    Cons

    Your experience is largely determined by what team you belong to. Many senior employees are set in their ways. Sometimes you feel that the work you do is more about working hard than working smart.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your new employees


  3. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people were nice

    Cons

    Many of the people were not knowledgeable

    Advice to Management

    Change procedures & listen


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Partner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Partner
    Former Employee - Managing Partner

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people - great brand and some very nice overpriced office space - consultants have nice expense accounts that dilute the margin and work part time

    Cons

    Company is so political and consultants would sell their mother for more money . Top consultants consistently hold mngmnt hostage and threaten to leave if not paid more money when most could not come close to the money they are paid " in the real world " . If clients found out how much consultants were paid the search business would be in a state of flux !!!

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to go and company needs to be private . board has no clue about business nor does it seem to want to and they only want the cache of saying they are on the Heidrick board . Many were failed executives yet nothing is done . New CEO seems ok but he will be another victim to a mediocre board and a bunch of egotistical overpaid consultants


  6. Helpful (3)

    Privileged to work with great colleagues, but IT Management never appreciated the hard work of the Salesforce.com team.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot from Salesforce.com experts and learned about scrum agile methodology.

    Cons

    I recently left Heidrick after putting up with a challenging culture from IT Management I was with Heidrick for many years and have seen the company go through a lot of changes, both good and bad. Working on the Salesforce.com implementation project allowed me to learn Salesforce and make me very marketable. The team of people I worked with are by far the best and brightest, however IT Management treated the people who did the work very poorly. Several of us had left and I had decided to leave when I realized that the culture was not going to change.

    Advice to Management

    I recently saw that Heidrick is looking for a new Salesforce System Administrator and a Business Analyst, which means more people continue to leave this company. The positions sound great at first, but once you start with this company you will soon realize how abusive the culture can be.
    IT Management really needs to change the culture and should recognize how great the team is.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Abusive, Disrespectful, Insecure and Incompetent IT Management! Avoid this company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst / Salesforce Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst / Salesforce Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient location but that's about it!

    Cons

    Not surprised to see once again Heidrick looking for a new set of BA's and Salesforce Admins to burn up and abuse. The chaos and failures endemic to Heidrick's poor IT leadership burns up and/or blames the low man on the IT totem pole. The IT leadership has over several years promoted and cultivated a culture of arrogance and employee abuse. This soul-sucking culture starts at the top of the IT department and like "poop", flows downstream, through all the IT managers to cover the backs of the hard-working IT staff. This place "looks good on paper" but I guarantee you will, sooner rather then later, regret taking on a IT position here. Talented BAs and Salesforce professionals have many much better options then this awful place. Remember you were warned!!

    Advice to Management

    Someday YOUR Corporate Management (CEO) will get wise to the fact that your chaos and turnover is not the cause of your problems but the result of your failure as a Leader. When you condone the disgraceful treatment of long-term skilled and dedicated people, by the incompetent insecure managers that you continually fill your ranks with, you will have staff flight and turnover. Heidrick's IT problem is systemic and starts with YOU and like a snake, the way to kill it is cut off its head!


  8. Management needs better leaders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Nice work/office environment, great benefits, some good people but those people usually leave to go to Korn/Ferry

    Cons

    The Corporate Management team needs to be replaced; they're the reason so many good employees (in both consulting and corporate roles) leave

    Advice to Management

    Work on decision making skills - more timely and thoughtfully; less reactive and more proactive; reward hard workers and eliminate those who don't know what they're doing (which there are many at the upper level)


  9. H&S is a solid employer with more pros than cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Decent bonuses
    Great work life balance - plenty of holidays, 9 to 5, limited work outside of normal business hours, flexibility with working remote when needed
    Good people to work with for the most part

    Cons

    IT management is scatter brained and politically charged at times
    Doesn't do a very good job at retaining talent
    No training/certification/skills development built into HR model - If you decide to work here you're on your own, expense what you can!

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize and/or encourage training and certification
    Do a better job at retaining talent


  10. Great job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, high level access to clients, variety of options to specialize, and much self-determination

    Cons

    work-life balance is hard in a service business

    Advice to Management

    better time off, and enforceable time off policies


  11. Partner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great firm, great people. Fantastic CEO.

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter, this is not the place for you (and probably not the right business for you).



Showing 106 of 107 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.