Heidrick & Struggles

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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
86 Reviews
3.2
86 Reviews
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Tracy Wolstencroft
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best days are ahead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best firm in the industry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None - the new CEO is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company, heading in a good direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is plenty of potential for upward mobility. If you work hard, you can get rewarded for it by promotions and bonuses.

    Cons

    There might be some long hours at times, but there is also a lot of flexibility in your schedule at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none right now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate is not respected nor rewarded

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people, good location (close to Union Station)

    Cons

    Constant leadership turnover, poor management and lack of fairness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill your egos and start being ethical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive Admin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, highly compensated, clean office environment

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide a smoother path to partnership or senior management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Quick Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Why is stock price low?

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Roller Coaster Ride

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Executive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Only brand name value left

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Simply 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 ManagementAdvice

    Shame 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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