Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Management needs better leaders

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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)


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


  3. Great job

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


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  5. Partner

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

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

    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).


  6. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, busy work environment, possibility to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Difficult opportunity for advancement, roles strictly defined


  7. A great experience, but long hours that mostly last 6 days a week

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is fairly decent and the exposure to many c-level is great compared to many other recruiting firms in the industry.

    Cons

    The leadership structure in the Chicago area branch is lacking. Many talented young recruiters have moved on the other firms in the area.


  8. Great company, but some bad management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, and very friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Volatile company. Watch for possible downsizing soon


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great at beginning, went down toward my end!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was good; even during weak economies. Do your job well and you will be compensated nicely for it. A few good folks there.

    Cons

    Bad attitudes; very cliquish; if you're not kissing important peoples' butts, you're considered a pariah; management didn't seem to care - acted as if they did, but when it came down to it, they'd throw you under the bus if it benefited them or their agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Start really listening to people; take the rules and apply them to each and every one. Don't pit the group together as a whole when something is being done incorrectly. Go directly to that person and take care of the matter - grow some!! If one person is allowed to do something, then everyone else should be able to do so too.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comp and benefits match industry standards.

    Cons

    Non-collegial atmosphere that contributes to the pompous attitudes of consultants & associates.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to management because they are the problem.


  11. Helpful (2)

    IT Does Matter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart folks deliver a lot of excellent client work in spite of a culture where the consultants often exhibit signs of superiority.

    Cons

    The backbone of the company -- its customer relationship management system (CRM) -- is built upon Salesforce.com software that hampers productivity. It works great for the back-office accounting side of the business but not on the client-facing side. Internal IT department is trying to fix the implementation with customized band-aids.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO helping to get the company back on course in spite of a lackluster board.



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