Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Difficult opportunity for advancement, roles strictly defined


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

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

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

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

    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.


  3. Great company, but some bad management

    • 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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, and very friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Volatile company. Watch for possible downsizing soon


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great at beginning, went down toward my end!

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

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

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    IT Does Matter

    • 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)

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Executive Assistant

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

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

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

    Pros

    The bond built with other Executive Assistants in the office as well as company wide. The benefits, compensation, and bonus structure were nice.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from Partner in Charge. Admitted he didn't enjoy managing people. Breakdown in team structure and Partner never worked on fixing. Always brushed problems under the rug hoping they would work themselves out. No one is held accountable for their responsibilities and job descriptions are very blurred. Partner has his favorites, and if you're aren't willing to "drink the kool-aid", he will do everything to make you miserable to where you want to resign. In addition, opinions are not valued. I lost all respect when I resigned.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the focus of having revenue generating Partners, but look deeper into the moral and ethical character of these individuals. It creates a very hostile environment which no one should have to be a part of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    I consider myself lucky to met and worked alongside some extremely talented people.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The Chicago office had great talent that have since moved on to competitors. Leadership could have kept these great partners, associates and EA's if they would have just stepped up and treated their people better.

    Cons

    Horribly poor leadership in Chicago; extremely high turnover; company files lawsuits against its departing employees who have left for better managed search firms to attempt to enforce poorly written non-competes.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better and they won't leave. H&S is losing amazing people on a weekly basis.


  10. Opportunities if you are push for them

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities to make connections with some amazing and influential people.

    Cons

    There are major issues with communication here. The company lacks a strong understanding of who should do what. Position's responsibilities are very blurred.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Best days are ahead

    • 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 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



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