Heidrick & Struggles

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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
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. 4 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    The office space is very nice and for the most part, your colleagues are pleasant, smart and helpful to you.

    Cons

    The workload is completely unmanageable and even though you have vacation time, you're told you're unable to take it. Unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees - tell the truth during the interview process and during employment - everything was a lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Supporting senior partners in their searches; identifying top talent across a variety of industries

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Heidrick is undoubtably the best company to work for within the search field. Their brand recognition and excellent execution of searches is unparalleled, and the firm makes applaudable efforts to promote from within. The pay is great. It's a global firm, so one can work from a variety of offices across the globe. The senior leadership includes the best in the industry, and the searches completed are top of their field.

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that Heidrick, as a services company, is publicly held. It should be private.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Very difficult place to work if you are an Executive Assistant.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    The location in Manhattan is convenient. The office decor is nice. The other Executive Assistants are helpful.

    Cons

    The management is horrendous. Most of the consultants are impossible to work for in terms of unrealistic expectations and demands. The hours are too long. H&S just cut overtime for Executive Assistants but still expect you to finish you work within a regular work day/week. That is nearly impossible in search.. The culture is great if you are in your 20s or 30s and enjoy partying a couple of nights a week with your co-workers. However, for myself and other more mature individuals it is a definite con and hurt s us politically. You can't have a balance of work/home life and expect to be "in" with the H&S climate. There are too many cooks at this firm and no concrete leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The appreciation for the Executive Assistants at Heidrick & Struggles is insulting. Executive Assistants work very hard and many long hours. They need to pay attention to detail and it is an extrmely challenging role to be in. SIT AT THEIR DESK FOR A WEEK AND DO WHAT THEY DO!!! You will come away with a much better understanding and deeper appreciate for what they contribute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Typical search firm: Partners have no leadership skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Good pay; solid reputation within industry

    Cons

    Typical search firm environment. The Partners lack leadership skills. No support for the associate from a HR standpoint .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to invest more time in training "leaders"

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Navigating Rough Waters And Avoiding The Hidden Rocks

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Very collegial atmosphere across the ranks, which differs from other top firms in the industry. Firm is moving to a practice-centric model and away from geographic office-centered model: Thus, many in the local office work from home almost exclusively, which is great for them but it builds resentment from those whose boss doesn't permit it. Telecommuting doesn't build loyalty or cohesion within the local office.

    Cons

    Internal database, which is the CRM backbone of the company, could be characterized as a prehistoric relic. But there's a whiff of hope in the air for a 21st century solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of cost-cutting to the bone marrow. When the economy turns around, you don't want the firm to be held together with duct-tape

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great global brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Great global brand. Has some of the best consultants in the industry today. Some practices have strong, collaborating leaders. okay

    Cons

    Lack of management direction. Apologies for mistakes and then more mistakes. Lacks an activist Board that can insure strong leadership. Compensation programs keep changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your entrepenurial roots. Stop adding process for the sake of having process. It is not like the company is doubling in size and therefore needs more process to be managed. Improve communication and stop relying on the same "6" people for advice and leadership roles. You have 350+ consultants - get the other 344 involved!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Variety of searches, top firm in indsustry, top-notch people, interesting work

    Cons

    heirarchical, model of dedicated associate to partner can make things very good or not so good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    modify model so associates are not whollly dedicated to a single partner

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Loved the people and the work was interesting.

    Cons

    It was hard to understand how decisions were being made which ultimately had a direct impact
    on our ability to feel like we were able to guide our careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may want to listen to the feedback that is being shared throughout the organization.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top firm adapts to changing business landscape

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles

    Pros

    Compensation is great and opportunity to rise within the firm is endless for those willing to work hard to learn the business.
    The people are terrific and extremely willing to help you be successful

    Cons

    Traditional search is changing- company structures are flattening, information is more widely distributed than ever, and executives are more entrepreneurial with their careers. Heidrick is adapting to the changes but its too soon to tell what its new role will be in the new search environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in better information management tools internally to help consultants find and share information on searches, best practices, industries, and candidates

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving creating levels so that enough people get growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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