Major Lindsey & Africa Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Not for the tame at heart

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    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working with high caliber attorneys who were interested in a career change. Networked with thousands, many of whom are now great resources.

    Cons

    If you need a reliable income, lateral recruiting is not for you. VERY competitive business and a lot tougher to get paid than you might think. If you can get assigned to the in house legal recruiting team, that's the way to go as there isn't as much internal/external competition.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    Professional, cosmopolitan, generally merit-driven.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Offices are independent, but the company shares a relatively well-designed proprietary database, and research center. Competitive pay, professional environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Personalities are big, and there can be disputes over commission/pay that trickle down, but that's just how executive search works. I worked for a partner -- he had a big personality and stepped on a lot of toes -- but he was, in truth, sensible, sharp, and I learned a lot from him. I can see why people might not have found the firm very hospitable, but I felt like you could, with some effort, carve out a role for yourself, and communicate with upper management directly and easily. Though the firm has its share of jerks -- what firm doesn't -- there's also not much red tape or bureaucracy. If you're smart and persistent and have thicker skin, you'll rise to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize some functions, like research, and encourage movement between offices. The global network of offices isn't utilized quite right, talent-wise. And the IT department, and its software, is getting pretty antiquated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with

    Cons

    Extremely low pay; More work with same pay. Bonuses dropped.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your line staff.


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  5. The best legal recruiting firm in the world

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Smart, supportive and highly ethical colleagues. Supportive management. Great brand. If you are interested in legal recruiting at all, you need to try to work for this firm. The recruiters are truly dedicated to delivering great value to clients and to treating candidates with the professionalism and respect they deserve. This work atmosphere is great - the folks here work hard and play hard. People genuinely try to help each other.

    Cons

    It's a commission business so it can be tough. The benefits are good, the company values are great and there is lots of room for professional growth. If this were a salaried job, it would be perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with us a bit more about the strategic vision. The annual meeting is great but we need to hear more than once a year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Brand, Terrible Management and Internal Structure

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    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The brand practically sells itself to both clients and candidates. Some of the approaches they take to recruiting and transparency of searches were stellar. There were some very smart people that I learned a lot from.

    Cons

    The management is so corporate it hurts. The hierarchy is not an open-door feel. The internal competition can make the environment toxic. You really need to conform in this organization and nothing can be more deflating to an entrepreneurial recruiter.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Oligarchy of Recruiting

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and bonus structure for work that a trained monkey can do, co-workers who are smart, funny and engaging

    Cons

    This company is like a country where you have a small percentage of people who run the government and the majority do not matter. They have (had) amazing people who, if trained properly, could become great assets. I don't know if it is fear or greed, but the upper echelon prefer to let the minions do the grunt work while they make the real money - never really teaching them anything in the process. Highly unlikely that you will get promoted or find leadership that actually care about you advancing your career.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the people you hire. You do several rounds of interviewing to ensure that your people are educated and capable... use them!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for a decade ago - has become much more corporate versus a firm with a family feel.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Work with well-educated, smart people. Have great resources. Lots of autonomy and the sky is the limit on how much money you make as a recruiter.

    Cons

    Much too corporate now. The management tries to pack recruiters into crowded geographical areas, which limits individual commissions. Bloated management layer, which also limits commissions. Recruiters get less than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Value your recruiters more.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Overrated.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand is excellent and well-known in industry. Good training.

    Cons

    Very political. They play favorites and prefer white males to women and minorities.Management is biased in favor of white boys.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Low chance of advancement

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    Former Employee - Administrator
    Former Employee - Administrator
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and low stress

    Cons

    Little to no room for advancement for Administrators. Company spent quite a bit on annual retreats yet had to have layoffs.


  11. Great Benefits but Management is disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits easy commute nice co-workers base salary nice office

    Cons

    secretive working environment management is vague 401k plan doesn't match dollar for dollar

    Advice to Management

    to organize better which will allow the workers to be clear on what job they want done



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