Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Spencer Stuart CEO Kevin M. Connelly
Kevin M. Connelly
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Pros
  • Spencer Stuart offers great benefits to full time employees (in 9 reviews)

  • The work environment is exceptional and the company takes care of their employees (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to achieve a work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • No room to grow professionally, no career path (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great firm

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of colleagues, firm culture, focus on client satisfaction, stimulating work, excellent Boston office culture, best search firm in the business

    Cons

    Firm can be conservative and slow to move/evolve; decision-making can be slow and diffuse; firm culture discourages engaging in difficult conversations and can breed passive aggressive behavior

    Advice to Management

    Senior management recognizes the changing landscape of exec search and is investing in diversification and enhancements to existing service offerings.... only advice would be to continue in that direction...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great firm, unique culture

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Strong reputation and position in the market: Spencer Stuart remains one of the few "blue chip" executive search firms in the world. The firm continues to have a leading market share of the highest level assignments across many industries and functions.

    - Unique culture: Spencer Stuart's culture can broadly be described as both results-oriented and collaborative. There is an unrelenting dedication to serving clients across all levels of the firm (which can be both a pro and con, see below re: work/life balance). Concurrently, there is strong collaboration across practices and functions. Colleagues are responsive and often go out of their way to help one another.

    - Quality of colleagues: Most colleagues are intelligent and highly-motivated but also outgoing, affable, and relatively down-to-earth. There are very few "B" players.

    Cons

    - Given that the core of the firm's ethos is putting clients first, work/life balance can be a challenge. Hours can vary drastically week to week or day to day. While some of the work/life issues are inherent in working in a professional services firm, more can be done to support employees in terms of mobility.

    - The relatively recent hiring of the firm's first chief talent officer shows a strong commitment to employee development. That being said, there are still profound barriers to employee advancement at some levels of the firm. For example, while some analysts are promoted to associate, and some associates are promoted to senior associate, relatively few senior associates are promoted to consultant.

     - Although all company reviews on Glassdoor need to be taken with a grain of salt given the inherent selection biases, in reading some of these previous reviews, one might think that Spencer Stuart suffers from serious employee engagement issues at many levels of the firm. Quite frankly, I don't believe this to be the case. The firm recently conducted a global people survey that conclusively showed that employees at all levels in all geographies were broadly engaged.

    Advice to Management

    - Establish mechanisms to deliver feedback on a continuous basis. Although it's helpful that the year-end performance management system is being revamped, new mechanisms are needed to solicit and share 360-degree feedback across all levels of the organization, especially relating to specific projects and assignments.

    - While many employees have flexibility to work from home when necessary (especially consultants, associates, and analysts), more can be done to better facilitate mobility for all employees while still retaining the core of Spencer Stuart's collaborative culture.


  3. Law Clerk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Spencer Stuart

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, great break room, nice employees, casual atmosphere in corporate

    Cons

    Corporate departments are small and disjointed

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate better communication between corporate and consultants because consultants often seemed unaware of services available to them.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Co-workers are very helpful. It is a non-competitive environment.

    Office manager very open and easy to address.

    Cons

    Not a lot of accountability. If someone does not do their part, you will usually have to do it yourself.

    Job success is wholly dependent on who you support. Some people have great consultants and others don't. So, your job will basically be miserable.

    Admin mgr not helpful during conflicts.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Never felt so unwanted

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Spencer Stuart

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great location, great office building.

    Cons

    Awful office coordinating, when it comes to front office employees. Lots of miscommunication.

    Advice to Management

    Take office bullying more seriously.


  7. Great Firm

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Focus on continuous improvement for all employess

    Cons

    Don't expect to be spoon fed


  8. Helpful (2)

    SSI is a great company to work for; many of their employees have been with the firm for 15+ years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, nice work environment

    Cons

    A bit of an "old-school" type environment.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility is key in today's world.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Headed in the wrong direction

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart

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

    Pros

    Smart people; good compensation. Very professional. Best in field.

    Cons

    New leaders are arrogant and imposing change with no respect for or understanding of the business. Pushing people with real understanding of the business out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is a management consulting project - let the techs run the systems and the business run the business


  10. Helpful (3)

    Research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

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

    Pros

    A few really smart people
    One of the top firms in the industry

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Completely focused on Partner/Consultant development; no training opportunities for research & corporate staff
    Used to be a really great place to work
    No diversity at all in leadership roles - just check out their executive team on their website; a lot of women in the lower ranks but not many moving up and very little ethnic minorities in US

    Advice to Management

    Senior research management has been there too long-need new leaders to develop & grow research talent


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great entry-level position

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a ton, lots of exposure to many different projects, every day is different, great benefits

    Cons

    Some projects can be tedious/administrative, very "corporate" culture, not much room for growth, passive aggressive

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if everyone at the company didn't have to live in a constant state of fear in regards to change and innovation



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