Spencer Stuart

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Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
58 Reviews
3.3
58 Reviews
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Kevin M. Connelly
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Spencer Stuart offers great benefits to full time employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work environment (by the time I worked in there; currently my former co-workers tell me that is not so good right now) (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Too many consultants with big egos that don't do the work they say they do (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, no real career path

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing!!!

    Cons

    Pay is relatively low for the scope and intensity of the role. The career path is all about luck and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    CFO

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great entry level experience. Training program prepared me for my role, and onboarding was a fairly simple process. Some managers take the balance of work and life seriously, and the benefits are the by far beyond compare to any other job I will have.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity to grow as an employee and professional, with very little encouragement to do so. Office can have a toxic atmosphere, with very unapproachable management. Coworkers are comfortable remaining stagnant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beautiful office setting, terrible, highly politicized environment.

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    Former Employee - ID Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ID Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Top ranking in industry.

    Cons

    Nice office, but people aren't promoted in a very straight-forward manner - it's more about a few power-hungry people who like to elevate those who show them favor. Very "looks" oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen your middle managers a bit more aggressively. They're not that swift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Eh...

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, great clients, above average pay

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Young staff severely mistreated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start but no room to grow

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits package but it comes with a price.
    Good on-boarding and proprietary database

    Cons

    No room to grow professionally, no career path
    Bad managers are protected and bad behavior from consultants is constantly overlooked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's about time you clean ranks... open your eyes to your consultants' bad behaviors and rid yourselves of the Caligula-esque managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Spencer Stuart offers great benefits to full time employees.

    Cons

    The work is often quite demanding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smart People but Toxic Culture is NOT worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    If you get a good team, it can be a positive experience. Seemed like some other offices in other locations had better employees and more supportive managers. Big name company has a presence in the corporate world.

    Cons

    Serious culture problem. Management is non-confrontational and oblivious to popular table, high schools girls attitude of majority of employees. Development is completely hindered by lack of mentorship. Some consultants are equally petty and there is poor communication overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A high turnover rate of bright young people is not a poor refection on the younger workforce. It's a poor reflection on you. Open your eyes, take the time to mentor and act like adults. Don't let immature people turn the environment into a terrible one where people can't develop into strong employees because you can't handle confrontation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid experience, largely in part because my employer went to my University and gave me some great opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Solid pay, nice benefits, gives you exposure to researching lots of different industries. Also, if you're interested in recruiting, great place to start out.

    Cons

    Some mundane work-- lots of qualitative research. Not the most technologically capable company. In some ways, SS is very much stuck in the old school of executive search.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is completely out of touch or just doesn't care.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. The people who have been there for a long time are invested.

    Cons

    Hierarchy and anyone not a consultant is considered less than. They have no idea how grave the situation is. Money is the name of the game; they do not care about their people or culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP!! Pay attention. You can't run your company based only on the dollars people bring into the firm. You have to care about how people are treated on a day-to-day basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not sure I would do it again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are terrific and unbeatable. A lot of paid holidays in addition to vacation, 401k, profit sharing, etc. For the most part, you won't find a better group of people- super friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Difficult to achieve a work/life balance. Deadlines are integral in search but a lot could be avoided if consultants weren't so "panic" stricken or busy running off during the day to attend events for their kids, getting facials, etc. Then they expect you to complete a task no matter how long you have to work to get it done. Dealing with arrogant, egotistical, degrading consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management took more of an interest in and backed up employees below the Consultant level. Firm has lost many good people because Management is only concerned about keeping consultants happy; even if it means terminating a good employee. There have been a few Managing Directors at the office level who cared about how lower level employees were treated and stood behind them. Now leadership is spineless unless you're a consultant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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