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DHR International Reviews

Updated January 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility/Good work life balance---work hard play hard mentality" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Good place to learn a business by being thrown in the fire" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is an extremely fast paced environment and you are expected to keep up" (in 9 reviews)

  • "The health care was so subpar, no one bothered to sign up for it" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time

    Pros

    -The PEOPLE!
    -Hands on full cycle search experience
    -Flexibility/Good work life balance---work hard play hard mentality
    -PTO Benefits/Wellness Program
    -Autonomy

    Cons

    -lots of small offices
    -high pace work

    Advice to Management

    Keep the wellness program going and bring on other employee engagement events that touch the small offices. Communicate more on organizational changes. Work on career progression for EAs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "DHR is a captainless ship with a broken moral compass"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DHR International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I liked some of my colleagues and had a lot of autonomy

    Cons

    The leadership of the firm is dishonest, conflict avoidant, passive-aggressive and intentionally ignores issues. Ironic for a professional services firm that relies on human capital for their success. This sets the tone for your experience as a DHR employee. The firm does not honor terms that they put in writing in their own offer letters, and will renege on most promises after you join. When confronted, they will tell you that what was written in your offer letter was a mistake, and when you ask for documented policies, nothing definitive is provided. DHR promotes the false premise that their compensation program is top paying in the industry, but they fail to tell you that DHR covers no expenses, reduces your commission when you can not obtain unrealistic admin fees on your search engagements, and will provide you with junior level research support. Most of the research staff is working their first job out of college. If you find a researcher with any competence, they will leave the firm because DHR refuses to pay people at market. Therefore, if you want to retain a good researcher you end up taking money out of your own commission structure to keep them working for you. Once you factor in all of the items that DHR won't cover, the compensation pitch doesn't hold. The firm will also do whatever they can to cheat people out of money. I was told by several departing colleagues that they had to hire attorneys when they left because DHR refused to reimburse expenses and pay commissions that were earned and payable by law. Knowing this, I consulted an attorney before resigning, and true to form, DHR refused to answer my inquiries and I had to engage the attorney to help me get what was owed. It is easy to see why they have so many lawsuits filed against them. Administrative and HR support does not exist at DHR because they hire people who are junior and unqualifed for such roles, due to their unwillingness to pay for experienced people.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management because they are fully aware of what they are doing and have no desire to change. It is all about putting $$$'s in the owner's pocket, and the firm doesn't care how they do it or who they burn in the process. At some point this will come back to haunt them, because the industry isn't that big and DHR's reputation is well known. Former employees working in the Search industry use their DHR horror stories against them in competitive bid situations, while DHR continues to experience high turnover. Anyone who joins DHR does so at their own risk. I also have good insight that the four and five star ratings on this site were written by DHR insiders to counter the bad reviews posted by honest people.

  3. "Working at DHR International"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly culture and entrepreneurial environment. It is a global company, but feels small - if you are young and ambitious, you have the opportunity to grow/work in different cities. Management is hands on and rewards success, there are ample opportunities to work in many different sectors and lead internal team initiatives.

    Cons

    Compensation is not always the best, and the work can be stressful/demanding. If you have a can-do attitude and succeed in a fast-paced environment you will be successful at DHR.

    Advice to Management

    Continue fostering young talent.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Corrupt and didn’t pay my commission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DHR International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to learn a business by being thrown in the fire. No one knows what they are doing so you can be an ‘expert’ quickly.

    Cons

    Everything. Nepotism. They don’t pay as promised. Executive leadership regularly plays favorites, chooses not to pay consultants what they’ve earned. Lack of moral code.


  5. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DHR International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. Some (not all, but some) top tier talent within the organization. Good work/life balance. Strong camaraderie and a lot of laughter in the office.

    Cons

    The health care was so subpar, no one bothered to sign up for it. Senior, higher earning players outright STEAL clients brought in by junior players--and with them, the commission/bonus--without a word from management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "average review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Search Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Search Associate in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    autonomy, trust, and wide scope compared to other firms. great work/life balance

    Cons

    little to no culture, poor pay, poor benefits

    Advice to Management

    please address compensation issues to retain employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great team focused environment!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great partners, stable work environment, fun and engaging culture

    Cons

    Fast paced environment - you are expected to keep up

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic employee engagement initiatives (ex. wellness program), and keep providing plenty of opportunities to learn from your peers

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DHR International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to create your own path.

    Cons

    Poor recruiting support and no sense of urgency to change that.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is what you make of it. If you have the drive and desire to take on a lot and go above and beyond and find a great consultant to mentor you, it can be a great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Virtually nonexistent human resources/administration. The people in corporate management are completely overmatched and unqualified. There's lots of staff turnover. There's not a culture in place of hiring high achievers, nurturing them, advancing their careers, and growing from within. They would rather hire low achievers and not pay them well.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DHR International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    401k, health insurance, sick days, vacation days, etc.

    Cons

    Extremely cheap. Doesn't care about its researchers or executive assistants. Only the executive team. HR is condescending also, rude and unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the micromanaging.