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Updated February 22, 2018
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Heidrick & Struggles Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wolstencroft
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Pros
  • Great working environment with good work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Colleagues are fantastic, great people to be around (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is terrible at many levels (in 12 reviews)

  • There also seems to be limited paths for career development or promotions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people. Management treats all employees with respect

    Cons

    Difficult process to be promoted to consultant


  2. "Associate at H&S"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a great reputation

    Cons

    Unless your connected with a partner (the "right" partner) opportunities are limited

  3. "Executive Search consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global firm, multi line search and consulting and culture shaping service line. New strategy and value proposition in the market, building a new value proposition

    Cons

    Highly political and top partners keep new business for them selves. Fee and SOB splits are often not negotiable and handled top down. Multi line offering seems a great value proposition to the clients, but execution of search assignments suffer and quality is impacted. The client often does not win...
    The in house data gathering process is poor and content management as well.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more humane vision to truly help clients. Executive decisions are made by profit thinking as a top priority, not to improve client performance and quality placements. Work more closely with clients to build a lasting reputation. Try to have better retention policy as many partners are leaving the firm to competitors.


  4. "AMAZING Company!!!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and room for growth. I loved working at H&S.

    Cons

    I worked on a great team so I didn't have any cons. I do know some employees who worked for more "seasoned" Consultants had a hard time doing things that millennials would deem as "old school."

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps put PIP plans in place for employees that are struggling.


  5. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work. You meet and learn about interesting people and will be exposed to a variety of industries. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Corporate culture. Management has zero integrity and don't expect to be rewarded for hard work. Managers have no incentive to actually manage and mentor and if that is what you are looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Provide managers incentives to be good managers. Don't just compensate them all the same. Good managers should be rewarded while toxic ones shouldn't.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great collaborative high quality firm!"

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    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely high caliber of talent at all levels
    Openness to supporting and mentoring young leaders
    Collaborative spirit... always with exceptions but as a rule of thumb
    Ability to be entrepreneurial within a framework of quality and accountability

    Cons

    very poor on training
    very poor on onboarding
    working to be more nimble
    Collaboration and communication can always improve
    still need to carve out some cancerous bad behavior - never obvious to the top

    Advice to Management

    Recent leadership changes are terrific. Krishnan and Ron are terrific!
    Recent investments in technology overdue and heading the firm in the right direction
    still question technology leadership at corporate level
    Get in the trenches and listen.
    Elevate more women to top leadership positions


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Intense environment. Office morale is low.

  8. "Senior Executive Assistant to CHRO"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Prestigious firm, great resources and outstanding collaboration.

    Cons

    horrible matrix management and training/on-boarding processes


  9. "Internship Review"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great, great work

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say, great culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great to develop and grow within the company. People are very supportive. Team's are generally simple to work with. A lot of events to attend.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't equal workload. Lack of recognition for achievements. A lot of competition. People smile in your face and slander you from behind. Work/Life balance is terrible at many levels.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions, job advancement in general, needs to be better dealt with. Many people are in positions they shouldn't be and many shouldn't be getting paid as much as they are.


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