Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2020

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3.8
67%
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Heidrick & Struggles President and CEO  Krishnan Rajagopalan (no image)
Krishnan Rajagopalan
23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people from the top down, truly interesting work, competitive rate(in 20 reviews)

  • "Reasonable work life balance (you can control this pretty well)(in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best in class"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good culture across the firm; interesting profession and we get to play at the highest levels. We have some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    Not specific to H&S - but this is a tough business and not for everyone.

  2. "Top Tier Leadership Advisory"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Daily interaction with top tier clients and top tier colleagues. Opportunity to advance with hard work, a positive attitude, and an eye towards quality. Leaders are willing to innovate and push the envelope.

    Cons

    Like many professional services environments, client service is paramount. Clients' needs do not always fall between 9am and 5pm.

  3. "Not the Place for Strategic Consulting"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Cannot comment on search. Few if any in consulting. May be better for leadership consultants interested in coaching. Culture change group and offering was interesting. Opportunity to own a space in leadership consulting.

    Cons

    Systems not set up to support consulting practice Weak infrastructure and commitment to assessments outside of leadership assessment Trying to offer too broad a range of consulting.

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  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Being a boomerang, Heidrick has been the best professional and personal experience of my search career."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Phenomenal culture, outstanding leadership, excellent resources, strong systems/infrastructure made telecommuting seamless, best talent in the industry and a fun place to work with good flexibility.

    Cons

    We all strive to do our very best to serve our clients and sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That is not meant as a negative reflection on Heidrick.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Better talent trajectory for younger people, better culture than competitor firms"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I believe there is a commitment to promoting from within. Strong career progression is certainly possible and high comp down the line. Better work life balance than traditional consulting and similar comp (except for people coming through the ADP program).

    Cons

    Exit ops are mostly to other talent-related jobs.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Too Political"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you're aligned with a professional team it can be a good (couple year) experience

    Cons

    If you're aligned with a bad partner/team it can be a miserable experience

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  7. "Great company!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They have worked to improve their benefits and family packages. They hit the mark on them.

    Cons

    Search is not an easy business.

  8. "Good place to learn the executive search process"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting clients and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of weekend

  9. "Great place to do search"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative place to grow within search industry/learn search

    Cons

    Compensation/hours if you do not want to be in search industry

  10. "Great employer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced, energetic workplace with wonderful partners and associates.

    Cons

    Because Chicago is the corporate headquarters, the office is divided by Search/Corporate and sometimes the divide felt greater to the corporate side.

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