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Updated Sep 14, 2021

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3.7
62%
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Heidrick & Struggles President and CEO  Krishnan Rajagopalan (no image)
Krishnan Rajagopalan
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Pros
  • "Great people from the top down, truly interesting work, competitive rate(in 22 reviews)

  • "work life balance is achievable on right team(in 21 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Some teams have less work/life balance(in 19 reviews)

  • "Potentially long hours, depending on the week(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years
      Featured Review

      Good culture

      Jun 10, 2021 - Principal 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Excellent platform for career development. You are given full accountability for your role, and lots of support and training, including for more senior executives and staff. Sincere focus on internal people development and professional growth, while still maintaining an emphasis on delivering quality service to clients. Open and transparent culture.

      Cons

      This is actually a strong plus for the firm, but the apprenticeship model that is used may not appeal to everyone. There is focus on teamwork and collaboration, so someone looking only for personal gain may feel out of place.

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com

    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Leadership Advisory Firm

      Jun 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Strong career path and employee development. Solid culture. Flexible environment. Top-tier player in the leadership advisory space.

      Cons

      Not easy to control how much work you take on. The work is rewarding, but at times, it feels intense and very busy.

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      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying our culture and flexible environment. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Net Positive Experience

      May 6, 2021 - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Competitive comp and benefits. Overtime pay and decent PTO. EA cohort has a well-earned reputation for being 'best in class' and serves as an excellent support network. Opportunity to function in more of project management capacity and be considered an equal thought partner and team contributor, which is rarely the case in standard corporate EA roles. Excellent systems in place for constant training and development within the role. Company's focus has recently shifted more in the direction of ensuring a healthy work-life balance, and appear to be making an earnest effort to boost D&I.

      Cons

      More challenging, fast-paced, and demanding than your standard corporate EA role, and with a steep learning curve if you're crossing over into the world of search from corporate. Claiming overtime and taking PTO can be easier said than done, depending on the individual or team you're supporting. In fact, much of your experience depends on that dynamic... which you don't always have much control over outside of your ability to manage up and effectively communicate/uphold boundaries. The appreciation for an EA's contribution to a team's projects rarely translates to financial incentives based on quantifiable metrics in the way that it does for other team members, which can send a slightly discouraging message to a population that can often feel invisible within the organization.

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for your feedback, and we are pleased that you are enjoying your work here at Heidrick & Struggles. We value your contributions. In our line of business, the pace and load of work go up and down. We understand the importance of a good work-life balance and are committed to ensuring a positive experience for our employees at all levels. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com.

    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting work

      Sep 13, 2021 - Engagement Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Interesting work and high visibility

      Cons

      No work life balance and expectations are unreasonable

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Hierarchy Abounds, Managerial Mindset Behind

      Jul 15, 2021 - Executive Assistant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The senior partners operate in silos, which is a plus for an executive assistant as you form a beneficial working relationship with a small team. Salary and benefits for EA’s are excellent. The offices are quite modern, which is a nice environment. The perks, benefits and flexibility for the senior partner level are excellent.

      Cons

      Managerial wise, the mindset is archaic in terms of flexibility with no opportunity for advancement. There exists a clear hierarchy for all other levels and like most companies, the associate & manager level is overworked, often jumping ship to smaller companies not only for advancement but for a more innovative company approach.

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      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our flexibility, benefits and work environment. If you would like to share more about your experience and how we can improve, please email us at feedback@heidrick.com.

    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Leaders in Talent for good reason

      Jun 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great leaders with high EQ. Significant investments are made in learning and development and there is a clear focus on internal promotion to grow senior ranks in the organization. The business is interesting and exciting and moves at a rapid pace.

      Cons

      Not the type of place you go to if you want a regular, 9-5 sort of job. It is a professional services firm and therefore client demands often dictate how and when one works, and that means working long hours, nights and weekends at times.

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      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying our L&D programs. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com

    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Fun culture if you fit in!

      Jun 9, 2021 - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great culture if you jive with those around you. They are more progressive than other executive search firms, but do have some internal kinks to work out.

      Cons

      Internal politics can get in the way a bit.

      1 person found this review helpful

      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for your feedback, and we are pleased that you are enjoying our culture. We care about all aspects of work experience, and culture is an important part of that. Your input helps inform our future focus, and if you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com.

    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Going from strength to strength

      May 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Strong management team with a clear vision to be the best leadership advisory firm in the world.

      Cons

      Similar to many professional services firms, more work needs to be done to recruit, retain and promote diverse talent.

      1 person found this review helpful

      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      Principal

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at feedback@heidrick.com.

    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Your career progression depends 90% on who you happen to have manage you - many great managers, some so-so.

      Jan 27, 2021 - Analyst in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good work culture - everyone is genuine and wants to get people involved. The company's mission and values are super important to everyone and work their way into everything we do.

      Cons

      Heidrick has a retention issue and will continue to have one as long as they continue to underpay their junior employees. 25 year olds with fantastic credentials and work-ethics should be paid more than what Heidrick usually is willing to pay. HR is an absolute mess - just points fingers everywhere else but themselves. Career progression is totally reliant on the position you happen to start in and whether or not your manager has any interest in advocating for you. Infuriating when you do everything you can and aren't rewarded.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    11. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Ok

      Jun 30, 2021 - Executive Recruiter 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      nice people and did my job

      Cons

      not very competitive on pay

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      Heidrick & Struggles Response

      HR Project Specialist

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and we are pleased that you have enjoyed working with your colleagues. We appreciate you being so open with us as your input helps us inform future decisions and programs. If this is something that you would like to discuss further, please email us at feedback@heidrick.com

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