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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Heidrick & Struggles Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wolstencroft
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  • extreme overtime is expected and there is no work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • There might be some long hours at times, but there is also a lot of flexibility in your schedule at the same time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great mentorship"

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

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

    Pros

    Young talent are mentored and motivated to grow.
    Good office culture.
    Surrounded by talented and hard working colleagues.

    Cons

    Salary is at or below market.


  2. "Great Company, Development Program Not Recommended"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has a great culture and lots of individuals who are willing to invest time in your development.

    Cons

    Program as it currently stands is restrictive. Does not develop individuals to anywhere near their full potential.

    Advice to Management

    Make actual changes from the given feedback.

  3. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great building, free parking, steady busy pace

    Cons

    small office, not everyone works from the office, quiet

    Advice to Management

    make everyone come to the office every day to create better culture


  4. "Good first job, experience really depends upon the people on your team."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some Partners truly invest in the development of up-and-comers.

    Cons

    Heidrick can be bureaucratically limiting


  5. "Enjoyed it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice company with interesting work

    Cons

    There is some uncertainty about career path


  6. "HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to the business, ability to impact some change, good team comradery, very nice offices.

    Cons

    Too much management change, poor communication downward, limited worklife balance: only for those at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Work to value corporate as much as the business - Win as One Firm


  7. "great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    H&S is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers, busy and active lifestyle.

    Cons

    not a great culture for women


  9. "Engagement Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    It is a collaborative environment with smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Expectations could be better defined.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "So much potential, unsure if it will be realized"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are fantastic, great people to be around.
    Marquee blue-chip clients, depending on the partner you work for
    Offices are beautiful, and typically located in the best areas of the world's most prominent business hubs
    Lots of flexibility, ability to work remote and from any of the offices worldwide
    Good work/life balance
    Free soda/coffee/tea and snacks
    Numerous examples of people going from associate to partner
    Adopting a campus recruiting model to grow internal pipeline of talent
    Heidrick brand gets you in the door almost anywhere

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to industry averages
    Culture is very gossipy - and politics is very much the name of the game here
    Work, especially at the lower levels, can be repetitive and mundane
    Does not seem to be a meritocracy, promotions and upward mobility are more about who likes you as opposed to what you're capable of
    Some practices still have the old school search mentality where age/seniority is valued over capability
    Junior talent brought in from some of the best undergraduate schools in the US seems to be wasted
    Every practice is different, and the experience is highly variable.
    Your progression is 100% dependent on who you work for, which is a crapshoot - if you're lucky and get aligned to the right partner, you are set; otherwise, good luck my friend, you will be 45 years old and still be an Engagement manager doing the grunt work.
    At the analyst/associate/engagement manager level (the true work horses of the company), people seem easily interchangeable, as the work is truly not all that difficult
    Sometimes the work feels transactional
    Candid feedback regarding the firm itself is not universally well received

    Advice to Management

    You have a culture shaping and leadership consulting firm, apply their services to your own business please; and when you do, act upon the results, don't pushback.
    Give more responsibility to the young talent you have recruited, the lack of engagement and ownership imbued upon them is going to kill your retention rates.
    If you're going to try to brand yourself as a management consulting firm, be competitive with the other consulting firms in terms of pay and benefits, otherwise, be honest with what you are, which is mainly executive search.
    When you are teaching people how to do executive search, do not have non-search professionals from HR/Corporate run the bootcamps - they do a miserable job.
    Be more transparent about bonuses and promotion policies; allow promotions to happen on more robust timelines than simply the yearly cycle.
    Tracy Wolstencroft is fantastic, get other leaders like him, please.
    Heidrick & Struggles could be on par with the McKinsey's and Goldman's of the world, and that seems to be the firm's ambition - it's possible, but you must change a lot of the culture internally. The old school search mentality needs to be kicked out faster than Kevin Kelly was.


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