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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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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 14 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work ."

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with' colleagues , always acknowledging your contributions effort and hard work .

    Cons

    Partners , consultants , and just about anyone from the Office Administrations manager and above the ladder are a complete opposite of what they would like you to believe , I I would not take what they say at face value , my advice would be ( Trust No One ) .

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as you would like to be treated. My transparent discontent does not reflect on all H&S employees , but just those whom discredit present or former employees behind closed doors .


  2. "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good culture, great office space and amenities

    Cons

    Unless you have a Vice President title, you mean very little to the bottom-line.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Your Partner makes or breaks your experience."

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The NYC office is beautiful. Free sodas and coffee/tea in the kitchen. Happy hours and drinking-related events on the company dime every few weeks. In general, everyone is incredibly nice, sociable, and helpful.

    You get a work phone and laptop, and a nice little cubicle near your Partner's office.

    The Heidrick brand's reception is incredible. Most executives at he C-level know of it, and respect it. It really feels like the elite of executive search, and in many ways, it is.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, your experience as an Associate is entirely dependent on your Partner. Depending on who you work for, you will either be set up for success or become a relentless working machine that is easily replaceable. In a few instances, you can find Associates that truly work hand in hand with their Partner - they receive support, continuous feedback, and dialogue both on their performance and on the candidates they are meeting and evaluating together. Sadly, this was not my case. I was not only expected to work 80-100 hour weeks but had to beg repeatedly for feedback and direction, when I had never done work like this before. There was little investment in my learning and development, but I was expected to kill myself with no support. So, very poor work/life balance.

    Heidrick's culture also celebrates the bragging of working ridicilous hours. From Associates to Engagement Managers to Principals, everyone brags about how much they worked last night, how early they got into the office, how much they worked over the weekend, how they worked all through their vacation.

    A few more cons: low pay, ridiculously low raises, politics typical of such a large and bureaucratic company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fixing the inconsistent Associate experience. They are your engine, and most are overworked, unhappy, and unmotivated.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Nice office, great people, interesting clients . Very fast paced and dynamic work environment.

    Cons

    The company expects a lot out of you and does not return the favor. Poor pay, poor work life balance. Young talent is unfortunately treated as if they are interchangeable. (which, unfortunately they are).

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hold on to your younger generations of talent, treat them better


  5. Helpful (4)

    "From IT perspective"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity to learn business and work with latest technologies.

    Cons

    Finger-pointing and Politics is the name of the game. Managers are so inept and incapable of any execution. It's funny that this is going on with the company who specializes in Executive Search.

    Weeks spend on countless meetings and project plans because everyone afraid of the risks.
    If your project succeed it rarely that you get recognition. If you fail everyone will know about it.
    This means you have a culture of people who are threatened whenever a smart person comes on board.
    Long term employees have to play politics to keep their jobs.

    It used to be such a great place to work for but it's in the past.

    Advice to Management

    IT management needs an overhaul.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. The culture is truly the best part.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high because they don't value associates and engagement managers and it is very difficult to make it to the Principal or Partner level. They don't pay very well until you get to those levels.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate is not respected nor rewarded"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Management in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good location (close to Union Station)

    Cons

    Constant leadership turnover, poor management and lack of fairness

    Advice to Management

    Kill your egos and start being ethical

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Only brand name value left"

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    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It still helps to say that one has worked for Heidrick & Struggles, because the brand name has some historic cache even though the actual product has declined so significantly. Ironically, Heidrick in recent years trained(at its expense) a generation of top-notch executive search consultants who then either left or were let go and ended up being star power in other firms, including their own -- now taking business away from H&S.

    Cons

    Simply terrible leadership from its recently-departed CEO Kevin Kelly who was reviled and disrespected for years until an apparently clueless Board of Directors realized it. They must have been asleep at the wheel because everyone internally knew Kelly was in way over his head from the get-go,

    Advice to Management

    Shame on the BOD for permitting management to steadily run the firm into the ground. Stockholders should hold the Board accountable for the serious loss in stock value and remove the whole lot.who have been at the scene of this crime!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive IT department. Excellent office support staff. Most folks are great people, suffering under a negative corporate culture

    Cons

    Original thinking is rejected. Risk-taking is frowned upon. Covering one's flank is the over-riding objective. Most communication is written because of distrust.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a better culture with genuine team-building. Stop punishing people for asking questions and offering alternate solutions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad CEO at the helm"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great SF office, fun collaborative environment

    Cons

    Company is being destroyed by poor management, the CEO is running the company into the ground while he advances his own political agenda. Sad really.

    Advice to Management

    The BOD should get a new CEO, breathe new life into the company.


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