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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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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. "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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office location. You get to talk to a lot of very important people.

    Cons

    A LOT of company gossip. Boring cold call work, felt like a sales job. Very little mentorship within the team and also from outside the team in the office in general. Was told by an Engagement Manager that if I wasn't spending at least 12 hours a day at the office and putting in time on the weekends that I was going to progress within the company, but I saw the same EM sitting around and doing nothing for most of the day, so basically just being there but not being busy was better than being productive and having an outside life.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more streamlined new employee orientation that discusses how to do the job and not just put that on the partners who are extremely busy and constantly gone.

  3. "Engagement Manager"

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    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.


  4. 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 .


  5. Helpful (7)

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

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    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.


  6. "Great place"

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

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Great team and fantastic leadership. Powerful brand in the market. Strategic client relationships. Chance to make an impact with clients and with own career. Truly global reach.

    Cons

    Requires an always on mentality to keep in touch with clients, candidates, and colleagues. Less nimble than smaller boutique competitors.


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced. Bright people. Nice clients. Interesting work that has consequence.
    Industry leader. Well developed systems and standards. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Too clubby. Some work less, produce less but get disproportionate attention. Meritocracy not evident. Career and compensation development unclear.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to hard working employees. What you do, not who you work for,
    Should determine your value.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with intelligent and ambitious colleagues in an environment that fosters growth and development. Was fortunate to work with Partners and Practice Leaders who possessed exceptional management skills.

    Cons

    It's a very hierarchical environment and careers are either made or broken by Partners.

    Advice to Management

    The very leaders who are rewarded well for advising their clients on matters of hiring and leadership might brush up their skills for managing their own people.


  9. "Good Place to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Interesting senior level assignments to work on in various industries; team-oriented environment; they say they will promote to consultant level from within.

    Cons

    Not much work/life balance/be prepared to work very long hours; not necessarily equal treatment of employees across teams/practices/offices (depends what team you are working with and where they fit in the organization); lack of communication to employees.

    Advice to Management

    More communication to employees within the organization; develop better technology/database/systems (listen to the employees who use the database to determine what they actually need).


  10. "Payroll"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, nice amenities, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Very political and cut throat and lots of changes

    Advice to Management

    Look at the reasons for the high turnover and treat all employees fairly not just income producers. Culture needs work


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