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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits

    Cons

    Can be hierarchial and bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Have a better integration of service lines


  2. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company culture and good work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of deadlines to meet, so work can be stressful at times

  3. "Great place to work and be mentored"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in the business! Great place to be mentored. Very collegial environment and team-centric. Would definitley recommend.

    Cons

    Every office is different and H&S is a very partner-driven organization. Very dependent upon the partner you are aligned to, but excellent place in general to learn the ropes of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Think about aligning bonuses to capacity and % of each search completed. The bonus system today is a black box and each year it is at the digression of 1 person leading the industry sector to make the decision.


  4. "Research Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Your Partner makes or breaks your experience."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are on a good team, then the job is okay.

    Cons

    Work - Life Balance suffers

  8. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and interesting clients.

    Cons

    There are no cons associated.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. 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.


  10. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, nice office, good people

    Cons

    not a lot of room for growth, high expectations make it difficult to have a proper work life balance


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