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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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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 (3)

    "Privileged to work with great colleagues, but IT Management never appreciated the hard work of the Salesforce.com team."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot from Salesforce.com experts and learned about scrum agile methodology.

    Cons

    I recently left Heidrick after putting up with a challenging culture from IT Management I was with Heidrick for many years and have seen the company go through a lot of changes, both good and bad. Working on the Salesforce.com implementation project allowed me to learn Salesforce and make me very marketable. The team of people I worked with are by far the best and brightest, however IT Management treated the people who did the work very poorly. Several of us had left and I had decided to leave when I realized that the culture was not going to change.

    Advice to Management

    I recently saw that Heidrick is looking for a new Salesforce System Administrator and a Business Analyst, which means more people continue to leave this company. The positions sound great at first, but once you start with this company you will soon realize how abusive the culture can be.
    IT Management really needs to change the culture and should recognize how great the team is.


  2. "H&S is a solid employer with more pros than cons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Department in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Decent bonuses
    Great work life balance - plenty of holidays, 9 to 5, limited work outside of normal business hours, flexibility with working remote when needed
    Good people to work with for the most part

    Cons

    IT management is scatter brained and politically charged at times
    Doesn't do a very good job at retaining talent
    No training/certification/skills development built into HR model - If you decide to work here you're on your own, expense what you can!

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize and/or encourage training and certification
    Do a better job at retaining talent

  3. "Great job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, high level access to clients, variety of options to specialize, and much self-determination

    Cons

    work-life balance is hard in a service business

    Advice to Management

    better time off, and enforceable time off policies


  4. "A great experience, but long hours that mostly last 6 days a week"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is fairly decent and the exposure to many c-level is great compared to many other recruiting firms in the industry.

    Cons

    The leadership structure in the Chicago area branch is lacking. Many talented young recruiters have moved on the other firms in the area.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great at beginning, went down toward my end!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good; even during weak economies. Do your job well and you will be compensated nicely for it. A few good folks there.

    Cons

    Bad attitudes; very cliquish; if you're not kissing important peoples' butts, you're considered a pariah; management didn't seem to care - acted as if they did, but when it came down to it, they'd throw you under the bus if it benefited them or their agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Start really listening to people; take the rules and apply them to each and every one. Don't pit the group together as a whole when something is being done incorrectly. Go directly to that person and take care of the matter - grow some!! If one person is allowed to do something, then everyone else should be able to do so too.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comp and benefits match industry standards.

    Cons

    Non-collegial atmosphere that contributes to the pompous attitudes of consultants & associates.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice to management because they are the problem.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best days are ahead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Collegial and smart culture with great mix of experienced and younger talent
    Reassertion itself as an innovator in leadership advisory
    Truly global and allows for experiences across various industries and geographies
    New CEO is good, like all new ceo's! Has been well received by the rank and file
    A work hard play hard environment

    Cons

    Technology is getting better but still some kinds in new crm tool
    Expectations are high and some can get dismayed by the workload

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course

  8. "Best firm in the industry"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment; exciting searches; best colleagues in the business

    Cons

    None - the new CEO is great

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  9. "Solid company, heading in a good direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is plenty of potential for upward mobility. If you work hard, you can get rewarded for it by promotions and bonuses.

    Cons

    There might be some long hours at times, but there is also a lot of flexibility in your schedule at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    none right now


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate is not respected nor rewarded"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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