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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated November 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great working environment with good work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Colleagues are fantastic, great people to be around (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is terrible at many levels (in 12 reviews)

  • There also seems to be limited paths for career development or promotions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Company Structure Needs Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good work/life balance with a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Little clarity around compensation and overall uncompetitive compensation levels, career development/training opportunities are scarce, international opportunities are hard to come by, experience/culture highly dependent on the partner/practice you support

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the Associates/Engagement Managers have to say


  2. Helpful (2)

    "partner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the total compensation was competitive and based on sales performance

    Cons

    highly transactional culture that fostered internal competition vs. collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    add incentives to drive more consultative, team-oriented behaviors in the service of clients.

  3. "Great Company"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Heidrick offers competitive pay, allows work ownership, and allows for coaching/guidance along the way. Great company for personal growth with plenty of room above.

    Cons

    Sometimes a high-stress, results-only environment, but who can name a company that isn't. Overall about what is to be expected from a large corporate company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more active coaching/training. Most everyone here is looking to grow their careers, so management shouldn't wait to be asked for coaching advise.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Global international company with lots of resources

    Cons

    Lots of politics, bureaucracy and long winded ways of getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more flexible and open up to the new ways of recruiting.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits at fair prices

    Cons

    Lack of leadership & clear vision, a culture that shifts the blame & points fingers

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the contributions that associates are making


  6. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, promote from within, development encouraged

    Cons

    Corporate and search sectors very divided


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Associate abuse"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people at the lower levels. Everyone is supportive and will jump to help you. Office is beautiful and amenities are great.

    Cons

    the partners believe in a revenge like culture where they believe in beating the associates down until they either break or comply. they give no effort to getting to know their employees and sit on a pedestal high above, expecting answers without dirtying their hands. Also, does anyone else notice just how rare it is that a partner actually started as an associate? Seems like a pipe dream that they sell to justify working you like a dog.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get to know your associates, how can you expect to work efficiently when you have no idea who is supporting you.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Engagement Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great company, well-resourced, intelligent colleagues and great reputation in field.

    Cons

    Getting ahead seems arbitrary. If you work with a good partner who supports you, you can get ahead, but if you work with weaker partners, it is impossible to move up.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Top firm, and enlightened and strong management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Develops talent for the partner track. Strong integrity, collaborative environment, top notch client roster, global

    Cons

    Some practices havre a better culture than others.

    Advice to Management

    Practice leadership should be more carefully chosen and monitored.


  10. "A lot of work to do"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High level exposure, a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Company in a major transition. Associate compensation plan doesn't align with partners.

    Very political - to truly move up, get paid well, etc. must work for top partner in the firm - someone with political clout that will go to bat for you.

    Advice to Management

    Change pay


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