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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great working environment with good work/life balance (in 12 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)

    "Executive Admin"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, highly compensated, clean office environment

    Cons

    high turnover, clicky departments, to much gossip, no loyalty


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Work!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot, got exposed to important people, friendly, congenial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hard to break into Partner Ranks if you are not hired in as a partner

    Advice to Management

    Provide a smoother path to partnership or senior management.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Only brand name value left"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work!!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    I worked for Heidrick & Struggles 2 different times and both were highly enjoyable!! The people are great, the work hours are flexible, Heidrick & Struggles is a great place to learn the Executive Recruiting business or expand your skill set.

    Cons

    If you are hired on as an Associate it is tough to advance to the role of Consultant; This is primarily due to the nature of the roles; Consultants are rainmakers and need to be very skilled at business development; Associates are candidate developers and as such may not have the business development/sales mindset

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for Associates to advance at least to a mid level role between Associate & Consultant; from what I hear they have already done this and that is great!!


  7. "Overall concept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with good history

    Cons

    Should continue to improve to meet up with the challenge of the economy.


  8. "always "on call""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice people and collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    - Admin work, by nature of this business, is repetitive, bordering on boring.
    - Frequent non-work time interruptions dealing with clients and candidates who expect immediate action.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "unfortunate situation at Heidrick..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are nice and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Certainly having the word "Struggles" in the name should have been a sign as it is the most appropriate adjective to describe my time at Heidrick. For those considering to join, make sure you negotiate a salary and can live off that for at least 3 years. There is a bonus, but no bonus pool for EAs. They can only seem to pay the partners via layoffs, management changes, restructurings, etc. Then there is the spending - partner meetings in Barcelona, practice meetings, all internal meetings at a high cost to the firm. Would be nice to have that money in the bonus pool rather in their family vacations.

    The CEO has removed every single C-level executive at least one time (if not more) in the past three years and that hasn't solved anything...it doesn't take a PhD to figure this out.

    So much there needs to change - and the board is completely unwilling to do it. And why should they? They write books or whatever and the CEO hosts parties for them at Heidrick's expense.

    Mostly now I am curious as to what will be the event that actually triggers change...

    Advice to Management

    change the CEO and board immediately
    figure out how to properly compensate EVERY one not just the partners
    figure out how to not spend more than you bring in
    when you get the core competencies correct - the culture and mentality of employees will change.


  10. "Good place to work - Team is very collaborative, screamers, SOBs are shown the door"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong mentoring if you seek it out, collaborative environment, practices pull together and won't let a client/search team down by putting more resources where needed.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work at all hours. 110% is expected.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bad CEO at the helm"

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