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Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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Spencer Stuart CEO Ben Williams
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and compensation, lots of training(in 22 reviews)

  • "Great culture, friendly work environment and constantly have corp parties every month(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent firm"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly professional and reputable firm with wonderful people and culture. It's a privilege to work with the clients we do.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is hard in any consultancy.

    Spencer Stuart2019-04-24
  2. "Stay away if you value your time, your life or yourself"

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's nice to be in River North...once you get there. You can learn a lot about how a company runs itself into the ground at top speed.

    Cons

    Leadership is fractured, unorganized and dysfunctional. There is no collaboration. Micromanagement and authoritarianism abound. Business model is outdated & it shows in their results.

    Advice to Management

    What for?

    Spencer Stuart2019-06-17
  3. "Truly a great firm"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture at Spencer Stuart is really special. The organization is filled with great people who want to do great work and have an impact with our clients. It’s a wonderful part of the ethos of Spencer Stuart.

    Cons

    Going through some growing pains while transforming to a broader leadership firm.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain our great culture, as we move forward

    Spencer Stuart2019-03-28
  4. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The gold standard in search Exciting moment of growth for the firm Incredibly talented and smart colleagues at every layer of the organization Meaningful work for clients who are making an impact in every sector Except for PTI, the benefit package is strong

    Cons

    Growing rapidly and HR is not keeping up with the growth and changes in today's workforce Unclear process around advancement and opportunities for advancement; in many ways, it still acts like a small firm, and you have to be lucky enough to work for someone who will be a mentor and an advocate Lack of transparency around compensation Unlike other professional services firms, if you reach a ceiling at Spencer Stuart...

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    Advice to Management

    Make a decision on whether or not you want to be transparent about advancement opportunities and process, and then do it OR say that you are not going to do it Develop a transparent way to talk about compensation

    Spencer Stuart2019-04-06
  5. "Excellent firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, great collaborative culture and ability to make an impact

    Cons

    Hard to think of any

    Spencer Stuart2019-02-13
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A Company Stuck in the Past and With Incompetent Leaders"

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great pay and very good benefits - Good employees to associate with and learn from - Some employees have been here 20+ years and are a source of great information

    Cons

    - New management (CEO, CFO, Heads) are largely aloof and incompetent. They are present physically but not mentally. They have no idea what goes into the average person's work and expect them to work very long hours - Long Hours expected - Very little recognition except a large bonus for extremely long hours - Company is uncertain of its future direction and keeps changing focus. Spent months working on some projects...

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    Advice to Management

    Replace upper management and better appreciate employees. Wish it would go back to how it was 4 years ago

    Spencer Stuart2019-01-29
  7. "Summer Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Competitive but everyone works together to be successful

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Spencer Stuart2019-01-03
  8. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    well compensated for people who have been there a long time; rewards tenure; good work life balance; nice people; the firm tries to do the right thing; smart coworkers; collaborative culture

    Cons

    not a lot of upward mobility available; people avoid conflict to a fault- it can be a little passive aggressive; not creative; very flat organization; very old school; learning is low on the firm's priorities; overworks its analysts for the amount of pay

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent; continue the modernization journey; hire more analysts

    Spencer Stuart2018-12-03
  9. "Good career launchpad but needs better structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart

    Pros

    Extroverted co-workers, highly collaborative and great exposure to C-level executives

    Cons

    Unclear expectations, constant fire drills and not tons of mentorship.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of lower level workers. Have a more empowering management structure that cultivates talent rather than using people for quick gains.

    Spencer Stuart2018-11-07
  10. Helpful (5)

    "A firm stuck in the 1950s"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    challenging work and friendly people

    Cons

    95% of people of color (in North America and Europe) is administrative. A firm focused on a white culture and not ready for diversity and inclusion. Does not practice what they preach. Offices in North America are very dated. Leadership will not address their biases or are very disrespectful to people of color.

    Advice to Management

    Unconscious bias training and learn about privileged. Practice what you preach to clients. High billers does not equal the best leaders.

    Spencer Stuart2018-11-13
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