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Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated February 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and compensation, lots of training" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance and team environment" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "The (lack of) work-life balance is a constant challenge at the associate /senior associate level" (in 18 reviews)

  • "A little old school in their approach" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to think of any


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (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 that never saw the light of day
    - Company IT and systems are archaic and make what at other firms is a simple task a very complicated overdeal at Spencer
    - VERY stuck in the past. Many consultants and upper management C level positions here have secretaries just to manage their calendar and print their emails. Who in any level of authority doesn't know how to use a Calendar or email client? You'll find them here in large numbers.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. "Summer Intern Experience"

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart (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


  4. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  5. "Good career launchpad but needs better structure"

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A firm stuck in the 1950s"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great firm with great benefits

    Cons

    It is a positive environment with so little negatives, not worth mentioning.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are hardworking, and most of them truly give their 100% to the job.

    Cons

    - It is very hierarchical where the consultant's word and opinion is all that matters in the end. And they are the ones taking credit in the end for a search that closes without recognizing the part that the EA's, Associates, and Analysts played in the success of the assignment.
     - Consultants are too focused on making their $$, and don't realize the pressure they put on the associates and EA's as most of the work is forwarded on to them. The EA's are overloaded - work life balance not happening is a recurring theme.
     - There has been a big turnover. People are leaving - associates and EA's - as they
    constantly feel unappreciated by the consultant and management team. No matter how hard they work, there is always something missing or something could have been done better. Come review time it is 'never enough' rather than a 'job well done'. Very frustrating environment to be in.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus and try to retain the good talent you have in your company - Associates and EA's. Recognize and reward them so they stay motivated. Otherwise you are going to lose them to PE Firms, hot start up's etc. that pay a lot more and provide amazing benefits. The good talent that is still at Spencer Stuart is there because they want to be - and you need to try and make sure it stays that way. Coach the consultants to be 'nice and appreciate' of their team that tries so hard to make them look good all the time in front of the clients. They need to get a reality check on their attitude - rather than taking a jab at the team.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Passive Aggressive Culture and Inconsistent Standards is Destructive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    It is a great way to get to know a lot of companies, what they do, what their cultures are like, as well as get to know candidates across the country.

    Cons

    Has always been a hierarchical structure that is resistant to change. With changes in technology and access to people and information being easier to access, the value add needs to be knowledge of people. Consultants are feeling a lot of pressure to bring in business, associates are feeling a lot of pressure to find candidates faster, and, assistants are swamped in keeping track of it all. There are different levels of engagement and accountability which create undue pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Performance management is uneven and the culture is passive aggressive. Focus on changing those and dealing with the difficult decisions.


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flex internships, good experience, good name for resume

    Cons

    Dull - nothing to extreme in the internships.