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Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Spencer Stuart CEO Kevin M. Connelly
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  • Firm needs to work on improving work/life balance of employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of work, long hours but will pay off in the end (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Team and Culture"

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work in the Boston office and the team there is excellent. Professional but fun. They take their work seriously and strike a great balance in supporting their clients and ensuring the candidate experience is smooth and as informed as possible.
    It's the one place I've worked where I can say I truly like everyone I work with. That includes all the other offices I'v worked with and visited. Now up to 10-12 other offices.

    Cons

    Making this career choice means you're always available. Taking calls and writing will always bleed into nights and weekends. You have to be ok with that.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on developing the next generation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Experience, Company Politics a Pain"

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment, structured, stable, etc.

    Cons

    Experience with company highly dependent on team. Some are incredible to work with, some are nightmares. Just depends.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Good company, interesting work, lack of career growth opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent clients and interesting projects
    Great benefits and office space
    Free lunches frequently, good colleagues, smart and driven people are hear

    Cons

    Don't get much client exposure and interaction so you can feel a bit limited in terms of your own personal growth opportunities. Spencer Stuart is slow to promote so you can feel a bit stunted in your own career development
    Messaging from senior leadership is rather negative in terms of where we are headed as a firm- doesn't help employees feel motivated

    Advice to Management

    Change the messaging about the current and future state of the firm
    Allow associates to be more client facingb- it will help with succession planning and empower your workforce more (a win win strategy)


  4. "Accounts Payable specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly work environment and constantly have corp parties every month.

    Cons

    Slow and very hard to get promote.


  5. "SF office is great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Interesting clients
    *Good office management
    *Nice coworkers

    Cons

    *Can be a pretty isolated / lonely job


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, decent pay. Leading technology

    Cons

    Staffing layoffs create a feeling of uncertain future


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing including profit sharing and health insurance. Banker like holidays and a high quality of life with little after hours work

    Cons

    Risk adverse to point of hiring consultants to perform menial tasks. Abundance on meetings with little results or clear goals. With such great benefits I think many people stay there not because they are interested in the work, but because of the perks.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "High potential for burnout"

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    • 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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits and varied job responsibilities (you'll never be bored!)

    Cons

    Not a great work/life balance; compensation is not competitive given the heavy workload; very political - management seems to value "yes men" over dedicated, hard working employees (you have to play the political game if you want to be valued); no career advancement opportunities for EAs

    Advice to Management

    Work to promote a more team oriented culture amongst admin staff; consider revisiting comp range for the role - or at least strive to do a better job of showing employee appreciate based on performance instead of politics


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ExecutiveAssistanttoaSeniorPartner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ExecutiveAssistanttoaSeniorPartner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for!

    Cons

    I have no cons to report

    Advice to Management

    Great Team


  10. ""Consultant""

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible and collaborative organizational culture
    - The people at Spencer Stuart are great, friendly, and accessible
    - Feel very supported and others want to help you succeed

    Cons

    - Plan on working hard with high-quality standards. If that's you, this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the direction you're providing. Keep continuing to transform the organization toward being a 'trusted advisor' to all of our clients leadership needs.


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