Spencer Stuart Reviews | Glassdoor

Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated August 10, 2018
193 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Spencer Stuart CEO Kevin M. Connelly
Kevin M. Connelly
73 Ratings

193 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • "Great benefits and compensation, lots of training" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance and team environment" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The (lack of) work-life balance is a constant challenge at the associate /senior associate level" (in 16 reviews)

  • "A little old school in their approach" (in 10 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Consultant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great partnership culture. Smart people. Fun vibe.

    Cons

    Sometimes can move carefully and deliberately.


  2. "Internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interesting projects, exposure to different practices

    Cons

    not always clear staffing for interns

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits. Paid insurance at zero cost to employees.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Clock watchers...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people; smart and collegial. Everyone works very hard and care about doing a good job. Clients cover all spectrums.

    Cons

    Workload can be overwhelming, and if you aren’t on a good team, can be difficult to manage. You need to speak up for yourself and set the guidelines early.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more flexibility for work hours or work from home. We have the technology to make it work. Should be direct line report to your consultants rather than to Admin Manager.


  5. "consulting firm"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    friendly people. plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    must be hard worker to succeed


  6. "Senior associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    Very little support, HR and tech departments could be stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women into senior roles! Hire more people of colour


  7. "Strong Global Firm, Great Values and Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - strong culture
    - good resources around research and analyst help
    - solid career progression opportunities and development, surpassing those I've experienced at competitor firms

    Cons

    - like any big 5 exec search firm, you have to know what you're in for in this type of environment. This work can be independent and isolating. You need to work to create and maintain and internal network.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Impressive company but fix the culture and internal issues"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spencer Stuart truly is the lead executive search firm. Teams provide a solid service to their clients. There are great things about the firm - working with top tier companies, exposure to smart/ talented people, resources. There is work flexibility - ability to work from home, take time off, leave during the day for appointments, etc. By 5:15, the office is typically empty, so positives for someone who has a family. No one is really watching your hours, you just need to get your work done.

    Cons

    Spencer Stuart prides themselves on a team approach; however in many cases this is not true. As an associate it has been said that your main job is to 'make your consultant look good'. Associates can spend hours doing the Consultant's work with no credit. If things are going well with a search, the consultant gets the praise, but if one is working on a tough search, the lower team is completely thrown under the bus. Has made for a toxic environment where there is little trust between consultants/ associates. Very hierarchical. If one were to join Spencer Stuart, make sure you're aligned to a collaborative, mentoring Consultant... being in a shared model within the practice can be tough and can stunt one's career progression at the firm. The quickest way one can be promoted is if they have a consultant who has their back.
    There has been turnover with Associates, Analysts, and EAs. Treat the 'lower' employees better. You're losing great talent with this consultants vs. everyone else approach. When I first joined, the people were overall nice. There were monthly social events to get to know your colleagues. Now the office can be a ghost town; no one interacts with one another. You get your work done, go home, then get back online and do more work.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great firm with a solid reputation externally. Please fix the internal issues, the culture is disappointing and you're really missing out on some great talent. For a firm that sells a culture tool, perhaps you should actually utilize it internally and make improvements.


  9. "Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Modern office and decent pay

    Cons

    No room to advance.


  10. "Executive Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation, lots of training.

    Cons

    Very corporate, very high expectations.


Showing 193 of 216 reviews
Reset Filters