Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2020

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Spencer Stuart CEO Ben Williams
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  • "can be demanding on work-life balance(in 25 reviews)

  • "Lots of projects and clients which creates a high degree of urgency and can be long hours(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Strong Values, Interesting Work"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    #1 brand in the industry helps open doors. Extremely collaborative environment -- incentives that encourage partnering

    Cons

    The work, however interesting, never ends! Slow to change

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    "Depends on who you know and where you are"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture combines results focus with friendly collaboration on the Search side. Strong value around transparency; relatively easy to track personal results. Strong learning focus on the Leadership Advisory Services side staff. Gets feedback from clients.

    Cons

    Too many decisions based on friendships rather than objective measures; dysfunctional senior people protected (even at the cost of losing more junior people), either because of their friends, or because people don't like giving negative feedback, or both. Some bad behavior tolerated from good revenue generators, but truly negative behavior is usually punished. Like most professional service firms, mediocre leadership at best at most levels. Leadership Advisory Services has extremely bureaucratic leadership (with significant gender bias as well, which I can see even though I am not female), and the very top has alienated many of the most capable staff, who either retreat into client work or leave. Because the consulting staff and associates are working very hard and producing good monetary results, it masks the highly dysfunctional and incompetent leadership decisions being made.

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  3. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Global Meetings & Events Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Good, friendly people who are helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes long and irregular hours but this is due to the nature of the job.

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    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Analyst Intern 

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good culture, strong community, work-life balance

    Cons

    Unclear development opportunities, some firm politics

  5. "Excellent Company; Stellar Reputation"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fulfilling work working with some of the biggest F500 companies and private equity firms. Great culture that rewards hard work.

    Cons

    The corporate side and the client facing side can feel somewhat divorced at times but they are working on it.

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    "A Great Place to Work and Learn from Top Talent"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Commitment to quality of work is embedded in the culture. Clients are provided an opportunity to rate each engagement in multiple categories. Candidates are also allowed to rate their experience. The outcomes are extraordinary and industries/sectors are shaped by our placements and leadership advisory services. It deals with the most important assets of companies which is clearly their talent and leadership.

    Cons

    The job as a consultant can be very demanding. Lots of projects and clients which creates a high degree of urgency and can be long hours. Life/work balance may dictate that you're going to trade-off certain things at times. It can be accomplished, but it can be hard on this line of business.

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  7. "A career more than a job"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and team oriented people who are genuinely dedicated and who are largely driven by the same motivations in pleasing our clients. We have the good fortune of having a great brand in the market so we are blessed to be able to work at the top with some of the best companies in the world. Over the last few years, it has been gratifying to see how the next generation of people have joined the firm at entry levels and with dedication and professionalism, they are being rewarded as the are continually getting promoted. I believe this will bolster our future years in a big way.

    Cons

    Serving clients is sometimes hard so clearly too many of us sometimes get out of whack on work/life balance. That said, I love this place and my colleagues.

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  8. "Incredible opportunity to make an impact"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with smart, motivated people. Interact with some of the top companies across industry, while helping them solve complex issues. Opportunity to rise up in the organization over time. Snacks galore, great office space, friendly people.

    Cons

    The work can be intense, as we are working with the highest levels of F1000 companies. Collaboration can be difficult internally, but easier when you are proactive in reaching out to colleagues. Don't expect to be coddled. The Chicago office was once fairly formal....that has improved vastly.

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  9. "Finest human capital advisory firm"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional people, positive culture, world class leadership and advanced technology combine to create an extraordinary working environment.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning that isn’t being addressed.

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  10. "Making an impact"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Committed and talented colleagues Interesting client work

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge

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