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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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3.6
65%
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Heidrick & Struggles President and CEO  Krishnan Rajagopalan (no image)
Krishnan Rajagopalan
15 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, a lot of investment into your professional development, enjoyable work(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people, great work life balance(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great, global company for career entry with growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The graduate program is a great way to start you career in headhunting or HR consulting. It offers three rotations of 4 months in different search practices as well as a rotation in Heidrick Consulting which gives a good overall view on Heidrick's offerings. The Graduate Analysts on the European Associate Development Program will regularly receive trainings tailored to their current development stages and needs. They will also have mentors that accompany them throughout the program. The company culture is open, collaborative and very international. New joiners are being welcomed with open arms. The London office is not hierarchical and colleagues are very helpful. The company offers great possibilities for career development.

    Cons

    Some great initiatives have been kicked off to increase diversity and inclusion. Resource allocation in HC could be improved.

    Heidrick & Struggles2018-06-19
  2. "Professional and capable"

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    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Professional Fun working environment Capable and intelligent people

    Cons

    Cautious around innovation Silo’ed op model makes collaboration harder than it needs to be

    Heidrick & Struggles2019-08-27
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing experience for a good brand"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sounded good to work for a search firm

    Cons

    It wasn’t. I got beasted in a macho culture working as someone’s assistant with no real reward or recognition

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    Heidrick & Struggles2019-07-22
  4. "Great firm, same as most, has it's challenges."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    American headquartered firm generally means it is more dynamic, fast-paced and innovative when compared to it's rivals. That trickles down into the culture a little bit, and generally opinions are respected no matter what level, as long as they have a grounding or basis. Culture is not one of a magic-circle law firm, but neither is it pure disruptive innovator/FANG. Promotion path tends to be clearer relative to competitors, and individuals are considered for upwards movement irrespective of age. However, it is not always logic that wins the day - sometimes luck, sometimes politics, although I would think this is the same of any large firm. There is a great deal of development on offer, but you must know where to look, and how to ask for it. There are development programs & off-sites for individuals at all levels, usually held in a regional hub e.g. In Europe, Amsterdam is the innovation hub and therefore held in these offices. There are many senior individuals that are caring and nuturing, however as with all senior management, they have to make sure "the lights are kept on" - business continuity, the commercials vs. development and well being are tricky to balance. Summer Hours Smart Casual Fridays Location is great

    Cons

    Significant revenue generators are often allowed to behave as they please. Lack of compensation bench-marking versus rivals for research and execution staff. Not being busy is seen as a weakness. Everyone has a different working style which can be difficult to adapt to/understand - the new technology is attempting to standardize working processes. There are the odd 1-2 consultants that are seen as individuals that no-one wants to work for, and perhaps tarnish others with their brush. When people don't get there own way, at all levels, there can be fall out.

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    Heidrick & Struggles2019-06-04
  5. "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    High quality delivery Data driven and digitalized services Exposure to top clients (premium) Sound employee caliber and competencies Growth mind set & dynamism favored Integrated service provider positioning widening career opportunities Well-respected market positioning & sound reputation

    Cons

    Flexible working hours Result and/or Task focus may jeopardise team engagement

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    Heidrick & Struggles2019-03-10
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    really social and collaborative culture

    Cons

    can be hierarchical, backwards and political

    Heidrick & Struggles2018-08-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for partners, needs to be more inclusive"

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    Current Employee - Principal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Industry leading brand, great calibre of people who are very motivated and hard working. The company strategy is sound, pushing data/performance oriented approaches to executive search and assessment.

    Cons

    Incentives are still overwhelmingly tied to individual performance which goes against the espoused one firm/team values of the firm; hence lot of work to be done there to align incentives and desired future culture. This is a 24/7 commitment - you may have flexibility to work when and where you want to some extent, but have no illusions about work/life balance.

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    Heidrick & Struggles2018-06-29
  8. "Great company with a strong culture"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Heidrick has a positive culture, even within small teams; hierarchy does not really matter - interns and analyst are taken as seriously as partners. This is a great environment to get exposure to best people in the industry, both within the firm and in front of clients. I really like the fact that Heidrick is at the forefront of many Thought Leadership pieces (notably in diversity & inclusion), and the firm has a very strong brand name across professionals. In addition, Heidrick has recently launched Heidrick Consulting and is now starting to offer a wider offering than simply pure headhunting services, I find that amazing as there has been tons of new interesting people who joined the firm recently. This is great time to join the Heidrick & Struggles - a lot of positive change.

    Cons

    It is a typical US corporate, decisions can take a lot of time, especially when it comes to HR (or all non-search/consulting matters). At times, your opportunities within the firm can feel a little bit "right time, right place".

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    Heidrick & Struggles2018-04-24
  9. "Losing its culture due to growth and pressure to meet targets"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues is about all I can say, unfortunately there is a high turnover and retention is a problem.

    Cons

    Working environment can be cut throat, if you make a mistake there are no second chances.

    Heidrick & Struggles2017-12-16
  10. Helpful (3)

    "A review of H&S's leadership consulting practice area"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    The people here are generally bright, helpful and competent. The company has done well to attract bright and talented employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, senior management here is not effective. They seem over- worked, stressed out and even physically unwell. This contributes to a culture of poor work-life balance for everyone else. They are also unable to empower or develop others - which is a pity as there are talented people here. There also seems to be limited paths for career development or promotions. There are very few leaders whom analysts and consultants would seek to learn from. As a result, many colleagues are disengaged about the lack of empowerment, meaningful work and guidance.

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    Heidrick & Struggles2017-01-26

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