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Heidrick & Struggles Reviews

Updated 17 January 2019
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Heidrick & Struggles Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wolstencroft
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Pros
  • "Great working environment with good work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great people, great work life balance" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is terrible at many levels" (in 15 reviews)

  • "There might be some long hours at times, but there is also a lot of flexibility in your schedule at the same time" (in 7 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
    Current Employee - Graduate Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (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.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    really social and collaborative culture

    Cons

    can be hierarchical, backwards and political

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Be brave and tackle the incentive structure.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid if you have any personality"

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

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    The pay is reasonably good

    Cons

    Don't work here if you have any personality, opinions, or literally any interesting bone in your body. I've never worked with such dullards in my entire life. Incredibly demotivating and draining place to work, without any feeling of contributing to society. It's an organisation filled with people who didn't manage to get a grad job at a consultancy or any real organisation that actually produces/makes/does something.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly just quit. This company provides no value to society.


  5. "Great company with a strong culture"

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

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (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".

    Advice to Management

    I think the firm is going in the right direction, and our CEO Krishnan, is doing a great job.


  6. "Losing its culture due to growth and pressure to meet targets"

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

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles (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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "If you are intelligent, motivated, or interested in anything - don't work here as a graduate"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free diet coke in the fridges
    Office is in a nice location

    Cons

    Aggressive, machismo partners
    Vapid colleagues
    They demand you to have a 2.1 minimum, yet as a graduate all you will ever be doing for your first year is passively filling in excel spreadsheets.
    The decent(ish) pay is not enough to justify it being the dullest and most arrogant place to work.
    The partners think they are doing life-changing work, whereas in reality they are just endlessly harassing the same circle of people on LinkedIn, whilst being paid an awful lot to do so.
    Poor career development
    Seems like a place for people who weren't bright enough to work in a different sector, or (like me!) to disorganised to sort out a real job after graduating
    Most graduates leave after a month or so - the two I started with did two months and three months before moving on. I did a month internship over the summer, was supposed to go back in the October, but interviewed for other jobs and found an excellent alternative. They must have found out from the recruiter, and called me (very aggressively) to say "don't come back" - as though I was planning to, with a new, better paid job in hand....

    I recommend to graduates to use these guys as a chance to leverage better pay elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    If the company were to cease to exist, who would actually notice besides your staff? What is actually the point of the company....?

  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Measure employee engagement objectively and hold managers accountable for their employees job satisfaction and career development.


  9. "EVOLVING CULTURE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure and learning opportunities if you are working with a high billing partner.

    Cons

    Evolving corporate culture means ambiguity as to the future of more junior candidates looking for career growth and long term stability.


  10. "Development"

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

    I have been working at Heidrick & Struggles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collegiate, great team ethos, culturally a good place to learn how to successfully hunt in packs - "best teaming". Of the big 5 firms offers the greatest chance of moving up through the business (see below) in places. Fantastic clients with C suite exposure. A perfect landing ground for a inexperienced search practitioner to learn best practice and get educated in their vertical.

    Cons

    Development up the organisation whilst quicker than most places is still too biased towards luck a and timing. If you work for a mega biller in a solid market, it can be easier otherwise your opportunities come when a Partner/Principal leaves (more often than not) - therefore genuine structured planning in terms of career development for EM's to Principal is limited to poor. Pay below average much like Korn Ferry, rigid programme due to the fact that the business is Listed and therefore flexibility on bonus and base pay restrained.

    Advice to Management

    Re-consider the possibility of becoming an LLP or weed out poor performing consultants to ensure better, market aligned compensation to reduce the churn on engagement managers leaving the business, in many cases they are high caliber future partners for the firm and hard to replace. If they were paid a closer market rate they would more likely invest in the longer road to Principal