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  • "The (lack of) work-life balance is a constant challenge at the associate /senior associate level(in 18 reviews)

  • "A little old school in their approach(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful collegiate environment, great people

    Cons

    Training and development can be too focused on consultants

    Advice to Management

    This a wonderful company but be careful not to damage the very unique culture with too many "corporate" managers

    Spencer Stuart2018-05-11
  2. "Great culture, people and it will keep getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SSI have created a great culture due to their focus on finding the right fit for all new hires. Although work can get busy, there is a real team feel (even if you don’t necessarily sit within a team) and everyone is willing to do as much as they can to help and support each other.

    Cons

    No cons, however as the business expands its new LAS business, there will need to be changes to some of the current processes which some will be receptive to but others may find it challenging. But it’s actually a very exciting time to be a part of this change.

    Advice to Management

    None really... but as the business evolves I hope management wil stay vigilant. Where other companies have failed in this area, SSI have incredibly conscientious employees and this continue to be rewarded and not taken advantage of.

    Spencer Stuart2017-12-16
  3. "Good at what they do"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly culture - High quality work and clients - If you're good autonomy is given at all levels of the organisation

    Cons

    - Can be hierarchical, the associates are made to feel like support staff when half of them are better than some of the more junior consultant ranks when it comes to client management. - Office/office location could do with an upgrade. - Slow progression although Associate to Consultant promotions are improving - Despite what they make you believe there are large disparities in pay at all levels and very little transparency...

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    Spencer Stuart2017-11-23
  4. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and interesting colleagues, very good pay and benefits. working at senior levels with big companies, very good working conditions and offices, free lunch etc.

    Cons

    no work life balance, far too many back office staff, quite bureaucratic, been constantly pulled into very boring internal meetings instead of just being able to get on with your work

    Spencer Stuart2017-05-02
  5. "Excellent employer"

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    Former Employee - Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart for more than 19 years

    Pros

    The recruitment industry like the real estate business has a somewhat questionable reputation for its supposedly poor ethics and sales at any cost culture. Spencer Stuart whilst a demanding place to work insists on and applies rigorous standards of behaviour relating to clients and candidates. All employees are expected to adhere to a professional code of conduct that differentiates the firm amongst its peers and makes...

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    Cons

    Targets are demanding necessitating long hours and great stress if you are not meeting them. It can be bureaucratic with management having endless meetings to justify their existence whilst the fee earning consultants support their lavish and in many cases excessive remuneration.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the vanity projects and non fee earning personnel which tend to build up during the good times only to be brutally chopped back during downturns indicating that they were not actually necessary in the first place.

    Spencer Stuart2017-02-27
  6. "Would not dream of working anywhere else"

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

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - great people, high level mandates, plenty of responsibility from an early stage - plenty of opportunity to grow through the business - strong collegiate culture

    Cons

    - not for people who struggle to work under pressure

    Spencer Stuart2016-12-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment with very experienced peers Smart people and very focused on providing strong outcomes for clients

    Cons

    Hours compared with other search firms are more intensive.

    Spencer Stuart2016-02-04
  8. "Outstanding in their industry"

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

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

    Pros

    Streets ahead of the competition in terms of the calibre of people in the building to learn from and the standards they uphold

    Cons

    Can be a bit all consuming. You must be fully committed

    Spencer Stuart2015-09-07
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    - Impressive client list, works with some of the world’s biggest brands and most successful companies - Operates at the very top of the search market - Nice working environment

    Cons

    - Very old school culture - Training and development very much focused on the consultants rather than on the overall firm - Feeling that if you're not a fee earner than your opinions are not valid - Promotion process long and opaque

    Advice to Management

    Do not alienate your more junior staff, they are the future of your business. To refer to everyone who is not a consultant as "support staff" sets a poor tone.

    Spencer Stuart2015-04-23
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    "Very conservative culture, slow prospects for career progression"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Stuart

    Pros

    Many intelligent colleagues, good benefits, nice offices.

    Cons

    Not terribly friendly or helpful colleagues, quite distant and you have to figure everything out yourself. Not a very fun place to work, people keep to themselves in their offices and just get on with it. Promotion happens very slowly. Bad feedback on performance. Very corporate feeling.

    Spencer Stuart2015-01-31
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