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Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated Oct 12, 2019

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Pros
  • "Great benefits and flexible about working from home/in other offices(in 20 reviews)

  • "Great culture, friendly work environment and constantly have corp parties every month(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A phenomenal team of passionate people, dedicated and supportive of colleagues...

    Cons

    ... can be demanding on work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    keep on innovating

    Spencer Stuart2019-05-21
  2. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great remuneration and support from colleagues. Really interesting work, process driven, but no day is ever the same.

    Cons

    It's non-stop. Addictive, but you need stamina.

    Advice to Management

    Keep appreciating your EA's. They are vital component in the service delivery and standards that you offer. Always remember how hard their working for both their career and yours!

    Spencer Stuart2019-04-27
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    "Conservative place"

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

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great teams smart people success driven client centric

    Cons

    conservative you gotta be politically savvy to be succsucessfulssful little diversity little progression if you don't conform with the status quo benefits simply absent (health insurance you have to pay monthly and "interest free" loan still has an interest; they do have a gym corporate rate but they don't contribute towards membership; cycle to work scheme again has a hidden interest)

    Advice to Management

    i loved what I did and enjoyed working but I also want to be appraised and rewarded! Allow people to be themselves in the work place!

    Spencer Stuart2019-05-09
  4. "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
  5. "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 for 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
  6. "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 on remuneration. - are they keeping pace with the competition in terms of moving towards a broader business consulting offering versus pure executive search

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    Spencer Stuart2017-11-23
  7. "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
  8. "Excellent employer"

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    Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart for more than 10 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 you proud to be part of it. Smart people work there. Nice offices and good benefits. An excellent and comprehensive database enabling access to almost any business person in the world.

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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
  9. "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
  10. 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
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