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20 English questions out of 20

20 June 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Spencer Stuart?

Pros

Good work life balance and friendly enviroment

Cons

No career progression and lack of meritocracy

No career progression and lack of meritocracy

20 June 2019

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5 February 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Spencer Stuart?

Pros

Top tier name to clients globally

Cons

Work life balance Needs to invest significantly on professional development for staff

Needs to invest significantly on professional development for staff

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17 August 2020

Why do Spencer Stuart employees quit?

Pros

Good connections to be made

Cons

They wil be extrememly vague regarding how to improve your work performance, so you will never be able to truly get better. As a result, they can terminate you without cause (depending on your state). Additionally, their severance package is extrememly weak, with only two weeks pay.

Advice to Management

Run your company more effectively so that the next time there is an economic crisis you won't have to terminate employees at the worst possible time.

Additionally, their severance package is extrememly weak, with only two weeks pay.

17 August 2020

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6 October 2020

What is the feeling of job security at Spencer Stuart?

Pros

Hardworking employees and mostly great teams

Cons

- recent layoffs were based on who the managers like. It was not based on who is a high level performer. - they talk about diversity but are laying off the diverse work force. - there is no loyalty towards long term employees.

Advice to Management

Please pay close attention to what each AM is doing, and make sure they are not abusing that title.

- recent layoffs were based on who the managers like.

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4 November 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Spencer Stuart?

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.

Advice to Management

Apply your own methods to your own staff. Evaluate the leadership, and act on it. If you are relying on Leadership Advisory Services to be your strategic innovation group, make sure you have people who are competent and knowledgeable making the strategy or contributing to it, because right now you have neither, and there are excellent people being ignored or marginalized.

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.

4 November 2019

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