Spencer Stuart Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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Spencer Stuart CEO Ben Williams
Ben Williams
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  • "Like most client service oriented firms you can't always achieve an ideal work-life balance(in 26 reviews)

  • "Viewed as old school boys club externally(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Mumbai

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Meritocratic, business focused, high quality

    Cons

    Comp model can make some people cut throat

  2. "Senior Associate"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great learning environment, highly collaborative

    Cons

    Highly Opinionated, low on bonuses

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  3. "Good Place to Work in Executive Search"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality work, Result Oriented, Rewards well, Opportunity to work with intellectually astute consultants, flexible to employee needs, nurtures diversity by action

    Cons

    Being Process Oriented is great but database profile updation is a pain.

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  4. "Great perks and meaningful work"

    4.0
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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Associates at Spencer Stuart deliver the executive searches for the firm and are expected to be highly professional. You are given plenty of autonomy to manage your own time but are expected to deliver the best results for clients. In return the salaries are good and there are plenty of perks. An Associate in the London Office has their own office and the latest equipment. You are given a free laptop, iPhone and home desk equipment. The bespoke systems allow you to work from anywhere in the world and automate documentation as much as possible. You do not work in excel or PowerPoint generally. The atmosphere in the office is positive and encouraging. Associates are highly collaborative and share ideas. People always give you time and support of needed. There are plenty of social events and trips to the pub are regular, if you want to be involved. The consultants are generally very smart and driven. There is plenty to learn from former industry leaders and search professionals. You are treated as an adult and not micromanaged. Promotion is done fairly and is determined at a corporate level with an interview process. Associates are promoted to Consultants regularly, unlike competition. Training is excellent and firm will pay for you to fly to Chicago for 3/4 day training courses. You get to work on the highest level searches and will regularly place chief executives of large companies. You meet interesting people and they respect the Spencer Stuart brand. Strong focus on diversity internally and externally. Bonuses are generous. Free private healthcare and good pension.

    Cons

    The hours are not set and you are simply expected to deliver to deadlines. Hence you have to work late sometimes or at weekends. Hard work is rewarded with promotion and bonuses. Firm could be more transparent with feedback. Lean teams. Some Consultants are more traditional / hierarchical. It can be difficult to move to other offices within the firm.

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  5. "Good company"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fabulous (and free) benefits, profit sharing, four years vacation after four years, great team atmosphere, great systems, great learning atmosphere.

    Cons

    No chance to move up from this job, it's a dead end. EA job is very busy, the job seems to be moving towards a more basic, more report/data entry driven role that pays less. Company has experimented with taking bonuses and raises away from the EA staff at some East Coast offices over a couple years, and most quit after that. Not sure where that was leading leading but it can't be good.

  6. "People are willing to "harm" each other in order to succeed"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Compensations & Benefits and free food

    Cons

    They say they are open to transparency, but you're in for a rude awakening. I've never witnessed such a toxic high-level stressful work atmosphere with reputably judgemental characters in my 18 years. It is not a professional work environment; this is a drama reality show. Where is the teamwork when workers gossip behind someone's back to undermine someone else's reputation? Some Admin Managers are not doing their job, especially since they fancy favorites and gossip about their staff. A reason why I would keep my door closed only to speak to a select few that are kind and thoughtful and avoid negative people. It doesn't matter if you are working hard at demanding hours and be excellent at what you do. Loyalty does not matter. If you got an offer, leave while you still can. If you're not at the top, you are already at the chopping block.

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  7. "Good Culture and Many Opportunities for advancement"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Smart and friendly colleagues - Many opportunities for career advancement - Good culture - Competitive salaries - Bonuses

    Cons

    - Some old tech products

  8. "Not the healthiest atmosphere"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Client Development Manager in Amsterdam

    I worked at Spencer Stuart full-time

    Pros

    Great lunch at Amsterdam office. The corporate office has nice collegues.

    Cons

    Its very hierarchical. Top executives are not visible/approachable (they are client-facing and have consulting goals so no time for people management)

  9. "Good Company"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior IA Analyst in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    I like the free doughnuts.

    Cons

    Management could be friendlier. No one likes lower level employees.

  10. "Best executive talent firm in the world."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture and people - Top training and development of methodologies and tools - Super proprietary technology systems - Focus on being the best Firm by delivering top notch quality and client service. - Great colleagues. - All people with treated with a lot of respect. - Great compensation and benefits. -

    Cons

    - A lot of demanding, fast-paced client work - Corporate culture is conservative - Lacks diveristy

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