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November 6, 2015

Massive consultant churn at DHR International

Update November 6, 2015: Two names added including Thorsten Otremba.

We would encourage any potential recruits considering joining DHR International to use the list below to find people they might know, call them, and take references on DHR. This is what competent search consultants do in their day to day - why don't you do it when it comes to your own career?

An anonymous insider posting a comment to an item on the "revolving door" at DHR International noted:

"I am currently an Executive Vice President at DHR International and we often note the fanfare of internal emails and external media releases when new consultants join. More often than not, these new consultants disappear in the middle of the night and there's not even an internal email to notify us."

This got us to thinking: can we build a list of DHR International consultants who have been the subject of a DHR International press release, been listed on then removed from the DHR web site, have sued or been sued by DHR, or have DHR in their LinkedIn profile?

Well, we can. And guess what? We have been able to identify 532 consultants (and increasing) who have left DHR International over recent years, often within a year of joining. The list can be found below the fold.

This level of churn is extremely high and seemingly higher than any other executive search firm. Why is this? It is because of "The DHR International Way".

Some notes on the list:
  • We do not claim this is a complete list. Please lets us know if you know people we've missed or we have misspelled names.
  • We have tried to exclude people still at DHR International. Please let us know if you are still there and we will remove you from the list.
  • We have tried to include only client-facing consultants i.e. Vice Presidents, Principals, etc. 
  • We have tried to exclude Associates (Researchers), Internal Recruiters, EAs, functional heads (mainly PR and accounting people at DHR; they don't believe in HR and training) and Interns (gee, DHR have had lots and lots of interns; do they pay them?).
  • An amazing number of people that were listed on DHR International's website or in press releases have expunged DHR from their LinkedIn profile. We guess they regard it as embarrassing to have worked for DHR International.
  • We will remove innocent people from this list if they request us to do so, and mark them as "(Name removed on request)" to ensure that the scale of departures is shown. Please see this post for more information.
Consultants who have left DHR International in recent years
* denotes litigation covered elsewhere on this web site
Andy Abramowicz
Thomas Acuff
(Name removed on request)
John Alexanderson
Doug Allen (MD, Michigan)
J. Michael Allred
Hana Antošová
Linda Apse
Beverleigh Aquilanti
Victor Arias
Robert Armstrong
Bob Aylsworth
Bruce Babashan
J. L. Baker
Mark Baker
Salvatore "Ted" Balistreri
Sharon Banks
Laura Barber
(Name removed on request)*
Janae Barker
Guy Barnes
Steven Bartley
Dick Beal (MD, Austin)
Tim Bealert
Sharon Belanger
Val Belmonte
Jessica Benedick
Alice Koehn Benson
Paul Benson
Michael Berke
Sharon Berlanger
Adele Bernabei*
(Name removed on request)
Dorothy Billingsly
Luke Bingley
John Blank (MD, Nashville)
Fernando Boldrini
Kristen Bole
Mona Bopanna
Michael Boxberger (Vice Chairman)
Brian Bouren
Diana Bourisaw
Amanda Bowden (MD, Australia & New Zealand)*
Dana Brandt
Tina Brazell
Carl Bret
Scott Bretschneider
Fort Bridgforth
Christopher Brockway
Franklin Key Brown (MD, New York)
Rick Brown (Managing Director, Indianapolis)
Clinton Browning
David Bruno (Vice Chairman; MD, Phoenix)
Paula Bruno
Christopher Bull
Paul Bulteel
Max Burg
Dan Burns
Ben Burrell
Michael Burroughs (Co-leader, Aerospace Practice)
Lynn Butler
Larry Cabaldon
Michael Carey
Janet Carl
Dan Carney
Lloyd Carr
Suzanne Carroll
(Name removed on request) (MD, Europe)
Francisco Cervantes
Fernando Cesar
(Name removed on request) (Board Member; MD, Australia & New Zealand)*
Kim Chan
Robert Chandler (MD, Atalnta)
Adam Charlson (MD, West Coast)*
Kay Chen
Vikram Chhachhi
Justin Chow
Jonathan Choy
David Christopher (Board Member; MD, Global Professional Services Practice)
Beryl Chu
Alex Chuang
Ijilmurun Chuluunbaatar
Robert Clayton
Marion Clune
Jorge Coello
Jeremy Cohen
Lynn Cohn (MD, San Antonio)
Gabriella Colantoni (MD, Los Angeles; Head of Media & Entertainment)
Scott Coleman
Sharon Colombo
Linda Conner
Scot Conti
Shawn Cook
John Cornille
James Corr
Michael Cox-Hill
Andrew Crawford
Josh Crist
John Cunningham
Crystal Curfman
Courtney Curry
Rovert Cutler
Randy Cyr
Jeff Dandurand*
(Name removed on request)
Harold D'Souza
Kim De Jackmo
Helene De Vries
Richard Dean
Chris DeAnzeris
Ralph DeCristoforo
Paul DeMay
Mark Dillard
Gerry DiNardo
Joe Dinkel
Kelvin Dong
Koli Donohue
Thomas Drewry (Advisor)
Jeremy Duff
Michael Elam
Steve Elias
Hugo Enriquez
Joel Epstein
Steven Ethington
Jeff Evans
Matthew Faber
Boyd Falconer (MD, Michigan)
Tim Feaster
Ediwn Felice
(Name removed on request)
Fernando Fernandez de Cordova
Kyle Fernandez
Victor Filamor
Stuart "Skip" stuttFiorfalis
Peter Fitzpatrick (Leader of North America Consumer)
Ed Flowers (MD, Atlanta & St. Louis)
Evelyn Foo
Karen Forray (MD, New York)
Alex Francis
Virginia Franco
Jerry Franzel (MD, Delray Beach)
Lou Freda
Wendy Friedman Miller
Hugo Fueglein
Heather Fullerton
Stephanie Gainous
Philip Gallimore
Jessica Garner
James Gathercole
Hendrik Geissler
William Gelbard
Heinz-Otto Georg
Alan George
Neal George
Eddy Gerek
JP Gerster
Curt Gielow
Don Gienger
Sigmund Ginsburg
Jeffrey Golove (Head, Healthcare Payor Division)
Mike Gomez
Peter Gomez
Jon Gordon
John Goumas
Chris Goward (Head of Life Science, Europe)
Robert Graham
Michael Gralapp
Phillip Greenspan
Ted Gregory (Global Head of Diversity)
Heather Grey
C. Keith Groty
Joel Grushkin (Leader, Venture Capital)
Steve Gundersen (Leader of Media & Entertainment)
Toby Haberkorn
Kevin Hahn
Joe Hale
Emily Hall
Maia Halme
Allison Halpern
Fred Halstead
John Hamilton
Brandt Handley (MD, Santa Barbara)
Bente Hansen
Douglas Hanslip (Head of North American Financial Services)
Sophie Harle
Seth Harris, Jr. (Global Head of Advanced Technology; MD Boston)*
Kazushige Hata
Amy Hearst
Gary Hegenbart (MD, Orange County)
Jutta Held
Alexandra Hendrickson
David Hendrickson
Ronald Hendrixson
Peter Hero
Jason Hetherington
Todd Hicks
Dave Higgins
Jessica Hill-Beeper
Karen Himle
Ronnie Hind
David Hoffmann (Chairman)
Stacey Holland (Pittsburgh) (not the Stacey Holland in Dallas, who is still at DHR)
Renee Hollst-Henrichs
Nathaniel Hook
Lenor Hoolihan
Nicole Hopgood
Claire (Kelly) Horn
Isabelle Hotimsky
Kenneth Hsu
Derek Hu (MD, China)
Gary Huggins
Colleen Hulce (Global Head of CFO)
Larry Imely
Robert Isacco
Herbert Jackson
Letitia Jackson
Mark James
John Jazylo
Brad Johnson
Diane Jones
Robert Jones
Freddy Kalles
Julie Kanak (Global Head of Financial Services)
Susan Kandon (Global Head of Legal)
Rachel Kargas
Sandeep Karogal
Joe Karsay
Holly Kast
Rich Keppler
Dhanee Kieosangsong
Judi Kilachand
(Name removed on request)
Brent Kimbrough
Bernard Kimper
Jeremy King
Larry King
Robert Kirkpatrick
Victor Kleinman (MD, Jupiter)
Vickey Kleinsmith
Michael Klockenga
Kelly Knox
Jay Knowles
Angela Koechli (Head of Asia Insurance)
Michio Kohno
Jody Kong
Akiko Kosuda
Kelly Kress (Head of Research)
Walter Kuchinski (MD, Charlotte)
David Kurrasch
Zach Kusch
Yoshiko Kuwahara
Helen Kwok
Courtney Lake (Managed Care Practice Leader)
Susan Landon (Global Head of Legal & Compliance)
Elaine Lee
Jason Lee
Mark Lee
Rachel Leigh
Patricia Lenkov
Steve Leo
Jadie Li
Caroline Lim (Head of Asia Legal & Compliance)
Margery Lim
Victoria Lim
Bradley Little
Roland Livney (MD, Capital Markets)
Michael Loiacano
Auren Lopez
Mitchell Love
Carolyn Oakly Lowe (Global Head of Diversity; MD, Philadelphia; Member, Executive Committee)
Evan Lowe
Aneil Luhan
Jerry D. Lunn (Co-founder)
Kristen Machamer
Declan Maguire
Robert Mannarino
Tara Marine
Alberto Markmann (MD, Santiago; Group Leader, Mining & Minerals)
Brad Marsh
James Martin (Global Head of Legal)
Marissa Martin (Global Head of Research)
Gayle Mattson (Board Member; Global Head of Board & CEO)*
Adrian McBride
Eileen McCauley
Michael McClain
Sam McCorckle
Tiffany McCorkle
David McCormack (Global Head of Investment Banking and Global Markets)
John McDonald
James McFadzean Jr.
Brian McGowan (MD, Atlanta)*
Tim McIntosh
Kevin McKeon
Tara McKernan
Gary McKinney
Jennifer McKinney
Michael McLaughlin
John McLean
John McSpadden
Susan Medina (Global Head of Diversity)
John Meeks
Lynda Melugin
Rick Meyer
Jay Millen (Leader, Board and CEO)
Darryl Miller
Gregory Miller II
Ty Miller
Ana Paula Montanha
Jack Montgomery (MD, Middle East)
Andrea Moran
Tom Moran
Norman Morgan
John Morris
Dennis Muchmore
Hugh Munro
Larry Munson
Nany Murphy
Elizabeth Music
Jim Nalepa
Suchet Narain (MD, India & Middle East)
Terry Naughtin
Sean Neo
Brad Newpoff
Yen Pin (YP) Ng
Lisa Nitze
Ken Norris (Global Head of Advanced Technology)
Merritt J. Norvell, Jr. Ph.D (Managing Director, Lansing)
Bree O’Shea
Beth Oakes
Oscar Obledo
Julie Osborne
Thorsten Otremba
Michael Paddock
Marty Padilla
Gail Palubiak
Wendy Pangburn
Nicholas Parry (moved to Jobplex)
Mercedes Paz
Claudio Peca
Bart Penfold (MD, San Francisco)
Heitor Penteado de Mello Peixoto
Louise Perry
Michael Perry
Andrew Peternel
Kill Peters
Fallya Petrakopoulo (Global Leader Pharmaceuticals; MD, Paris)*
Rich Phillips
(Name removed on request)
Jeff Pierson
Salih Pinar
Karen Pinkman
Donald Pizzi
Ted Plattenburg
Patrick Plemmons
Emmanuelle Hoang Plessix
Debra Pollick*
Honor Pollok
Marshall Poole
Larry Poore
Janice Porcaro*
Isabella Porter
Lawrence Poster
Karen Powell
Ron Preston
Andreas Preuß
John Prisco
John Purkiss
Nicole Qi
Kate Quinn
Marc Quinton
Scott Rabinowitz
Stéphane Rambosson
Barbara Ramundo
David Reddick (MD, Roswell/Atlanta; Head of Global Consumer Packaged Goods)
Robert Reilly (Board Member; Global President; Chair of Board Services)
Booker Rice
Kimberley Rice (MD, Princeton)
David M. Richardson (Co-founder)
Jim Richardson
Luis Rivera
Deborah Rocha
Dona Roche-Tarry
Nelson Rodriguez
Nick Rogish
Laurie Rosenfield
William Ross
Mary Rothstein
Barry Rowland
Gary Ruffcorn
Tim Russi
Cara Rybarik
Helene Sabel
Gretchen Saegh
Shigemasa Saida (MD, Japan)
Seema Samtani
Jose Sanchez
Arthur Sandler
Robert Savard
Steve Schemer
Mikki Schlueter
Susan Schmid
David Sciuk
Jennifer Love Scott
Ulrich Seega
Hiroyuki Sekiya
Ron Senchesak
Dipanjan Sengpupta
Michael Setze
Matthew Severt
John Shaw (MD, San Francisco)
Lucie Shaw
Laura Sheets
William Shepley
Linda Shore (MD, Mexico)
David Sidlar
KC Sim
Eric Siverston
Donna Skunda
Alan Small
(Name removed on request)
Herbert Smith (MD, Cleveland)
Neil Smith
Ron Smith
Scott Smith
Shellie Smith
Edith Soares
Jaclyn Sommer
Elizabeth Sonzogni
Chris Sotomayor
Karen Sparber
Fran Spellman
Roc Spence
John Spencer (Global Head of Life Sciences)
Steve Speter (Member, Executive Committee)
Amy St. Denis
Nanceleen Stahl
Robert Stainslaw
Victoria Stead
Ryan Stecewicz
Derrick Stewart
Ruth Stone
Jackie Strange
Yaisa Strickland
Arjun Srivastava (Managing Director, India & Consumer Practice Group Leader, Asia Pacific)
Justin Strom
Andy Stroud
Mark Stugla
Clyde Stutts
Tiffany Summerville
Melinda Sumurdy
Nalina Suresh
Lynn Sveinbjornson
Barb Swan
Peter Sweeney
D.P. Szabo
Kirk Tang
Anthony Tansimore
John Tarbell Jr.
Dennis Taylor
Laura Teixeira Raposo de Mello
Sarah Thewlis (MD, London)
Christine Thomas
Fred Thompson (Global Head of Advanced Technology; MD, Silicon Valley)
John Thornton
William Trautman
Tonay Tucker
Karen Turrini
James Twiston-Davies
Andrew Valentine
Laurence Vallaeys
Sieve Van Der Zee
Frederick Van der Zeeuw
Nicholaas Van Hevelinngen
Trudy Van Kirk
Jesus Varela
Kimberly Vaughn
Mark Velten
Nick Visser
Andrew Vlahokos
M. Angelica Sanchez Voget
Michael Volpe
Kitty Vorisek
Colin Walker (President, Canada)
Lindsay Walter
Scott Walters
Phoebe Wan
Diane Wang
Sherry Wang
Edward Wang
Karin Warwick-Thompson
John Wasley
Tomoyuki Watanabe (MD, Japan)
Patricia Watters Binkley
John Watters
Jeffrey Webb
Judy White
Laren Lee White (MD, New Jersey & New York)
Deborah Whtehouse
Larry Widman
Heather Wiester
Clement Wigger
Richard Wilder (Global Leader, Insurance)
Wil Wilhelm
Gary Williams (MD, South East Asia)
Chris Wilson
Tom Wilson
Keith Wimbusk (Head of North American Legal)
Walter “Sandy” Winans
Ronald Wintzeus
Bob Wittebort
Walter Wojtom
Steven Wood
Lynda Woodley
Jack Woods
Fei Xiang
Dan Xie
Kenneth Xu
Poonam Yadav
Tarin Yankovich
Steven Yeo
Arthur Yoshinami
Debra Young
Ella Young
Van Young
Laura-Ann Yuille
Serguei Zaychenko
Alan Zelnicker
Jeremy Zeman
Jessica Zheng
Henry Zhu
Joseph Ziccardi
Bob Zuzack

38 comments:

  1. Quite a list. Hundreds and hundreds of people that gone through the revolving door at DHR International. I wish I had seen such a list before I made the mistake of joining DHR.

    You are spot on with the "DHR International Way".

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  2. That's some list. How far back does it go? Thanks for compiling.

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    1. Thanks. The majority are those that were there in 2009, which is the first date when we can look back at the Internet Archive for the consultant list on the DHR International web site. In other words, most of these 470 names were people who left over the last six years.

      In addition, there are some names names of people who joined DHR from about 2005, which is when DHR started to post on their web site the press releases of new consultants joining the firm. There are also a few people from earlier if they have DHR listed on their website.

      Which ever way you look at it, it suggests churn of over 30% per year. When you consider these are the senior business generators in the business, it is a crisis. But fear not: DHR International still make lots of the money by clipping the ticket along the way.

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  3. Wow what a mess of a place !

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  4. I feel sorry for all the people who made the mistake of joining DHR International.

    I think this is a great blog as it shows the real story of the smoke and mirrors that is DHR International. At least now prospective hires and maybe even clients should be able to find this blog and realize it is not worth jeopardizing their own reputations by joining this poor excuse of a firm.

    Thanks for shining a light on DHR International.

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  5. Yikes! This is a sobering list. On one hand I am astounded by the amount of churn but, knowing DHR International as I do, I am not at all surprised.

    DHR International have operationalized a system where they hire consultants, make money from them and then leave them on the scrapheap.

    This is fair warning.

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  6. I am ex DHR, performed very well, but behavior of the leadership was very poor. The consultants at the firm they are trying to acquire need to beware.

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    1. Good advice.

      To be clear: we feel sorry for those who were "entrapped" in the past into joining DHR International as consultants, researchers or admin staff. We are not suggesting that these former employees are bad or incompetent people.

      However, we do think it is important that:

      * prospective employees considering joining DHR International have as much information about DHR International as possible so they can make an informed view as to the firm

      * employees already at DHR International know why some of their competent colleagues have mysteriously disappeared; have some warning as to what might happen to them; and are aware of the impact that the DHR International reputation has on their own personal brand.

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  7. I have come across this blog by chance, but the first thing I notice with this type of blog is the one sided nature exhibited. I'm sure the people at DHR have no intention of engaging in a slanging match on this blog. So when one reads what is posted it does seem there are potentially a lot of disgruntled employees who want to go out of their way to slang DHR. In some instances they may well be justified, but I do not see the owner of this blog making balanced comments - that meaning presenting things that DHR do well, providing clarity/benefits of the model for consultants (it does appear that DHR is quite strident with the remuneration model that is heavily focused on success and limits the downside the the company). Also the recent entries do demean a number of existing employees. Have you tried to get a balanced view on the current situation. My final point to you and all other who start these autonomous blogs is try to move beyond your narrow personal views and take a more wider, well researched position. Yes like you I will sign it "anonymous"

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    1. Thanks for your feedback.

      The aim of this blog is not to review DHR, rather it is there to shine a light on the litigation involving DHR and its owners, and the spurious claims they make on their web site and in press releases and media stories.

      We've certainly never said that all the consultants at DHR are poor, although some might query what impact their remaining with DHR has on their own reputations. If you lie down with dogs...

      You are correct: the DHR all-commission remuneration model is a distinguishing feature but also creates some bad behavior when DHR have a track record of firing people and hanging onto the bonuses. There are examples of litigation on this web site that shows this.

      Certainly, there is no intention to "demean" DHR employees. We suspect you are referring to items that reproduce litigation where the plaintiffs have focused on the alleged illegal behaviors of DHR and some of its employees.

      We are not a news organization however if DHR or you think we are being "unbalanced" and DHR and the Hoffmanns have actually done more good stuff that the world needs to know about, then you or they can email us or comment on our stories (as you have done above). Certainly, DHR have an active PR machine that shouts from the rooftops all the "good" stuff they do. We are not sure it is our job to do this.

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    2. I think 'Unofficial DHR Monitor' has been very gracious to the anonymous poster who said this blog should be more "balanced".

      Are DHR International "balanced"?

      Do DHR allow people to comment on their website when they tell these lies about the number of offices they have, their ranking, etc.?

      Does David Hoffmann allow people to comment on his LinkedIn record that LIES about the Boards he is on?

      Do DHR International post on their website about the large number of lawsuits they are involved in?

      I'm not sure that a blog like this one has the duty to be balanced. The intelligent reader can compare the DHR website and output of the DHR PR machine with the information from this blog and make up her own mind. At least, this blog gives people (including DHR executives) the right of reply, unlike DHR that sues anybody it can, including its employees and clients in order to silence them.

      This blog is more balanced than say Glassdoor which is full of posts made by DHR International. I love that this blog shows us the dark side of DHR. But if you think there are good attributes to DHR that need to be covered, I expect you could post a comment or send the writer of this blog an email and they'll post it. DHR and the Hoffmans wouldn't do that!

      This blog, unlike DHR, believe in the First Amendment and we should all applaud that.

      Keep up the great work!

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    3. Anyone who worked for DHR appreciates this blog and knows that everything on here is 100% factual. They are doing the world a service by exposing these issues bc DHR is extremely secretive and conducts unethical business. Not all consultants or employees are unethical but the company as a whole operates under unethical practices as I experienced daily. Keep up the good work.

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  8. Some things DHR does well: Increased training that has led to serious retention in Interns, Associates, and Senior Associates.

    Open lines of communication across the board. One can reach out to a consultant in another practice, perhaps in another country, and not feel as if they are overstepping.

    Hard-working yet casual atmosphere. In tandem with the above, there is a solid amount of collaboration on assignments among top level consultants and their teams. Employees, even those from Ivy League and similar elite institutions, are quite friendly and not pretentious. This is in stark contrast to, say, Russel Reynolds.

    Interns are paid, quite handsomely as well based on tenure.

    This blog does not have the responsibility to shed light on DHR's good points, and it would not serve the "DHR is 100% terrible" message you are trying to convey. But readers should know that for every lawsuit DHR is in, there are multiple consultants and associates who are more than happy with the firm and upper management. In fact, readers may note that employee satisfaction is actually quite high, based on personal experience and discussions. This is due to the above points as well as significantly increased retention rates in the past year. I too will submit this anonymously, in similar fashion.

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    1. "Open lines of communication across the board"?

      I am at CTPartners and we asked Geoff Hoffman about DHR's breakdown of assignments by practise group. But Hoffman responded "We are a private firm and it would not be appropriate to share that information."

      I am not expecting "open lines of communication"!

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    2. Naturally, during an acquisition of this size it is typical for the CEO/President of the acquiring firm to remain mum on certain matters, one in this case being assignment breakdown. Given the amount of moving parts at play, there is a good chance the answers are not yet there and the response given could have been a default.

      For all others who are a part of CTPartners, despite what image this blog may convey, we are looking forward to working with you.

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    3. Thanks for your welcome, DHR poster. I am at CTPartners and we are not looking forward to working with DHR. Oh well.

      I am not sure I can agree with your analysis. Most search firms I know, whether listed or partnership, are very open as to the practice groups they operate in. Many share it with clients. Some even put it on their websites. It is not that contentious to know whether 30% or 40% of a firm is in financial services. We were aghast when Hoffmann wouldn't share this basic information, particularly when his spress releases referred to the "good fit" between CT and DHR's strengths.

      Yes, sometimes when acquirers are publicly traded it may not be appropriate to share market sensitive information.

      But in this case DHR is not publicly traded. The information is not sensitive. Hoffmann made it clear that DHR is privately held and therefore he won't be sharing much information with us before or after acquisition.

      So, others currently or previously at DHR tell us whether there are 'open lines of communication' as the other DHR apologist claimed?

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    4. I used to be at DHR. It is not a place where there are 'open' communications.

      The Hoffmanns are private and there is almost no performance information shared with senior consultants. They take the attitude that it is a 'private' business and information should remain 'private'. I have also been at a partnership which is private. There the Partners even shared information with junior staff. That's not the DHR way.

      Even worse, DHR don't share much about the people. Consultants would leave and there would be no communications. You'd simply notice the name removed from the website.

      DHR is not an open place.

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    5. Ivy leaguers? I don't think there are any at DHR! You are more likely to find them at Spencer Stuart or Egon Zehnder.

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    6. "In fact, readers may note that employee satisfaction is actually quite high, based on personal experience and discussions "

      Of course, engagement surveys are much better than non-statistically reliable anecdotes. When I was at DHR, they never did an engagement survey, unlike other firms. All the owners cared about was the money being brought in. There was no HR function? Is there one now?

      Ultimately, retention is the best metric for engagement. DHR has extremely high churn. I think there's another post on this blog that shows the high churn, although CTPartners might be beating them at the moment.

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    7. agree...DHR is probably on 99% terrible. I saw the CEO walk an old lady across the street once back in the 1990s.

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  9. The 2014 Executive Search Review ranked DHR as the 6th largest search firm in the US. This rank is based upon revenue which was published as $155m. The ranking also indicated that DHR has 127 consultants globally. Therefore, revenue per consultant averages out to approximately $1.2m. Ask anyone who has worked at DHR, and I'm quite certain they'd tell you the average consultant likely bills half that figure. Not sure how all these figures are calculated but I find the $1.2m per consultant figure to be an inflation of the true number. That number will probably not be know to anyone except the CEO, CFO and global controller.

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    1. Thanks. We agree. Please see our post at http://unofficial-dhr-international.blogspot.com/2015/02/fact-check-is-dhr-international-5th.html

      In fact, we go further. The 127 consultants includes Principals and back office types. We have worked out the metrics based on the claimed 2015 numbers of $170.5m in revenues and the 94 EVP's or revenue producing consultants in North America. That makes the revenue per revenue producing consultant at $1.8m. And as you say anyone who has worked at DHR will tell you that there may only be a handful of consultants at DHR who do this each year and so there's no way it could be the average.

      We asked Executive Search Review to comment on their methodology, but they refused to.

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    2. Thanks you for the follow up and clarification. I am flabbergasted! How is this even allowed (ie. getting a leg up on your competitors by basically lying)?

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    3. We have made some enquiries.

      Our understanding is that Hunt Scanlon rely on DHR to provide the information. DHR are privately-owned and, while they usually don't share information like this, do provide a figure to Hunt Scanlon. We are not aware of whether Hunt Scanlon ask DHR for supporting evidence, such as tax filings. The other large firms in the list are all listed or partnerships and therefore are more transparent with the information.

      DHR are careful: they don't claim a source (such as Hunt Scanlon). But you are right, an employee or client could sue DHR for fraudulent misrepresentation, particularly as they claim to be the fifth largest in the world. Even if you believe the Hunt Scanlon table - which we don't - then at best they are sixth largest in North America.

      But DHR get away with it. So why would they change their behavior?

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    4. I think the average US DHR consultant would do $300,000 to $400,000 in billings. There would be only a small number who do the claimed average $1.8 million!

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    5. The actual total worldwide revenue is closer to $100 Million.

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  10. This is a phenomenal, thorough list on a superb blog; however, I am not sure that I like that I'm included in the list.

    The problem with this list is that, if someone does a Google search for my name, which is not that common, then they may find this post. I wouldn't want them to think I have the same lack of ethics as DHR. I left DHR because they were unethical. That's why I am on this list.

    Now, I know an involved reader of this blog would understand that being listed here may actually be a badge of honor - "only the good die young". But the casual reader may not appreciate that. Do you think you might allow the "good" to opt out?

    Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback.

      We have always felt a little uncomfortable that there are people who have left DHR's orbit that may feel tarnished by this web site.

      We will remove people from this list if they request so, and mark them as "Name removed on request" to ensure that the scale of departures is shown. Please see http://unofficial-dhr-international.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-raison-detre-and-philosophy-of-this.html for more information.

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  11. Add Kate Quinn to the list. She's off the DHR website after only 10 months. Another lawsuit in the works!

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    1. Interesting that Kate Quinn is no longer at DHR and another 'update' on CTPartners pops up in the New York Post on June 19th.

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    2. Also interesting that a certain DHR consultant, Kate Quinn, first popped up in an article Kevin Dugan wrote in the New York Post back in October 2014. That’s the same Kevin Dugan who wrote all those pieces about CTP based on ‘allegations’ that someone here says were made by an un-named senior consultant who used to work at CTP...

      http://tinyurl.com/p8rrjf5

      “I think it’s going to be slightly up to flat, but no way 10 percent,” Kate Quinn, a headhunter at DHR International, told The Post.

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    3. so if anyone looks into the reason why a certain lady left CTP it was because she lied and effectively was given the option to be fired or leave in good standing ! Her repayment by being able to leave in good standing was to unfairly slander two good head hunters at CTPartners and use the her friend at the Post to do so.... My very best wishes to her and now she's been 'terminated from DHR'

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    4. Flippin heck - you couldn't make this up if you tried!

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    5. Maybe now that Quinn has "left" DHR, her friend Kevin Duggan at the NY Post will write about DHR.

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    6. Based on the events of the last month alone, I am sure DHR has some skeletons in their closet.

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