What are the advantages of a mid-size executive search
firm such as M&F compared to smaller or large, national
As a mid-sized firm, we offer the best possible combination
of the hands-on personal service of a small firm and
the geographic reach, research and support resources
promised by the largest firms.
We have the professional research and support resources
that most small firms either do not possess or obtain
through sub-contractors. Our clients are assured that
their search will be handled by a professional team
with a history of success working together.
The largest firms, which may have previously served
most of a new client's competitors, face significant
off-limits and conflict of interest issues. The unfortunate
response to this fact is that many large firms have
both shortened the term and drastically narrowed the
scope of their off-limits policies, sometimes to the
point that they have become meaningless. Since we limit
the number of clients we serve in an industry, we avoid
are the advantages of general practice compared to specialty
As a general practice firm, M&F has minimal off-limits
and conflict of interest issues. We are experienced
at problem-solving in a wide range of industry and functional
settings. Our success is made possible by our professional
research capabilities and superior search methodology
that allow us to quickly develop custom solutions to
each client's unique search problems.
is the firm's off-limits policy important?
The firm's ability to access the best candidates may
be significantly limited if it has a large number of
potential source organizations on its off-limits list.
Also, the firm should clearly address the duration and
scope of its off-limits policy regarding the client
organization. M&F's clear and unequivocal hands-off
policy will give assurance that sensitive information
developed during a search will not be used to facilitate
recruitment of client employees for other searches the
firm may be conducting.
issues should the off-limits policy address?
- How long the individual placed is off-limits for other
searches the firm may conduct.
- How long other employees of the client organization
are off limits.
Our policy is that the candidate placed is hands-off
as long as employed by the client. The client organization,
including all subsidiaries and divisions, is hands-off
for two years from the date of our last engagement.
is the firm's candidate guarantee policy?
If, within one year of the date of hire, a candidate
we have placed leaves the client voluntarily, or is
terminated for cause, we will do a search for a replacement
on a no fee, expenses only basis.