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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
397 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is okay work life balance just depending on who you work under in the company (in 29 reviews)

  • Depending on position, flexible schedules or work from home opportunities are great (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Do the right thing always but sometimes work life balance can be a challenge (in 8 reviews)

  • There is very little room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    An increasingly frustrating experience working for a Company where bureaucratic form has triumphed over function.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Drafter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Drafter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Aon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people at Aon were alternately fantastic and horrible. Within your organization they would be great at pitching in and getting the job done. Unfortunately, people usually had to because of the lean (aka inadequate) staffing and resources allocated to get a job done. Consequently the best and brightest tend to come to Aon to learn the trade before leaving. It's the kind of Company where you come to learn before leaving to get rich elsewhere.

    Cons

    As a result of having too few hands and too few resources to get things done in a timely fashion the stress was, at times, incredibly high. In my eight years at Aon I had eight horrible Decembers which really puts a damper on the Christmas season. The other downside is Aon's refusal to invest in its people. Compensation increases are mediocre at best and are only made grudgingly. If you get one decent raise don't expect another for 4 to 6 years. Benefits are also surprisingly bad given the size of the organization and the resources it can leverage in risk management and human resources consulting. Health premiums for high deductible plans with HSA's are north of $100 per pay cycle with deductibles over $4000 and out of pockets over $7000. My current employer, which is a fraction of Aon's size, offers a plan in the same "metal tier" with lower deductible and out of pocket at a cost of just $5 per pay cycle. The dental plan is likewise ridiculously expensive for what you get. There's also the bureaucracy that you have to contend with. It's almost impossible to get basic hardware like monitors or cables. In one instance it took three months to get the necessary approvals from three layers of management above the department layer in order to get a cable that converted serial input to USB (retail value, $15). If you're looking at Aon for the special programs or benefits, and any one of those involves approvals involving HR or management above your department, just give up (for instance, forget about tuition assistance, which if by some miracle you get will result in a 7 to 10 year commitment to the Company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the share price has broken the $50 barrier put the whip away and stop treating employees like galley slaves whose only role is stroke at the beat of your drum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experiences depend on which department you work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aon

    Pros

    Generally nice friendly people, location is desirable as it is right in downtown and close to shops and restaurants, some management are smart however some middle management are not and it really suprise me how they get promoted. 401K matches 6% which is pretty good.

    Cons

    Some middle management get promoted based on relationship with their superior and not necessarily based on skill set. Pay is mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should impose upward management feedback.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked for the company for 8 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Aon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for advancement if you work hard. They provide competitive salary and benefits packages with a matching 401K.

    Cons

    The management is somewhat out of touch with employees and don't really care about them - they're all just a number. No work/life balance and you are consistently expected to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on your employees and a little less on the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee in Information Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, schedule flexibility, diversity of work, network of organizational relationships

    Cons

    Senior I.T. Leadership, which is a revolving door of "smart people" who do nothing but repackage the same old dry and stale ideas without ever bothering to understand the organization and business partners they support, because they're all too busy carving out their Territory and in awe of their lofty new titles.

    Lack of adherence to a Long Term Strategy.

    Commitment to invest in operations instead of cutting resources and capabilities to bolster profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Run Flat" doesn't cut it year upon year for 10+ years, simply to bolster Shareholder Value, which is a myth developed to rationalize any actions seen as ruthless and uncaring. If the business truly believes in Technology being a Differentiator, invest into this core discipline rather than cause it to cannibalize itself.

    SELL HEWITT!!!! What a nightmare organization that has done nothing but secure an anchor around the collective throat of the enterprise. A bloated organization that is out of touch with Aon's overall delivery capabilities and commitments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Aon isn't the HR company Hewitt was

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Aon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Everything else. Leadership doesn't listen to feedback in HR. Ironically HR implements for others well but doesn't do a good job of managing and leading their own team. Even when given very specific feedback such as: "overwhelmed", "I'm not happy" They do nothing. Engagement is very low but the company is working to improve it. Nothing is being done about HR leadership style. Benefit costs are outrageous and getting worse. HR structure of Legacy Aon is really bad. Hewitt HR Organization design is great but it hasn't been fully adopted yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to practice what it preaches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Buddy!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insurance Operations in Hatboro, PA
    Current Employee - Insurance Operations in Hatboro, PA

    I have been working at Aon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is okay work life balance just depending on who you work under in the company. But by the book it is not so great of a balance.

    Cons

    Low Pay, Low morale, No place to advance, Upper Management does not care or appreciate its employees and their contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees what they are worth...based on education, experience, length of employment and how they perform. Do not cap off raises at 2% and not give that 2% to hardly anyone but those who know someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Security Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Aon as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn corporate culture in America.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Not very efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much red tape. Not very efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ok place. Too many changes and management is inconsistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Specialist I in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Account Specialist I in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Aon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The ability to obtain continuing education classes to maintain license

    Cons

    No collective employee appreciattion activities. Do not make sure that opportunities are available for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the employees feel more appreciated and respected. Understand that you will receive more motivated, productive actvity when the employees are less stressed and enjoy the environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I understood my clients' organizations way more than I was ever allowed to know my own!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Sr Account Specialist
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President, Sr Account Specialist

    I worked at Aon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people
    Opportunity to Work Directly with Fortune 500 Senior Management

    Cons

    No idea what their talent strategy was - you definitely get put into a "Job Level" you can never leave. Insane internal battling over money - particularly over revenue credit at every level - between producers, practices, business units. Profitability is analyzed to the nth degree - ultimately ended up spending more time having to put together profitability plans for my clients than I actually got to spend with or on the clients. Management had absolutely lost sight of the importance of technical training or expertise - lots of young insurance brokers/account teams who actually don't know anything about insurance.....?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management makes great decisions for the shareholders, but it would probably make some sense to add some executives who have a lot more experience in operations. Put some specificity into your principals - the "Aon Client Promise" is vague and fluffy - you could apply it to any industry; articulating why we're the best in our industry specifically would win more often - we heard a lot of feedback from prospects that they weren't able to differentiate Aon from competitors at all.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Short term gain over long term strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Aon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    For entry level workers I think it is still a great place to get some training and then plot your next move.

    Cons

    Since Aon took over Benfield the emphasis seems to be on cost savings rather than designing and executing a long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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