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Marsh Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
124 Reviews

2.9
124 Reviews
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Peter Zaffino
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good for work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, colleagues and collaboration across departments (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • stress levels are very high affecting work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management was changed without warning and layoffs came out of the blue (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good benefits, good hours, top-notch clients

    Cons

    Pay is fair. Upper management needs to focus on core broking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core broking and stop trying to cross-sell Mercer, Kroll, OW, etc

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Marsh Risk Consulting Lack of Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marsh  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marsh in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Management very flexible.

    Cons

    Marsh Risk Consulting management very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reconfigure MRC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Check the fine print...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Vacation time is great for the Undergrad entry level program.
    Very much a 9-5:30 job.
    Client interaction early.
    Exposure to many different industries.
    Would be a great starting point if you plan to remain in the insurance industry.

    Cons

    Training is terrible, there are no hard technical skills learned on the job that are transferable outside of the insurance industry.
    A lot of busy work, no actual skills training.
    The program itself and your development greatly depends on your direct supervisor. Not all are even decent at teaching or developing others.
    As mentioned in other reviews - promotions, schedule accommodations, expense accounts, Amex cards -are dependent on who you know and how much they like you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to retain, challenge and promote youth with potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Marsh - Vice President

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Hoboken, NJ

    Pros

    Commute, Work - life balance

    Cons

    Salary not competitive
    limited Professional growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Missing long term vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Keep looking...you CAN do better!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Advisor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Better than Unemployment... The people are generally good people, but have a tendancy to turn on you to cover their butts. The benefits are good, vacation time is easily used, and the paychecks are always on time! Unfortunately, there are not many nice things to say about a company circling the drain.

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities and rules. It's bloated size and enormous bureaucracy make it difficult to get anything meaningful done. There is a noticable lack of organized training on the myriad of ever changing IT systems making learning and sucessfully completing ones job difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront and honest with junior employees regarding the prospects of future career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    All about Marsh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Advisor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great access to data/industry expertise and resources. Marsh has a capability that is beyond compare in these areas.

    Cons

    Marsh has developed minimum standards for servicing placements. Some of these requirements are excellent and obviously needed. However, as far as servicing to the individual client, it often gets in the way of what might be in the best interest of the client by burdening the team with administrative work which hinders servicing needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marsh's practice of promoting from within is commendable. However, great insurance brokers do not make great managers. Often they are placed within the position without being prepared for the human relation requirements that are needed for the position. I would like to see training provided to these managers so they are prepared with the tools for the job. Invest in the human capital and they will take care of you.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Great resources, very talented people, exposure to great clients. Brand name in the industry and the opportunity to work on significant projects.

    Cons

    A 9 to 5 culture, lots of legacy employees, very disparate levels of talent. No compensation transparency, the office is too small for personal growth

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good Firm with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great resources and lots of knowledgeable people. A Who's Who of clients. Very strong and leading with large global/complex accounts. Specialty side of business is awesome with great brokers who really give it their all. Some managers (specialty) are tireless and give their life to the business and their team.

    Cons

    Extremely expense reduction focused. At least annual reductions in staff (sometimes 2x a year)... tend to stay around 70-80 so not published and these are not just low performers... often these are masked as position elimination but they craft a 'new' position and adjust responsibilities to get by. Also, extremely internally focused despite great external efforts of many colleagues moving ahead. Several senior managers are self-preservation experts and promoters, at the expense of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen without retribution and respect different views, not just people saying what they think you want to hear. Employees are not disposable resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Too sales centric

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Decent work hours, good remuneration

    Cons

    Only focus on sales, no innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond money as the differentiator to win deals!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stable, growing and rewarding work place!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Market Leader
    Strong brand name
    Learning opportunities
    Quality Comp & Benefits
    Sales Incentives
    Global Exposure
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Stretched decision making
    PMS has to be more objective and accountability higher
    Hierarchies not well defined
    Job rotation and mobility is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Org structure needs to be worked upon to create a strong second line.
    Invest on strong employee engagement and leadership development processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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