Willis Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Willis CEO Dominic Casserley
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Pros
  • Decent work/life balance with this position (in 12 reviews)

  • Some good people who want to see people grow (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management does not have a coherent global strategy or plan (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor management skills- since the moment you will be hired you will walk with "sword of Damocles" around your head (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pretty offices, some really nice people

    Cons

    Management is old boys club for most part with some not so intelligent. They hire smart people but get scared when new hires know more than management. Lots of CYA, and deception. Long time employees are intimidated by new hires. Years without raises, lots of layoffs and movement of jobs to India. Want to compete with consulting firms but not up to par at all in tools or knowledge.


  2. Helpful (2)

    8 years commercial insurance - Exec. Assistant; Office Manager and Billing and Enrollment Specialist

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    Current Employee - Various in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Various in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Willis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee Benefits - Medical, Dental. Employer Contributions are appreciated.

    Cons

    I did not feel valued as an employee. Joined a smaller firm who was purchased 30 days after my first day of employment. I spent 8 years working hard to hold a job, even taking a large cut in pay to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be valued.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Less than ideal experience at Willis

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Willis full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, but nothing more

    Cons

    Terrible management - ineffective and afraid to engage. Horrible backstabbing coworkers who practice character assassinations on others. Assistants lack knowledge and ability, but are fully entrenched.

    Advice to Management

    Manage already.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Glad I am gone

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Amarillo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Willis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay okay--account managers should be paid hourly instead of exempt--work so much overtime, hourly rate would be minimal

    Cons

    Have too many required procedures to do what we should be doing--servicing our clients!

    Advice to Management

    Stop implementing new procedures constantly--seems like people are being paid too much just to come up with changes for others trying to do their jobs


  6. Helpful (3)

    Willis Re - General Overview

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Willis Re in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Willis Re in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Willis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, some very talented coworkers below management, and some flexibilty in hours and scheduling.

    Cons

    If you want to make decent money, but are willing to forego ecellence, then work for Willis. In all areas, including broking, client support, and analytics, Willis emphasizes conforming to management initiatives. Expect mediocre to poor managers hired from outside who are given control of seasoned and skilled internal resources, and do not know how to utiliize the resources, but are keen on capitalizing on and taking credit for work they have not done. Creativity is not valued. Expect micro-managers and processes to dominate your career at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Be very careful when hiring new management. All potential managers should be given a probationary period, and only after successfully achieving set criteria should they be allowed to manage. Too much faith given to outside "management experience", which may or may not transfer to Willis. Take more stock of internal staff and their opinions.

    Willis Response

    Sep 24, 2014 – HR Advisor

    We appreciate you taking the time to write a review regarding your experience at Willis. We are aware that our employees, at all levels, are our biggest assets and we strive to give every employee an ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Willis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Got a lot of experience - trial by fire. Some good people who want to see people grow. Some great clients.

    Cons

    Unmanageable workload, too many systems, low pay, raises and bonuses went to the "favorites" who didn't earn them. Prefer to hire from outside rather than promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you hit your numbers, doesn't mean that the team doesn't need to be cleaned.


  8. Working at Willis review.

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

    I worked at Willis full-time

    Pros

    Line employees that service the clients.

    Cons

    Middle (supervisory) management is very weak.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Willis favors it's producers over the support staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Willis full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive to other brokers.

    Cons

    High turnover with support staff. Long hours are expected.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Takes a while for the honey-moon phase to pass, yet when it does, the dysfunction becomes crystal clear.

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    Former Employee - HCP
    Former Employee - HCP
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Willis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some employees that are dedicated, and they form the back-bone of the company. Good internal coursework.

    Cons

    Hiring for teams takes far too long - staffing issues do not become a priority until a deadline has passed. Branch management had an "open-door" policy, but only in theory. Still a good-ol'-boy company. Nothing is done to keep 'negative' employees under control.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions more quickly, especially when it comes to hiring to bolster busy teams. Pay more attention to the employees, don't run so lean that it burns out committed employees. Be more open to embracing a work-life balance (i.e. telecommuting).


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very poor treatment of employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Willis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well known company with numerous locations across the globe.

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancements and the company views their employees as disposable and do not appreciate their employees desire to grow. No help from the company to attain any educational goals. Company only appreciates associates in sales roles.

    Advice to Management

    Take more pride in your employees and help them attain their educational goals.



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