Willis

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Willis Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
Willis – Chicago – “Willis associates displaying the Willis Cause…”

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2.7 173 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

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Dominic Casserley

(19 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent Work/Life Balance especially for Families(in 8 reviews)

  • Some good people who want to see people grow(in 13 reviews)


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

  • expense management is profoundly unfair(in 4 reviews)

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    Good for resume...I guess

    Client Manager (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsYou have an opportunity to work with some incredible customers.

    ConsPoor leadership, way too many internal systems, lack of diversity, a lot of favortisim, many individuals in leadership roles have no clue what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employee feedback and stop with the good old boy system!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Willis HR Advisor responded to this review

    Jul 14, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Willis is a global company, that offers a variety of systems and diversity. Under the leadership of our relatively new CEO, we are systematically looking ... More
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    So-so

    Vice President (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsThey give lots of responsibility and rope

    Consthey will advantage of you

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you know who butters your bread

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Willis HR Advisor responded to this review

    May 28, 2014

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Even though it’s not the kind of review we’d like, we truly value our Associates’ feedback and take it to heart. We strive to live by our ... More

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe timings are really great you get a whole day left for yourself and a pretty good morning wake up habit

    ConsThe company superiors are very biased with their own interest & never really help any one really worthy to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct like a company not a government.

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    premier brokerage for employee benefits with excellent national and international resources

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou will learn lots and become a sophisticated broker and consultant. If you crave responsibility, it will always be there for the taking.

    ConsYou will work hard. Not a place for slackers! It is very much a sales environment, so the producers are big fish in a small pond whereas the service team(s) are not consistently shown much love.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall positive

    Pesonal Lines Account Manager (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsCo-workers were fantastic, great bunch of people.

    ConsZero training. Manager did not care to invest in EE's and was hands off. Zero committment to the group. Manager was spread way to thin.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManager on location to manage the group of account managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great atmosphere but need networking

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt's a fairy big company that located in Financial district. Great chance to know many people and great networking.

    ConsPeople doing their work not very efficient and the work environment feels a little bit of slack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on team work as well as individual work efficiency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The employee benefits and Property and Casualty sides of the business are like two different companies in our office.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to work with a lot of different types of people

    ConsA Managing Partner really needs to have sales experience, otherwise they don't fully understand the sales cycle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Willis...good company in need of change.

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAbility to form your own career path and very flexible working environment. Great interaction between New York and London-based teams.

    ConsInability of management to reward employees who perform and weed out employees who underperform.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People, Great Co-Workers, Subpar C-Suite

    Assistant Vice President (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWillis is rwell-known in the benefits industry and is a strong player in the middle-market segment.

    It's a great company to gain experience and have good work / life balance.

    For the most part, co-workers are very nice, friendly, professional, cordial, in sum - good team members.

    Willis also has the best offices in the industry. Nice office locations, very modern office layout with brandnew office equipment.

    ConsPay and benefits lag the industry in general. Willis paid too much money for its HRH acquisition in 2008 and as a result could ill afford to give its hard-working employees raises or 401K matches for more than 2 years.

    There is little opportunity for training or advancement.

    The company claims to have an aggressive sales culture when in reality new business production is inconsistent and varies between offices. There is no "up or out" sales mentality. Average does it.

    Company CEO likes to have his photograph everywhere. Company offices, company website, intranet, etc., ad nauseum. . . You get the picture (no pun intended)!!!

    Lastly, but most importantly, Willis has replaced merit / performance bonuses with what it calls "Cash Retention Awards". Tthe problem with this cash retention award is that you have to pay the company back if you leave voluntarily. Currently, the vesting period for the bonus is 3 years.

    That's like rubbing salt into the wound as Willis is already below par when it comes to comp and ben due to the HRH acquisition.

    This Cash Retention Award only destroys employee morale and ultimately, loyalty. A company that is an employer of choice does not need to worry about its employees jumping ship because potential employees will beat a path down your door for a chance to work for you. Paying your employees a bonus is simply the cost of doing business and rewarding hard-work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe current CEO likes to tout that Willis has the best people in the industry and is the best insurance broker in the world. So, why not back up those words with action? And please get rid of the Cash Retention Award just like you got rid of the pointless "Clients Before Contingents" stance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work load o.k., opportunities minimal, pay lagging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood people. Work environment is good.

    ConsPay ;ags behing industry standards. Opportunities to move are minimal. Management is more concerned with bottom-line than employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay top-tier employees better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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