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Great place to learn and grow, but it can consume your life.

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Louisville, KY
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Louisville, KY

I worked at Mercer full-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Virtually unlimited intellectual capital. - Plenty of opportunities to learn from others. - 'Small-company' feel within your immediate team. - Pay and benefits are at or above market.

Cons

- If you want to ruin your life by working 80 hours/week and never taking vacation, they will happily let you. - If you're not in a big office, and are not willing to move, your chances for significant advancement are limited. - Focus on profitability means reducing expenses at all cost. This leads to a lack of meaningful investment in the individual businesses. - For a company where the people are the product, they seem to want to get by with the least amount spent on its people. When employees ask for help, the answer is usually to get a temp or an intern versus getting a qualified full-time hire.

Advice to Management

Focus on making this a fun place to work again. Your employees are more than machines that convert knowledge and ideas into money. This doesn't mean that you have to host a happy-hour every week, but some meaningful recognition would be nice. I do believe the current senior leadership is a welcome change from the last regime, and I understand significant changes will take some time. I am hopeful that things will get better.

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  1. Mercer from an SP perspective

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great reputation, pride

    Cons

    Management seems to not value SPs as they did in the past

    Advice to Management

    Improve SP comp plan it is not competitive for 80 percent of SPs


  2. Retirement / Actuary

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in Columbus, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with good people who do care about there job. Ability to talk to clients and use communication to talk about complex problems/issues and break it down to language the client understands.

    Cons

    Pension plans are going away and therefore the retirement sector is looked at like a non-growing entity. That means smaller raises and marginal bonuses. Consulting opportunities are not as abundant as most plans just want to get by or freeze/terminate there plans. Client offices have a very lean workforce which therefore means many OT hours and inability to study for actuarial exams (which also effects your pay)

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision on the importance of certified actuaries. If they are important to your business and business model, then allow your employees to study and pass exams. If not, then reward hard work and long hours.


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