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Very Good Company to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Client Services in New York, NY
Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Client Services in New York, NY
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

CEO is excellant individual to work for and cares about staff, aggressive business growth

Cons

Lack of communication between business units leaves limited ability to cross sell and increase carreer growth opportunity for employees

Advice to Management

Hold on to talented people

Other Employee Reviews for Willis

  1. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willis 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 Management

    The 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    One flag is gone! The acquisition of HRH will be the demise of Willis as we knew it!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pros is that some compliance is being upheld.

    Cons

    Legacy HRH in management are doing a poor job. The quality of work has decreased considerably. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the "old Willis".


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