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Marsh Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
150 Reviews
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Peter Zaffino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people, flexible schedules allowing for work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, colleagues and collaboration across departments (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Very heavy workload, no work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Traditional, conservative, and defines what a corporate environment is

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great workplace flexibility and true 9-5 work environment which is unique for Fortune 250 companies. Culture is slowly changing and the Company is opening up to ideas, but red tape gets in the way to be efficient. Strong sales culture if you thrive in sales.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are not competitive and should reflect beyond cost of living market rates.
    Non client facing roles do not have growth opportunities and lack any professional development and shows where interests and value of the company lies.
    Diversity is still an issue and not just in ethnic or gender diversity, but the diversity of experiences and voices. Very much a herd mentality and top down approach company which leaves little room to incentivize or celebrate top talent and fresh ideas.
    People are extremely nice and mean well, but are often content with status quo and mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and encourage employees to be the owner of their careers and accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice office space, internal resources to support sales

    Cons

    Ever changing leadership, annual bonuses subjected to last minute scrutiny and adjustment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publish your commission/bonus structure for eligible participants at the beginning of the year and actually pay out based on that - even if it means a larger payout than expected to your top performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Less Talk More Walk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Marsh really is an insurance industry leader and the employees do a great job on focusing on the clients and risk assessment. The Producers of the company are really second to none and they do an excellent job with all their work.

    Cons

    Being a brokerage firm the benefits and perks are really focused on the sales/ client facing colleagues while pay remains incredibly low for those in administration or support roles. Senior management and policy makers still struggle with connecting thier minds with their hearts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better pay rates and opportunities for colleagues to grow. Taking on additional job duties/responsibilities should also translate into more pay/benefits. Also, work on connecting the head to the heart. Constantly being cerebral about our work hinders true innovation and excitement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exhausting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    MMC is a large company. You may be able to transfer to other offices should you move.

    Cons

    The work load borders ridiculous. The issue is that most of the employees are average at best, whilst a few employees carry the burden. This does not result jn higher pay for harder workers. If you are lucky you'll receive a 3% pay raise. The company rarely changes leaders and managers. This rests in zero innovation and they just keep the same

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the cream of the crop, you'll need to pay for it. Stop stressing employees with nonsense and do something about the balance within your offices.

  6.  

    Draining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Marsh

    Pros

    Good benefits, has a cafeteria.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, rude, greedy, narcissistic management. Pretentious culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like human beings, not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    LIfe can be good or bad depending which department you are in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and nice, work is generally interesting, system is yet to be desired, lots of duplicate effort of work done.

    Cons

    Your life can be heaven or hell depending who you worked for. Pay is discretionary determined by your superior, so if you are not on their good side, chances are you won't get a pay raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    You will work hard but you get great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Marsh

    Pros

    Large company, ability to transfer

    Cons

    I always seemed to get my lousy 3% raise even though I went above and beyond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your hardest employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Okay to get experience, but not really for the long-haul

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Pay is low, but overtime is available and extra pay for working on holidays is nice. Vacation policy is pretty good. Good way to get experience right out of college, but not many find a long term career in the Austin office. There is some room for growth, but seems to be limited to management favorites.

    Cons

    Low pay. Little room for growth. Management plays favorites and doesn't value employees. Changed job requirements to not require a college degree, but base pay is still the same regardless of qualifications. Makes those with a college degree feel over-qualified and under-valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Offer more opportunities for growth, career training, etc. Higher pay - especially for college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You have been warned... Not the company it once was...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, however, anyone that is worth anything is so overworked and burnt out, that mentoring and support no longer exist. Coming in fresh you should be able to get paid well, but make sure it's generous as you'll never see another decent raise again. Good benefits, but costs keep rising as Marsh continues to chip away at employee benefits to keep that stock price up. There are only two reasons to work here - for the money (make sure you get it) and the experience of working for a large, segmented broker (if you have experience - really do move on).

    Cons

    So much red tape. So many systems that just plain suck. No appreciation for those working over 100% capacity - no matter how many accounts you handle, Marsh will think you can handle more. Unless of course, you are extremely mediocre and allowed to coast, which sadly, there are still plenty of those. Don't come here if you are above average or actually have any worthwhile experience. Morale is so bad - lots of folks in their late 50's counting down the days until they can escape this company. I've seen several colleagues in actual tears from the stress which management then holds against them as "not being cut out for this business". Upper management is still a boys club and if you are a woman and/or a minority be prepared for a long battle to the top - cause you'll never get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many promises that could never be delivered... There's a reason so many awesome, long-term employees are leaving in droves (I was one of them)...it sucks working at Marsh and it was not always that way. Bring back the humanity that is so lacking these days - employees are people not machines...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Firm is headed in the right direction

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    Resources and expertise within the firm.

    Cons

    Typical drawbacks of working for an large publically traded company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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