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Marsh Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
153 Reviews
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153 Reviews
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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.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Great Culture -

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, client focused, "journey to elite" organization. Willing to be accountable and engaged with results -- trying to build a consistent training and professional development pathways for employees.

    Cons

    Complex organization with frequent leadership changes that may undermine organizational efficiency and client servicing. Overly focused on analytics without regard to best fit for client and/or value of analytics relative to meeting client's objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify organizational structure so that clients easily understand company value proposition and framework for client engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work, but went downhill fast...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pension is great to have. Great employees to work with. Active in the community. Lives on brand name. Great PTO.

    Cons

    Little salary increases because of stagnant growth the past 5+ years due to poor management. Outdated variable compensation plan = little incentive to work harder. No sales team but pushes client advisors to grow revenue and be pro active to service clients. Clients no longer receive service they deserve. Overworked client advisors =low morale and loss of employees. Even the coffee sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let experienced client advisors work and service clients without micromanaging them with constant internal workflows and meetings. Change the variable compensation plan. The culture should be one of doing the job freely without the feeling of working in a totalitarian state. Revenue will grow when the constant employee turn over stops.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncompetitive Pay &Dysfunctional HR

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great Business/Company
    Good Work/Life Balance
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management - political & bureaucratic
    Unable to source / attract / recognize true talent
    Lack of quality control
    Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on quality of the work not the scorecard
    Engage 360 review at larger scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Girilla/Cheap

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Marsh full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Professional Organization, Great reputation, room to grow if you are a super producer, must be able to sell

    Cons

    Can be cheap in allocating resources, uses substandard tech, such as blackberry, laptops. Expense policies are a hindrance and confining. Consulting practice of the business has to deal with policies meant for brokers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate the Consulting Practice from the Brokerage Practice in the organization. The revenue flow and effect of policies are different for each type of business. Many opportunities have been lost by the consulting practice because of policies designed for the Brokerage practice. The employees should physically stay in the same place.
    Look for way to improve technology and not go after the cheapest source. Do an overhaul off the expense reimbursement system so it's more user friendly and the policies are more flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marsh as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Excellent workplace
    -Great learning experience
    -Training programs are excellent

    Cons

    -Retention issues
    -Salaries possibly within company not as high as others

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pleasant experience overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great pay.

    Cons

    High turnover rate at Senior Management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value talented and loyal employees. No room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Benefits declining, no room for advancement, overworked client advisors

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

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

    Pros

    Largest insurance broker. Specialized knowledge.

    Cons

    Benefits were once one of the best in the industry but becoming very expensive as of Jan 2015 and with little or no pay raises, pay is actually declining. Parking rates increasing. Huge push for more sales and asked to do more than ever. Client advisors are micromanaged even though they are exempt. Lots of recent turnover. Dinosaur technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Give advisors the help they need to get the job done. Too many manager meetings with no real results. Be truthful, it goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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