Mercer

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Mercer Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
701 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance and the best benefits ever, as well as an awesome incentive program (in 64 reviews)

  • I have the ability to work from home when I want which is very nice (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough staff creates stressful environment and NO work/life balance (in 50 reviews)

  • Could benefit from a Senior Management overhaul and restructure (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great culture and learning experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Mercer as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    not steep enough of a learning curve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My Direct Supervisor's were flexible with my home/life schedule as a working mother of 2 young children.

    Cons

    It is hard to be effective and efficient at your job with the frequent changes in management and company vision and strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many changes; Lack direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health and Benefits Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Health and Benefits Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is good but must work weekends and evenings to stay ahead.

    Cons

    So many changes that it's impossible to even keep up any longer. Don't seem valued as an employee; just an employee number. Low morale. Used to be a wonderful place to work where everyone seemed valued and actually enjoyed their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your employees and make them feel important to the success of the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love working for Mercer. The people are for the most part fantastic, and most of them strive to succeed and hold themselves and other to high standards.

    Cons

    Some of my coworkers don't care about their jobs at all and complain about working (even though they are getting paid for overtime), yet have been rewarded in all the same ways as those who do not take such a lazy approach. Does not seem fair, and thus removes some incentive to perform well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses are lackluster when the company does poorly, but other employees get guaranteed overtime. Consider a change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor training, poor management...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Mercer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great pay... You can negotiate what it will take to hire you...
    -Very good benefits...
    -Lots of time off... close the office 1/2 day before the holiday for example
    -Work remote or from on of the other offices around the country

    Cons

    -Most employees are in it for themselves... You need to have a huge ego to survive or enjoy being very self centered
    -There is ZERO training, honest!!
    -Very poor LOB leadership... How some of these folks make it to a leadership role is amazing... stunning actually...
    -Leadership does not believe in the performance review process... you put your plan in place, have it signed off by your manager and then witness them never reviewing and using it as planned... Amazing exercise in wasting time
    -Expect a RIF (reduction in force) 2-3 times per year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the facade of wanting to be a sales organization... It will never happen...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great first job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    No grunt work here. Gain valuable training and experience with top tier clients from day one.

    Cons

    As with most consulting firms, expect to put in lots of hours and get little reward - especially for those off the actuarial track.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Mercer

    Pros

    Descent benefits. The work life balance has gotten better

    Cons

    Some smart people but also some real morons. No clear cut criteria for promotion/advancement, at least there is a criteria, but it is not followed at all. Double standards are rampant in this company and for some reason they reward failure by promoting those people up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The stock of this company has done absolutely nothing; therefore as your reward you should share in the "inflation" salary increase that you bestowed on all of your employees and you should be stripped of your bonus and redistribute that money to the people that actually bring in revenue to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a very informative and postive work enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Mercer

    Pros

    Postive coworkers, advanced training programs, and good teamwork system.

    Cons

    Almost always work longer than a 40 hr a week job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place, but not what it once was

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Mercer

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging client work and talented colleagues. Could be an even greater place if not attached to a public traded parent company (MMC). Clients are high-quality, brand names, but client work itself is often not as interesting as it could be due to lower buying level.

    Cons

    Increasing burden around administrative tasks and less personal development opportunities given cost control pressures. Quarterly performance targets drive behaviors counter to long-term growth of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    minimize admin burden and process BS.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mercer is a company with a tremendous amount or resources available

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Mercer

    Pros

    Outstanding resources to assist in job performance

    Cons

    Inconsistency in promotion opportunities based on compentency

    Approves of CEO

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