Mercer Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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Mercer President & CEO Julio A. Portalatin
Julio A. Portalatin
7 Ratings

Pros
  • There's a good work life balance at Mercer (in 64 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home when needed is a nice perq (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging (in 50 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lack of respect

    Current Employee - Team Secretary in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Secretary in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Location of office is great

    Cons

    Management, lack of training and development, low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Please be aware that we exist and treat us with respect.


  2. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    great learning opportunities good work life balance

    Cons

    low base, even lower bonus

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  3. Helpful (2)

    Very regimented

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation & Benefits Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Compensation & Benefits Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits but hard to please, no culture of affirmation or appreciation

    Cons

    Very regimented in structure, not much in the way of team building & bonding, more about what you can get out of employee than how they can develop you

    Advice to Management

    Be more affable and approachable


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work but may need to move out to move up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people from diverse backgrounds. Interesting projects and recognized brand. Good and flexible benefits program.

    Cons

    Recognition tends to be patchy. 'Stars' can be rapidly progressed but many senior people have been there a long time, seemingly having progressed by virtue of length of tenure rather than capability, and blocking the progression of young blood.

    Advice to Management

    .


  6. Performance Management follow-up needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice and generally clever people. Great offices, benefits and canteen! Well-regarded firm.

    Cons

    Time consuming performance management processes in place, but then there is no support for managers who try to follow through action plans relating to non-performers. This affects the morale of those who perform well and have to carry the extra weight.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support for managers to manage those who aren't performing in the role.


  7. One of the good guys working in a very difficult commercial environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Actuary in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Actuary in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time

    Pros

    Training via experience is very varied and deep.

    Cons

    Caught in the middle segment Mercer is attacked by the minnows on smaller clients and has difficulty with landing the larger clients.


  8. A great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are great. There's a strong focus on flexibility and ensuring that employees are treated like adults. There's also a really good employee benefits programme with new initiatives regularly being added.

    Cons

    At times the matrix nature of the organisation means that there can be more red tape then you'd like but this is widely acknowledged as something to rectify

    Advice to Management

    The UK Leadership team is definitely helping to imprive the focus and engagement within the organisation and this is also being replicated at the global level which is great to see


  9. On the whole a positive experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Mercer are very talented and good to work with

    Cons

    Can be slow to make change


  10. Very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Consulting Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Consulting Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good reputation - Opportunities to learn and progress - Meritocratic but sometimes political

    Cons

    - Somewhat old-fashioned environment, not very open to new ideas - Compensation not great - Grad level work can be boring

    Advice to Management

    - Reward good performers more often and more generously


  11. I like Mercer!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment - always something round the corner to stretch and challenge!

    Cons

    For me, the pros always outweight the cons!



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