Mercer
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Mercer Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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3.0 60 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Mercer President & CEO Julio A. Portalatin

Julio A. Portalatin

(11 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Long time here

Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGeneral stability of the company and group; co-workers are generally enjoyable to work with; company is a leader in the industry

ConsDifficulty in achieving promotions within the group vs. other lines of business; pay is below competitors

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was very good however you need to be very flexible since the maagement team is constantly making changes.

Senior Associate -Corporate Reporting (Former Employee)
Hoboken, NJ

I worked at Mercer full-time for more than a year

ProsManagement always stays on top of the industry trends which keeps them number one. Training is a top priority. The majority of training is available via the compay's intranet site which is very convenient.

ConsConstantly changing environment makes it difficult to work at times. Very aggressive timelines are created without input from the team.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement teams need to discuss future initiatives with each other and then ask for input from their staff. This would assist in driving timelines which are achievable and reduces stress on the teams.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Collaborative atmosphere, dedication to developing high performers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunities to collaborate with smart people; atmosphere that fosters development of high performers; recent shift to pay for performance culture

ConsLack of transparency re pay; more development of lower-performing staff needed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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First Job out of College

Actuarial Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat work/life balance, lots of flexibility, global - ability to transfer offices all over the world

ConsLower than market compensation, lacks career guidance

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on retention, competitive compensation, and employee engagement

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Overall Very positive. Great client base and the opportunity to work with very talented colleagues

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Mercer full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat clients, great colleagues, used to have a very colleigal atmosphere that has been lost over the last few years

ConsHas become incessantly obsessed with margins and profits. This is great for the shareholders and will produce great results for a couple of years. Longer term, Mercer's success will depend on being able to attract and motivate very talented professionals. Will be increasingly difficult with current leadership rife with bureaucracy, focus on sucking up to levels and more interested in keeping their jobs rather than developing their teams.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on clients and developing the team that will lead the firm 5+ years from now.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Culture at Mercer

Consultant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Mercer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMercer consultants are among the smartest and hard working people in the consulting industry. On the job training is intense and effective. The firm is trying to improve innovation. Benefits practice is strong and innovative. There is a focus on developing women leaders. Young professionals will find good development and networking opportunities.

ConsThe performance and rewards system encourages sometimes results in internal competition between practices and among individual consultants. While on the job training is good, formal training and development is lacking. As a public company with scrutiny on profitability, there is a focus on short-term strategy at the expense long term investment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people to work with

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat culture with really bright people. Had one of the best bosses ever!

ConsThere seems to be less emphasis on developing talent. The focus has been on expense management the last few years; it would be refreshing to start growing top line revenue which would allow the company to pay more and invest in developing its people.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time and money to invest in people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A company that's starting to invest more in its people but work-life balance is rough

Consultant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Mercer full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMercer's a clear leader in its field and it has a great reputation and client roster. There are great people there at multiple levels.

ConsThe work-life balance there is rough and it faces what all consulting firms face -- a challenge of investing in its people when you are client-first.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in employee engagement

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to start your career as Associate

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou will learn a lot about every aspect of Human Capital/ Talent business
Great clients and network of colleagues
Very strong brand in HR world

ConsAs many large organizations, it is a political environment - learn how to navigate politics if you want to become Principal/Partner
Collaboration challenges - find your little team/sponsors to get work/opportunities

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your young talent, protect their development, invest in their growth and career. You have good people already on board - reinforce this with all Partners and Principals.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience and very nice people

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood people and nice clients

ConsLow pay and not much room to advance

Advice to Senior ManagementStop with all the admin work you put on consultants to perform.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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