Mercer Reviews in Washington, DC

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Pros
  • Work/life balance and the best benefits ever, as well as an awesome incentive program (in 63 reviews)

  • The ability to work from home when needed is a nice perq (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Period of heavy workloads / high opporunity can be a challenging for work/life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Could benefit from a Senior Management overhaul and restructure (in 33 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities, great work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Good pay for the work load/hrs per week
    - Much more collegial than other large consulting firms
    - Great career progression opportunities
    -Flexible work hours/location

    Cons

    -Outdated technology
    -Inconsistencies in methodology between offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Mercer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People, Interesting work, learn new things on the job every day, given real responsibilities , lots of social events

    Cons

    Could use a higher salary (for DC prices)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Performance Review Farce

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Mercer

    Pros

    The company provides flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    The company has a rigid and comprehensive performance review program that is totally thrown in the garbage when it comes to my group executing it. The company program is designed to be fair and to reward quality work but my group refuses to discuss goals during performance review time and instead reads reviews from 20 or more co-workers who anonymously list their gripes about you. It is more like Jr High cliques where the popular, liked people get ahead. It is appalling and I am one of the popular, liked people!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing and stop trying to run a popularity contest!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good entry into consulting but not a place where I could make my career grow.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Mercer

    Pros

    It taught me the basics of consulting-client service and project management.

    Cons

    Performance assessments were conducted by managers and criteria was unclear for moving to the next level. It functioned as an organization of silos. Very few options for training and/or learning and (if available) were limited to online.
    Huge variance on management styles. The manager for the project really determine how efficiently and transparently work was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Criteria for standardizing assessments.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company...some upper management kinks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Capital Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Mercer

    Pros

    Great people-You're working with highly intelligent, ambitious, genuinely nice people!
    Work/Life Balance-As long as you meet deadlines, work hours are flexible.
    Supportive lower-level management

    Cons

    Senior Level Management-Drastic decisions and lack of good communication. One minute, they are spending tons of money on needless luxuries and then cutting entire offices the next minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions based on performance, not politics. Look at long-term sustainability, instead of short-term profit cutting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Global firm but limited recognition for smaller offices

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Mercer

    Pros

    Mercer has a good brand name, and has a global reach.

    Cons

    People working in smaller offices do not get as much recognition, and the opportunities to work on bigger projects are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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