TIAA-CREF
2.9 of 5 400 reviews
www.tiaa-cref.org New York, NY 5000+ Employees

TIAA-CREF Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.9 400 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

TIAA-CREF President & CEO Roger Ferguson

Roger Ferguson

(242 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Most managers seem to take seriously their employees' work-life balance"
    in 32 reviews
  • "Great benefits from day one, pto and insurance are top notch, made a few good friends"
    in 36 reviews
Cons:
  • "More focus is needed to allow employees to have work life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Cronies are brought in by senior management as they believe hey have all the answers"
    in 25 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLaid back atmosphere, good environment for learning, work-life balance.

    ConsLittle room for advancement, most higher positions are sourced externally vs. internal promotion. Very political. Too conservative for true strategists with a quantitative mindset.

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

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    Great benefits! You get what you make of it!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsLots of opportunity if you are not afraid of hard work and networking. People expect a promotion by sitting in their cubicle. Don't be afraid to highlight your accomplishments at review time.

    ConsAntiquated software. Top heavy in the SLT. You are encouraged to give your opinion, but then you labeled as a complainer. Even if you provide a solution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your front-line associates that are front and back office. Push harder for LEAN principles to be applied uniformly across the organization. We always have great intentions, but then slowly fizzle out.

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

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    Great People

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people all across the organization. Good base salary. Outstanding frontline managers.

    ConsSilos still exist and disconnect between executive management team and senior leadership. Things just never run smoothly despite upgrades in technology and training. Front line reps and bottom level managers overwhelmed with an ever-changing scorecard and a very subjective yearly bonus system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRoger and the Executive Management team are highly visible, but their ability to get things done comes apart at the Senior management level. There is a disconnect and panic whenever EMT is coming to visit; wear special clothes, act certain way, everyone is way too uptight. Is it so hard for a financial services company to have a Google-esque culture? We swing the hammer too far in both directions: Over-hire and then over-fire/lay-off.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall nice work environment but very little promise of lateral movement and low wages.

    Equity Trade Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery nice work environment and nice work hours

    ConsVery little promise of lateral movement and low wages. High-level positions are often filled from outside instead of offered internally first.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more incentive to stay

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

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    Human Resources Business Partner (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWonderful Leadership Team and easy to get to

    ConsNot enough growth, little consistency

    Advice to Senior ManagementLittle work life balance and vision of firm is not known

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat career opportunities and diverse working environment

    ConsSome micromanaging and schedules are as flexible. It depends on which department you work in.

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    New Sales Direction is Bad News for this great company

    Wealth Management Advisor (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance is good and the benefits are competitive

    ConsNew sales culture of IAS is much like what the big banks decided to do. This is going to be end of what built TIAA CREF's great reputation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to relationship management, retention and growth. Not just fast paced and extreme expansion

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great until they turned relationship management into hard sales.

    Client Relationship Specialist (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsTiaa is known for their Diversity

    ConsGlass ceiling is low and heavily political

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify your hiring pool

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wealth Management Advisor (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsValues Driven Firm, well intentioned to serve the education field.

    ConsToo much case work, unrealistic sales and service expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementLittle to no employee empowerment.

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    Great Place to work and advance your career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLove the office culture. The people are so nice and helpful.

    ConsThere isn't any. I loved this company.

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