TIAA-CREF

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TIAA-CREF Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
455 Reviews
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455 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers seem to take seriously their employees' work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • Great benefits from day one, pto and insurance are top notch, made a few good friends (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes it is challenging to have the proper work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Cronies are brought in by senior management as they believe hey have all the answers (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefit package are top notch. People are very passionate about their work and very willing to help with adhoc request. Everyone seems to believe in working for the good of the participants. Ability to move within the company is fairly easy. Relaxed environment in comparison to sell side industry. Overall a great company that rewards hard work

    Cons

    New hires are put in very high positions with very little tenure at the company creating conflict with individuals who have been their longer. Work from home program makes it difficult to fully connect with team members. Company needs to integrate parts that are required to work together for special projects or assignments. Very few young employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall, Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My manager is great, he really looks out for his employees and want to watch them grow. There are lots of online training opportunities, but in person training opportunities are rare.

    Cons

    the staffs of the org is on the older side so a college graduate may not fit in as well. The org moves really slow so if you like a fast paced environment, this might not be for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try creating a program to get in more college graduates and have programs catered towards those starting off in their career and help them grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    had a growth and learning experience here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Administration in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager Administration in New York, NY

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, pension, people, work/life balance

    Cons

    need to grow internal people more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at your current employees and promote from within more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of good leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF as a contractor

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership, vision and strategy resulting in every team reinventing the same wheel over and again.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Salary is not at market rate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    other than location nothing good to say

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company run by incompetent managers

    Cons

    Really nothing to say here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Employment for life because it will take that long to solve its problems

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are fair

    Cons

    Volume of work extremely high, lack of resources and proper support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors should be monitored more closely they tend to abuse the talent, have lack of day to day knowledge and don't empower people to do their best. These middle management folks are killing the morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was once a fantastic company... but things changed drastically

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific benefits, generous retirement plan and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Culture changed; cutthroat people, no opportunities for long-term employees, hire and promote people from the outside. Lack of diversity at certain levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team work environment, but you are one very small piece of the pie

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good transparency in the IT department.

    Cons

    It's a huge company with several teams, each with a piece of the puzzle. A lot of things can get lost or overlooked on the way to the end of the project because there are so many people involved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits and internal opportunity are great

    Cons

    Pay not the most competitive for financial services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair and Consistent people management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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