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TIAA-CREF Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
455 Reviews
3.4
455 Reviews
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TIAA-CREF President & CEO Roger Ferguson
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, pay is decent, competitive environment but you are generally compensated if you are a top performer; nice co-workers and bosses

    Cons

    very disorganized, i feel like the majority of my day is spent fixing problems or errors. salary increases are minimal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable
    good benefits
    Work is not stressed

    Cons

    Big corporate and complicated process to follow
    Base salary and bonus are not competitive
    Work progress is slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

    Good Company to work with

    Cons

    None to report for thsi company

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    other than location nothing good to say

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outdated technology, curtailed training time experiment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Individual Consultant (Inbound ) in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Individual Consultant (Inbound ) in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Training class was enjoyable. Good opportunity to get licenses. On-site cafeteria is a plus.

    Cons

    Difficult to get PTO scheduled. Unable to get a couple hours off for an annual physical checkup with my doctor, leading to health issues later. Lots of required overtime and last minute schedule changes. Technology is hopelessly outdated, too many different platforms to work with including some dating back to 1970's and 1980's. Training time was curtailed in an effort to get employees into pipeline quicker, this was a detriment to the employees and to overall productivity. For example, sales training was virtually eliminated yet lead generation was a major component of employees' evaluation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that training is in line with job objectives. Provide some flexibility in scheduling and notify employees of schedule changes in a more timely manner. Update technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Process Engineer intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at TIAA-CREF part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good for internship/entry level jobs, Good on resume

    Cons

    pay less than other financial institutions in the city, low job security

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Diverse company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

    Competitive salary. good benefits and retirement plan

    Cons

    management staff is very unexperienced and unqualified

  9.  

    Mission, Vision, Values-driven...on paper and in talk, but execution significantly lacks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Individual Consultant in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pension, holidays, PTO, Values, Mission, work from home, pay, bonus

    Cons

    Growth, development, focus, prioritization, project management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execution of the strategy is faulty - seems like middle management cannot translate what executive team directs and employees expect to strategic execution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unlimited Opportunities to better yourself.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Service Coordinator in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Leadership incourages devlopment and growth.

    Cons

    Typical office politics can hinder productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Potential that may never be realized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company Benefits are good. Work-Life balance is a priority in most departments. Starting salaries are good. Variable compensation is adequate. Vacation policies are above industry norm. The 403(b) plan is great.

    Cons

    Internal opportunities are minimal. Outside hiring is preferred due to perception that new talent has all the answers-they do not. In most cases, EMT leadership is excellent. Unfortunately, it does not translate down to effective senior leadership and/or senior management within departments whose most effective strategy is to create conflict in order to succeed in their own personal agendas. Annual raises are non-existent in most departments but management represents that variable comp will attempt to cover any shortfalls--it does not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help insure that the company values that have been published are followed. Eliminate silos

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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