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TIAA-CREF Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
452 Reviews
3.3
452 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  

    Great benefits! You get what you make of it!

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

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    Antiquated 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    A strong vision that gets lost in the details

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong values, customer-focused, and the training programs are incredible. I could talk all day about employees that are more than willing to become a mentor or coach, and there are hundreds of classes to help career development.

    I've had 8 managers and most of them were very good at their job and are good leaders and coaches. Working with many more managers I could see the same. The company will typically hire the right people for all the jobs.

    Most benefits are great like the health insurance, retirement, and paid-time off (minimum of 23 days).

    Cons

    While there is a strong vision at the upper level, they have a false vision of what's truly going on at all levels. There is so much bureaucracy and an over-filled hierarchy that slows progress. Deadlines are continually pushed back as there is much tape to go through. Getting excited about any new technology or process is quickly forgotten in the midst of the challenges. You can see this in everyone's eyes when you tell them about new improvements - they'll just roll their eyes. Throughout this process, the upper management is told that everything is going well when the people lower in the hierarchy see nothing different than business as usual.

    Furthermore, moving around in the company is rather difficult. Positions open and you never hear anything until months later. Typically, the position will never be filled. This has happened at least 20 times (no exaggeration) with me and several other employees. Also, the pay ranges have been restricted and many people haven't seen raises for years, or minimal raises. Many people don't think they're being paid what they're worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I strongly encourage skip level meetings on a monthly basis. Plus, listen to the employees and hear what they have to say. Then send a follow-up e-mail or even in the next skip level of what was discussed, what has been done, and what needs to be done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

    Great career opportunities and diverse working environment

    Cons

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

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  5.  

    Great Place to work and advance your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There isn't any. I loved this company.

  6.  

    gratifying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

    Opportunities to move through the company, in different locations and roles.

    Cons

    Remaining nimble creates multiple directions.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Silos 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 ManagementAdvice

    Roger 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Associate

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

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice work environment and nice work hours

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more incentive to stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experienced Global HR Business Partner

    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Wonderful Leadership Team and easy to get to

    Cons

    Not enough growth, little consistency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little work life balance and vision of firm is not known

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