Willis Re

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Willis Re Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Low/No Pay Increases

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Willis Re full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. REALLY. GREAT. PEOPLE.
    Cutting Edge Software.
    "Flexible" hours.
    Training available.
    Apparent Unlimited Budget.
    Beautiful Offices.

    Cons

    Pay.
    Time off is hard to get approved depending on the department and/or manager.
    If you're not a broker, you're not important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your analytics team is one of the most important aspects of your company. Please begin treating them that way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor cultural values creating an eat-or-be-eaten environment and distracting from the clients' needs

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    Former Employee - Broker
    Former Employee - Broker

    I worked at Willis Re full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not much. Pockets of really good people (but few and far between).

    Cons

    Old boys' club mentality rules the culture - walking HR nightmares were common in the kinds of comments people made and were encouraged to make. Quality, hard work, new ideas, and new solutions for clients are not really what is valued - it's all about who you know, whose nephew you are, to whom you are married, etc. Everyone knows everyone else in the industry so it's less about making a good deal for the client and more about scratching each other's back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop settling for mediocrity. Value the things in an organization that matter, such as retaining good people, recognizing contributions, and putting the work above the politics, and cut out the noise that makes the environment so toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    tech area

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Willis Re

    Pros

    salary was good, good training opportunity

    Cons

    political struggle between US and UK prevents projects from being shared. bonus was paid forward. it was spread out over 3 yrs. if you left before your 3 years you pay back the remainder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make a bonus a true bonus, work on stopping the us and them thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pleasant enough place to work, especially in this economy

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President

    I have been working at Willis Re full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues in my department and coworkers in the office. Direct manager is very good about balancing work / life scheduling.

    Cons

    Seems that non-brokers are secondary citizens--in terms of opportunities for advancement, money for training, etc. It's a pity, very frustrating...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember that non-brokers are interested in advancing in their careers. Please also think about how to better unify US and non-US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Willis Re was unorganized and lacked direction and personal feedback.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Treaty Analyst
    Current Employee - Treaty Analyst

    I have been working at Willis Re full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Willis was pretty flexible with working hours and allowed employees to work from home often. Willis is small and has much potential for growth.

    Cons

    Willis employees lacked basic organizational skills. Projects were started and abandoned at random, meetings were long and meandering, clients were frustrated with unclear communication and constant lateness. Employees who felt underpaid abused expense accounts and the lack of diversity in this all boys club is pretty astounding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better feedback and take more time to train underperforming employees rather than letting them ride of the backs of others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No management

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    Former Employee - Catastrophe Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Catastrophe Management in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Willis Re

    Pros

    Nice co workers and good people in general
    Salaries are ok if you do not have good demand in the market

    Cons

    No management at all
    No clear strategy and planing by the head
    No recognisation and encouragement for talent
    "It is not democracy"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Straighten the management before it gets too worse.
    Try to retain your good talent.
    Your employers also deserve some perks, respect other than your group Chairman

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    No value of employee

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President

    I have been working at Willis Re full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy the job and the required skills

    Cons

    Horrible Benefits - Large Health deductible plus 20% Co-Par above
    No compensation transparency - Best way to get a raise is to be perceived to be at risk for leaving company, forget loyalty and length of employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to your current employees and promote loyalty and success from within.

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

    Willis Re

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Willis Re

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Geat building, cafeteria, gym, showers, view
    - Top management clever and friendly
    - Good exposure to international clients
    - travel

    Cons

    - poor communcation from manager
    - low salary
    - bonus has to be repaid if leaving the company within 3 years - prorata temporis
    - lack of clarity regarding bonus
    - very poor management
    - travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Do more to retain good potential
    - pay more attention to manager behaviour
    - continue to position Willis Re as a challenger

    Recommends

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