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Willis Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
204 Reviews
3.1
204 Reviews
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Dominic Casserley
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance with this position (in 12 reviews)

  • Some good people who want to see people grow (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does not have a coherent global strategy or plan (in 11 reviews)

  • Expense management strips young professionals of necessary experience to foster growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Room For Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Willis

    Pros

    Always open to internal transfers within departments. Managers have always been helpful in developing individuals and mentoring.

    Cons

    Conservative company in terms of compensation and expenses no different from any publicly traded company. Investment in proper computer systems could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Willis Response

    Jan 23, 2015HR Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience at Willis. We are happy to hear of your opportunities to develop at Willis, as development is one of our core values. And you are ... More

  2.  

    Well run company

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

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Fosters change and innovation
    Relatively interesting work for the insurance industry
    Challenged consistently with time management
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Work Life Balance Issue / burn and churn
    The reward for doing a good job is more work
    Actual workloads not monitored well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Willis Response

    Jan 23, 2015HR Advisor

    Thanks for your review. We couldn’t agree more that our associates are our greatest asset! Willis strives to be the best insurance broker in the industry and to get there we must continue to foster ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than Many

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

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

    Pros

    1) Work culture is good, 2) Team Work is appreciated & encouraged, 3) Various Fun activities,4) L&D Department conducts various training sessions.5 ) Utmost stability, employees not fired due to losses, etc.6) Low performers are given adequate opportunity to perform, before shown the door.7) Behaviour is assessed on basis of set "Values" including teamwork, Integrity, etc.8) Appraisal process is good.9) Objective setting good.

    Cons

    1) Management hides lot of things, 2) you wont come to know your buddy is flying to UK/US till the last day.2) Salary Hikes from last 3-4 years is pathetic, 4) Learning & Development conducts sessions for limited concepts like Time Management & Communication skills.5) Infra - structure is limited to accomdate very less meetings. Transport not available to most places. No single unified tool to manage leaves. Each team follows its own way of tracking leaves, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Willis Response

    Dec 16, 2014HR Advisor

    Thank you for sharing your insight into Willis. We value your opinion into how Willis operates. We recognize the importance of learning and development and currently have lots of moving pieces ... More

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  5.  

    IT in Nashville

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Development/BA/QA in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - IT Development/BA/QA in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Good office building and location, ok benefits

    Cons

    Clueless, ruthless middle management whose bosses are all overseas. Morale in the toilet, organization that does not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually talk to and listen to those in the trenches, not your horrible middle managers who are just there to fill a seat and have no passion.

    This is one of the worst IT shops to work in around Nashville and I hear it has gotten worse since I left (pretty scary that it could be any worse). Third party software with vendors who can't do the job to save their souls. Critical, jerk of a manager who is only concerned about his own precious hide. How he conned someone to give him this job is beyond me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Willis Response

    Jan 23, 2015HR Advisor

    Thank you for your review. While your review is not one we like to hear, we do appreciate your feedback. We are striving to incorporate IT into our everyday business strategy and we realize that IT ... More

  6.  

    Client Manager

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

    I worked at Willis

    Pros

    Good pay ans benefits. Work with a talented group of professionals

    Cons

    Management is too hands on

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

    Collegial but cheap and very siloed.

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

    I worked at Willis full-time

    Pros

    Mostly great people, knowledge and resources. Excellent client advocacy - can be relied upon to find solutions, creative or otherwise, when needed.

    Cons

    Too many layers of highly politicized management, individual agendas and silos. This resultis in distribution inefficiencies and lack of value to shareholders. And a miserable bonus pool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivise your employees more. Take a leaf out of Marsh or Aon's book when it comes to distribution - mandate global marketing to maximize value to clients, and book more income in favorable jurisdictions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Glad I am gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Amarillo, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay okay--account managers should be paid hourly instead of exempt--work so much overtime, hourly rate would be minimal

    Cons

    Have too many required procedures to do what we should be doing--servicing our clients!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop implementing new procedures constantly--seems like people are being paid too much just to come up with changes for others trying to do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Willis

    Pros

    Great learning experience, training opportunities, team oriented

    Cons

    Inefficiencies in processes make it difficult to keep accounts on track

    Willis Response

    Nov 4, 2014HR Advisor

    Thanks for your review. We are happy to hear you mention two of our core values of development and teamwork. For processes to be efficient they need to be living and ever changing with process ... More

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Client Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues for the most part!

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are at the bottom of any peer company. Willis is very cheap when it comes to pay, salary increases, bonuses, and overall benefits. If you are considering a job there, just ask about the 401K employer match. Then go to the competition and compare the benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Willis will never be a high performance company and be able to attract top-caliber employees as long as it continues to offer substandard compensation and benefits. Study after study shows that happy employees provide better service to clients and customer. Ask yourselves: Are your employees happy with their comp & ben? Willis should benchmark its benefits against Mercer, Towers Watson, Aon Hewitt, Lockton, etc... to see how it measures up. I am sure there will be no surprise there!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs

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

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

    Pros

    Career growth opportunity, good US management team

    Cons

    Stress, Work-life balance / flexibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Willis Response

    Nov 4, 2014HR Advisor

    Thank you for providing feedback. We are pleased to hear you have had the opportunity for career development and have enjoyed the team you work with. Providing a well-rounded work-life balance is a ... More

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