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Pros
  • Great Work Life Balance, Great organization (in 34 reviews)

  • It's a great company that encourages career growth, has global opportunities, and good benefits (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • You are expected to work "professional hours" so no real work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management is forgetting about the employees- cutting back everywhere (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible management - No opportunity for Advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marsh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people; a lot of access to specialized information

    Cons

    If you don't fit into the Marsh mold, you will not be promoted. Marsh values sales people solely and will not promote those that work really hard for current clients. Environment is extremely political, so people that play that game will get ahead before anyone else has a chance. Also, local management is completely impotent. Decisions are made in NY, so if you do not have visibility there you will be overlooked. If you are a chosen employee, you are golden; if you're not, you will not advance at Marsh. The pay is abysmal so be sure you start at a level that you are comfortable with for the foreseeable future because Marsh has not given raises in years (with the exception of the top sales colleagues).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the colleagues that service your clients - client retention is just as important as growth. Value all personality types, not just those that are aggressive extroverts. Make an effort to invest in your employees' individual career development and reward your employees for hard work.


  2. "Lots of Hands in the Cookie Jar, but Comfy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Marsh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My first real job out of school, was working as a desktop publisher for Marsh in Washington, DC. Temped for over a year waiting on a promise of full-tire hiring, and eventually got to define my position, and grew into a Graphic Designer. An excellent boost for my resume. I loved the atmosphere of the huge company (so many names and faces to learn), the luxury break rooms and the fancy lobby.

    I also enjoyed having a lot of down time with which to mess around on the internet and still get paid!

    Cons

    Priorities were constantly back and forth as there are so many folks in management that tend to clash. My department completely dissolved a few months after I left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Work on honing a global mission that includes a more cohesive structure concerning internal support teams.


  3. "Big revenues, boring tasks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Representative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marsh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge company with plenty of room to grow & move. With so many offices worldwide, you are able to really work where you'd like, if your position & experience allows it. Currently am working on going to Africa for a month with a former school group and working with Marsh to work remotely and with the African offices.

    Cons

    Very political, as you would expect from a company of this size. The tasks of a Client Rep are very boring, as you are basically half a step above an intern. It helps to learn the business, but be prepared for monotonous task. Also, a very rigid company. They call themselves the "Harvard of Insurance," and their track record stands behind it. That also means you get that stiff, sometimes stuck-up attitude from people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to more of what happens behind the curtain, there have been times where the little things are looked past, and that can really ruin a company if done enough.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "All about Marsh"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Client Advisor in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great access to data/industry expertise and resources. Marsh has a capability that is beyond compare in these areas.

    Cons

    Marsh has developed minimum standards for servicing placements. Some of these requirements are excellent and obviously needed. However, as far as servicing to the individual client, it often gets in the way of what might be in the best interest of the client by burdening the team with administrative work which hinders servicing needs.

    Advice to Management

    Marsh's practice of promoting from within is commendable. However, great insurance brokers do not make great managers. Often they are placed within the position without being prepared for the human relation requirements that are needed for the position. I would like to see training provided to these managers so they are prepared with the tools for the job. Invest in the human capital and they will take care of you.


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