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Marsh & McLennan Companies Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance did not seem to work (in 17 reviews)

  • long hours during close, no flexibility with WFH (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "First day in the field "criers are buyers""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Broker in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Insurance Broker in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can work when ever you want, but that is only because you are paid on commission, although they want you in the office 2 days a week and 3 days in the field.

    Cons

    You will make money if you have no problem being pushy and underhanded. Don't expect any help after you trial period is up.

    Advice to Management

    Pyramid style old boys club.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Losing Talent and Focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Marsh is a Global company with an abundance of resources and analytics available to clients. I've been at other top-ranked brokerage firms and Marsh, by far, surpasses the others in talent and resources.

    Cons

    In an effort to change the industry and create efficiencies they have lost sight of what's most important, our clients. Second to our clients are our colleagues who generally feel overworked, severely undervalued and completely expendable. Rather than allowing us to provide quality service to our clients they only create additional barriers.

    Staffing - we are constantly having to do more with less and it's clear management has no clue what it takes to provide "best in class" service that elite firms provide. If you're a producer it's even harder to negotiate fees with clients when you're constantly losing key team members and there are hurdles to provide any analytics to your clients.

    Advice to Management

    Try actually talking to colleagues who are in the trenches. Supposedly this was done as part of the new technology role out however they have completely missed the boat. Perhaps put on the breaks before things get even worse? Don't roll out initiatives if they don't work just to check them off your list to show it was completed.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't stay here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Met plenty of hardworking, decent people. Unfortunately, they are not appreciated.

    Cons

    Unhappy place to work. Mobbing and bullying is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and show your appreciation once in a while. Overhaul management.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Awful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst/Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst/Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits

    Cons

    Overworked and way under paid

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to employees who constantly go above and beyond and help retain accounts


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Place ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are not any good reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Upper management sucks!!!! They pay millions in compensation packages to fired, ineffective CEO's when they could be passing that down to the people who actually do the work for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of your $%^^% and realize who keeps your company running and quit padding the pockets of management who does NOTHING!!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worst job I ever had"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Service Specialist II in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Service Specialist II in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are no positive things to say about working here!

    Cons

    No raises, focused more on rewarding management than those actually doing the work

    Advice to Management

    You need to realize who is actually doing the work and stop rewarding those who aren't!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Urbandale, IA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Urbandale, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing was good, except compensating time when working oncall

    Cons

    Horrible hours, worked you like a slave driver, niche jobs (no moving up from within) and bad pay

    Advice to Management

    Could have had better compensations/pay and lay off the fear based management


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Benefits Department - Avoid like the plague"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One can gain valuable work experience in a very tall organisational structure. High volume of data and work to do.
    Great for actuaries, accountants and math nerds.

    Cons

    This was the worst place that I have ever worked. It has an astronomically high Power Distance Ratio.
    In the Benefits Dept., workers get to see the 4-figure bonuses executives make (over 100k salary), whereas non-exempt employees basically got zilch. Middle management was very very derisive towards 'inferiors'. Employees had feuds lasting for years and refused to speak to one another outside of required interaction/meetings. Lower- echelon workers were expected to be slaves. I even heard a well-paid attorney say in front of the VP of benefit's administrative assistant: ".... your grossly underpaid assistant." And the evp said nothing. It made me want to wretch. There was much strife, so much, in fact that they brought in an external consultant to help sort out the lack of 'esprit de coeur'. As other reviews have stated, drawbacks include an entrenched 'old boys' club', no opportunity to put your hand to diverse tasks, extremely uneven compensation. Working there you are just a number. No professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how efficient daily operations would be without the 'little people' you so thoroughly scorn.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A 3 year swim in a shark tank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure and tremendous networking opportunities along with high profile clients.

    Cons

    No room for promoting within. It's definitely a "good ole boy" networking hierarchy. Yearly raises are minimal and hard work is not appreciated by management. If your manager likes you then be or she will fight for you at review time...if not, then you're screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people within your organization who actually handles the daily work in the trenches that literally keeps the company out of the "red".


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Stuck in the past"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Marsh & McLennan Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Variety, its a big firm with lots happening. They have some good ciients and offerings. They are respected in the marketplace and have a number of things in motion at anyone time. Geographically spread out too.

    Cons

    Excessive work hours with an expectation to work late in the evenings and weekends. No clear strategy, once you've served your usefulness, you're surplus to demand. Highly political and clicky, if you are not in with the In crowd, then your time is limited. If you fit in with the click, then you'll do well.

    Advice to Management

    This is 2015, wake up to modern working practices that encourage development, opportunity and good work.
    Improve your compensation, especially bonus. Practice what you preach around company values instead of a plastic mission statement and set of values.


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