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Updated December 23, 2017
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Mercer President & CEO Julio A. Portalatin
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  • Pay isn't as good as some boutique consultancies but in my opinion the pros make up for this - much better work life balance (in 113 reviews)

  • Those who can't handle the long hours and pressure to deliver under tight deadlines may find it difficult to thrive here (in 62 reviews)

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  1. "No Big Complaints, Just Boring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really good work/life balance. Management is more on the laid back side, but that has it's good aspects and bad aspects.

    Cons

    Not very much collaboration between colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give employees the ability to be independent. Work on getting people to work together more often.


  2. "Don't miss it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard to think of many.

    Cons

    Innovative in talk only with nothing to back it up

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mercer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and highly intelligent workforce.
    A great firm for an early career professional to gain industry knowledge and consulting experience.
    Opportunities to work with clients in dozens of different industries and geographical locations.
    Excellent commitment to ethics and workplace equality.
    Decent work/life balance for a consulting firm.

    Cons

    Much of what the firm preaches in regard to career development and opportunity simply does not exist in practice.
    Very limited avenues for advancement in many parts of the company.
    Technology, both internal and externally offered to clients, lags behind that of competitors.
    Frequent internal reorganizations that shift teams and business units to different management structures without any particular long-term strategy.
    Layer upon layer upon layer of management.

    Advice to Management

    Continue efforts to streamline the firm's structure. Utilize your internal talent before they walk out the door.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Hoboken, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pto and great colleagues. Everyone I have worked with were helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company, there are many managers, supervisors and vps above you. The company is too big for anyone to notice you. You're not appreciated for good work from a raise or bonus standpoint.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more of an incentive to work harder. Better raises and bonuses.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "International Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people who work hard

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your worker bees


  6. "Great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are great - very genuine and want you to do well as an individual
    Business strategy is moving in right direction to position for long-term success

    Cons

    Not as strong of a formal development structure. Most is on-the-job learning, can be hard to develop technical / hard skills given this gap of formal training / development (i.e. project management, excel, powerpoint, etc).

    Processes / workload management - a lot of likely un-necessary work / data analysis internally vs taking actions

    Advice to Management

    Focus on time management and prioritization so colleagues are spending time on the 3-5 most important issues vs 15 trivial issues


  7. "Great people & benefits"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Actuarial in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to start consulting career and opportunities for growth. Professional and supportive with career growth.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance - not balanced. Salary and benefits are just ok - not great.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Constant change & poor strategy"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Market leader in a declining & conservative industry
    Bright & analytical people

    Cons

    Weak corporate strategy & articulation of the vision
    Very internal facing perspective from Senior management downwards
    Rejects outsiders who come in to challenge and change the status quo
    Weak culture and lack of creativity

    Advice to Management

    Develop a proper strategy roadmap and stick to it. Constant change in leadership paralyses the organization into inertia.


  9. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture, Friendly People, Awesome Benefits even as an intern

    Cons

    The walk is a tough part of my day


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top notch resources and intellectual capital; knowledable consultants, work life flexibility; innovative solutions; descent benefits;somewhat entrepreneurial environment; career growth for the right people

    Cons

    Too much product push; favoritism by leaders; low pay; low work quality by junior consultants; unrealistic expectations; mixed messages from leaders regarding time charges; high billing rates

    Advice to Management

    Help us help our clients,and scale down the internal politics and beurocracy


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