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Mercer Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Mercer President & CEO Julio A. Portalatin
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  • work life balance is difficult to maintain (in 104 reviews)

  • However, as a consulting actuary you have to expect long hours so if that's not for you try another job (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits and work environment

    Cons

    not a IT company, very slow growth


  2. "Senior Health & Benefits Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Health & Benefits Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Health & Benefits Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for entry level analysts, with lots of training, development, and room to grow. Exposure to people who are experts in their field, and willing to teach. Young office with fun culture. Work life balance is generally very good, except during busy periods. Great industry networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Leadership changes have constantly shifted direction/vision for the business and it shows. Retention of good talent a concern, as organization rewards senior employees first. Compensation/career growth for junior roles is frustratingly slow, and lags behind market norms. Leadership is reactive, rather than proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growth/development and investment of junior talent to increase retention and build stronger base to transition to senior roles.


  3. "Health & Benefits Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; if you step up and show initiative, leadership is happy to give you new and exciting opportunities; people are amazing, smart, nice

    Cons

    Pay is great once you get to bonus level, but is slightly on the low side for entry level positions. This can be made up through overtime (time and a half) but OT was very strictly monitored in my office.

    Advice to Management

    Consider doing more to keep young/early career staff onboard (more training opportunities, pay equivalent to other consulting firms such as Deloitte/Accenture)


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good Starter Experience"

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great coaching, collegiate atmosphere, respect for work-life balance

    Cons

    Orientation process is too long and slow, there needs to be work ready for interns to throw themselves into and learn from experience


  5. "Health & Benefits Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big firm with many resources. Good overall compensation package. Good name recognition.

    Cons

    Organization with many silos. Lack of sales professionals puts a lot of pressure to generate significant revenue. Management is lacking any true management skills. New hires are expected to figure things out on their own and no true onboarding/training process. Training and development for a firm this size is very lacking. I've been at smaller firms with better training, especially for senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Get some training on how to effectively manage. Help new hires in learning the business, before you throw them into the deep end.


  6. "Working at Mercer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time

    Pros

    Mercer was a nice company to work for.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep of the good work


  7. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    culture, people, resources, ethics, compensation

    Cons

    bureaucracy, corporate leadership, focus, patience


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities, great work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good pay for the work load/hrs per week
    - Much more collegial than other large consulting firms
    - Great career progression opportunities
    -Flexible work hours/location

    Cons

    -Outdated technology
    -Inconsistencies in methodology between offices


  9. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Interesting work, learn new things on the job every day, given real responsibilities , lots of social events

    Cons

    Could use a higher salary (for DC prices)


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Performance Review Farce"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    The company has a rigid and comprehensive performance review program that is totally thrown in the garbage when it comes to my group executing it. The company program is designed to be fair and to reward quality work but my group refuses to discuss goals during performance review time and instead reads reviews from 20 or more co-workers who anonymously list their gripes about you. It is more like Jr High cliques where the popular, liked people get ahead. It is appalling and I am one of the popular, liked people!

    Advice to Management

    Start managing and stop trying to run a popularity contest!


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