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The Segal Group Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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  • Slow career advancement and few training opportunities (in 3 reviews)

  • They did recently start a formal training program that has some potential (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "actuary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Segal Group full-time

    Pros

    client opportunities, variety of client work, fairness, responsibility, and recognition - for good quality work, intelligence, collaboration, and taking initiative

    Cons

    want to see 'hungry' less experienced (younger) colleagues who want to earn it, rather than wait for a handout

    Advice to Management

    continue to communicate and listen; continue good work


  2. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Segal Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great Benefits programs including pension.

    Cons

    Lacking leadership and direction needed to win in the human capital management space. Direction changed frequently and we had high turnover.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Actuarial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Segal Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited days off, opportunities in multi employer, single employer, and public sector.

    Cons

    Low pay, sometimes it felt like you had to beg for opportunities. This company is hesitant to move employees up for whatever reason (unless you are a chosen few). Would be nice if they fixed their programs. There would sometimes be issues and you would have to wait until their technology team answered. Why can't they just move to Proval like many other pension companies?

    There are certain people there that aren't enjoyable working with. One in particular, will make a lot of edits (even to the template valuation report!!), and want to change things that are actually correct! In most consulting companies, we wouldn't waste our time word smithing things, but Segal is ok with that.

    The comments from the 7-24 review are true. The one manager is always condescending and just overall creeps people out. Idk how he got to where he is now...

     If they would actually just listen to what people have to say (and get rid of the fluff), this company would be awesome to work for. And you wouldn't have all the turnover that's happened of late. People aren't going to be looking for better opportunities if you treat them well!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! I felt like most of the time input would go in one ear and out the other. Felt like people on other teams were not putting in the hours, which isn't fair. For those working long hours, reward them! Easy things would be better working late dinners (if you are going to still offer them). People don't want to have healthy salads (or veggie night). Also, give people a clear path on how to move up! And be honest about it. Don't tell somebody to do steps 1, 2, and 3, not promote them, but then promote somebody that didn't do any of the steps! I heard they promoted one person recently to VP, that many at Segal don't like working with! There are people at segal that have been there longer that should have gotten that promotion before this individual. I'm not sure what direction they are trying to go.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Actuarial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Segal Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited sick days (this does not mean your work is picked up), multi-employer work was interesting and there didn't look like any worry of it dying down anytime soon.
    Work life balance depends on the team you are on. Some teams have a better outlook for this than others.
    I also want to make a note that employee reviews were always good, so they do praise you occasionally.

    Cons

    Pay is under industry standards, they claim they offer you more benefits to outweigh this... I didn't see it (My current company also provides free health and dental so this is a large improvement, I may be biased.) They used to have a better pension offered but recently reduced the benefits.
    Salary increases lower than industry standards for passing exams.
    Bonuses were rarely on target, although you could argue it was due to just meeting hours target and not going above the target.
    My team leader was condescending and slightly sexist, in this day and age I don't know how a company can function while having sexist management.
    Each EA and CRM had different preferences so if your work did not satisfy each individually, you are often spoken to about your quality of work.
    Career advancement depends on which team you are on and how much turnover your team experiences (i.e. you hope that someone above you leaves or gets a promotion so you have an opportunity.)
    Training is either too slow or too fast, depending on the team. They have proprietary programs that are 100% trial by fire, and when you make mistakes they are confused as to why you don't understand how to use the software they never taught you. They did recently start a formal training program that has some potential... but when you have to miss due to volume of work they get upset and sometimes even reward those who show up instead of rewarding taking into account those who are very busy and are getting their work done for a deadline.
    All programs are proprietary so you need to find someone who can give you an answer (the answer is often times I don't know) so there is no hopes to try and google something as you would be able to do in SQL, Excel or Access.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your lower employees. If you want change you have to listen and implement, you cannot ignore them and expect change to occur.
    Look at your hours distribution and make sure everyone is working an equal amount or compensate those who work more hours.
    If you do not want to pay your employees competitively, you need to compensate somewhere else. Lunches, summer hours, anything to show you know how hard your employees work and how much you appreciate them for working more for less.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance is pretty good

    Cons

    low pay and not exciting

    Advice to Management

    Management is too laid back and doesn't challenge employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Segal Rogerscasey review (not Segal Group as a whole)"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Darien, CT
    Former Employee - Vice President in Darien, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Segal Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A pro used to be the people we worked with, but the ones that were smart and eager and trustworthy are largely gone. If one is of a high enough level, the semi annual summits are a nice getaway with clients, colleagues, and managers, though these are fraught with conflicts and are a ton of work for the staff.

    Cons

    Segal Rogerscasey has not paid its target bonuses (which many feel should be the minimum if you are doing your job well) in at least six years. If you are given an offer with a percentage target, for example, expect to get less than half of that, no matter how good your review. Beyond that, employees are not treated well, with even the most minor/inexpensive suggestions that could make the place a better place to work ignored or prohibited.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time to focus on what you do well and highlight those areas. Market to the types of clients that would value those areas. Ask your staff what they think about the company's strengths and prospects, as they have good ideas and very little faith in the decisions actually being implemented because they were not involved in their development.


  7. "Overall nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Segal Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice people/good culture, good hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to change, organizational communication sporadic

    Advice to Management

    More internal communication

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Segal Group full-time

    Pros

    Good people, clients always put first, exposure to clients and senior level management early in career.

    Cons

    Top performers are "rewarded" with more work, not all of which presents learning opportunities. Often long hours in order to get the work done. Flat structure does not provide many levels for advancement - may have worked fine when company started but will not work to retain top talent in today's environment.
    Salary.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate duplication of work efforts. Stay out on trends in corporate culture. Practice what you preach to clients.
    Understand mindset of young employees if you want to retain them.


  9. "Great for consultants"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Segal Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, very knowledgeable consultants, longevity

    Cons

    not enough focus on internal process improvements, non consultant roles have limited growth potential


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Segal Group full-time

    Pros

    Really great about developing new employees

    Cons

    Recent reorganization was great, but led to some office tensions


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