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27 days ago

Team Secretary - Willis Re Speciality Marine

Willis London, England +2 locations

• Prepares materials for meetings - agendas, PowerPoint presentations, etc • Manages diaries and co-ordinates travel • Event management… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

Audit Executive - Willis Limited

Willis Ipswich, England

• Participating as part of a team in risk based audits evaluating the adequacy of controls for Willis business units and/or key business processes… Reed.co.uk


21 days ago

Recruitment Business Partner

Willis London, England +2 locations

• Partnering with the Business and HR Business partners, reviewing and defining the immediate and future resourcing needs of the various functions… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

Audit Executive - International

Willis Ipswich, England

• Participating as part of a team in risk based audits evaluating the adequacy of controls for… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

Learning and Development Director

Willis Ipswich, England

include: • Develop and implement a global, 4-tier learning strategy and architecture for Willis Reinsurance globally. Based on needs identified… Reed.co.uk


18 days ago

Student Recruitment Advisor (Initial 4 month contract)

Willis London, England +3 locations

We are currently looking for a Student Recruitment advisor who will provide first class administrative support to the Student Recruitment Team… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

Audit Manager - Group Internal Audit

Willis Ipswich, England

of the Audit Manager are: • Leading Internal Audits and project work to evaluate key risks and the adequacy of controls within the Willis… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

Maintenance Services Engineer

Willis Ipswich, England

• Carry out maintenance of all plant and assets in accordance with the Planned Preventative Maintenance schedules in compliance with building… Reed.co.uk


15 days ago

Shaping Our Future - Business Analyst

Willis Ipswich, England

Our team is all about making change happen. It could be to enable Willis to comply with regulatory mandates, improve efficiency in process, to be the… Reed.co.uk


18 days ago

Personal Assistant- Compliance & Risk Team

Willis London, England +2 locations

include: • Providing extensive and proactive diary management to senior managers of a team. • Effectively organising meetings and… Reed.co.uk


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    Good place to "grind" experience, but not for long-term - an excellent stepping stone.

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    Current Employee - Role In A Corporate Support Function  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Role In A Corporate Support Function in London, England

    I have been working at Willis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The London office is in superb location (right in the centre of the London market, opposite the Lloyd's) with reasonably good facilities. The Ipswich office is housed in an iconic building with a funky colour scheme.

    Most of the people you come across at work, inside and outside UK, are nice, decent people who are trying to do the right thing.

    Being the No. 3 and nowhere near No. 2 or No. 1 has its advantages - the company is not too small but not too large and that can sometimes create opportunity for you to do things which you would never be able to do at a much larger company.

    Work-life balance is not bad. There are the odd days when you have to stay late but generally speaking, you get to finish at fairly sociable hours.

    The messy way in which the company is managed has its advantages - plenty of opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get "hands on" experience of actually doing things. In gaming speak, it will make an "excellent spot to grind XP", even if it's not a place to farm gold".

    Cons

    Prides itself on doing everything "on the cheap" with a "lean set up", but fails to recognise the significant drawbacks and risks created by underinvestment in pretty much the entirety of its corporate support functions, including IT, procurement, security, legal, compliance, HR, and risk. Yet the company splashes millions on questionable transactions and projects (most recently by sponsoring a polar expedition).

    Even if discount is to be given for the fact that brokers haven't been subject to FSA/FCA regulation until relatively recently, the company has a huge appetite for risk. This huge appetite for risk unfortunately is reflected in the way in which the company has failed and continues to fail to make adequate investment in its infrastructure and people, which only exacerbates the situation.

    Closely linked to this huge risk appetite is the failure to properly integrate other companies and groups it has acquired - this has created an extremely messy governance in International. The company exercises little effective control over the corporate governance of its affiliates outside the UK and USA.

    Extremely bureaucratic and fragmented management - despite the reshuffles that followed the arrival of new Group CEO, senior management does not appear to have changed significantly in terms of how it operates. The disconnect between corporate HQ in NY and operational HQ in London persists. Doing things properly in the right way remains a challenge and often impossible - this makes working at this company extremely frustrating.

    Whilst pension is not too bad (they contribute up to 10%), and the stupid bonus claw-back rule has been abandoned, overall the pay and benefits still remain below market rate (at least for roles in support functions, given that many people in those functions face a workload that's equivalent to 1.5FTE-2.0FTE).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people and infrastructure.

    Do more to incentivise, motivate, and retain talent.

    Line managers must do more to properly "lead" subordinates - they must lead by example, and actually inspire subordinates to follow. Very few people in management role inspire

    Be more transparent with your stakeholders, including your own employees as well as clients.

    Seriously consider reviewing your risk appetite and controls. You are in the business of risk management, you ought to practice what you preach.

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