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Project Manager

Willis London, England +2 locations

will include: • Responsible for delivering bespoke insurance solutions on a diverse range of M&A transactions with tight deal timeframes… Reed.co.uk


29 days ago

HRBP - UK Insurance

Willis London, England

Strategic Business Partnering • Establish and maintain effective / efficient relationships and processes with assigned businesses to support the… Reed.co.uk


7 days ago

Sales Manager

Willis London, England +2 locations

Job Purpose Reporting to BU Managing Director the Sales Director is expected to: • Create an environment for success • Deliver above market… Reed.co.uk


7 days ago

Divisional Director

Willis London, England +2 locations

Client Relationship Management • Understand the clients business and risk management needs and look for solutions to deliver those needs through… Reed.co.uk


7 days ago

Account Executive

Willis Leeds, England

Client Relationship Management • Understand the clients business and risk management needs and look for solutions to deliver those needs through… Reed.co.uk


30+ days ago

PA to CEO of Market Services and Solutions (MSS)

Willis London, England

will include: • Provide extensive and proactive diary management for an extremely busy business leader • Effectively organise meetings and… Reed.co.uk


8 days ago

M&A Transaction Services Project Manager 4 years PQE

Willis London, England

will include : Responsible for delivering bespoke insurance solutions on a diverse range of M&A transactions with tight deal timeframes. Dealing… Adzuna


6 days ago

75 tonne lorry Driver

Willis, Norfolk

7.5 tonne lorry Driver Must be 25 - 60 for insurance purposes. Reliable. Friendly and experienced in driving large vehicles and handling furniture… Adzuna


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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 (more than an 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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