Marsh Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
129 Reviews
2.8
129 Reviews
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Peter Zaffino
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good for work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, colleagues and collaboration across departments (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • stress levels are very high affecting work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management was changed without warning and layoffs came out of the blue (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Firm with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at Marsh full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great resources and lots of knowledgeable people. A Who's Who of clients. Very strong and leading with large global/complex accounts. Specialty side of business is awesome with great brokers who really give it their all. Some managers (specialty) are tireless and give their life to the business and their team.

    Cons

    Extremely expense reduction focused. At least annual reductions in staff (sometimes 2x a year)... tend to stay around 70-80 so not published and these are not just low performers... often these are masked as position elimination but they craft a 'new' position and adjust responsibilities to get by. Also, extremely internally focused despite great external efforts of many colleagues moving ahead. Several senior managers are self-preservation experts and promoters, at the expense of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen without retribution and respect different views, not just people saying what they think you want to hear. Employees are not disposable resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a meritocracy by any measure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Marsh full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have a subsidised Starbucks
    Some really talented colleagues

    Cons

    An indifferent HR function
    Many jobsworth 'company men'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who are good at their jobs BEFORE they decide to leave the company AND promote talent ahead of family name, school of education, and time of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dog Eat Dog

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Quite a few knowledgeable and friendly colleagues. Nice, modern offices in Tower Place, London.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Few career development opportunities. Need to constantly fight for yourself / what you believe in. Poor team spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess and reward people based on their actual performance, not solely what their manager thinks. Do not allow / support bullying practices in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political and backstabbing environment; lacks direction or strategic thought

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice-President  in  City of London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice-President in City of London, England

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    Location and size allows leverage for deals with underwriters

    Cons

    Politics affects and permeates the organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance morale and staff motivation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    Good group of people and good knowledge sharing.

    Cons

    Have to be 'team player' and act overly enthusiastic about everything to be considered for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chillax.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job but very un-sexy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Marsh full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good money, not a super high-pressure environment. You can stay there forever. On a bad day, it's like a pretty cool purgatory.

    Cons

    Unsexy, lots of cold calls, insurance industry is not that exciting. My boss looks like a greasy quaalude dealer from Long Island in the 1970s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dress better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Marsh lifer

    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Marsh full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They are loyal and will pay over long term

    Cons

    They only pay over the long term

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're in sales -

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist

    I have been working at Marsh full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Coworkers in my group are great in my group. Job stability.

    Cons

    Management is an old boys club. Unless you're a producer, don't expect an increase or bonus (no one seems to know how bonuses are calculated. Very heavy workload, no work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the talent flight. Those who can leave do. When the company keeps reporting record profits, it's hard to justify no increases, and token bonuses. Stop saying our colleagues are our greatest assets...actions speak louder than lip service.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work if you are satisfied with little job growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Marsh full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Very little room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more incentives, right now there is very little reason to work harder as there is so little growth in pay.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Don't do it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good and vacation days were standard.

    Cons

    Management is awful, people running around with a VP status that really just proves you stuck it out for too long at this company. Everything is based on tenure, not how hard you worked or much you accomplished. Disapointing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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