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Marsh Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
145 Reviews
3.1
145 Reviews
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Peter Zaffino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people, flexible schedules allowing for work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, colleagues and collaboration across departments (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Very heavy workload, no work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good place to be

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    • 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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a meritocracy by any measure

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    • 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 (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
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  5. 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 (more than an 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will work hard but you get great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Marsh

    Pros

    Large company, ability to transfer

    Cons

    I always seemed to get my lousy 3% raise even though I went above and beyond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your hardest employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Firm is headed in the right direction

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

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    Resources and expertise within the firm.

    Cons

    Typical drawbacks of working for an large publically traded company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    LIfe can be good or bad depending which department you are in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marsh

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and nice, work is generally interesting, system is yet to be desired, lots of duplicate effort of work done.

    Cons

    Your life can be heaven or hell depending who you worked for. Pay is discretionary determined by your superior, so if you are not on their good side, chances are you won't get a pay raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Okay to get experience, but not really for the long-haul

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Certificate Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Pay is low, but overtime is available and extra pay for working on holidays is nice. Vacation policy is pretty good. Good way to get experience right out of college, but not many find a long term career in the Austin office. There is some room for growth, but seems to be limited to management favorites.

    Cons

    Low pay. Little room for growth. Management plays favorites and doesn't value employees. Changed job requirements to not require a college degree, but base pay is still the same regardless of qualifications. Makes those with a college degree feel over-qualified and under-valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Offer more opportunities for growth, career training, etc. Higher pay - especially for college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Culture -

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

    I worked at Marsh full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, client focused, "journey to elite" organization. Willing to be accountable and engaged with results -- trying to build a consistent training and professional development pathways for employees.

    Cons

    Complex organization with frequent leadership changes that may undermine organizational efficiency and client servicing. Overly focused on analytics without regard to best fit for client and/or value of analytics relative to meeting client's objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify organizational structure so that clients easily understand company value proposition and framework for client engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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