Marsh Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
132 Reviews
3.0
132 Reviews
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Peter Zaffino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people, flexible schedules allowing for work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, colleagues and collaboration across departments (in 10 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 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Firm with

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    • 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
  2.  

    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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    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
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    Political and backstabbing environment; lacks direction or strategic thought

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    • 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.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Marsh as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Excellent workplace
    -Great learning experience
    -Training programs are excellent

    Cons

    -Retention issues
    -Salaries possibly within company not as high as others

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant exposure for employees and great employee policies. Best pay master in industry and treats employees ethically. Perks and benefits galore.

    Cons

    None I can think of...

    The only con may be the extreme aggresion shown at certain times by certain employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Too much red tape

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marsh full-time

    Pros

    Good people wanting to do the right thing, but the lawyers took control after Spitzer and it was impossible to get anything done. Good pay, pay for performance.

    Cons

    Way too much red tape and legal nonsense. Lots of large company bureaucratic crap. Little too arrogant about being Marsh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the workers work. Provide more incentives to cross sell between departments. Call fewer meetings and find tools to help with prospecting and selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great job but very un-sexy

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    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are loyal and will pay over long term

    Cons

    They only pay over the long term

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