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Worked there 6 years and although fired unexpectedly would qualify it as a good place to work.

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Former Employee - Financial Consultant in Denver, CO (US)
Former Employee - Financial Consultant in Denver, CO (US)

I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- Good work/life balance.
- Good pay.
- Encourage educational opportunities.
- Senior management conducts frequent employee meetings.

Cons

- Management has a somewhat phony "openness".
- Power and decision-making very centralized.
- Poor accountability.
- If you're not promoted within 3 or 4 years, probably never going to be.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to give more decision-making and authority to front-line employees and managers actually doing the job. Understand you don't know everything and that's OK. Nobody does.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Mixed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at TIAA-CREF as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tremendously talented co-workers; good benefits; lots of vacation; great history; used to be a not-for-profit; great clientele

    Cons

    no upward opportunity; secretive management; pushes product; compensation structure is impossible to figure out;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the opportunity to prove themselves at something new- just because an employee hasn't held the exact job that they are looking for doesn't mean that they wouldn't do well.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Moving from good to average

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Ideals, with some pockets of real talent. Employees generally believe in the mission and want to work hard for the company.

    Cons

    Constant change in management directions. The drive to move from not-for-profit "How would you like it" to "I'm a competitor in all areas" in the financial services pension market has driven working hours up and innovation / work enjoyment out. Talented employees are not recognized and mentored. Too many competing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan the transformation. Identify the goals (1-3), then start with the foundation and build up. Adopt the mentality that management are there to support the work being done for the clients. Invert the org-chart so the sr. leadership is at the bottom, identify where there is instability in the foundation layers and drive change upward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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