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Mercer Reviews

Updated 14 January, 2019
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Mercer President and CEO Julio A. Portalatin
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  • "Demanding environment that can make work life balance a challenge" (in 146 reviews)

  • "No work life balance due to the amount of tasks need to be done" (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career in HC consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work on multiple projects with allows you to gain a lot of experience and exposure in a short period of time. The team was very supportive and had a great culture.

    Cons

    Mostly focused on compensation, pay, rewards, etc. which is not a Con but this particular subset of HC consulting is their bread and butter. Just something to be aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep nurturing the positive community!


  2. "It has been an extremely exciting and challenging experience so far."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, Agility and amazing work experience

    Cons

    Travelling time is the only concern so far.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Actuarial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good firm to learn and get experience

    Cons

    Salaries and promotions are based on interpersonal relations with management.

    Advice to Management

    Employees may like the company but quit because of poor management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but doesn't pay well"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Actuarial in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big global firm so lots of career opportunities

    Cons

    The cost cutting strategy for the last 5-7 years has seen them pay as low as possible which has seen many good people leave. It has also resulted in people being chronically overworked

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in people again. Its what made the company great in the first place


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Principal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time

    Pros

    Large firm, lots of variety and opportunity

    Cons

    There is too much bureaucracy


  6. Helpful (3)

    "No work life balance and Toxic work culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location is very feasible
    Wide variety of large projects
    Growing organization

    Cons

    Management is very strict and prefers micro managing
    No work life balance as management expects you to work at least 10-11 hours every day
    Working from home is not encouraged by the management
    Work flow is very old school and management do no encourage new changes
    Management do not acknowledge or appreciate despite working hard
    Working atmosphere is very stressful and fearful
    There is no process in place to provide feedback to its employees

    Advice to Management

    Value and acknowledge its employees.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Human Capital Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Well laid out expectations for what'll make one a successful employee.
    - Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    - Really a place to go and work if you want to use non of your creative or imagination skills.
    - Performance is 90% based on how many hours you work.
    - Nature of projects are dull and not challenging.
    - There is no real 'solution' this department provides. It's just agreeing to what the Executive Compensation clients demand so they don't go to a competitor.
    - The job doesn't contribute to creating new thought or improving things in the field. It's essentially social and economic redundancy. Unfortunately that is the nature of compensation consulting in general. If you have a sense of imagination, don't work here.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Investment Consulting Associate"

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    Current Employee - Investment Consulting Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Investment Consulting Associate in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting clients and work, smart employees

    Cons

    Lacking work/life balance, lack of useful feedback to employees


  9. "It was good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercer full-time

    Pros

    Free meals and transport are good

    Cons

    Less growth is there overall


  10. "Great to start your career here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercer full-time

    Pros

    Work with smart people, flex time

    Cons

    Long unpredictable hours, hard to get promoted