Anyone ever consider a switch from big4 (or similar) to companies like Mercer, Aon, or Willis tower Watson? Recruiter reached out to me and the role looks interesting and mentions 50% travel

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I worked at PwC for several years before moving to Aon. I travel 1-2 days a week, never go into the office, and have a ton of flexibility. On the work itself, I’m more of a specialist now at Aon than a generalist. This necessarily requires some repeatability in the projects I work. Another nuance at least in my practice area, is that my utilization target as a mid-senior dude is below 50% but my BD targets are higher. All in all, I am enjoying Aon much more than I enjoyed PwC.

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That’s helpful. Not sure when you left so your understanding of the future pay, however, if you did understand that (and partner pay) is the opportunity comparable?

I worked at WTW as an intern and didn’t enjoy it. Work was very repetitive and the office culture was pretty boring. Just one experience though

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I spent three years at Aon and two years at Mercer before going to Deloitte. My experience at Aon was a bit better than Mercer, although I was on the Hewitt side before they spun most of that business off to Blackstone. Mercer on the other hand was an okay experience however I felt undervalued and overworked even though the travel was a lot less than in the Big 4. I was expected to do actuarial analysis along side project/vendor management (note I am not an actuary). I struggled my first year but luckily I was able to negotiate my way out of most of the actuarial work. Also, Mercer’s pay and promotion system is completely broken. Zero transparency when they froze salaries and cut bonuses for the rank and file while the CEO got a big raise and a huge bonus payout. One thing to realize about public companies like Aon and Mercer is that management would rather throw billions into executive comp and stock buybacks rather than invest in their people, even if you are a high performer. My only advise is that if you want to make a switch, get your money on they way in because you may not see much increase during annual review season or even in promotion years.

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I went from Accenture and EY to Willis Towers Watson. Only a few travel days a month so you can actually have a life. But the work was not as interesting/challenging as Big 4 so consider the trade offs. But yes, I would do it again

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Interesting!
Aon was actually the place that caught my eye for a role or two

I think it depends. I switched from Accenture to Aon in a really niche consultant role and the work is already fulfilling. I handle multiple projects for multiple clients. No bench. Small team, they’re awesome. No company politics. I’m a fan.

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