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Inside View: Mercer

Fancy a job with an international consulting firm? We get insights from one employee.

By  Jessica Hadley

Thu Sep 13 2012

Mercer is a human resource and related financial services consulting firm. They describe their mission as helping their global client base to ‘advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people’.

Mercer uses the acronym ‘PRIDE’ to describe their values: Passion to win, Respect for diversity, Integrity, Innovation, Dedication to clients, and Empowerment to act like business owners.

Founded in the United States in 1975, Mercer now operates in more than 40 countries, and has more than 20,000 employees, making it the world’s largest human resources consulting firm. Mercer is headquartered in New York.

Vault currently ranks Mercer as the number one human resource consultancy, and places it thirteenth out of all consulting firms on prestige. Glassdoor estimates that an US based Associate working for Mercer would earn approximately $75,000, whilst a Senior Associate might expect to earn $100,000.

BusinessBecause has spoken to a Mercer employee who has been with the company for five years, and works as a Resourcing and Employer Branding Manager. They give us a feel for what working with the company is like.

Do you hire any MBAs?

We do hire MBAs, although we don't have a specific route geared towards MBAs.

What advice do you have for MBAs hoping to get a job at your company?

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on our experienced hire website to see what’s available, and learn about the routes employees take.

What are the most exciting things about a career with Mercer?

The opportunities that are open to you are endless with Mercer. Everyone here is very supportive and wants you to succeed .

Why is consulting so well suited to MBAs?

MBAs give you a solid understanding of the fundamentals of business, and also teaches you about how you can capitalise on these basics.

What kind of development/ training opportunities do you offer?

They’re endless – it's really up to the individual what you choose to pursue.

Mercer has its own learning curriculum, include seminars, courses, certification programmes and training sessions, covering a range of different disciplines and interests.

Any top interview tips?

Interviews aren't designed to trick you. I think the best tip is to understand the role and why you're suitable for it. It’s a simple, but effective technique!

How do you differentiate between the best candidates?

You need to gauge their experience, knowledge, motivations and drive. All of these elements work in combination – no one is more important than the others.

What kind of projects can employees expect to do once they’re hired?

It's highly varied depending on the business are you enter, but there's always a challenging and exciting project on offer, whatever your seniority level.


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