Mercer LLC at a Glance


  • "Interesting work and good, smart people."
  • "The people, the variety, and the flexibility."
  • "Casual work atmosphere, flexible work schedules and locations."


  • "Poor work life-balance and not compensated enough to make up for this."
  • "Workload and health care reform."
  • "There has been a slight feeling of 'hard work rarely gets rewarded.'

The Buzz

  • "HR focused."
  • "Ups and downs, but good work with some sectors."
  • "Statisticians."
  • "Polished and professional."

About Mercer LLC

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, making a difference in the lives of more than 110 million people every day by advancing their health, wealth and careers. The New York-based firm is in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures-whether designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement or aligning workers with workforce needs. Mercer's client services also include customized administration, technology and total benefit outsourcing solutions. The firm's global investments business provides customized guidance for investment decisions, risk management, implementation and investment monitoring. Mercer's global network ensures integrated, worldwide solutions for clients who wish to establish global policies and procedures while allowing for the flexibility to accommodate local cultural, legal and regulatory requirements. The firm's locally based professionals are also available to help companies of all sizes address country-specific issues and opportunities. 

The firm has more than 20,000 employees serving clients in 140 markets. Clients include a majority of the companies in the Fortune 1000 and FTSE 100, as well as medium- and small-market organizations. A wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Mercer consistently generates around 30 percent of the firm's total revenue. 

Different names, same business
From the beginning, Mercer has been in the business of putting people's futures first. In 1945, William M. Mercer, Ltd began in Canada and grew to become a premier provider of actuarial and benefits consulting services. Acquired by Marsh McLennan & Companies in 1959 and merged with their own employee benefits department, the firm expanded through growth and acquisition to become a global leader in health, retirement, investments and talent. Today Mercer works with clients in 140 markets around the world to advance the health, wealth, and performance of their most vital asset: their people.

Breaking down the business
Mercer groups its consulting activities into four main areas: talent, health, retirement, and investments.

Around the world, Mercer helps clients drive performance through talent. From strategy through implementation, the firm works with clients to help them forecast their talent needs, engage employees, mobilize their workforce, reward performance, assess talent, and develop skills. 

Mercer works with clients of all sizes, including small businesses, midsize domestic employers, multinational firms, and anything in between, and offers a comprehensive array of health and benefit solutions. The firm provides access to local market experts as well as national resources that advise on regulatory compliance and innovative benefit strategies. 

In addition, the firm also creates sustainable retirement programs that engage the workforce and protect business financial health. 

As a leading global provider of investment services, Mercer offers customized guidance at every stage of the investment decision, risk management and investment monitoring process. The firm assists clients with every aspect of institutional investing (and retail portfolios in some geographies), from strategy, structure and implementation to ongoing fiduciary management.

The company's extended offerings include benefits administration and a dedicated M&A business.

Class is in session
Mercer also offers executive learning services to clients worldwide. Targeted specifically to human resources professionals, Mercer offers more than 60 workshops in six different learning categories: Business Partnering, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Performance & Rewards, Analytics & Change, and Employee Relations. The workshops are structured and designed based on practical Mercer experience and delivered by professionals who know the topic first hand.

Additionally, Mercer publishes results from numerous studies, analyses and surveys conducted by its own consultants on a full range of HR and finance management issues. These compiled findings, presented in the context of current market trends, are being utilized as part of Mercer's suite of new services to keep in step with the demands of the global recession.


June, 2015 

Climate change: new investment risk demands action by investors, cautions new research

A new report from Mercer modelling the potential impact of climate change on investments, has found investors cannot ignore the implications for investment returns. The research reveals investors can manage the risk most effectively by looking 'under the hood' of their portfolios and factoring climate change into their risk modelling, which requires a significant behavioral shift for most.  

June, 2015 

Mercer Launches the Mercer Pension Risk ExchangeSM - Innovative Solution to Streamline and Support Buyout Process

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), today announced the launch of the Mercer Pension Risk Exchangesm (the "exchange").The exchange is a groundbreaking solution that helps plan sponsors execute group annuity buyouts in a shorter timeframe and in a more competitive pricing environment. As the first platform of its kind, the exchange increases liquidity and price transparency by enabling plan sponsors to continuously monitor pricing and contract terms available in the group annuity market. The exchange also provides sponsors with greater exposure to a wider array of insurers that could potentially act as transactional counterparts for a buyout. 

February, 2014 

Mercer Makes Strategic Equity Investment in Benefitfocus

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), today announced a significant expansion of its relationship with Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT), including a strategic equity investment in the company. Mercer will make an initial 9.9% investment, with the option to increase its ownership over time.

November, 2014 

Mercer study reveals well-intended efforts on gender diversity not improving workforce progression of women: First-of-its-kind analysis links global practices to outcomes and calls for new approaches

Women, who continue to be underrepresented at most levels in the workforce, are not progressing in their careers despite the past two decades of organizational efforts to achieve gender diversity and equality, according to new global research from Mercer, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive. Among survey participants, if current approaches continue unchanged, only one-third of executive positions will be held by women over the next 10 years. In the mature economies of the US and Canada, however, just one-fourth of women will hold executive positions by 2024, while female representation in developing countries is expected to grow more rapidly.


October, 2014 

Mercer Marketplaceā„¢ - the flexible private exchange - posts individual participant and client gains

Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), announced today that 247 companies have chosen the Mercer Marketplace exchange for their active and retiree exchange solutions. These relationships cover 500,000 employees and retirees and provide exchange access for more than 1,000,000 lives, including dependents. This represents nearly five times the reach of Mercer Marketplace when compared to 52 companies, 110,000 eligible employees/retirees and 220,000 lives of a year ago. Additional enrollments for 2015 will continue throughout 2014.

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Mercer LLC

1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 345-7000
Fax: (212) 345-7414


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Stock Symbol: MMC
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • President & CEO: Julio A. Portalatin
  • 2015 Employees: 20,800

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Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
    Offices in 43 countries

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