TIAA-CREF

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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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Large firm, conservative, felt like a government agency

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    Former Employee - Wealth Management Advisor in Pasadena, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Advisor in Pasadena, CA (US)

    I worked at TIAA-CREF full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    stability
    high salary
    brand equity
    work/life balance
    9-5
    work with academics, highly educated clients

    Cons

    too large
    no innovation
    silo departments
    no motivation among workers
    culture = non factor or non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire a consulting firm to drive human capital change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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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