Mercer's Commitment to our Nation's Veterans
Across Marsh & McLennan Companies, we value the service, sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. We are committed to helping with one of the major challenges veterans are faced with as they return home: employment.
Companies like ours have the resources to facilitate veterans’ transition to the civilian workforce and help them build successful careers as private citizens. Mercer is proud to join efforts across operating companies to hire from this talented pool. At Marsh & McLennan Companies as a whole, we are proud to currently employ 336 veterans, with 116 building their careers at Mercer.
Our Executive Sponsorship
Our senior leaders are deeply committed to honoring our nation’s veterans through meaningful employment. In fact, Mercer President and CEO Julio A. Portalatin is co-executive sponsor of the Veteran Talent Initiative.
“Veterans have served our country with distinction, and it is important that we show our support for them. It is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do, for our company, clients and colleagues.” — Dan Glaser, President and CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Our Committment in Action
Hiring Manager Training
Our hiring managers understand the importance of hiring veterans, and they complete training courses that help them connect military skills to open roles at Mercer.
Support Before and After Hiring
Throughout the application process, we coach, train and provide feedback to veteran candidates.
Our support for veterans continues after they are hired. We have a nationwide Veteran Colleague Resource Group that:
- Promotes and supports veteran hiring activities
- Mentors and offers transition assistance to veteran colleagues
- Integrates the unique skills, experience, values and knowledge of veterans into our business
- Supports the broader veteran population by raising awareness and supporting community events
Our Veteran Colleagues
Our veteran colleagues across Marsh & McLennan Companies put the hard-earned skills they gained in the military towards a fulfilling career. Hear from our veteran colleagues below about how they successfully made the transition.
Leticia Rodriguez, Military Postal Clerk, Marine Corps; Principal, Health & Benefits Senior Consultant, Mercer
"The leadership traits that made me resilient and tenacious in the Marine Corps have served me well in my role at Mercer."
Ryan Godbey, Sonar Technician, US Navy, Active and Reserve, Market Development Associate, Mercer, Northeast Region
"My position at Mercer allows me to refine the communication and analytical skills I developed in the Navy and utilize the adaptation skills I developed [while deployed] in the UAE. Both these skillsets have helped me in navigating the exciting challenges of HR consulting."
Byung-Goo Kang, 44C Financial Management Specialist, US Army National Guard, Project Manager, Mercer, North America
"I was able to leverage these qualities [of self-motivation and adaptability] to build a successful corporate career, where my current responsibilities include financial operations and internal strategic implementations to support Mercer’s Health & Benefits business."
James Tongate, Senior Master Sergeant, 123rd Airlift Wing, Human Resource Advisor, Marsh & McLennan Companies
" Our colleagues and leadership sincerely agree that hiring veterans is simply smart business - it makes sense, it's honorable, and it makes me very proud to represent and organization that gives back!"
Veteran Talent Initiative
On Veterans Day, 2013, Marsh & McLennan Companies President and CEO Dan Glaser announced that the company was making a commitment to hire 500 veterans by that same holiday in 2016. We are proud to say that we continue to make steady progress toward our goal.
“We know that employing veterans is more than just the right thing to do in helping to acknowledge their service; it’s just as much the smart thing to do for our organisation and our business partners. Veterans bring their proven strengths — leadership, skilled- team building, resiliency, cross-cultural fluency, and dedication to mission and to each other. All of these qualities and more are what we expect, and what we get from, our veteran colleagues.” — Ken Haderer, Chief Operating Officer, Mercer
As a global professional services firm, we seek the best talent through a competitive application process. We recommend you:
- Thoughtfully evaluate your skills and experience before you apply
- On your application, voluntarily identify yourself as a veteran
- Request a video interview when contacted by the recruiter
- Articulate your transferrable skills, attributes and experiences, using “civilian speak” whenever possible
- Provide clear examples of your work and the results you achieved both quantitatively and qualitatively
- Emphasise your unique leadership ability to set you apart