Mercer (consulting firm)

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Mercer, LLC
Subsidiary (LLC)
Industry Professional services
Founded 1975
Headquarters New York City, United States
Number of locations
180 cities in 40 countries
Key people
Julio Portalatin (Chairman and CEO)
Products Human resource consulting services, including retirement, health & benefits, human capital, surveys & products, communication, investments, outsourcing, and mergers & acquisitions
Revenue $4.2 billion
Number of employees
~20,500+ (2014)
Parent Marsh & McLennan Companies
Slogan "Talent-Health-Retirement-Investments"

Mercer is an American global human resource and related financial services consulting firm, headquartered in New York City. Mercer is one of the largest consulting firms in the world, based in more than 40 countries, and operating internationally in more than 130 countries with more than 20,500 employees.[1][2][3] Mercer is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.


Started in the United States in 1937 as the employee benefits department of Marsh & McLennan, Inc., the company took the name of “William M. Mercer” in 1959, when Marsh & McLennan acquired William M. Mercer Limited, a Canadian firm founded by William Manson Mercer in Vancouver in 1945. In 1975, Mercer became a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. In 2002, its name was changed to Mercer Human Resource Consulting. In 2004, the company acquired Synhrgy HR Technologies.[4][5] In 2007, the company became simply "Mercer."[6] Also in 2004, Mercer admitted giving the NYSE board a compensation report that contained "omissions and inaccuracies" that led to a $139.5 million pay package for former NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso. Mercer had been brought in to advise the stock exchange on Grasso's 2003 contract and his request for $139.5 million. The consultancy returned $440,000 in fees it collected from the NYSE and provided key documents in the lawsuit.[7]


It has been ranked by Vault as the #1 human resource consultancy for several years running, including most recently in 2013.[8] Among all consulting firms, Mercer is currently ranked #9 for prestige.[9]


Mercer's major competitors include Towers Watson, Buck Consultants, Aon Hewitt, and Hay Group.

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