I think I lucked into being an actuary rather than an engineer. I didn’t even know what an actuary was until well into college, but I had a fairly good idea that I was going to be working in an office and using a good deal of math. I have a BA in Mathematics from Hofstra University.
Most of my friends have monotonous jobs—I feel lucky that I don’t.
I enjoy the challenge of working for so many different clients with different—and usually unique—needs. The large practice here is almost always broken up into smaller, three- or four-member teams for each project. My colleagues are a friendly group. Unlike other places I’ve worked, there don’t seem to be any big egos, and ideas tend to flow freely and be heard by colleagues regardless of seniority.
My advice for a new Milliman employee: Relax and listen.
Everyone's willing to teach and no one expects more than you’re capable of.
It’s all about risk management.
Actuarial consultants tend to be concerned not only with the risk a company faces in the present but also future risk.
Milliman’s culture is what I would call “open door.” Within days of starting I was assisting principals and once I got my feet wet my ideas were considered and even adopted by them.
They appreciate different points of view and welcome interaction with everyone. Contrast this with another firm I once visited: There, they told me they also had a great relationship with their superiors, who "ate with us in the cafeteria every few weeks."
The workload can be heavy at times; however, I always put important life matters before work.
Long hours can hurt the balance during busy seasons, but the quieter seasons tend to make up for it. I'd say the balance is inconsistent, but very good.
I love sports.
I follow all major sports and I pay attention to the minor ones. I play on a baseball team and play pick-up basketball and softball. I also compete occasionally in triathlons and I do a good deal of biking, both mountain biking on my own and on long road rides with my wife.
Milliman is unique because our consultants make it a point to work on the cutting edge.
At Milliman, we’re always looking to expand and keep ahead of the curve.
If I were talking to a client, I'd tell them that Milliman has a very experienced staff with a diverse bundle of expertise. If they have an issue or idea that they need help with, we'll have someone who has a background in that field who can help them out. (My experience so far backs that up.)
If I were talking to a candidate, I'd say there's no downside to working with friendly people who will allow you—and help you—to advance to your full potential, at your own pace.