Cheiron: Unusually Collaborative and Creative Culture

By John McKevitt

When I joined Cheiron in November 2008, I’d been working at a small pension consulting firm. Although I enjoyed the work, I knew something was missing. I wanted my work to feel more socially beneficial and creative. And to feel inspired while helping others better prepare for the future.

Since then, each passing year reminds me of how fortunate I was to find an opportunity with Cheiron and why I enjoy working here.

Cheiron has an unusually collaborative and creative culture. I work with both analysts and senior consultants to provide more than just a basic annual actuarial valuation. This may mean using Cheiron’s unique interactive mathematical models to demonstrate the long-term financial position of a pension plan and helping our clients make informed and strategic financial decisions. Or it can mean designing one-off project solutions, such as plan design studies that illustrate a variety of options, tradeoffs, and financial implications to negotiating parties. I find these frequent opportunities to collaborate with co-workers incredibly satisfying and have fostered a deeper understanding of my work as an actuary.

My clients span from small single-employer pension plans to much larger multiemployer and public sector pension plans. The trustees, employers, and members of these groups rely heavily on our actuarial expertise to navigate complex regulations and benefit arrangements. Knowing that my efforts are helping these hardworking people achieve a more secure retirement makes my work even more fulfilling.

All in all, I am happy to say I work at Cheiron because of the clients I work for, the colleagues I work with, and the environment I work in every day.

About John McKevitt

Consulting Actuary, ASA, MAAA, EA

John is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA, and is working toward becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He holds a B.S. in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.