Aon Hewitt Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
1,224 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is ample room for growth and the company seems to really respect work-life balance (in 175 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule where you can work from home or remotely (in 56 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance gets a little skewed at times, but the management ensures full flexibility (in 72 reviews)

  • No work / life balance expect to work holidays (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Below-Average Salary & Stressful Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pension Administration Specialist
    Former Employee - Pension Administration Specialist

    I worked at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) My coworkers made coming to work bearable. There is a sense of camaraderie among the workers in the office, although unfortunately it mostly stems from a severe disconnect between workers on the floor and lower level management.
    2) While the base salary is not even close to being competitive, the upside, at least in my case, was that I was eligible for overtime pay and was told I could work as many hours as I wanted, so the ball was more or less in my court to bring home more money than my base salary.
    3) There is a pretty good work-life balance. Even though there was more than enough work to go around, most employees were content to work their 40 hours and not one second more, and that was considered perfectly fine.
    4) The time-off package starting out was decent. There are only 5 company-wide days off, but starting out employees are given 10 vacation days, 6 personal days, and 5 sick days annually. Only sick time rolls over to the next year though.
    5) Immediately vested in 401(k). Company matches 6%. Pension was frozen years ago so don't expect any company sponsored retirement income.

    Cons

    Before I get started with the negative aspects of working at Aon Hewitt, let me state for the record that I resigned from my position after 2 years due to a variety of reasons built up over the entire duration of my employment.

    1) For me, the most glaring problem with working at Aon Hewitt was the pay. The salaries are not competitive and the raises are not even worth mentioning. Starting salaries are about 5-10 thousand less than comparable positions at competing firms. Raises are far from being guaranteed, and for the lucky few who do get raises, 3% is considered an extremely good raise. Our office did very well and exceeded annual revenue goals, and still the employees saw no change in compensation. I brought this to the attention of management, and whether out of ignorance or denial, I was told that the base salaries and raises were fair and in line with the market, which is just simply objectively false and incredibly easy to refute using freely available data.
    2) There is a colossal disconnect between management and employees. My personal situation was such that my manager had very limited knowledge about our actual business - he was hired purely as a "manager." So I had one manager overseeing my day to day operations, but all of my work went through the 'project manager' who oversaw the client I focused on. That meant being pulled in two completely opposite directions every single day, with my manager insisting on micro-managing and prioritizing my daily workload which often ran counter to the instructions I received from the PM who dealt with my client. This sucked for me but it was really the client who got shafted by this arrangement. This problem seems so mind-numbingly obvious and easily correctable that it is absolutely baffling to me that it was allowed to carry on.
    3) This may seem dramatic, but I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say that almost every single employee dreaded coming into work every day at Aon Hewitt. Employees were berated and belittled by management on a daily basis, and were under constant fear of being fired with little or no warning or cause. One employee had a work-related nervous breakdown and had to go on medical leave for a period of time. Employee turnover was incredibly high - the bright young employees run for the hills quickly, since it is very easy to find a much higher paying job in a better working environment. The content employees who had worked there for years were primarily former teachers or came from other low-paying fields, and it seemed to me that they didn't have much concept of there being a slew of better opportunities out there. The ones who were willing to take abuse without ever speaking up for themselves were secure in their positions regardless of their job performance, while those who dared to think independently often found themselves packing their belongings in a cardboard box. I was only there for two years, and I was amazed by the employee turnover I witnessed.
    4) Moving to a different department within the company or moving to a different office altogether (even if staying in the same department) is nearly impossible. Each business unit is essentially in a bubble and more or less functions as its own company.
    5) For what it’s worth, I was told by a few coworkers that Aon Hewitt was not as bad as my office made it seem – these employees agreed that under different leadership, the day-to-day would be much more tolerable, and I was encouraged not to let the poor management at our office tarnish my view of Aon Hewitt as a whole. I can’t speak to the validity of that opinion, but in the spirit of objectivity I’ll include it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too Thin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in New York, NY

    I worked at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is plenty of opportunity for consultants to grow. There is work flexibility and they are still one of the biggest consulting companies in the world.

    Cons

    Leadership is too focused on short term results. They are too thin which means they are overworking there associates for minimal raises and acknowledgment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    chaotic, fast paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lots to learn, good compensation

    Cons

    work overload, little direction, constant changes, little appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide clear direction/goals, work on work/life balance, show employee appreciation and recognition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Red tape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large, stable company. If you have a decent work ethic you can expect to have stable employment for as long as you want. Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Typical issues with a large company. Overspecialization of roles, too much bureaucracy and red tape. Stagnant wages. Chronic understaffing and turnover while growing leading to a very inexperienced staff lacking expertise and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down and combine shared services. Too many silos and hurdles making it just too hard for client managers to get things done for clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Prejudice towards men

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Benefits Operations Administrator in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Benefits Operations Administrator in Lincolnshire, IL

    I worked at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good health benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    no men allowed to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more men in leadership roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Customer Service Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Aon Hewitt full-time

    Pros

    No weekends and reasonable hours. Great security process and pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    Never know when they will do business cuts and lay offs. The managers and team leads do not know how to help you. Several issues with cashing checks and not getting paid on schedule. Always end up sick after eating in the cafeteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the systems to be a better help to your employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to leave.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Tax Analyst in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Payroll Tax Analyst in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Overrun with poor work ethic, won't let go of anyone regardless of their lack of competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in the trenches. The numbers don't tell the true story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being part of the Launch program was really cool and the success flashes of all recent Aon client wins are really inspiring

    Cons

    This place is so insanely political. Office culture varies wildly depending on which location and department you're in, also they give absolutely insanely low vacation days,.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some sort of consistency in what you share with the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Aon Hewitt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Workday Consultant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Workday Consultant in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job Security and good benefits

    Cons

    Senior Management are good at consulting, but not great at management. Little work life balanced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and Unappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Aon Hewitt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility and some amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Salary, benefits, leadership, structure, engagement and growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your top employees by higher salaries and better benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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