Towers Perrin Reviews
It was a great place, with cool work, and generally great people(in 7 reviews)
Fair work-life balance maintained(in 4 reviews)
Work/life balance issues, lack of opportunities to approach work creatively(in 10 reviews)
Long hours and high expectations(in 7 reviews)
Pros – Consulting talent is generally quite good, but use too many boiler plate approaches to leverage a limited set of intellectual capital and studies
Cons – HR is the worst ever and management team is not really a group of managers, just a group of high-paid former consultants.
Advice to Senior Management – Focus on how to value your people by treating them as the primary asset of the organization. Show this by really investing in a world class employee development approach.
Pros – Large Company wtrying to grow its PeopleSoft business
Cons – Abandoned its PS practice because of the economic downturn
Advice to Senior Management – They did the right thing, economically for the company
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Good people to work with, knowledgable consultants, opportunity to travel
Cons – Not a good place for junior (under 5 years working experiene) staff. Management doesn't know how to best utilize skillset of employees and thus keep them engaged.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep junior staff engaged by allowing them to take on meaty parts of projects (no, meeting minutes do not count). Invest in these employees because they want to grow with the company!
“It was a nice professional environment, but there was not much done in terms of career development.”
Pros – There were some very smart hard working people. They offered some of the best in class products/services. They were very professional.
Cons – The merger with Watson Wyatt brought a huge culture change - and not in a good way. It felt like doing a great job became a second priority to grabbing every dollar possible. Also, politics drove many leadership decisions, not making the best choice for the company.
Advice to Senior Management – Stop looking at the bottom line and instead look forward.
Pros – The people are amongst the best and the brightest in the business
Cons – Overly competitive meaning that your co-worker may steal your client.
Senior management plays favorites.
Senior management are poor managers.
The people have huge egos
Advice to Senior Management – Take your head out of the sand. Figure out why many of your competitors are getting inundated with RFPs and Towers only gets a trickle.
Pros – People are great to learn from and intellectual capital is extremely helpful and easy to access.
Opportunities to cross lines of business and learn.
Cons – During my 3 years at TP, the opportunities for professional development were cut and not offered.
Private held company culture can be difficult to break into if you come from another firm.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep communication open to employees and offer internal professional development opportunities. Invest into in-person meetings when the client is hesitant to pay for consultant travel.
Pros – Experienced managers who have broad knowledge. Talented coworkers for the most part. Nice physical work space located well within the city.
Cons – Lack of career development. Hard to get noticed by managers. Work becomes a grind quickly with little exposure to anything exciting or new.
Advice to Senior Management – Pay a bit more attention to the interests of your employees, and their career goals. Work to expose them to a broader array of things.
Pros – The company seems to have a great reputation and not likely to go out of business. The benefits are good, too.
Cons – You need to know someone to get in. You need to know the right person in order to get where you want to go.
Advice to Senior Management – There's too much of the "old boy" mentality. Personal and professional growth gets stifled on the regular. Veterans have a crazy sense of entitlement and are entirely too resistant to change.
Pros – friendly people, great benefits, location is downtown which is always a plus. there is great opportunitie for advancement , so that great.
Cons – long hours , sometimes up to 14 horus per day during peek period, sept-dec. other wise decent place to work at
Advice to Senior Management – keep doing what you're doing, open door policy is great, ppl are always available for feedback and wuestions which is awesome
Pros – Solid company, good benefits, good potential for hard workers who are willing to sell
Cons – Work/life balance issues, lack of opportunities to approach work creatively
Advice to Senior Management – Appreciate your conservative and smart approach to dealing with the economic downturn.