Towers Perrin

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3.2 69 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Towers Perrin CEO John Haley

John Haley

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was a great place, with cool work, and generally great people(in 7 reviews)

  • Fair work-life balance maintained(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance issues, lack of opportunities to approach work creatively(in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours and high expectations(in 7 reviews)

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    Long career w/mixed levels of employee support

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsConsulting talent is generally quite good, but use too many boiler plate approaches to leverage a limited set of intellectual capital and studies

    ConsHR 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 ManagementFocus 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.

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    SQR Programming at Gilead Sciences

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge Company wtrying to grow its PeopleSoft business

    ConsAbandoned its PS practice because of the economic downturn

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey 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

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    Not good for junior level employees

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood people to work with, knowledgable consultants, opportunity to travel

    ConsNot 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 ManagementKeep 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!

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    It was a nice professional environment, but there was not much done in terms of career development.

    Senior Database Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) White Plains, NY

    ProsThere were some very smart hard working people. They offered some of the best in class products/services. They were very professional.

    ConsThe 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 ManagementStop looking at the bottom line and instead look forward.

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    Very Competitive workplace

    Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people are amongst the best and the brightest in the business

    ConsOverly 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 ManagementTake your head out of the sand. Figure out why many of your competitors are getting inundated with RFPs and Towers only gets a trickle.

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    Towers Watson

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPeople are great to learn from and intellectual capital is extremely helpful and easy to access.

    Opportunities to cross lines of business and learn.

    ConsDuring 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 ManagementKeep 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.

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    So So work environment

    Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsExperienced managers who have broad knowledge. Talented coworkers for the most part. Nice physical work space located well within the city.

    ConsLack 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 ManagementPay a bit more attention to the interests of your employees, and their career goals. Work to expose them to a broader array of things.

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    Typical "old school" company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company seems to have a great reputation and not likely to go out of business. The benefits are good, too.

    ConsYou 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 ManagementThere'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.

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    great environment

    Benefits Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosfriendly people, great benefits, location is downtown which is always a plus. there is great opportunitie for advancement , so that great.

    Conslong hours , sometimes up to 14 horus per day during peek period, sept-dec. other wise decent place to work at

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing what you're doing, open door policy is great, ppl are always available for feedback and wuestions which is awesome

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    Great place to work, but not for creative types

    Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSolid company, good benefits, good potential for hard workers who are willing to sell

    ConsWork/life balance issues, lack of opportunities to approach work creatively

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your conservative and smart approach to dealing with the economic downturn.

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