Towers Perrin Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • It was a great place, with cool work, and generally great people (in 7 reviews)

  • They have a lot of very smart people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • As with any large consulting firm, the top ranks are filled with people who have alliances and have known each other for ages (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Normal

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, challenging

    Cons

    career path focused on sales


  2. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Perrin (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Well organized company. Followed ITIL protocol.

    Cons

    Moved to slow for change.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Long career w/mixed levels of employee support

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 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.


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  5. SQR Programming at Gilead Sciences

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Towers Perrin as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Large Company wtrying to grow its PeopleSoft business

    Cons

    Abandoned its PS practice because of the economic downturn

    Advice to Management

    They did the right thing, economically for the company


  6. Not good for junior level employees

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time (More than a year)

    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 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!


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

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    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop looking at the bottom line and instead look forward.


  8. Very Competitive workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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.


  9. Towers Watson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


  10. So So work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


  11. Typical "old school" company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.



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