Towers Perrin

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Towers Perrin Reviews

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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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  1.  

    A relaxed work environment. Learned a lot during my stay at the company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The division/group that I worked in had a very relaxed, business casual environment. My superiors (senior programmers, business analysts, and managers) as well as my peers were a pleasure to work with and contributed a lot to my learning.

    Cons

    Our department did benefits enrollment. Work was somewhat seasonal that normally peaked-out during the last quarter of the year. Long hours and high stress during these periods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very good and challenging place to work. If you can make it here - you can make it anywhere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    I believe Towers Perrin has done a better job than most competitors of anticipating the marketplace, planning new ventures, and dedicating teams to move the firm in that direction. They seem truly committed to breaking out of being “a” leader in the industry to being “the” leader, offering truly innovative solutions. I’ve found it to be a place that allows you to pursue new ideas and see which ones work and which don’t. Collaboration between groups seems very strong. While I haven’t worked within other firms, over the past few years we’ve attracted Sr. leaders from other organizations in the U.S. who were discontent with their firms’ direction, showing they have more faith in our leadership, which is nice to see.

    Cons

    We seem to be tougher on ourselves than the competition. The firm is filled with successful, smart, Type-A personalities which have high expectations for themselves. This also translates to their expectations of those around them and leadership, etc. So, I think we can be our toughest critics sometimes.

    There is a certain amount of reporting, tracking, systems in place, etc. that are necessary to run a larger, complex business. But, I’m not sure this is any different than other organizations of a similar size.

    Many (not all) of the roles expect a lot of different attributes to be found in one person. (E.g. the ability to interface with clients, have strong technical depth, manage people/processes, do internal things, etc.) It’s nice to be able to develop several skills at once, but some roles can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The main thing that I think senior management could do better is simply act quicker on their plans. They seem to be going the right direction, but are very deliberate in their decision-making (which is good) but sometimes you wonder if you couldn’t do things faster. For instance, one thing they seem committed to doing is much more integration between services that traditionally have had little to do with one another. Everyone agrees that needs to be done and steps are being taken, but the quicker-the better.

    My sense is this message is getting to them and I expect bolder/faster moves in 2009.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, great place to work -- great culture, dynamic environment, continuous learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    Flexibility, trust from senior leaders, dynamic environment, continuous learning on the job, willingness of colleagues to share ideas and provide feedback, great culture, fair performance evaluations, opportunity to travel (if you enjoy that).

    Cons

    You have to pay for parking, benefits are not fantastic, problems leveraging junior staff (some seniors do not exactly know how best to engage and leverage junior staff), common feeling of being idle between projects without internal assignments to remain engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better onboarding process for new associates: it seems disorganized and provides a negative experience to new hires; find out creative ways to engage junior staff, even if it is not billable.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Overall Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    * High performers get treated well
    * Company is open to hearing thoughts/ideas - you guide your own career
    * Small company feel, even though it's a big company

    Cons

    * Technology is outdated and horrible
    * Inconsistent people manager experience -- some are good, others are bad
    * Long hours (but what consulting firm doesn't have long hours?"
    * Merger with WW -- feels like we've been taken over; many WW leaders in leadership positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some better technology! That makes us less productive and less able to bill our time!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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