Watson Wyatt

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Watson Wyatt Reviews

54 Reviews
3.6
54 Reviews
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Watson Wyatt Chairman, President, and CEO John J. Haley
John J. Haley
39 Ratings

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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (averaged 40-45 hrs a week as a "band 1" analyst) (in 5 reviews)

  • Great opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, ambiguity with leadership (in 3 reviews)

  • A single medical plan option: high-deductible health plan with HSA, and WW's contribution is paltry (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very intense work environment, comparable to a sweat shop, cooperation among team members very poor.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    Located near train, bright people, building and offices very nice,

    Cons

    Administrative assistant are serfs, actuaries are God.
    Pay is fair, but no life balance
    Disfunctional teamwork is tolerated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your serfs like important part of the overall success of the compan

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You job title and what you interviewed for are not what you get.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    Well established and financially stable.

    Cons

    Every week is a death march. Little to no feedback on performance. Mid-senior level management would rather spend millions on writing software rather than spend $10k to buy an off-the-shelf solution. Software framework that the division is married to does not appear to have future growth potential. Office politics royally suck. 90%+ of the people I physically worked with are depressed and not satisfied with treatment they receive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hi John,

    If I were you I would do a quite, in depth inspection at the Grade 3 and below levels. Your Grade 4 & 5's are pulling the wool over your eyes. It is the worst leadership development plan I have ever seen and does not follow even your own internal guidelines. It sill makes me sick thinking about it nearly a year later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Management Dysfunctional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    The location was central and easy to get to. Westminster Office.

    Cons

    Junior and mid level Managers live in terror of Directors. Tasks and information changed at a moments notice. Systems not followed with internal office politics taking centre stage. If your face fits...... or you are in the right grouping. Some staff exercised massive power over areas that were none of their concern by sytematic "back stabbing" At times this seemed to be the main function of some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing tantrums at the very junior staff and show some leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Innovation. Workforce is aging and not very intelligent. Mostly Coasters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    You can pretty much sleep all day at work. As long as you show up on time every day.

    Cons

    Talents or ideas are not appreciated. Review processes are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the stupid people and reward the innovators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    motivate and work yourself out or waiting to be drained

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    friendly, slow paced, conservative and narrow focused

    Cons

    dull, not much social life and poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enahnce communication across teams and practices, delegate responsibilities to junior people more oftenly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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