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  

    Little willingness to assist in career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation package for entry level employees

    Cons

    Very little willingness to help you develop in your career. Most upper level associates were too busy with their own work and career development to take the time teach you how to do your work and help you progress in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to explain not only what lower level associates are doing, but also why they are doing it. Telling associates to "look in the file from last year and update it for this year" is not adequate instructions to teach a new associate anything about the work they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    think twice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    A chance to work in HR consulting and to serve some respected client organizations...an opportunity to do the work I'm good at...an opportunity to keep learning

    Cons

    An environment in which anyone in any practice area feels free to criticize his/her WW colleagues--and they do, both behind their back and to their face. People who enjoy engaging in continuous combat seem to do well here. A new hire is expected to succeed with minimal support. The pay structure is below-market for the jobs I know of. Benefits aren't particularly generous, either. A single medical plan option: high-deductible health plan with HSA, and WW's contribution is paltry. Combined paid time off benefit, i.e., no separate sick days and vacation days. You want more, you buy it. Cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourselves why people leave and you can't find "qualified" people to fill the openings. Is it the candidates--or is it your reputation?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Burnt out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    Prestige of the company name

    Cons

    No work life balance at all. 12 hour days are standard to be successful plus weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so churn and burn (turnover rate is way above industry norm.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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