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Weight Watchers Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
231 Reviews
2.5
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Enjoyed helping people, coworkers were very nice and dedicated and supportive (in 33 reviews)

  • I was always uplifted by helping others to get healthy and reach their goals (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • In our franchise staff is often working for less than minimum wage (in 40 reviews)

  • Upper management is unfriendly and creates back stabbing environment (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disappointed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    Work to promote a program I had grown to believe in

    Cons

    Disappointed that those of us who were making money for the company were the most expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes! Respect and make the "awards" that you pretend to give your employees more financially profitable.

  2.  

    Great weight loss program, not great employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Weight Watchers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping people lose weight and working with a staff that knows the struggle to lose weight and keep it off

    Cons

    Low pay, couldn't do it as a full time job unless you had a spouse that could support you or a second job. Outdated way of handling money...I had to use my own checking account for company money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Madness

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weight Watchers full-time

    Pros

    nice office and location, comp was market rate, nice people depending on what department you work in.

    Cons

    This place is such a mess, they've turned their whole staff and pretty much have no company culture. Everyone just does what they have to do to not get fired and that's it, nothing about the company makes u want to stay there. Unless you are in an inclusive department that makes effort for their people to collaborate then noone talks to each other.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Current Employee - Receptionist
    Current Employee - Receptionist

    I have been working at Weight Watchers part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Attaining and staying within your weight goal is a requirement to be an employee. Multitasking skills is also a requirement. As an employee you weigh members in, and help them to see their own desires for weight-loss, but at the same time it is a sales job and are expected to have a bottom line of product sold per member.

    Cons

    Your training is mostly online. The in meeting room training is only 12 hours, and often times you aren't assigned a meeting because of the number of meeting attendance restrictions. One receptionist per 36 attendees. The management is absentee and unavailable due to reorganization, and disconnected from employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the employees you have to their best advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission but lack ability to follow through.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedules, benefits, work with amazing people in the field.

    Cons

    Central office works in a silo and lacks ability to offer the same level of service to employees that they give to customers. The level of immature high school girl politics is ridiculous and many at the senior level including DM's don't understand what it means to be professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want a professional organization then please put in the effort to make sure it happens. This means you follow up and do something about situations that are reported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    leader

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    Former Employee - Leader  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Leader in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Weight Watchers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good training, no danger of losing the job

    Cons

    poor treatment and very low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your leaders!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    National company but amateur in managing.

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    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Weight Watchers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people. I like many of the members of the meetings but sometimes felt like I was not giving them truthful information.

    Cons

    They hide compensation like it was a national secret. Totally mislead about compensation. Trainers....a few good ones, but many are just dreadful. They make such a big deal of the initial training and then, they just let leaders do whatever......and some of the whatever is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are so proud of your organization, why do you hide the compensation. Why do allow boring leaders who are still overweight and continue to gain weight for months? Many of the products that they want you to push are incredibly unhealthy.......too many chemicals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Jump off the sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Weight Watchers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generally good benefits package including matching 401k and profit sharing

    Cons

    Upper management fell asleep at the wheel and allowed competitors to outflank the brand on all sides, pouring $$ into ineffectual marketing. This resulted in deep cuts across the organization and and outflow of talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for the failures and do not make the rank and file pay for it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Weight Watchers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping members make life changes.

    Cons

    Field managers are expected to maintain an unsustainable workload. Even worse now that a third of the company has been laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you understand what really happens in the trenches before assuming changes are implementable. We cannot abandon rural America because that is where many business opportunities are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away! Far away!

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    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader in Boston, MA

    I worked at Weight Watchers part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Members are great. Flexibility of hours.

    Cons

    Lousy pay. You are ok until someone new comes along. They are constantly trying to find new bodies to work for them. Never mind someone going to them for a job, they are constantly recruiting. And expecting you to recruit for them. Yes, recruit for your replacement. Territory managers are cold, and make sure their friends have good positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some loyalty to the people that have worked hard for you and don't leave them by the curbside, when someone new comes along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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