Weight Watchers Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Promoting health is a noble cause, and WW's helps a lot of people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    Great people to work with -- and they all have common goals. Company constantly works to stay up on the latest science, and communicates that with its employees. Lots of training, and really enjoyed meeting people and helping them out with their health.

    Cons

    HARD WORK with very LITTLE PAY! The work, especially as a seminar leader, is physically challenging. You're required to transport seminar materials and LOTS of WW food around with you to local companies. For a company this large and well-known, they really need to increase their pay. Employees are passionate and loyal, and need to be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to retain passionate, hard-working, and loyal employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Great mission, hard times

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    The company mission keeps employees going. Fresh fruit all day long in the office is a bonus

    Cons

    Technology limits project scope, hard to keep morale high, whenever there is a crisis it's all hands on deck - which means no resources for other projects

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Conceptually awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    Great work environment with the option for very supportive of co-workers. Flexibility in work schedule is always possible, so you can make it what you want.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work that needs to be done on your own time, with a quick turnover. The computer system that is used on-site is not as reliable as one would hope for and causes delays for the customer. Compensation doesn't match the hard work that the workers put into their meetings and members each week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone will say the obvious, pay employees more. I would go farther to say, train them to deal with the deeper issues that come into meetings. The members uses these meetings as therapy and as WW employees the training never covered that. I knew more about the member than their dr, family, etc, did...and would leave their with my head spinning from it. The training didn't cover what to do with that at the end of the week.

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  5. Rewarding experience knowing at the end of the day you are working towards making the lives of people better.

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    Extremely proactive in promoting employees who are committed to their jobs.

    Cons

    Not enough leadership training, so you have to find your own way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees to be their best by offering different types of training internally and externally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Fulfilling & tiring...

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    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Weight Watchers part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing like helping someone change their health for the better. When you work at a meeting, and a member tells you that you have helped them to change their life, they have gotten off of medicines, don't ache anymore and literally cry over their changes; there are few jobs that give you that satisfaction.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be quite hard here. What the public sees, is nothing like what goes on behind the scenes. It is easy to work 24/7 on WW. We e-mail, text & call about this at all hours. When I wake up, I have e-mails from fellow employees & clients. When I go to bed, it is late, because I have been up packing materials & counting money for meetings I do at companies & stores. We do get paid for this time, but is no where near what we put into this. People continue to work for WW because of the passion they have for it, not for the money or amount of time you put into it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really wish we didn't have to bring our own money, continually go to make change & manage this through our personal bank accounts. Please figure out a way to make this work like other retail businesses, where there is a till & a deposit is made every night. Also, PLEASE bring all of our technology into the 21st century. It is so embarrassing to work some meetings with paper & credit card slips from the 80's. I really don't think sr management has any idea the countless hours that their field employees put in for them. Even though we submit time sheets for our work outside of meetings, it is not always easy to keep up with & cumbersome to take the time to submit time sheets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. A good company with a good mission, but lots of work to do.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    the company has a great mission.

    Cons

    WW is not currently consumer focused and is at risk

  8. Do it for love, not money.

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    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader

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

    Pros

    -Ability to directly work with people to change their lives
    -Meet some great coworkers and meeting members
    -50% discount on meeting room products

    Cons

    -Pay is just above minimum wage & commissions aren't easy to earn
    -No merit increases or promotional opportunity
    -Hard to cobble together full-time hours, will involve lots of travel
    -Technology behind the scenes is never up to snuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Consider treating meeting room employees as career professionals (if you pay them, they will come!)
    -Test your technology before you roll it out!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company - going through a transition

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weight Watchers

    Pros

    Weight Watchers is a strong brand.

    Cons

    But they are going through a transition at every level which can be difficult.

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great job if you don't need the money...

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    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
    Current Employee - Weight Watchers Meeting Leader

    I have been working at Weight Watchers part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers, helping and seeing people change, super flexible in that I can take as much time off as needed as long as I can find a sub.

    Cons

    The stress of HAVING to keep your weight off to maintain your employment actually makes it harder to do so; way behind in technology; the pay isn't great. Like I said, it's a great job if you don't need the money.

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

    Managing Projects was more about saying "yes" to the bosses, than getting anything done

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Weight Watchers full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, lower level people very friendly

    Cons

    Management thinks they are a club and no one is allowed in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people and try listening. They have become very top-heavy in the PMO world, with too many AVPs, VPs, Directors and such. The PMO leaders talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. Some of them should even try interfacing with their team (novel concept)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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