Watson Wyatt

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Great place to work!

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Southfield, MI
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Southfield, MI

Pros

If you like to keep busy, this is the place for you. If you like to work with incredibly wonderful and talented people, this is the place for you. Great salary and benefits as well.

Cons

Commute - the drive from most any direction is annoying.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None.

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Other reviews for Watson Wyatt

  1.  

    Great place to work if you are a self starter and care about your co-workers

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

    Pros

    Wonderful culture - there are many hold over associates from the time when the company was employee owned. Associates tend to truly care about the well-being of fellow associates. Management tends to respect the strengths and weaknesses of individual contributors. The company is trying desperately to promote women and minorities but having difficulties in the actuarial field. Leadership tends to take a longer view on success and not worry about results at the end of each fiscal quarter. In the trenches, associates really care about helping clients solve their problems.

    Cons

    complex matrix management - very hard to understand who is in charge of what - many informal networks. Your individual work experience depends heavily on your office -team - country of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is really all about the clients - not management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Corporate America.

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

    Pros

    Watson Wyatt tends to be very good to its employees who benefit the company. If you work hard, you will be taken care of. If you do just good enough to not get fired, you'll also be treated as such. The company runs a lean enough operation that politics don't become a huge part of the experience, though they still do exist. The company typical doesn't quibble about time off of any kind, whether it's a family emergency or just a vacation. Another aspect of Watson Wyatt that I truly enjoy is that here you'll work with some very, very smart people.

    Cons

    Since the IPO almost a decade ago, senior management is a lot sneakier and less forthcoming with employees in regards to pay raises, bonus pool funding, and the overall financial position of the firm. This may very well be a requirement, I don't know, but it smacks of dishonesty and leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Another issue is that Watson Wyatt has gone to a new "consumer-driven" health plan (this corporate doublespeak shows last point, it's everywhere in the firm now) that is completely deductible-based. So if you get sick or hurt, you have to pay your own medical bills up to a certain amount ($1500-$5000, depending on dependent status). Lastly, the culture tends to promote passive-aggressive behavior and being direct (but tactful and professional) with co-workers or management is largely discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest as possible with employees.

    Consider that the associates who work tirelessly to fatten your paychecks are onto you and they aren't going to be working so hard, anymore due to the ridiculousness of the health plan. Stop promoting it like it's something good for the employees.

    Stop thinking that your underling associates are stupid and dump the condescending attitude. You'll be in a nursing home someday defecating in your pants, alone and scared. Life's too short to be rude to people.

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