Hewitt Associates
2.9 of 5 459 reviews
www.hewittassociates.com Lincolnshire, IL 5000+ Employees

Hewitt Associates Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

Hewitt Associates President & CEO Gregory C. Case

Gregory C. Case

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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stagnant work and equally stagnant colleagues

Setup Configuration Analyst (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

Prosreally good entry level experience - everyone knows about Hewitt
used to employ decent team members
campus is big and roomy
enough human interaction to not go insane
able to take walks, smoke, or get coffee when you need a mid day boost
everyone on campus is approachable - regardless of status

Conswork can consume your life when you get no help or feedback from your team
cant help feeling miserable sometimes
helpless when other people's work is dumped on you for defects/testing
technology is not stable so half your day you deal with your sub par dell optiplex 280

Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate with us more
offer advice and workarounds instead of reassigning tasks

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company culture and overall work opportunities and career development ended when Hewitt went public and never the same.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at Hewitt Associates

ProsPay is good; benefits compared to others I've seen recently are good; Reputable company and ahead of most others in consulting and outsourcing in technology and a leader in the industry.

ConsEmployer/employee partnership lost some years ago - not sure how the career growth and promotion process works anymore. Seems who you know/how much you kiss up to certain leaders, and how you cover for senior management where they are unskilled. Disappointing past few years of loss of recognition in form of verbal praise and thanks and blindness to overwork of many employees to cover high volume of quality issues and understaffing.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have lost or turned away the true heart and knowledge leaders that built the Hewitt business, and put profits ahead of your clients and employees. It was a disappointment to be part of the organization for over 15 years and see how leadership willingly trampled the engagement of employees and employee contract that inspired associates to contribute to the success of Hewitt for many years.People used to laugh about the tag line of Hewitt "SWAN", but it truly made Hewitt the successful business it was before Hewitt became the company that is an overpriced, low quality, assembly line of benefits admnistration.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Pay and Benefits, No Job Security and Work/Life Balance

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

Pros1. They are very flexible with work time.
2. The pay is fair.
3. The benefits are great (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Legal Plan, 401K Match, etc.).
4. The work is challenging.

Cons1. Little job security. There have been gradual layoffs that terminated people that may save them money in the short term, but is causing brain drain in the company.
2. While flexible with work time, there is not a lot of work-life balance. The layoffs mean that the extra work is being picked up by the remaining folks, causing them to be overworked.

Advice to Senior ManagementI understand you have to perform layoffs. They are inevitable with any merger. However, be more strategic about the layoffs. You have laid off some colleagues that made a huge difference during their tenure at Hewitt and really losing a lot of domain knowledge.

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A good place to work with good management and opportunities for advancement, however, compensation was below average.

Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

ProsHewitt had open communication, a good training program, management that respected employees, and had opportunities for advancement or a career change.

ConsLow pay. Most of the benefits were geared toward older/married employees with children.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep open communication, ensure decision making process is fair and transparent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Workin just to survive, head the other direction if you can!

Setup Configuration Specialist (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

Prosclose to home, be close to the family/kids
corporate structure/experience provides excellent foot in the door
you can gauge your work somewhat
roomy parking garage/campus
clean office space/tools/computers/washrooms...well maintained building
24 hour access incase you forget something
reliable security for lock outs, car starting issues, badge issues
decent crowd of people
easy to find colleagues on campus
HR resources are available on site
built in CVS so you really could never call in sick unless you broke something
respectable place to work, fortune 500 recognized, known in the industry

ConsHewitt provides a job, you have to teach yourself how to do it
provide tools/minimal training/and very little leadership and expect you to carry on
when discouraged, leadership does not motivate their teams
no recognition for hard work/exceeding standards
bad performance reviews are bitter and uncomfortable instead of corrective
manager intimidation so you won't ask for help when you should
system's analysts don't want your input and your mgr does not care if you can improve something
opps to move across depts is nearly impossible, no support from leadership
irresponsible team members have been getting away with more after this merger
you are better off quitting, working at gamestop for 4 months, and then applying for that promoted role

Advice to Senior Managementthe merger never should have happened
I left Hewitt for Aon and then came back
Follow Aon's leadership: support your team by encouraging growth with training and new opps
favoritism only gets you so far
imagine working on the mundane test plan, empathize with your staff and help out if they struggle
learn how to manage projects; ask Hewitt to pay you to get your MBA
most of all: stand by your team to gain real trust, we would be more loyal if you did

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Middle management deaf to feedback, retaliatory to those who provide feedback

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at Hewitt Associates

ProsPrior to going public, Hewitt was a wonderful place to work. Great atmosphere, good feedback, good support, great benefits, fair pay.

ConsAfter going public, benefits and atmosphere, attitude of leadership went into a tail spin. Perhaps not indicative of the firm overall, but poorly planned pet projects by middle management are considered sacrosanct. Those who point our risks, flaws or issues are punished. Text book example of 'the emperor's new clothes'.

Advice to Senior ManagementWatch what your middle managers are doing, how they're running the business. You have a lot of petty fiefdoms being protected at all costs, including falsifying documentation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, but no help managing career.

Co-op Desktop Services (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

ProsThe people I worked with were all good folks. The were patient and willing to train when asked. They appreciated my work.

ConsAs an intern, I came to understand that the department budget was built around our cheap labor. Also, there was no effort by the company or my management to get exposure to other parts of the company that would have been a good fit for permanent employment.

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Great learning experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at Hewitt Associates

ProsTraining is good, cross functional work, great mentors

ConsConservative culture, intranet is hard to navigate

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the exposure to interns

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was just OK

Benefits Analyst (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at Hewitt Associates

ProsBig company
Many different positions
Diverse crowd
Good benefits
Good facilities
Good infrastructure

ConsCommunication problems between senior leadership and employees

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As Aon comes in, may be time to depart

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at Hewitt Associates

ProsOld benefits good, decent work life balance

ConsAon marketing department all talk, no action -- lots of younger employees without experience -- they want their employees cheap

Advice to Senior ManagementYou get what you pay for -- find talent, and retain it

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