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Pros
  • It was a great place, with cool work, and generally great people (in 7 reviews)

  • Fair work-life balance maintained (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance issues, lack of opportunities to approach work creatively (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours and high expectations (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Towers Perrin was very good to me.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    I was able to move up very quickly within my group and was given many opportunities.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, there was a lot of red tape.

  2. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Perrin (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well organized company. Followed ITIL protocol.

    Cons

    Moved to slow for change.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Industry leader with a lot of opportunities for growth and advancement

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    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Administrator in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Administrator in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is opportunity to learn a lot about the industry and clients.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics with a few of the managers.

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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Perrin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I actually loved working here. It was a great place, with cool work, and generally great people. The intellectual property here is amazing and if you want to surround yourself with really smart people, this is it. Towers has an entrepreneurial feel to it compared to some other HR consultancies.

    Cons

    As with any large consulting firm, the top ranks are filled with people who have alliances and have known each other for ages. Breaking in there can be difficult, and if someone does not like you, that could be the kiss of death. Senior people have to figure out the right alignments.

  6. A relaxed work environment. Learned a lot during my stay at the company.

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    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The division/group that I worked in had a very relaxed, business casual environment. My superiors (senior programmers, business analysts, and managers) as well as my peers were a pleasure to work with and contributed a lot to my learning.

    Cons

    Our department did benefits enrollment. Work was somewhat seasonal that normally peaked-out during the last quarter of the year. Long hours and high stress during these periods.

  7. Long career w/mixed levels of employee support

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Consulting talent is generally quite good, but use too many boiler plate approaches to leverage a limited set of intellectual capital and studies

    Cons

    HR is the worst ever and management team is not really a group of managers, just a group of high-paid former consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how to value your people by treating them as the primary asset of the organization. Show this by really investing in a world class employee development approach.

  8. SQR Programming at Gilead Sciences

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Towers Perrin as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company wtrying to grow its PeopleSoft business

    Cons

    Abandoned its PS practice because of the economic downturn

    Advice to Management

    They did the right thing, economically for the company

  9. For the 10 years I worked there, it was a dream job

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great increases, very intelligent co-workers, good benefits.

    Cons

    They outsourced their IT department. Dumped most of their valued people, then hired some of them back later?

    Advice to Management

    Look out for the little guy instead of the almighty dollar.

  10. Consultant (past employee)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large global firm with many opportunities to work with varied teams. Many challenges and learning opportunities. Built many strong client relationships that have continued on to friendships after my years at TP (now Towers Watson). I met some really nice people there.

    Cons

    Very competitive work environment. Also, if you are a consultant, the only option to move up is to sell, sell, sell...

    They have a 360 review process, but I experienced a Principal who actually said one thing to me and turned around to my manager as an official 360 review comment, and said the opposite (which was inaccurate, yet my boss at the time took that higher-level person's point at truth). Several consultants in my practice were okay with throwing anyone under the bus to protect themselves - low ethics). My direct manager was in another practice and in another state, so this person didn't understand what I did, yet had control over my rating and raises.

    Local HR was useless, as I had to go to them with the bizarre things I was dealing with internally, yet nothing was done. Very sad, disheartening experience for me overall with this firm. I felt I was treated very unfairly and was simply a number - the executive leaders really could have cared less about you as a person when it really came down to it. But I am stronger now because of it, so I cannot complain too much.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take someone's comments as true no matter what. Always be open to your employee's truth about the other side of the story. My manager at TP seemed to just go with what someone said as the truth, due to their title, rather than seeing that their employee has another side and that maybe, that higher level person was unethical.

  11. Great Company but Very "Corporate America"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people
    Good name to have on your resume
    Exposure to intellectual material, learnings and trainings

    Cons

    Too conservative and "Corporate America"
    Change is pretty non-existent and takes top leadership approval
    Little reward for the expected long hours of work
    VERY "big brother" as in they check your email and anything on your laptop

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the 2013 start-up culture and mentality
    Take care of your people - work/life balance should be practiced not just discussed
    Lose the dead weight and keep the top performers - too many people there just barely getting by

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