Towers Perrin

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Towers Perrin Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
71 Reviews
3.6
71 Reviews
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Towers Perrin CEO John Haley
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not good for junior level employees

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with, knowledgable consultants, opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Not a good place for junior (under 5 years working experiene) staff. Management doesn't know how to best utilize skillset of employees and thus keep them engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep junior staff engaged by allowing them to take on meaty parts of projects (no, meeting minutes do not count). Invest in these employees because they want to grow with the company!

  2.  

    I had many good years there but they went public joining with Watson Wyatt and the culture changed.

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot's of learning experiences, mostly great coworkers, pretty good pay and benefits but some of that changed after the merger

    Cons

    They went through a merger to go public and did most of the downsizing.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people, flexibility, entrepreneurial environment

    Cons

    Huge billable/sales goals, not realistic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    It was a nice professional environment, but there was not much done in terms of career development.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    There were some very smart hard working people. They offered some of the best in class products/services. They were very professional.

    Cons

    The merger with Watson Wyatt brought a huge culture change - and not in a good way. It felt like doing a great job became a second priority to grabbing every dollar possible. Also, politics drove many leadership decisions, not making the best choice for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the bottom line and instead look forward.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great exposure to a wide variety of clients and survey tools.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    Client exposure and ability to work with a lot of different people and tools.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Overall, a pretty strict organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company with decent benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    They have a lot of very smart people

    Cons

    sometimes get lost in consulting speak

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote more people to consultants

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very Competitive workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    The people are amongst the best and the brightest in the business

    Cons

    Overly competitive meaning that your co-worker may steal your client.
    Senior management plays favorites.
    Senior management are poor managers.
    The people have huge egos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of the sand. Figure out why many of your competitors are getting inundated with RFPs and Towers only gets a trickle.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    The company offered a great working environment that allowed for excellent on the job training. It was a good community with my coworkers and I felt I learned a lot.

    Cons

    While the working environment was superb at Towers Perrin, I found that the salaries were a bit low compared to my peers also working downtown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management would be to offer a higher form of compensation for your employees. This would increase the retention rate and satisfy everyone.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was the most miserable years of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    TP now TW is truly a brand name consulting firm. Most people have heard the name and respect the quality of the firm.

    Cons

    In the office I worked, it was awful. No leadership, no communciation, no open sharing of projects or ideas. It was a toxic environment with little imagination or desire to improve. I think the heirarchial structure is really detrimental to the productivity and development of the firm. Too many people have been there for too long and have no idea how other, productive businesses operate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in leadership positions who have leadership qualities. Give clear direction on goal attainment and advancement. Attempt to reduce the overinflated opinions of senior level management as they are typically out of touch and egomanical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    At least it's a job

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Towers Perrin

    Pros

    The people can be excellent

    Cons

    Upper management seems totally checked out at all times and it trickles down to every level of work. The merger has been especially poorly handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop just collecting a paycheck and engage in your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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