Watson Wyatt
3.6 of 5 54 reviews
www.watsonwyatt.com Arlington, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Watson Wyatt Chairman, President, and CEO John J. Haley

John J. Haley

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Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance (averaged 40-45 hrs a week as a "band 1" analyst)"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Great opportunities for advancement"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "long hours, ambiguity with leadership"
    in 3 reviews
  • "A single medical plan option: high-deductible health plan with HSA, and WW's contribution is paltry"
    in 3 reviews
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    It's a job, not a career.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsVariety of client projects - I've seen big and small clients, how clients perceive the issues we consult on, I've learned the business side of client and what's important to them; opportunities to work with people in other offices, some opportunity to travel; the opportunity to work with other practices has expanded my knowledge and ability to consult to client; the only problem is that these aren't handed out equitably. There is also lack of consistency in performance evaluations. And leadership is always focused on "the message" when they can make more effort to draw a line of sight with actual accomplishments.

    ConsPoor quality of leadership; IPO gave "old guard" huge cashout at younger employees expense (less future wealth opportunities); junior college hires being promotoed too fast to accomodate immediate and constant reward recognition of younger generation; you are responsible for everything yourself - leadership abdicates any responsibility for you - if you don't raise your hand to ask for opportunities, then you won't get any and then they blame you for not taking on more and contributing more; there isn't enough discussion of what's going on so that people know what projects need staffing so they can volunteer for projects that interest them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better leadership training, not management consulting double speak. Need more honesty, not smoke and mirrors. Need more equity - the CEO got multiples of bonus target when the rest of the employees were in an 80% funded bonus pool. They've done nothing but cut benefits since the IPO, but tell us we're at the median of benefits provided - if they were honest they would tell us we are probably at 60% of where we were pre-IPO which is the employment deal many of us accepted who came on board back then.

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    Overall pretty satisfied

    Consulting Actuary (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    Prosteam based work, support, materials, and seminar provided for studying for actuarial exams, company provided study time, open door policy from other consultants, flexible work schedule though still must work during core hours, lots of different people with different perspectives on the work that we do that you are able to work with

    Conshours are not consistent, could work many weekend days throughout a year, sometimes you may have very little work for a while then have too much work to handle for a while, never totally consistent, deadlines always pushed to the last minute causing a rushed situation and a stressful environment

    Advice to Senior Managementalways be open to new ideas

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    Better than

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros1. The work--you must love the type of work. 2. The people--good people at WW; back stabbing is uncommon. Like any consulting firm, your satisfaction will depend upon your workload, your practice, and your office. Having worked at another firm, I can say that the people and culture at WW are genuinely nice and supportive. Though a public co, WW seems to get less stressed about quarterly numbers than Hewitt and Mercer (of course that can change with a recession). Also, unline Towers, WW does not seem to have a lot of old employees sticking around waiting for an IPO so they can retire and keeping the younger employees from advancing in the interim.

    ConsFor a benefits consulting firm, WW's benefits are not great. Pay could always be better, but for this particular industry, WW pays the same as the other firms. Workload seems to vary by practice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a few more risks. Also, make promotion decisions (criteria) more clear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunties abbound

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt is a great company that is working hard to create an atmosphere in which associates can grow and learn new skills. It has a global brand and opportunities around the world.

    ConsWatson Wyatt is still struggling through its big merger with its European partner so there tends to be some redundant staff and a small company feel when in reality it is a big company. Work needs to be done to standardize policies and procedures across the globe.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt the risk of stepping on toes, there needs to be a bigger push to unify the company and foster partnership among the individual practices and regions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The best large HR consulting firm out there

    Senior Compensation Analyst (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsWork/life balance, scheduling flexibility, intelligent co-workers

    ConsLack of geographic differentials in compensation, sub-par bonus plan

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-work the bonus plan

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great firm, BUT...

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsStrong global footprint, technical experts, resources available in a large firm (e.g. travel site, blackberry, laptop, etc.), name recognition, competitive pay, generally friendly people (though serious).

    ConsBureaucracy, death by meetings, resistance to change, highly variable effectiveness/support depending on the office, no true onboarding process in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate clear strategies for growth and hold everyone accountable, identify and nurture high potentials/top performers and reveal a career path with specific objectives, then provide the training and support to attain them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Burnt out

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsPrestige of the company name

    ConsNo work life balance at all. 12 hour days are standard to be successful plus weekends

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so churn and burn (turnover rate is way above industry norm.)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An incredible experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was able to work with some of the best in the industry. Particularly in RIC (the research group) and in the Organization Effectiveness Practice. At time, the most rewarding experience of my career.

    ConsThe Account Management Group. The account management group had a leadership problem; constantly changing focus and metrics to the point where the group lost direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Towers Watson (GRS), Gurgaon

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsHigh potential to learn and grow as a professional

    ConsWork can become stagnant.
    Number of employees is very small so tasks that require multi-tasking need to be handled with care

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the workforce more diverse and please avoid forming coteries.
    The opportunities for growth should be enhanced, especially those in Band 1 and 2.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager of benefit team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Taipei (Taiwan)

    Pros- good learning environment
    - good co reputation
    - good methodology
    - good & professional bosses & leaders

    ConsLong working hours - work life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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