Watson Wyatt

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54 Reviews
3.6
54 Reviews
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Watson Wyatt Chairman, President, and CEO John J. Haley
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39 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    it is good in general

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    nice culture and smart people

    Cons

    stress from the work daily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more opportunity for learning and growth. work life balance;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    Great career opportunity if you want to be an actuary

    Cons

    Bad management. They are very subjective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your work force

  3.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are relatively strong for this size firm

    Cons

    Changing industry negative long-term outlook

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Actuarial stuff= boring, but nice life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance (averaged 40-45 hrs a week as a "band 1" analyst)
    - opportunities for advancement
    - good study program

    Cons

    lots of wastefulness/ inefficiency here. would bill clients for work that could have taken half the time to do. also, lots of hierarchy. would never be allowed to travel to clients as a new analyst.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little willingness to assist in career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation package for entry level employees

    Cons

    Very little willingness to help you develop in your career. Most upper level associates were too busy with their own work and career development to take the time teach you how to do your work and help you progress in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to explain not only what lower level associates are doing, but also why they are doing it. Telling associates to "look in the file from last year and update it for this year" is not adequate instructions to teach a new associate anything about the work they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    High Turnover

    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Resume piece, money, access to senior management. The practice leader and principal in the SF office were both very accessible and open to input.

    Cons

    The middle management was fragmented and in many cases just over-worked and not trained on management techniques. I got the sense as a new analyst that the least happy people in the company were consultants and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming clients, subordinates, and circumstance when things go wrong. It creates a culture of blame that permeates the office.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very intense work environment, comparable to a sweat shop, cooperation among team members very poor.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    Located near train, bright people, building and offices very nice,

    Cons

    Administrative assistant are serfs, actuaries are God.
    Pay is fair, but no life balance
    Disfunctional teamwork is tolerated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your serfs like important part of the overall success of the compan

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    i loved it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Help Desk Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Help Desk Technician in Washington, DC

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    the management is outstanding, i had alot of opertunities to gain new skills,

    Cons

    we moved far too often

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience. A great place to work and grow in a career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    Alot of opportunities for advancement. Very competitive compensation package. Wonderful people to work with. Lots of diversity in terms of clients served. Services we provide are very valuable and I was proud to be a part of the compensation team.

    Cons

    Sometimes have too much pressure to get projects done quickly. Don't like to be constantly compared to other co-workers performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more support to employees that work hard but may not have a lot of self confidence. These are the employees that are loyal and really care about producing quality work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very friendly group, lots of positive reinforcement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Watson Wyatt

    Pros

    If you are interested in benefits and compensation, Watson Wyatt is the most professional staff in the industry. I learned a lot about the industry while I was allowed analytical freedom to perform work I thought would provide value to the company. The Senior Analyst I worked with provided me both with mentorship and encouragement leaving me with an excellent experience. While I eventually decided the industry was not for me it was a great learning opportunity for me.

    Cons

    The work can be a little tedious if you are expecting more client interaction at a lower level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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