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3.6 54 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

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

John J. Haley

(39 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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54 Employee Reviews
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    good place to be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfair, lots of integrity, good people, very reasonable expectations

    Conspressure to perform every month

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't merge with TP

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    neutral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosorganized, consistent feedback. intelligent staff. externally competitive

    Consmorale, employee attitudes, lack of social skills

    Advice to Senior Managementcross-functional promotions encouraged

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    nice people, no focus

    Investments Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Prosnice people, nice culture, generous study package, good benifits, generally interesting work, relatively less stressful, Reigate and Westminster offices (a pro or con depending on your view)

    ConsThe company has really lost direction,
    they've been a bit greedy and tried to take over some of asset managers roles, this has led to clients no longer viewing them as impartial, which was their main selling point.
    they have grown very fast, with no planed growth in infrastructure, so for instance knowledge management is awful
    increasing specialisation has lead to real tensions between different groups which don't understand each other
    Collectively these have undermined the collegiate culture of the firm
    I've heard mixed things about the merger
    Most good people leave as soon as they are trained

    Advice to Senior Managementwork out what you are trying to do and then do it efficiently

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place before merger

    Actuary (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, nice environment. THey merged in January w/Towers Perrin so I don't know how it is now. Strong pay for performance culture. Hard work rewarded, provided that you are comfortable with self-promotion.

    ConsBillable hour targets are a bit unreasoanble considering the sales goals mandated. Not sure that the management structure in each office is effective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHard to tell. Colleagues were generally excited about the merger, but only time will tell how this will affect those associates who work for WWW. Overall, a good company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than Most

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, varied assignments, good collaborative working environment.
    Associates treated fairly, opportunities for advancement good for most lines of business.
    Clent focused firm.

    ConsToo reliant on actuarial business to generate revenue. Other practices too small to make a dent in the market. Too focused on billable hours goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time and money on developing consulting skills of junior staff. Too much focus on developing technical skills to the detriment of people skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with. The technology is cutting edge. The travel is farless than other consulting companies. Great bonuses and good starting initial pay.

    ConsHorrible work life balance, benefits are almost non existent, and raises are not that great. There is little room for movement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee Cons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Boss

    Human Resources Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsI had a great boss. I learned a great deal from him. He was an Asian expat from The Philippines to the KL office. He's still by far the best boss ever.

    ConsFurther developmental opportunities for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate the informal meetings and the various work-life balance initiatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management Dysfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe location was central and easy to get to. Westminster Office.

    ConsJunior and mid level Managers live in terror of Directors. Tasks and information changed at a moments notice. Systems not followed with internal office politics taking centre stage. If your face fits...... or you are in the right grouping. Some staff exercised massive power over areas that were none of their concern by sytematic "back stabbing" At times this seemed to be the main function of some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop throwing tantrums at the very junior staff and show some leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, great people to work with

    Actuarial Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent compensation and benefits
    Excellent training program
    Supportive and friendly work environment
    Collaborative work environment
    Many opportunities to learn and grow

    ConsDeadlines can be stressful
    Pressure to complete tasks perfectly if you want to get ahead
    Hard to get work sometimes, need to be aggressive

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease level of communication with new employees
    Keep up the good work in providing helpful feedback
    The way work is funneled can be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No Innovation. Workforce is aging and not very intelligent. Mostly Coasters.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can pretty much sleep all day at work. As long as you show up on time every day.

    ConsTalents or ideas are not appreciated. Review processes are a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the stupid people and reward the innovators.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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