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"All Corporate Drones Wanted for this Feel Bad, Pay Good Sweatshop"

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Current Employee - Executive Compensation and Rewards Associate in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Executive Compensation and Rewards Associate in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Towers Perrin is a well-known consulting firm with an excellent reputation in the HR consulting field. Entry level consultants are paid extremely well with significant overtime opportunities due to their initial status as a non-exempt salaried employee. Employees are able to expense virtually any type of travel expense.

Cons

While Towers Perrin commits a lot of their resources to college recruiting, entry level consultants receive limited formal training and guidance during their first year. Numerous entry level Associates have either quit or been laid off in the past year due to the current business climate and dissatisfaction with working at this firm. The people who work at Towers Perrin treat each other based on formal rank within the firm and thus are very condescending to new consultants. Consultants from different lines of business rarely interact and frequently avoid verbal contact with each other (i.e. halls, elevators, bathroom). Utilization of consultants is haphazard due to poor internal communication and a lack of team meetings. Client interface is non-existent during the first year and I feel I was misled about this trend during the interviewing process. The work is extremely boring and purely relates to "number crunching" and Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Critical thinking is rarely utilized as the firm relies heavily on past templates and standardized analyses. Utilizing vacation time is frowned upon as my boss initially told me that most people forfeit their vacation time and another consultant mentioned that there is no work-life balance at this company. Sadly, one of my co-workers is planning to work through a good portion of her maternity leave due to her fear of losing her job and the reaction from our teammates. Community service and activism is very low at Towers Perrin. After having positive work experiences in other corporate settings, I am extremely disgruntled with my present employment relationship at Towers Perrin and do not recommend joining this firm.

Advice to Management

Senior management must make and effort to reinvigorate the firm's culture as it is extremely sterile and rigid. They also should make an effort to develop more effective communicators at the middle managerial level who actually provide feedback to co-workers. Lastly, hiring more pleasant and kind people would go a long way in improving the firm.

Other Employee Reviews for Towers Perrin

  1. "Good for traditional HR lines of business and those joining from college/MBA or other consulting firms."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well-known, reputable firm within its field. Well-established practice in traditional HR fields - executive compensation, health and welfare, retirement. Great support for mid-level consultants to balance work and life - especially at the age when people start to get married and have kids.

    Cons

    The firm is great for people hired from traditional routes - college, MBA - as well as lateral transfers from other consulting firms. Lateral hires from non-consulting backgrounds will have tough time navigating the bureacracies and the established networks - especially in this economy. Its non-traditional line of business faces difficulties during economic downturns as they are luxuries of clients' HR departments.

    Advice to Management

    Staffing on assignments needs to be improved so that associates and consultants are better balanced.


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    "Keep at it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for self-starters, fast paced, lots of growth opportunities - bite off as much as you can chew. Rewarded for your performance. Highly respected company - considered a leader in the field. Work environment may differ based on who is in your department. Looks great on the resume.

    Cons

    Schedule is largely out of your hands - based on client needs. Work-life balance may be tough. It is more difficult to take actuarial exams in consulting than in an insurance company. Work is very seasonal, for health and welfare department , busy season is in the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest

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