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Towers Perrin Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "A relaxed work environment. Learned a lot during my stay at the company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Programmer in West Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The division/group that I worked in had a very relaxed, business casual environment. My superiors (senior programmers, business analysts, and managers) as well as my peers were a pleasure to work with and contributed a lot to my learning.

    Cons

    Our department did benefits enrollment. Work was somewhat seasonal that normally peaked-out during the last quarter of the year. Long hours and high stress during these periods.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long career w/mixed levels of employee support"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Consulting talent is generally quite good, but use too many boiler plate approaches to leverage a limited set of intellectual capital and studies

    Cons

    HR is the worst ever and management team is not really a group of managers, just a group of high-paid former consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how to value your people by treating them as the primary asset of the organization. Show this by really investing in a world class employee development approach.

  3. "I Cant Believe It"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are actually some good people there from all backgrounds. That are not down with the racial stuff.

    Cons

    There are some departments where unbecoming behavior is rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Reinsurance Claims should really be looked at or investigated. Going at least 5 years back. You will see that many unfair and unfounded things have occurred. Things that could cause the company clients and perhaps even lawsuits


  4. Helpful (1)

    "For the 10 years I worked there, it was a dream job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time

    Pros

    Great increases, very intelligent co-workers, good benefits.

    Cons

    They outsourced their IT department. Dumped most of their valued people, then hired some of them back later?

    Advice to Management

    Look out for the little guy instead of the almighty dollar.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company but Very "Corporate America""

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people
    Good name to have on your resume
    Exposure to intellectual material, learnings and trainings

    Cons

    Too conservative and "Corporate America"
    Change is pretty non-existent and takes top leadership approval
    Little reward for the expected long hours of work
    VERY "big brother" as in they check your email and anything on your laptop

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the 2013 start-up culture and mentality
    Take care of your people - work/life balance should be practiced not just discussed
    Lose the dead weight and keep the top performers - too many people there just barely getting by


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not good for junior level employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (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 Management

    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!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Towers Perrin full-time (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.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Towers Perrin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, flexibility, entrepreneurial environment

    Cons

    Huge billable/sales goals, not realistic


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Database Programmer Analyst in White Plains, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop looking at the bottom line and instead look forward.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Overall, a pretty strict organization.


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