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Towers Perrin Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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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  5. "Good Company with decent benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a lot of very smart people

    Cons

    sometimes get lost in consulting speak

    Advice to Management

    promote more people to consultants


  6. "Very Competitive workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amongst the best and the brightest in the business

    Cons

    Overly competitive meaning that your co-worker may steal your client.
    Senior management plays favorites.
    Senior management are poor managers.
    The people have huge egos

    Advice to Management

    Take your head out of the sand. Figure out why many of your competitors are getting inundated with RFPs and Towers only gets a trickle.


  7. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offered a great working environment that allowed for excellent on the job training. It was a good community with my coworkers and I felt I learned a lot.

    Cons

    While the working environment was superb at Towers Perrin, I found that the salaries were a bit low compared to my peers also working downtown.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to offer a higher form of compensation for your employees. This would increase the retention rate and satisfy everyone.


  8. "It was the most miserable years of my life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    TP now TW is truly a brand name consulting firm. Most people have heard the name and respect the quality of the firm.

    Cons

    In the office I worked, it was awful. No leadership, no communciation, no open sharing of projects or ideas. It was a toxic environment with little imagination or desire to improve. I think the heirarchial structure is really detrimental to the productivity and development of the firm. Too many people have been there for too long and have no idea how other, productive businesses operate.

    Advice to Management

    Put people in leadership positions who have leadership qualities. Give clear direction on goal attainment and advancement. Attempt to reduce the overinflated opinions of senior level management as they are typically out of touch and egomanical.


  9. "At least it's a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people can be excellent

    Cons

    Upper management seems totally checked out at all times and it trickles down to every level of work. The merger has been especially poorly handled.

    Advice to Management

    Stop just collecting a paycheck and engage in your job.


  10. "Towers Watson"

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

    Pros

    People are great to learn from and intellectual capital is extremely helpful and easy to access.

    Opportunities to cross lines of business and learn.

    Cons

    During my 3 years at TP, the opportunities for professional development were cut and not offered.

    Private held company culture can be difficult to break into if you come from another firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open to employees and offer internal professional development opportunities. Invest into in-person meetings when the client is hesitant to pay for consultant travel.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Associate life"

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting opportunities (if you seek them out), competitive benefits package, OK compensation, not a lot of travel required

    Cons

    Top heavy, not a great place to grow a career better to come in mid career level, not a well defined performance review process

    Advice to Management

    Am excited for the new opportunities that will come from the new merger including more talent and larger projects


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