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Updated January 19, 2018
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Turner and Townsend CEO Vincent Clancy
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Pros
  • Work/life balance can be great depending on your role and the intensity of your project/client (in 14 reviews)

  • High Profile clients / landmark projects (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No bonus except for director level (in 13 reviews)

  • Poor salary, even though the rest of the work life balance is good the pay is low, with little option to negotiate once you have signed on the line (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Cost Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Very busy work environment. Each Director is responsible for their own departments, including staffing. The crew I was part of had a progressive reporting strategy.

    Cons

    Lack of overall direction. No widely available list of core matter experts. No widely available database. Social environment based on barhopping.


  2. "Turner & Townsend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Turner and Townsend full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, very generous 401k - TT matches 25% of the employee contribution

    Cons

    You peel off all the fluff about TT providing unique services and having the highest caliber staff and what's left is a fancy body shop. At the end you are just a number. As long s you are with the client, TT loves you. As soon as your assignment is over and they can't immediately put you up with another client, you are at immediate risk of being let go. Though to be fair it may be the nature of the business. Also, career progression is difficult, if not impossible. You want to grow you go some place else.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen anyway

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location and the client pool is huge. I am on a big project at the moment but would like to try a different client.

    Cons

    Difficult to get a raise unless you speak to management and constantly remind them. Not all promotions come with a raise...disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Salary review and healthcare benefits need to be better. And paternity leave.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Turner and Townsend full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great variety of clients and projects.
    If you're in the office, usually a regular Friday HH with colleagues.
    Expense system is great and tech-savvy.
    Excellent graduate development program to get a realm of experience.
    Great downtown location.
    Good people to work with.
    Ability to work in other office locations if you voice the desire to do so.
    Work/life balance can be great depending on your role and the intensity of your project/client.

    Cons

    Little connection to the home office while at client sites.
    Salary review is not connected to your performance review - the more connected you are to management, the better your increase. When you're at a client site, this is difficult to achieve since management makes little proactive effort to reach out.
    If you are reliant on a visa to the company, they won't offer a competitive salary since they know that you need them to stay in the country.
    Heavy UK influence may impact client's view of whether you can provide consultancy advice on a local scale.
    Little investment in office workplace (desk, technology, conference rooms) and more investment in having a downtown location.
    Perks provided cannot compete with Silicon Valley, unless you're working at a Silicon Valley client where they're typically paid for by the client.
    Change in leadership was not a smooth transition and was very poorly communicated.
    North America is disconnected from the UK office and at a more granular office level it can get worse.
    Offices within North America have little communication with each other in what they are doing or learning.
    Zero bonus. Only bonuses are given to Associate Directors and above. Those doing the majority of the day-to-day interactions with the client receive none of the performance bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with employees and provide transparency of what is happening at an office level.
    Reach out to those at client sites to keep them feeling like they are part of a team.
    Have a yearly performance review system that is connected to yearly salary review.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Colleagues and ambiance create a good atmosphere

    Cons

    Bad management, no diversity I. Higher positions do not reward people that work hard


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great team. Great client to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growing firm. Good opportunity to advance if you work hard. Lots of high profile clients. Can work anywhere you want globally. Very loyal to dedicated hard working employees.

    Cons

    Only company I have work for that doesn't offer performance bonuses. Work load and demands of local client can be exhausting at times

    Advice to Management

    Unique approach to BD. Limited interest in investing money into building relationships in the US market which is helpful in winning new projects.


  7. "Consulting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Turner and Townsend full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good pay and benefits

    Cons

    not much support with clients

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pros outweigh the Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Group of Colleagues, very experienced and willing to share knowledge.
    Benefits and Salary are fair
    If you are willing to put in the effort and be positive, then the outcome is great
    Systems and tools for the most are reasonable.
    Great mobility opportunities
    Culture is what employees make it.

    Cons

    Promotion strategies could be better laid out
    More ability to work remotely would be an added benefit.

    Advice to Management

    More one on one people time is needed from Managers. Promoting engagement needs to be a two way street.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Very very poor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are one of the chosen few then all is good for you although promotion is unlikely. If you are not then this is not a good place to be.

    Cons

    I worked in the Canadian business for a while. Employees are kept on a very short leash unless they are one of the above mentioned chosen few. There is little trust in anyone to do a good job. Micro management is the management style of choice and communication from the top is non-existent, how they make a profit is beyond me. If you want to develop your career this is not the place to be. Get out get out get out.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Very International Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growing Rapidly, Opportunity To Travel, Prominent Clients, Good Growth Potential

    Cons

    Lack of IT Support, Low Salary, Need a bigger office to accommodate visitors from other visitors or allow people to work remotely at least once a week as desks are shared.

    Advice to Management

    Take Annual Reviews more seriously and compensate accordingly, Provide annual bonuses instead of Spot Awards


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