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Turner and Townsend Reviews

Updated July 9, 2018
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Turner and Townsend CEO Vincent Clancy
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Pros
  • "Good ethics, visibility to management, promotes work life balance genuinely" (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "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)

  • "Lack of career progression, the senior management think too old fashioned and do not create strategic chances for either the firm or employee" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Project Manager Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Great team and great projects. A lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can slow things down but easy to navigate.


  2. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Nice Exposure for you to learn more

    Cons

    You are responsible for your job

    Advice to Management

    Pair workers (less experienced with more experienced)

  3. "Great Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great co-workers, amazing client list.

    Cons

    Office is outdated, but being updated currently


  4. "Sr. Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Respectful firm, employing experts in their field.

    Cons

    Slow to promote, subject to lay-off if client requests reduction in staff


  5. "Great Exposure.. Not much advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Turner and Townsend full-time

    Pros

    Amazing exposure to large clients and major projects

    Cons

    Very much who you decide to attach yourself to for advancement... If you grab a senior leader and help them succeed you can do well.. If the senior leader you pick has a run in with higher management and get removed.. you are associated with them and your career advancement can be limited. Can be a not what you know but who you know kind of scenario

    Advice to Management

    Support your workers


  6. "My thoughts on Turner and Townsend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay

    Cons

    Management absent / not involved in employees

    Advice to Management

    When I was able to speak with management they were always pleasant; however, I would go many months at a time without any interaction at all seldom was any guidance provided.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. "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.


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