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  1. "Great Company To Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small firm atmosphere with large firm resources
    Career advancement

    Cons

    Merged with another company and outsoucred my job

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the it's the employees that make the company great.


  2. "It was fine"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free meals, meet with clients, opportunity for work, training

    Cons

    tedious work, employees left sodas in freezer to explode

    Advice to Management

    none - they're more successful than me

  3. "Classic management errors"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse workload. Clients needs were always changing.

    Cons

    Management was not consistent in work distribution. Wasted many human assets that would have allowed more growth.

    Advice to Management

    As management, it's your job to use your employees to better the company. Unfortunately, bullying is allowed and you lose some valuable assets.


  4. "Actuarial stuff= boring, but nice life"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance (averaged 40-45 hrs a week as a "band 1" analyst)
    - opportunities for advancement
    - good study program

    Cons

    lots of wastefulness/ inefficiency here. would bill clients for work that could have taken half the time to do. also, lots of hierarchy. would never be allowed to travel to clients as a new analyst.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Little willingness to assist in career development"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation package for entry level employees

    Cons

    Very little willingness to help you develop in your career. Most upper level associates were too busy with their own work and career development to take the time teach you how to do your work and help you progress in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to explain not only what lower level associates are doing, but also why they are doing it. Telling associates to "look in the file from last year and update it for this year" is not adequate instructions to teach a new associate anything about the work they are doing.


  6. "High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Resume piece, money, access to senior management. The practice leader and principal in the SF office were both very accessible and open to input.

    Cons

    The middle management was fragmented and in many cases just over-worked and not trained on management techniques. I got the sense as a new analyst that the least happy people in the company were consultants and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming clients, subordinates, and circumstance when things go wrong. It creates a culture of blame that permeates the office.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very intense work environment, comparable to a sweat shop, cooperation among team members very poor."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Located near train, bright people, building and offices very nice,

    Cons

    Administrative assistant are serfs, actuaries are God.
    Pay is fair, but no life balance
    Disfunctional teamwork is tolerated

    Advice to Management

    Treat your serfs like important part of the overall success of the compan

  8. "i loved it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Help Desk Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Help Desk Technician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the management is outstanding, i had alot of opertunities to gain new skills,

    Cons

    we moved far too often


  9. "Great experience. A great place to work and grow in a career."

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    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alot of opportunities for advancement. Very competitive compensation package. Wonderful people to work with. Lots of diversity in terms of clients served. Services we provide are very valuable and I was proud to be a part of the compensation team.

    Cons

    Sometimes have too much pressure to get projects done quickly. Don't like to be constantly compared to other co-workers performance.

    Advice to Management

    Give more support to employees that work hard but may not have a lot of self confidence. These are the employees that are loyal and really care about producing quality work.


  10. "Very friendly group, lots of positive reinforcement."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are interested in benefits and compensation, Watson Wyatt is the most professional staff in the industry. I learned a lot about the industry while I was allowed analytical freedom to perform work I thought would provide value to the company. The Senior Analyst I worked with provided me both with mentorship and encouragement leaving me with an excellent experience. While I eventually decided the industry was not for me it was a great learning opportunity for me.

    Cons

    The work can be a little tedious if you are expecting more client interaction at a lower level.


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