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Watson Wyatt Chairman, President, and CEO John J. Haley
John J. Haley
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  1. "Classic management errors"

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


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    "Little willingness to assist in career development"

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


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    "think twice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A chance to work in HR consulting and to serve some respected client organizations...an opportunity to do the work I'm good at...an opportunity to keep learning

    Cons

    An environment in which anyone in any practice area feels free to criticize his/her WW colleagues--and they do, both behind their back and to their face. People who enjoy engaging in continuous combat seem to do well here. A new hire is expected to succeed with minimal support. The pay structure is below-market for the jobs I know of. Benefits aren't particularly generous, either. A single medical plan option: high-deductible health plan with HSA, and WW's contribution is paltry. Combined paid time off benefit, i.e., no separate sick days and vacation days. You want more, you buy it. Cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourselves why people leave and you can't find "qualified" people to fill the openings. Is it the candidates--or is it your reputation?


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  5. "Burnt out"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige of the company name

    Cons

    No work life balance at all. 12 hour days are standard to be successful plus weekends

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so churn and burn (turnover rate is way above industry norm.)



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