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Watson Wyatt Chairman, President, and CEO John J. Haley
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  1. "Analyst"

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

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and place to grow your career . Fast paced and hands on. People are incredibly smart and motivated. Lots of variety when it comes to clients and scope of work.

    Cons

    Too regional and not enough collaboration with those in offices outside home region. No real training when starting the job. Knowledge is tribal so make sure you find the right person(s).

    Advice to Management

    Transparency in


  2. "it is good in general"

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

    I have been working at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    nice culture and smart people

    Cons

    stress from the work daily

    Advice to Management

    more opportunity for learning and growth. work life balance;

  3. "Positive"

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

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are relatively strong for this size firm

    Cons

    Changing industry negative long-term outlook


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

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    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.


  6. "Mostly enjoyed the work"

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    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Compensation Consultant in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Freedom with assignments
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Small pay raises
    Some leadership just so-so
    Should allow more flexible schedules

    Advice to Management

    Grow from within instead of hiring managers from other firms.


  7. "Group Healthcare Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Group Healthcare) in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant (Group Healthcare) in Universal City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office events, the gifts and the time off or availabilty to work remotely. business cards, expense accounts, gas/meal reimbursements.

    Cons

    long hours, ambiguity with leadership

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and great parties!

  8. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a beneficial internship for summer during college. Management (at least the one I was in contact with) was very nice and helpful and allowed a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the tasks can be repetitive at times and sometimes there can be misinformation between offices among different locations. Could use a training program.

    Advice to Management

    I am interested to see how the merger with Towers proceeds. The move was a smart considering the business environment, but integration problems remain to be seen.


  9. "Good Team, Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with great people
    Company takes good care of the team
    Frequent perks, food credit, etc.
    Great opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Some projects seem to last forever
    Low vacation time, culture of working long hours
    Some competition between offices (not excessive)
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Improving the communication between offices would help very much. Also, not sure if this has changed since I was there but file sharing could have been made easier over the network.


  10. "WW is fine up to a point"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    WW is full of pretty smart, easy going, respectful people. The culture is good, the people are great, work is good. The only problem is hitting a ceiling in salary band.

    Cons

    The salary band promotion process is okay from bands 1 to 3, a little iffy at band 4, and downright odd at band 5. At the higher levels, its not a meritocricy but a political scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Change the promotion process. Train managers to give career path options to associates. Offer mid year propotions.


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