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  1. "Great Company To Work For"

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    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. "i loved it"

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    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

  3. "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.


  4. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    There are many great reasons to work at Watson Wyatt. High salaries and bonuses which are performance based, are top on the list. The Watson Wyatt brand is well respected in the industry -- this reputation is well deserved.

    Cons

    I only have 2 complaints about Watson Wyatt. The health insurance option & the Performance Development Program (PDP). There is only one option for health insurance -- a "consumer directed high deductible plan". The PDP is too time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing in commuticating to the employees regarding the (yet to be finalized) merger with Towers Perrin.


  5. "Best of the bunch"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The corporate culture is respectful and serious, but relaxed enough to be comfortable; the atmosphere is fun; The co workers are people you want to spend time with outside of work

    Cons

    Benefits are surprisingly poor for a benefits consultng firm; like all consulting firms, your experience will depend on the location and the practice

    Advice to Management

    Improve your benefits fo ryou employees so you can be an example for your own clients! Start with a reasonable (competitive) vacation/PTO policy!


  6. "WW Review"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open-door policy, outstanding client opportunities

    Cons

    Ever-changing software tools, short turnaround time for projects

    Advice to Management

    present a simpler and clearer vision of the practice areas we operate in so all levels of associates can be more effective in representing WW to our clients


  7. "Watson Wyatt is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    WW has a very comfortable culture. It is not at all unusual for junior staff to connect with senior leadership. Leadership places a high priority on both taking care of client needs and innovation. The Associate Development Council is a perfect example of how leadership prioritizes the needs of associates. The recent global rollout of performance management is another example. John Haley has done a very good job of managing the company through difficult times. I anticipate that WW will manage the current economic times better than most organizations. Overall I highly recommend WW

    Cons

    More feedback from managers would be helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work that has been started with the ADC

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like to keep busy, this is the place for you. If you like to work with incredibly wonderful and talented people, this is the place for you. Great salary and benefits as well.

    Cons

    Commute - the drive from most any direction is annoying.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Better than"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. The work--you must love the type of work. 2. The people--good people at WW; back stabbing is uncommon. Like any consulting firm, your satisfaction will depend upon your workload, your practice, and your office. Having worked at another firm, I can say that the people and culture at WW are genuinely nice and supportive. Though a public co, WW seems to get less stressed about quarterly numbers than Hewitt and Mercer (of course that can change with a recession). Also, unline Towers, WW does not seem to have a lot of old employees sticking around waiting for an IPO so they can retire and keeping the younger employees from advancing in the interim.

    Cons

    For a benefits consulting firm, WW's benefits are not great. Pay could always be better, but for this particular industry, WW pays the same as the other firms. Workload seems to vary by practice.

    Advice to Management

    Take a few more risks. Also, make promotion decisions (criteria) more clear.


  10. "An incredible experience"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was able to work with some of the best in the industry. Particularly in RIC (the research group) and in the Organization Effectiveness Practice. At time, the most rewarding experience of my career.

    Cons

    The Account Management Group. The account management group had a leadership problem; constantly changing focus and metrics to the point where the group lost direction.


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