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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You job title and what you interviewed for are not what you get."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established and financially stable.

    Cons

    Every week is a death march. Little to no feedback on performance. Mid-senior level management would rather spend millions on writing software rather than spend $10k to buy an off-the-shelf solution. Software framework that the division is married to does not appear to have future growth potential. Office politics royally suck. 90%+ of the people I physically worked with are depressed and not satisfied with treatment they receive.

    Advice to Management

    Hi John,

    If I were you I would do a quite, in depth inspection at the Grade 3 and below levels. Your Grade 4 & 5's are pulling the wool over your eyes. It is the worst leadership development plan I have ever seen and does not follow even your own internal guidelines. It sill makes me sick thinking about it nearly a year later.

  3. "Nice place to work -- when you are billable."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When there is plenty of work and you are billable -- it is a great place. Fun people.

    Cons

    Not much emphasis on practice development or nonbillable activities needed to build tools to better serve the client and make the practice more efficient. .You must be a billing machine. That is all that matters. Work like a scared animal.

    Advice to Management

    Grow you technical capabilities. Take on the best of TP, but not it's culture.


  4. "Best of the bunch"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work, but company must become more global"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality people throughout the organization. Clear and focused business strategy, with distinct service lines that have remainded fixed over recent years, at a time when competitors have chopped and changed their approaches on a regular basis. Opportunities for global mobility are good, although better in some practices than others. Research base is strong across all business lines.

    Cons

    Could be more joined up globally, especially within investment consulting. It is a very conservative organization, where management often prioritizes stability of service over innovation. The company is managed on a global matrix strucure, with the matrix divided by geography and business line. The geographical aspects to the matrix are a clear weakness, since it makes managers focus on their distinct geogrpahical areas rather than working to benefit the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    View the company globally and abandon the focus on individual geographies


  6. "Good place to work, but must be self starter"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay; decent work / life balance; recognize leader in industry; we hire nice / smart people; great clients who value Watson Wyatt as partner; good opportunities to learn and grow (but slow to recognize achievements with promotions)

    Cons

    slow to market with new ideas; bad marketing overall; crappy medical plan; need more effective consultants in marketplace and better coordination between practice areas

    Advice to Management

    More and better communication; more support in getting associates to next level in career; hire / train new business developers; improve medical benefits; listen to employees and proactively work to address concerns and improve morale; rewards and train good managers


  7. "A Great Starting Place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    getting to think every day; having regularly changing projects and problems to resolve, working with super smart people, being a leader in research on issues that are discussed in the media daily. each office is a little different- some very open and collegial; others less so. But, everyone can typically find a home somewhere.

    Cons

    you are encouraged to take on all that you can do- and more. No one will stop you if you're working 80 hours a week- they just think that you're doing a great job and are decidated.

    Advice to Management

    streamline the bureaucracy and red tape; this is a consensus driven organization, and sometimes decisions take too long to be made or implemented

  8. "WW Review"

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


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

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


  10. "Great place to work!"

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


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