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  1. "Positive"

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


  2. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. "An incredible experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Towers Watson (GRS), Gurgaon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High potential to learn and grow as a professional

    Cons

    Work can become stagnant.
    Number of employees is very small so tasks that require multi-tasking need to be handled with care

    Advice to Management

    Make the workforce more diverse and please avoid forming coteries.
    The opportunities for growth should be enhanced, especially those in Band 1 and 2.


  5. "Manager of benefit team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends

    I worked at Watson Wyatt full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good learning environment
    - good co reputation
    - good methodology
    - good & professional bosses & leaders

    Cons

    Long working hours - work life balance


  6. "good place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fair, lots of integrity, good people, very reasonable expectations

    Cons

    pressure to perform every month

    Advice to Management

    don't merge with TP


  7. "neutral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    organized, consistent feedback. intelligent staff. externally competitive

    Cons

    morale, employee attitudes, lack of social skills

    Advice to Management

    cross-functional promotions encouraged


  8. "nice people, no focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investments Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investments Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, nice culture, generous study package, good benifits, generally interesting work, relatively less stressful, Reigate and Westminster offices (a pro or con depending on your view)

    Cons

    The company has really lost direction,
    they've been a bit greedy and tried to take over some of asset managers roles, this has led to clients no longer viewing them as impartial, which was their main selling point.
    they have grown very fast, with no planed growth in infrastructure, so for instance knowledge management is awful
    increasing specialisation has lead to real tensions between different groups which don't understand each other
    Collectively these have undermined the collegiate culture of the firm
    I've heard mixed things about the merger
    Most good people leave as soon as they are trained

    Advice to Management

    work out what you are trying to do and then do it efficiently


  9. "Nice place before merger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Actuary
    Former Employee - Actuary
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, nice environment. THey merged in January w/Towers Perrin so I don't know how it is now. Strong pay for performance culture. Hard work rewarded, provided that you are comfortable with self-promotion.

    Cons

    Billable hour targets are a bit unreasoanble considering the sales goals mandated. Not sure that the management structure in each office is effective.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to tell. Colleagues were generally excited about the merger, but only time will tell how this will affect those associates who work for WWW. Overall, a good company.


  10. "Better than Most"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, varied assignments, good collaborative working environment.
    Associates treated fairly, opportunities for advancement good for most lines of business.
    Clent focused firm.

    Cons

    Too reliant on actuarial business to generate revenue. Other practices too small to make a dent in the market. Too focused on billable hours goals.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and money on developing consulting skills of junior staff. Too much focus on developing technical skills to the detriment of people skills.


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