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towers perrin vs mercer?

 
#1 towers perrin vs mercer?
20/06/2007 19:32

anon

Hi,

I currently work in human capital and am wondering how these two firms compare?

I've heard pro's and cons with both with regards to pay and re-structuring etc.

I'm a C2

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#2 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
20/06/2007 20:26

2cents to anon (#1)

Mercer does more big HR outsourcing and outsourcing-led deals because that is the biggest part of the business and general management work goes to Mercer MC (now called Oliver Wyman). It is more structured and stable, but also hierarchical and slow.

TP does more change-led and broader business-oriented work because it doesn't have the outsourcing side or constraints of a separate MC business carving off that work. It is less regimented, people are more friendly and relaxed, but it can also a bit political.

With regards to restructuring, right now Mercer HR is feeling a bit abandoned by the rest of the MMC consulting businesses, plus recent lawsuits and financial difficulties are knocking morale.

TP is mostly over the big change of recent years, which was the sale of TPAS to EDS. There have been some acquisitions, but of smaller companies and there hasn't been much overlap so people are fairly happy. An IPO has been on the table for a few years but nothing seems to be happening fast on that front so there is little stress arising.

In the UK, TP pays better hands-down and has more generous pensions and benefits.

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#3 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
20/06/2007 20:29

anon to anon (#1)

What's your HC specialism? Those are both fairly diverse firms - from finance & actuarial work through to psychology and organisational development.

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#4 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
20/06/2007 21:20

anon to anon (#1)

Primarily been workig in Change Management (the platform is called HC though) implementing training programmes, organisational design/HR strategy, and restructuring so quite varied really.

From the website i could see myself slotting into the Change management group. I'm keen to move to a smaller firm more directly focused on the work i've been doing.

What are the typical salary scales for consultant and manager there. Does anyone know?

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#5 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
20/07/2007 14:48

anon to anon (#4)

Would be interested if anyone can answer the above question.

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#6 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
20/07/2007 19:22

Noisee to anon (#5)

By "there", which firm do you mean? I lost track of whether you're looking at Mercer or TP now.

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#7 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
21/07/2007 08:20

anon to Noisee (#6)

Appologies, was referring to TP

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#8 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
21/07/2007 13:33

anon to anon (#7)

Do you by any chance work at Accenture?

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#9 RE: towers perrin vs mercer?
23/07/2007 16:59

anon to anon (#8)

no, but not far off, why do you ask?

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