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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.3 328 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(164 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance(in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work(in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons(in 8 reviews)

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    Pretty Good

    Communication and Change Management Analyst (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGood work-life balance, great team, smart people. Good growth opportunity.

    ConsLower salary than competitors. Not as easy to move between practices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some good, some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWell compensated. Large company with some good areas.

    ConsToo top heavy with management. Wrong people get blamed when things go bad.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Towers Watson

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsEveryone was very nice and open to help/

    ConsThis is such a large company that sometimes you feel like a spec on the wall.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture Changed 180 Degrees Following Merger

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsWorking with the best and brightest in the industry

    ConsCulture of individual incentives vs. team-based support

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk - don't just give lip service when you say employees come first.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked at TW for 5+ years

    HGB Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits were generous and progressive; Smart, ambitious, hard working, friendly coworkers; collaborative environment;

    ConsVery different environment post merger. Difficult to obtain billable hours goal, some favoritism at play with hours. Without meeting billable hours, impossible to get a good raise or promotion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDistribute the work down the chain more effectively; Go back to the LWW culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A large company with Opportunities

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    Proscomplicated work and good peers

    Constoo much deference to tenure

    Advice to Senior Managementprovide clearer guidance to associates; more upside in lieu of pension.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Retirement Actuarial Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people and learning experience
    Amazing social activities
    Very modern building
    Buddy system

    ConsBilling hours
    Not a great life work balance
    Overtime not well compensated

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good if you know that you want to become an actuary.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Memphis, TN

    Pros-Work/Life balance is pretty good.
    -Occasional opportunity for overtime.
    -Pension and 401k
    -Benefits aren't terrible

    ConsThese are specific to Memphis as other offices are more diverse in how they function for the company...
    -Very little room to advance unless you want to be an actuary
    -Pay is low
    -Training is spotty and the first several months - year are very frustrating as a result
    -Constructive criticism is very rare

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management in Memphis would be to invest more time in training and fostering the development of employees. The management at this office genuinely has a lot client work in addition to management duties but they need to better delegate responsibilities so that new employees don't have to re-invent the wheel by themselves. I would also stress that management needs to work on providing feedback that is constructive. Often employees receive no feedback or lazy feedback that is easy to misinterpret and is often destructive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre Work Culture, Good Benefits, Frozen Corporate Hierarchy

    Research Department (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsDiversified tasks, given a number of responsibilities, additional training provided, and a number of smart people working in the organization. Since day one I was given responsibilities for handling multiple projects, and when I had to learn a new programming language, the company paid for off-site training.

    ConsProjects were repetitive, a lot of tasks seemed suited for an administrative type job, lack of mobility, not willing to listen to suggestions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncorporate new ideas more, and provide a more challenging and rewarding atmosphere for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Paternal Organization, Expect Hard Work, Average Pay, Good Starting Point but Not Long-Term Career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros*Supportive environment for new hires, but you are expected to learn quickly and contribute ideas in a dynamic work enironment
    * Offices are usually in the heart of financial centers and nice environement
    *Work on a variety of challenging projects and learn about multiple industries with smart and competent team members
    *Great development opportunities, both project-related and internal training; I learned to be a strong consultant and project manager, but would not stay here for a long-term career.

    Cons* Progression can be very slow - unless there is a position that needs to be filled, promotions can be slow
    *Constant feeling of putting out fires. Because you have to keep multiple projects moving, you're too busy to celebrate wins and successes. Hours are can be quite long, especially for the average pay
    *Project opportunities can go to manager favorites
    *Work can get monotonous; the organization says it wants to find creative and innovative solutions, but it's far too tangled in its corporate bureaucracy. Talents can be over-looked unless there is a billable reason to do anything else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more creative in finding ways to utilize the talents of your consultants. People have left in swarms because they are over-worked, disengaged and under-utilized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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