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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 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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    Great place to start a career

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Compensation was above-average
    - Training opportunities were excellent
    - Ability to work on the most prestigious, complex clients on a daily basis
    - Exposure to the world of consulting is something that is applicable to just about any path you wish to pursue
    - Very flexible work schedule
    - Ability to work from home when needed

    Cons- Too much emphasis on billable hours; hours targets are unrealistic unless you continue to work outside the office and on weekends
    - Spend too much time putting out fires and not enough time concentrating on the task at hand
    - Bonus opportunities are lacking... not much of an incentive to put in additional hours after you hit your hours target because there's very little upside opportunity
    - It's a bit of an "old boy's club" - most of the good opportunities and promotions seem to go to the favorites rather than the most dedicated and hard-working.

    Advice to Senior Management- Absolutely need more advancement opportunities. Promotions only come when there's a need for it and seem to go to the favorites, and the company has (at least for lower level employees) a reputation for being a great place to start a career but not a great place to build a career. If you're not on the fast-track, the only way to move up is to move out.
    - Need to judge performance on a total picture of an employee rather than how many hours they bill. Quantity does not necessarily mean quality.
    - You're very lucky that your employees tend to be very loyal to their colleagues and their managers. Listen to what they have to say.

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

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    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery team oriented. The teams you work with are the best of the best which makes it easy to learn. Definitely a place to have a "career".

    ConsCan be a bit "corporate" where things often become segmented and silo'd. Plenty to do at all times.

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

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    A wild ride

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a lot to be proud of in TW. There is truly an intense focus on doing what's best for clients and there is a lot of opportunity to grow for people who are very bright and self-motivated.

    ConsWe have gotten very big and it can be difficult to stay connected with colleagues. Account Directors have so many different services to understand they can sometimes oversimplify our offerings to clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused on what associates really care about - the opportunity to do great work and have an impact on clients

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

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    Good experience

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are great, good experience, support for on-the-job training as well as exams (actuarial), "family feel", pay is reasonable

    ConsStressful with workload and hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat Work enviornment, great office, strong leaders

    ConsBusy work, long hours and small cubes

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. Enjoyed everyone's company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company overall, not all practices are equal

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsQuality company, good strategy and leadership. Many different directions and opportunities for internal career change.

    ConsNot much internal training, development. Some practices are more dynamic and profitable than others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest enough to execute on your strategy.

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

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    great internship program

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosexciting industry to work in

    Conssometimes had to work extra hours

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company - flexible with a lot of perks

    Retirement Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsPeople are outgoing; very flexible about schedules; free fruit and soda; try to give younger associates client contact as quickly as possible

    ConsDon't do a great job allocating resources efficiently; some senior associates show appreciation and some don't; clients come first which can mean a demanding environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, creative people, and people who listen to new ideas.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI enjoy the flexibility of working hours, the office space itself and its convenient downtown location, the ability to suggest your own work and be creative, and the willingness of upper management to hear out one's ideas.

    ConsTangible rewards & recognitions for excellent work don't always happen.

    IT. A properly working PC with the software I require to do my job is unfortunately an uphill battle here, instead of the standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIT, politely put, is a disaster --- with more rules, regulations and red tape by the day. I recognize the need for security and minimizing risk, but there is a lack of proactive problem-solving ability and customer service, and this can impact one's ability to work.

    That aside, nearly everything about this company is awesome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Firm Still In Transition After Merger

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart people. Many exciting challenges.

    ConsInsufficient onboarding; lack of relevant information.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate and share feedback more consistently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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